Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jewelry Organization

If you caught my most recent blog post at Liberating Working Moms Must Have Accessories for the Working Mom — then you know how much I love accessories! Given my love for a large floral necklace or a great pair of dangle earrings, you'd think I would have my jewelry on display so that every day — after my outfit was on —  I could just reach for the piece that would complete my outfit and head out. Not true...until recently.

My jewelry was a mess. Totally disorganized. I needed some order! So, like any gal on a mission to organize, I set out to buy some new pieces of decor to organize my jewelry. Well, first I visited Pinterest to feel inspired, then I went to Home Depot.

We have a small landing area outside our master bedroom which is where my desk/office space is set up. There's also my dresser, a bookcase and a mirror, so it doubles as a changing area. All of my costume jewelry and most of my accessories — with the exception of my belts, scarves and shoes — are kept in this area. It's also where I keep my perfume for a spritz on the way out. Here is a peek at my set up...

...and a little closer look at the mess atop my dresser.

What a mish-mosh of jewels, perfume, and yes, that is my personalized return address stamper. Apparently that day my daughter was having fun stamping everything with our last name and address!

There were some great things at Home Depot, but I really wasn't interested in spending a lot of money and totally redesigning the space because, it works works for me. I really just needed some organization.

After spending $6 and a few hours at home organizing, purging and creating, I got this to organize my necklaces...

 It's actually for belts or men's ties as the packaging said, but I am using it for necklaces.

I organized my earrings on my tree (with the birds) and hung my bracelets on the pink dress statue. Both of those pieces were gifts and I've had them for years. I organized a few of my go-to pieces and my stud earrings in the various shells and holders that I've collected over the years.

Boy does organization feel good! My next area to organize is our gift wrapping area with all our gift bags, tissue and wrapping paper. Right in time for Christmas!

Have you been organizing any areas in your home lately?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Must Have Accessories for the Working Mom

It’s no secret to people around me that I like to look good at the office. Some days it may seem effortless, but indeed it takes some thought and determination. In my work environment I dress business casual and accessorizes have become essential for completing my everyday look. Over the years I've accumulated some that I deem necessary for any working mom. To read about my must-have accessories, head on over to Liberating Working Moms to read the rest of my entry

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Weekend in Numbers

What a great fall weekend! On Saturday we went out east and picked pumpkins with great friends and then visited a winery. Yesterday we had a relaxing Sunday taking care of errands, food shopping, cleaning up around the house and desummerizing (I know, it's not a word) our yard. We threw away broken summer toys, mowed the lawn (Michael did that), stacked wood to burn in  the fire and packed away summer toys and chairs in the shed and basement.  Here was our weekend in numbers...

11 - the time we left our house for church on Sunday morning.
Service started at 11:30, but we like to get there early, park and get Molly a munchkin before signing her into "kiddie" church.

5 - loads of laundry done yesterday.

479 - number of times Molly called my name.
Well, she didn't exactly say Paige, she said mommy. Mothers, you can relate I'm sure! And, it probably wasn't 479. It might have been more! Lol!

2 - glasses of wine consumed by said mommy on Sunday. (Saturday was a different story!)

6 - number of quarters I put in the machine at the gas station to vacuum my messy car.

92 - dollars spent at Stop and Shop to pick up a few things.
Don't you hate it when you run in for milk, yogurt and bread and spend $92?

3 - number of pumpkins we picked at the pumpkin patch on Saturday.
We had a great day out east with friends and picked three great pumpkins! We even picked out a super cool white pumpkin off the vine! 

8 - the time that Molly went to bed after a busy Saturday afternoon out east.  9 - the time that mommy went to bed after a busy Saturday afternoon out east.

Hope you had a great weekend too!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good Night Moon, Good Night Mama

I love sleep! As a [working] mom I don't always get as much as I'd like. There always seem to be so much to do around the house and in general when I get home from work, and not enough time to get it all done. I've embraced that perfection doesn't exist, but there are certain tings I like done at night, like a clear counter and a loaded dishwasher. But alas, this doesn't always happen in our home and I am OK with that.

I think it is very important to get a good night sleep and acknowledge that that amount is different for every mother. I was never the pull-an-all-nighter type of girl. I never crammed for an exam the night before by staying up all night in college. I needed my sleep. I never stayed awake all night via the help of an energy drink or many cups of coffee after procrastinating over a paper. (Don't get me wrong, I am a master procrastinator, I just knew when it was time to call it quits and head to my bed.)

So as a working mother, how can I get to bed earlier at night? I'm glad you asked! Today I'm over at Liberating Working Mothers: One Voice at a Time with six tips for getting us moms to bed earlier. Head over and check it out. Be sure to like Liberating Working Moms on Facebook and follow our #portraitofaworkingmom series on Instagram. Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The First of Many Firsts

Molly's first day of preschool was a success! I truly wasn't worried when — at 7 am — she was already asking to get dressed. (School doesn't start until 9:15!) 
The kids in Molly's class were super cute and did so great! All the parents (including me) lined up to take an obligatory photo in front of the school sign. We hung backpacks, gave kisses and said our goodbyes. Our babies are in preschool!

Molly's first day of preschool - 9/9/2014

 Ducky Pond, here I come!  
(With goldfish to share with the whole class during snack time.)

Molly and her new teacher, Miss Amanda. 
Miss Amanda has five (five!) of her own children, all who attended Ducky Pond. We are so excited that she is Molly's teacher this year. 

After dropping Molly off at her first day at her new preschool, I was feeling so grateful that a short walk through a path and then across a street got me to my office in a minute. I can even use my lunch break to pick her up. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

hello Monday. hello Preschool.

Molly starts preschool tomorrow. We are so excited! She'll be going to a new school that is close to home and  just a short walk across the street from my office, making it easy for me to drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. When Molly was about 22 months old we enrolled her in an infant/toddler program at a Montessori school  I loved it! I loved the philosophy. I loved the socialization it offered Molly. We are going to miss all the teachers and her little friends at Montessori. We are looking forward to a new school year. Hello Monday! 

Hello new teacher, Miss Amanda, and new little preschool friends.
Hello new clothes for back to school.
Hello backpack all packed with, well there is really nothing in her backpack tonight, but I am so excited to see what she brings home from her first day! 
Hello goldfish. We are bringing in a snack that all the kids can share at school. 

My girl is growing up so fast, and while I enjoy every new stage, it's bittersweet. You know? 

There are days I reminisce and stare at photos of her when she was itty bitty and just remember how incredibly lucky I felt that this beautiful little baby was mine. And now, I look at how much she has grown over the past three years and think how incredibly lucky I am that she is mine. 

We have a few baby photos around the house and I show her and tell her that I want that baby back and she just fills with laughter because she thinks it is so funny that she is that little baby. 

Tonight — on the night before her first day of preschool — we colored pictures and put them on the fridge. We ate a snack after dinner, an apple that she insisted I not cut up for her and let her eat like a big girl. We took a long bath and painted toe nails. We prayed before bed. We snuggled for a few minutes before she insisted, Mommy, I want to go in my crib now

And just like that, my baby is in preschool. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I love you the most

I can't quite remember when Molly became so vocal because I feel like it just happened one day and we were able to hold conversation with her. She understands when we ask questions. She responds to our questions and engages in rather lengthy and fulfilling conversations with us. It really is the best! Here are some recent conversations between us lately...

Molly: "Mommy, where are we going?"
Me: "We are going to the store to pick up some things."
Molly: "Mommy, do you need wine?"
Me: "Umm...not today honey."

So clearly my daughter knows that I like to drink wine! 

Me: "Molly, here are your clothes for today. Let's get dressed."
Molly: "Actually, I want to wear this instead." (As she proceeds to pick out long sleeves and long pants when it is eighty degrees and humid outside.)

The kicker is the word actually. She uses it quite frequently, actually!

our little family - summer 2014

Me: "Molly, it's almost time to go. Let's get ready to go, OK?" (As we proceed to leave a friend or family member's house after our stay.)
Molly: "No not yet, Mommy. Soon."

Molly to me as I am driving her to the babysitter's house in the morning: "Mommy, do you have to go to the TTM to get money for Miss Kerrie?"
That would be the ATM. 

This kid cracks me up lately! Our conversations are pretty hilarious. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to a twelve year old, as opposed to my sweet little angelic three year old.

She is also loving music lately. Her "most favorite" song is Rude by Magic. What a fun song with a catchy beat! If it comes on the radio while we are in the car driving somewhere she'll ask me to "turn it louder" and then dance while strapped in her car seat with open mouth and a pointy finger. She has many favorite songs and many cool moves!

The best conversations are the ones we have at night right before she goes to sleep. We rock for a bit, pray, and then I place her in her crib and turn on her sound machine. She asks me to rub her back and cover her with her blanket. And then...

Me: "I love you, Molly. Night, night."
Molly: "I love you the most."
Me: "I love to the moon and back. Good night."
Molly: "Good night."
Me: "Good night my love." 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Liberating Working Moms

Hello again! Two blog posts in one day is not the norm for me, but I just couldn't wait to share my exciting news...

I am thrilled to announce that I was selected to participate as a monthly contributor to the Liberating Working Moms site, a blog designed to try get the word out about all the trepidations and rewards that come with being a working mom. LWM covers topics not only stemming from the working mom, but also style, beauty, simplicity, breastfeeding and more. 

I stumbled upon the LWM blog one day and it really resonated with me. I found myself reading post after post, loving what all these ladies had to say, and wondering how I could share my voice with other working moms too. I sent in my submission to become a regular contributor with some ideas I had for blog posts, along with a few samples of my writing, and a few days later heard back from the founder and managing editor, Tracy, that I was selected. 

The really cool thing is that once I learned that I was selected, I went upstairs to my little office area and started to read through the manual and take some notes. Jumping right in! I started writing in my notebook that stays open on my desk at all times. (I usually jot down ideas and things so I don't forget in the open notepad on my desk.) After I wrote down a few things of importance, I flipped back a few pages to my notes from my 30 Days to Clarity workshop and discovered my list of hopes and dreams from the first day of the workshop. 

And right there at the top of the list was a dream to write more. 
(You can't see it in the photo, but this list is dated 12/1/13.)

I wanted to write more. I want to write more. I feel very creative and expressive when I sit down and write. I started blogging six years ago with my first published post on June 10, 2008. Blogging was a way for me to get the word out about life and career coaching, but over the years my blog became more of a personal journal for me and an adventure into pregnancy and motherhood. 

As I looked at my list, there are things I would like to eliminate, things I'd like to cross off — indicating that they've been completed — and things I'd still like to pursue. I've also got new hopes and dreams to add. 
I've started a new list and dated it 12/1/14. 

I am super excited for my new experience as a contributor to LWM and I look forward to connecting with an amazing team of women who have so many wonderful things to share and are a great resource. I hope that you'll head over to the LWM site and check out the awesome team of contributors
Plus look out for my first post coming later this month. 

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