My Photo of the Week

Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

~Robert Brault

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Love is letting your little sister use you as a footrest while she plays with your hair.♥♥♥

I have 3 children, ages 10, 8, and 4. Some of the moments they share together are beautiful, and some are not so lovely. Bad moods, unkind words, and selfish attitudes make for some moments that are not always photo-worthy.

I also have plenty of moments that are not photo-worthy. Bad moods, unkind words, and selfish attitudes (hmmm…sounds familiar) can plague me, too.

We’re not a perfect family, but we get up every day, and by God’s strength look to love each other through the good and the bad, the easy and the hard.

I’m thankful for the little, beautiful moments like the one captured above that remind me of the love that binds us together on even the hardest days.

Until next time,
Charissa

What I Do With The Clothes I Purge From My Closet

Several weeks ago I organized my bedroom closet, and this organizational mini-project led to the removal of several articles of clothing. Whenever we clean out or organize our closets we are left with a decision: What should we do with the clothes we purge?

Today I am sharing what I do with the clothes I purge from my closet.

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I begin by doing a quick assessment, and then sort the clothes into piles determining what should be tossed out, given to friends, donated to an organization or sold.

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Toss Out: Sometimes an item has to be tossed out. I don’t like when clothing becomes trash, but sometimes it has to happen. If I find clothes with holes, rips or other damage I toss them out. (If I am able to make them into rags then I do that.)

Give Away to Friends: I sometimes see an item and know it will be a good option for a friend. This happens most frequently with my children’s clothing. It’s nice to be able to share the love and pass along items that no longer fit my kiddos.

Donate to an Organization: We have many Red Cross and Salvation Army donation boxes around us. I limit the amount of clothing I leave in these boxes; I know these organizations are often overloaded with donations, and I am not fully certain about what happens to the clothes I donate. We have a local family pantry that receives clothing donations so that has become my first choice when donating to an organization.

Sell: There are times when I choose to sell my gently used items that no longer work for me because it is a unique way to make a little money. There are a number of consignment shops in my area, and there is one in particular that I will consign with if I choose to sell locally. More often than not, if I am choosing to sell, then I will do it online.

My number one online option for selling my gently used clothing is thredUP. I buy from thredUP and when it makes sense, I sell to them. The process for selling your clothes begins with ordering a clean out kit. The clean out kit consists of a large plastic bag (to fill with your clothes) and some basic info and instructions for sending your clothes to thredUP.

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Poshmark is another option for selling your clothes. I just heard about and am trying Poshmark for the first time. I have listed just 2 items, and I will let you know if I have any success!

When donating or selling clothes, I like to take the time to make sure the clothes look as good as they can. There are two tools I use to make this happen: a lint roller and a fabric defuzzer.

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Remove the lint!

Get rid of the pills!

A closet clean out and organization will lead to unwanted items, so remember the options I shared when considering what you might do with the items you purge!

What about you? What do you do with the items you purge from your closet? Leave me a comment; I would love to hear from you!

Until next time,
Charissa

 

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Why I Don’t Make Easter Baskets for My Children

I’ve been wanting to guest post on other blogs and websites, and I am so excited that I have been able to do that today.

My article Why I Don’t Make Easter Baskets for My Children was published by Her View From Home!!

Although I do share the reasons why I don’t make these baskets, there is a much deeper message found in my article. The message is one I strongly believe in.

“Hop” on over to Her View From Home & check out my article.

I would love to have you read it and leave me a comment there!! If the article speaks to you, then please share with others.

Many thanks.

Until next time,
Charissa

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When Reaching Your Financial Goals Means You Don’t Look Like Everyone Else

6 years ago my family and I began our financial journey.

6 years ago I read a book that inspired and challenged me. I passed it along to my husband right before he got on a plane, he read it, and returned from his trip inspired and challenged. What was this inspiring and challenging book? The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

Prior to those 6 years, we were responsible with our money. We were being thoughtful about how we spent and saved, but we didn’t have any solid financial goals. Then something changed and we became focused, unified, and determined…

*I’m excited to be guest posting over at The Budget Girl! You can read the rest of the post there. I hope our story encourages you!

Until next time,
Charissa

Our Simple Morning Routine

I always love reading about other families’ morning routines. I find them interesting and inspiring. Today I want to give you a little glimpse into our simple morning routine.

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Wake up
My 3 children (ages 10, 8 & 4) wake up anywhere between 5:30 and 7:00am. Sometimes one is up at 5:30, and the other 2 wake later. Sometimes they are all up early or all up late, if you want to call 7am “late”.

Cuddling on couch/reading/breakfast
The first few moments of the morning are usually a slow waking process. We might cuddle a bit on the couch. My oldest usually reads. I then begin making breakfast. All 3 don’t eat together, so 2 will eat while 1 rests on the couch; then the 3rd eats while the other 2 relax on the couch.

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Get Dressed/Brush Teeth
Because we pick out clothes the night before, getting dressed doesn’t take very much time. The kids brush their teeth after getting dressed.

Chores
My oldest daughter and my son each have 3 chores they complete daily. 1 of their 3 is a morning chore, so they complete that chore before heading to school. My daughter empties the dishwasher, and my son takes out the recycling.

Playtime
If things have gone well and there is a little time left, they have some playtime together. My 4 year old is especially fond of this time since she is an only child during school hours.

Out the door
We grab their lunch boxes, add them to their book bags, and they head out the door to wait for the bus.

Now it’s just my 4 year old & me.

Book time
I like to start our time together with some reading. We snuggle on the couch, and read 3 or 4 books. (Most recently she is on a Cinderella kick.)

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Work time/tablet time
I try to work on my blog and tasks related to that in the morning, so after I finish reading to my daughter, I make myself breakfast and do some work. She enjoys watching some of her PBS favorites on the tablet.

Out of the house/playtime at home
Some mornings we head out of the house, and sometimes we hang at home and play. By 11:30 she is eating lunch, and we start getting ready for afternoon preschool.

Some mornings are harder than others because (I know, hard to believe) we don’t always wake up in good moods. I do find, though, that this super simple routine helps us move beyond our grumpy moods and make our way through the morning with general ease. I also find that our evening routine positively affects our mornings. There are no perfect mornings, but I am thankful I get to start the day with my 3 children and our simple routine.

What about you? What does your morning look like? What time do your kids generally wake up? Leave your comments down below. I would love to hear from you!

Until next time,
Charissa

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The 5 Tasks You Should Do Before You Grocery Shop

Grocery shopping is a once a week occurrence in our home, but it is the tasks that happen before grocery shopping that impact the trip the most.

Here are the 5 tasks you should do before you grocery shop.

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Take Inventory. Open your refrigerator, your cupboards, and your pantry, so you can take stock of available items. As you look through these areas you will not only notice what you need, you might also possibly gain inspiration for meal planning.

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Clean Out the Fridge. While taking inventory of your fridge you can also use this time to toss out any unwanted and spoiled items. Last week’s chicken dish shoved in the back corner? Toss it. Moldy carrots in your vegetable drawer? Toss them. I don’t like to waste food, but we all know that some items don’t get used and go bad. Take this opportunity to make some space in your fridge before you come home with a pile of new groceries.

Meal Plan. Since you took inventory you have a better idea of what’s available to you, ingredient-wise. Use the items you do have available, the sales you find in your local store flyer, and any recipes you have or find to create a basic meal plan for the week.

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*If you want to read more about meal planning, you can find all my previous posts here. I promise, it’s easier than you think.

Make Your Shopping List. Now that you know what meals you are cooking for the week, you can create your shopping list. Don’t rely on your memory when it comes to shopping in the store and don’t use the store as “inspiration” for meals. A list keeps you organized and on-task.

Search for Coupons. I used to do much more couponing than I do now, but I still try to save money when I can. I usually have a few physical coupons found in a local circular. Sometimes I print a few coupons. I definitely use a lot of online coupons. I often shop at a store that has their own online coupons, so I always browse their app and click coupons before heading to the store.

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Once these 5 tasks are done you can head to the grocery store knowing you have done the necessary prep work.

What about you? What tasks do you do before heading to the store? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Charissa

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