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Day 9: Kind Words are Like Honey – Stick ’em Everywhere!

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is POST IT. Go!

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// This is the perfect prompt word for sharing with you one of my favourite LIFE HACKS for Mommies…

Post-It Notes!

I love them! Any shape, any size, any colour. Not only are they brilliant for reminding forgetful kids (and husbands) what they need to do today, they are also brilliant for SPEAKING LIFE TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MY HOUSE!

What does that look like?   Read more

Day 6: Beautiful Silence

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge.

I have a confession. I just can’t set the five-minute timer today. It’s been such a chaotic 24 hours with computer issues, my hard drive crashing, and our fridge acting up. Simply too much stress and I can’t take any more adrenalin. Thanks for understanding. ♥

The prompt word for today is SILENCE. (how ironic) Go!

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Those who know me well know that I recharge in silence.

Those who know my family well know that they don’t. Ironic, eh?

  • My husband recharges with loud music and movies.
  • Eldest daughter―loud music and her dog.
  • Eldest son―loud music and drums.
  • Younger son―loud music and guitars.
  • Youngest daughter―loud music and arts & crafts.

Can you see the pattern here? At any given time, you can hear anywhere from two to four different ‘noise zones’ in our house. It’s crazy and wonderful at the same time.

I am well aware that, once the kids move out of the house, one of the things parents say they miss the most is the Hustle & Bustle (loosely translated noise and chaos) of the family around them. I get it! So, I’m determined not to waste my moments pining for silence. But, Jesus help me, I still need to cope with my desperate need for a quiet place to think.      Read more

Day 2: Stop and PAINT the Roses

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. Today, the word is PAINT. Go!

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// “Kids, let’s paint the town red!” said no mother EVER!

In fact, the mere words “mommy, can we paint?” used to send me into a state of panic. Paint? No way! I just cleaned the kitchen, I just washed the floor, you just had a bath, I can’t clean up ONE… MORE… TIME.

You know the feeling. That desperation deep inside that says, “Please, Jesus, I just need some time to relax. I can’t do one more thing.”

I LOVE order and cleanliness. No, I’m not OCD (let’s just say that I have SCD… “Stress Compulsive Disorder.” When I’m stressed, I organize.) You know those Ikea plastic dishes in 6 colours? Yeah, when I’m stressed, I always stack them in order of the rainbow. During college, I would take study breaks long enough to re-fold my dresser drawers or organize my closet in order of the rainbow. Wanna know how stressed I am? Check if the dishes say ROYGBIV. Read more