Capturing Contentment while I #keeptheplan

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This post contains updates about my April Keep the Plan challenge. It’s not too late to join in! Pretty My Easter children! Happy I’ve been doing it, despite having sickies in the house! I committed to my three basic things to do first thing in the morning, and I’ve done them before checking my email — a pretty big step for me! :) Funny Egg coloring at my mom’s house! Real The night before Easter:

Capturing Contentment: Clear the Desks!

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It’s the last week of Simple Mom’s Project Simplify, where we were supposed to choose our own focus area. I chose my desk and the back office table, both of which are dumping grounds and magnets for clutter. But next week I start ordering books for our next school year, and so I wanted a place I could start my book piles and begin organizing papers and the like. So these two places needed some attention — in a big … Read More

Capturing Contentment: My Closet

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This week was closet week for Simple Mom’s Project Simplify. I took before pictures of 3 different closets, but only managed to tackle my own. Real This is the shelf area where I keep my sweaters. It’s seen better days. My main closet space is in our master bathroom, so the shelves hold our hygiene supplies. My closet area is one of the areas most prone to entropy in the entire house. Old habits do die hard. This is, however, … Read More

Capturing Contentment: Pantry Organization

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This was pantry week for Simple Mom‘s Project Simplify, and Auntie Leila asked us to post something about making dinnertime smoother or nicer. A nice dovetail. Real The state of my pantry. The result of my clumsiness during “organization”: Funny I thought I had a fairly purged pantry, after all my efforts toward simplification in this area. Yet I found this bottle lurking in my pantry: It must be at least 5-6 years old, and I’ve only ever used about … Read More

Capturing Contentment: Declutter Toys

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Spring decluttering time! We’ll do our pretty–happy–funny–real backwards this month for a before & after effect. Real — Before This week Simple Mom’s Project Simplify area was children’s toys, an area that can always use attention at our house! My first step was to grab some empty buckets and tell the kids to simply find as many toys hidden in nooks and crannies (and not) and fill the buckets. They didn’t have to put them all away in the right … Read More

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty Birthday cupcakes! Mr. Knox Sir turned two on Saturday, with much fanfare. I love two-year-olds. Happy My four-year-old volunteered to wash the silicone muffin cups! She thought it was play, and I thought it was a bargain — she washed them and they occupied her. Funny My six-year-old was staring blankly out the window while doing his math fact sheet. I called him back to the present by reminding him that he could go get the blocks if he … Read More

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty Children playing together: Happy The best $5 birthday present: a game of Cooties. Ilse calls them cuties. I tell her she’s the cutie. Knox is the silly. Yes, the cootie is supposed to be kissing his cheek. Funny Sometimes, our house needs an industrial clean. Sometimes, this is the right tool for our floors. Real One of my tricks for occupying my toddler during school hours: A dice tower. It’s kinda noisy, but less noisy than a free-range toddler. … Read More

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty Homemade hummus: Happy The boys have set up a new fort, which makes them very happy: I love its name. Funny A picture narration Hans drew for science…. …incorporating vocabulary learned in history Real Everyone wants to watch Mr. Demme teach math! :) But then one has to do the math.

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty I usually wear my hair in an updo, but this makes winter hats a difficulty. I started seeing wide knit or crochet headbands popping up online, and I thought I’d try my hand at one. It took me less than an hour, even though it was my own invented pattern! It has a button and button hole in the back, so it can go on and come off without disturbing my ‘do. I had this Peaches & Cream cotton … Read More

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