• Crafting,  Organization,  Parenting

    Easy DIY: Magnetic Chore Chart

    I admit to being lured into all those pretty Pinterest-ey chore charts at first. You know the ones – beautiful, efficient, so-organized-and-perfect-that-it-can’t-be-true-kids-use-it-took ones. Luckily, I took a step back for a moment and remembered that in this season, simpler is better. Rather than buy new, to slow down, be creative and use the materials I (mostly) had on hand to figure out something that would hopefully work for our family to motivate the boys to help keep things running smoothly here. For their ages, they’ve become surprisingly helpful since the arrival of the twins. My littlest guy will jump into folding laundry, changing loads over, emptying the dishwasher. My oldest son…

  • Organization,  Parenting

    Introducing: Our Toy Library (Part 1)

    I’ll be the first to admit my children don’t have a ton of toys. We don’t rush to buy them the newest thing and we’re pretty selective about what we allow in the house (to the extent we can be). Nevertheless, somehow children’s toys end up with a million small parts that ended up scattered everywhere, can never stay organized and are often the source of nighttime fights – who cleaned the most, who isn’t doing their share, shoving everything in single bins, etc. I’ve had enough.  I hate that the boys sometimes spend almost an hour trying to get things cleaned up for bedtime. It makes me sad that…

  • Parenting

    Breathe.

    This week, I played a temporary single mama to the four kids while R was away on a business trip. You know, in some ways, it’s really not that difficult. I deal with the kids daily. I know their moods, their needs. Two babies crying a time isn’t as stressful now as it was when they were newborns, under 6 pounds and barely fit into our hands. That said – parenting is hard. Being a mother who is also an introvert is also hard. Being a mother who is an introvert who is all alone with four kids can be a real challenge sometimes. Finding the quiet time I need to…

  • Parenting,  Rhythm

    Our Summer Bucket List (And a few tips to get you started with yours!)

    We created our summer bucket list this week so we could have something to look forward to during the summer. Both W and O provided input on what they wanted to do and we tried to incorporate as many of their ideas as we could. My secret hope is that this list will not only provide intention to our summer, but will help prevent boredom (for both the kids and for us!). If you’re interested in creating a bucket list, here are some tips to get you going: Shorter, not longer! Like any goal, you want to be sure that what you’re setting out to do is actually attainable. For us,…