5 easy ways to love your home again

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Yesterday I was feeling a little bit blah.  I had been stuck at home for a few days with a sick kiddo and was probably feeling a bit of cabin fever.  Unfortunately, the blahs were taken out on my poor little house.

We are very blessed.  We have a house with the number of bedrooms we need, a separate family room for the TV (a must for me when we were house hunting with 2 toddlers 12 years ago), a great school district, it’s on a cul-de-sac,and has all of the comforts of a modern home.

It’s just a bit tiny.  The bedrooms are small, the bathrooms are original, and the kitchen has old cabinets and lacks counter space.

I generally like our little house and think it’s the perfect place to raise my little flock, but yesterday I was definitely falling out of love with our home.  It made me feel ungrateful and discontent so I knew I needed an attitude adjustment!

When in doubt, make a list.

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The Caregiver Curfew

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Taking Care of the Caregiver

Bird With A List is about supporting the caregivers to take care of themselves and it’s a subject very dear to me.  I am a caregiver and love many wonderful caregivers, so I want to offer little tips that have helped me keep my sanity after a long day of being in high demand!

I still catch myself not allowing enough margin in my life.

What?  I can’t do everything?  Why is this such a shock?

I don’t always take my quiet time meditations as often as I should, but I have developed a simple way to make sure I have something left to offer my family at the end of the day.

Caregiver Curfew

Every day at 2 pm I have to be home.  Period.  When I say I’m a stay at home mom it is kind of a joke.  I am rarely home when my kids are at school.

But every single day at 2 pm I am home from running around doing what needs to be done to keep my house in order.  The first kids start trickling in at 2:30 pm so that gives me 30 minutes to change gears.  I consider it my commute!

If I don’t take this time to regroup I tend to feel behind on things the rest of the day.

5 Ideas for a Caregiver Curfew

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Small Business Spotlight: Mestebla Gifts

Right off the bat I thought I would say that I have not been paid to do this Small Business Spotlight.  I love highlighting women and caregivers who are taking care of themselves and I think Melissa does an amazing job balancing it all.

I did design Melissa’s new Etsy shop cover photo and icon, so she gave me a set of free hair clips!  Score!

Small Business Spotlight

I had the pleasure to talk with one of my favorite Etsy shop owners this week, Melissa from Mestebla Gifts, about how she got started and what she has to offer in her store.  It was quite a treat to interview such a talented artist!

Holiday shopping is just around the corner and we all know shopping online is a great way to save time and get that one of a kind gift.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford the stress of Christmas shopping last minute!

Melissa’s shop is 100% special orders so you know you are getting exactly what you want.  She can easily add a monogram or change the color of the item or add any other personal details to make your loved one’s day.

Here are just a few of the fun creations in Melissa’s shop right now:

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An Organized Woman Interview: Emily

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Emily was nominated to be interviewed for our new series called “An Organized Woman.”  I learned so many quick tips and tricks from our conversation and hung up the phone feeling like I’d been her friend forever.  I love it when that happens!

About Emily

Emily sent me this little bio:

Emily Allen is a former obese girl turned Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She lost 70 pounds by cutting processed food, an experience she documented on her site, www.thatswhatieat.com

Emily now teaches families how to cut processed foods and live their healthiest lives. She teaches cooking classes, speaks about healthy living, and has appeared on local news programs featuring her recipes.

Emily believes that anyone can live a healthier life, no matter their schedule or budget. You can find her on her site www.thatswhatieat.com, on Instagram, on Pinterest, and on Facebook.

(Be sure to read through the end of the post because Emily has offered an exclusive free Clean Eating Boot Camp course to Bird With A List readers!  Because she’s awesome that way.)

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No Bake Pumpkin Recipes

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Love pumpkin, but don’t have time to bake an endless supply of yummy pumpkin muffins?  Fall is one of my busiest times of the year so I totally get it.

Since I gave up eating flour and sugar the last thing I want to do is spend my time baking.  What I always thought was a love of baking turned out to be just a love of eating all of the yummy stuff I would make!  My family appreciates my efforts to be healthier, but I still like to whip up a treat for them every now and then, but fast, no bake options are the way I roll.

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6 tips for Crunch Time Cleaning

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What do you do when you realize you have to Crunch Time Clean?

Picture this scene:

You get a call from your best friend from college out of the blue- “Guess what?  I’m going to be in town this weekend!!  Why don’t I stop by to see you and the family?”

Your first instinct may very well be- “Wow!  How fun!  I can’t wait to see you!” (for some reason I always think of these types of conversations as needing exclamation points)

If you are struggling with time management and household organization- like pretty much everyone on the planet- the minute you hang up that phone you think… “oh my word.  I have so much to do!”

I know you want to impress your friend- or at the very least not be seen as an overworked, overwhelmed, and under kept caregiver.  Even if it is your reality.  It is my reality more often than not.

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3 easy meditation exercises to get you started

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Easy Meditation- Is there such a thing?

I started trying to meditate 2 years ago and have sort of inched along each day trying to do a little more and most of the time giving up then trying again. I have a few weeks of meditating for 30 minutes and then life will happen and I’ll miss my meditation time for a few weeks and I have to build it back up all over again.

Since I’ve had this issue on and off for 2 years I’ve come up with 3 easy meditation exercises to get me back in the habit quickly.  Maybe they will help you too.

It’s my belief that caregivers need to take the time to be quiet.

We go to great lengths to help other people every day- sometimes all day and it’s important to have a quiet 30 minutes to sit and just “be” each day.

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A Food Allergy Friendly Halloween

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*** Caution- please read before applying these ideas***

  1. Always read labels
  2. Never go off of one person’s research- ingredients change all of the time
  3. Be aware of “made in a factory” or “Made on equipment” notes on the label
  4. Watch for cross contamination
  5. Understand the risks of Anaphylaxis

The reality of Halloween for families with food allergies

When I was a kid we had to go through our candy after trick or treating to make sure none of it was opened or looked tampered with and we threw away all of the homemade goodies unless it was from a neighbor we knew well.  Other than the danger of too much candy in too little time leading to hyper kids and cavities- it was a pretty stress free experience.

If you love a child with dangerous food allergies, however, Halloween is one of the scariest holidays of the year- and not because of the haunted houses and spooky costumes.

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3 reasons to try Every Dollar!

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The Every Dollar Budgeting Tool

Let me start out by saying that I’m in not being compensated for this review and I’m not an employee of Dave Ramsey!  This is just an honest review and rave about a quality product that has blessed our family in the last year. 

We have been big fans of Dave Ramsey’s message for years- we did our debt free scream on his radio show 13+ years ago and have worked as a team with our finances since.

So, why should you give it a try?  I have 3 big reasons why I think everyone should give this app a chance.

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