Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The past few months, I've been reading a couple of books that have helped so much with getting my family out of "survival mode" after having a baby. I can only take "survival mode" for so long and so I can't tell you how happy I've been to have found these books.
Although I love to organize, I have a hard time coming up with ideas on my own. Maybe if I wasn't so sleep-deprived. Oh wait, my baby is sleeping 10-12 hours at night now (yay!!), so I guess I can't blame anything on that anymore. Oh well, I still needed inspiration, and these books gave me just what I was looking for.
The first book is Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing the Large Family by Kim Brenneman. I was able to purchase it on Amazon.com with a $10 off coupon from LivingSocial (a great daily deal site that's a lot like Groupon), and I was so excited when the book came in the mail! So many great ideas of ways to do things that make the household run smoother that I had just never thought of. Things that would even be helpful for a small family.
I still haven't read the whole thing... It's huge, like a textbook! But I've skimmed through & read the parts I needed to read the most & am just taking baby steps. And already, it has made a huge difference, mostly in giving me the motivation I needed to have a better routine.
The other book is called The House That Cleans Itself: Creative Solutions for a Clean and Orderly House in Less Time Than You Can Imagine by Mindy Starns Clark. A friend told me about it & it's been great too. This book has helped me organize my house better. Like putting things in places that make better sense. I don't know why, but I just have a hard time figuring out that stuff on my own.
I'll read a little bit, then get up & go clean out a closet. Or the filing cabinet. Or hang up a chart of some sort. I still have a long ways to go in getting my house where I want it, but at least I won't run out of things to organize any time soon!
One other thing that I really enjoyed reading was the free Time Management 101 e-book from Crystal of Money Saving Mom. It reinforced a lot of what I had read in both of these two books & it was also very encouraging to see what Crystal's routines look like. As well as the things she doesn't do. And I thought she did it all! No, not really. But it is always encouraging for me to hear how other people manage their time & what things they choose to let go of. Because she's right, nobody can do it all. And we just don't need to, either!
Besides, I'd rather play with these little ones any day...
One can never have too many hugs...
Monday, March 7, 2011
I mentioned that my 10-year-old son loves to read. Well, this past week, he began reading a new book series, and he's hooked! They're called the "Trailblazer Books" and the back of the book says they're "thrilling adventure stories introducing young readers (ages 8-12) to Christian heroes of the past" such as William Tyndale, George Muller, & Dwight L. Moody.
There are 40 books in all, and you can go to the Trailblazer Books website to read the first chapter of each book. There's lots more on the site... you can also read the true facts about each of the Christian heroes... or read about the authors, Dave and Neta Jackson... and more! I'm glad to see that our public library has most of them available.