Just a Friendly Reminder

Since our recent move to the Cleave, the kiddo has become quite forgetful.  Maybe not more than she was before.  It could be that I only noticed how forgetful since turning around to go back home and get whatever it is that she forgot isn’t an option.  “I forgot my drink.  I forgot my hoodie.  I forgot my belt!” All on the same morning.

So what does this Aw-that-stinks mama do? She created a morning checklist with everything the kiddo needs.  {Note: I’m not a make-your-bed-in-the-morning kind of mama, so you’ll notice there are no chores on this list. It’s hard enough getting her out of bed and in the car on time.  I’m happy as long as her hair looks like it’s been combed this year and she doesn’t have dragon breath.}
 
And since purchasing a laminator, I LAMINATE EVERYTHING! The kiddo uses dry erase markers to check off the items and wipes it off for the next morning.
 
Feel free to use this as some inspiration for your own.
 
Morning-Checklist
 

Birthday Festivities

What better way to celebrate a TWEEN girl’s birthday than with a group of tweens at a paint party! B.Y.O. Brush was the best idea for the kiddo’s party with her friends. The girls got to keep their painting as their “goodie”. A fun time was had by all. {Including a couple of moms!}

Push Pop Cakes that match the kiddo's new room!

Push Pop Cakes that match the kiddo’s new room!

Happy Trees!

Happy Trees!

Let's get this party started!

Let’s get this party started!

BFF's and cousins

BFF’s and cousins

BFF's and cousins

BFF’s and cousins

In the zone!

In the zone!

Cake time!

Cake time!

The finishing touches

The finishing touches

And the finished product

And the finished product

Big smiles from all!

Big smiles from all!

And the best smile on the face of the birthday girl!

And the best smile on the face of the birthday girl!

New original artwork for her room.

New original artwork for her room.

Day 39 in the Life

On days 39 and 40, we packed for the big move.  We didn’t get everything packed and moved, but all of the big ticket items are moved {the large furniture items that I cannot carry down two flights of stairs by myself}. Thanks to some much needed help from Joe and Josh, we got more done than I believe we expected in a lot less time, so we were able to enjoy the last night in the apartment with the three of us.  Al and I will have plenty of time to pack up the rest of the small things and get out of there!

Al helped me pack.

MMOOMM!!!

More than any three people should have.

A TA-DA! List

While perusing through Pinterest looking for organization ideas {Hi, my name is Millie, and I’m a Pinterestaholic}, I stumbled across a pin that brought me to a lovely little blog, Somewhat Simple, where I found a post by Stephanie that included a free, printable Ta-Da list. Yes, a ta-da list. Not to be confused with a to-do list. {Side note: this blog is chockablock full with wonderful ideas to SIMPLIFY your life. I highly recommend taking a peak.}

In the post by Stephanie, she explains where she got the idea for her Ta-Da list and how every woman should use a ta-da list instead of staring at a never-ending to-do list. {And if you’re like me, a to-do list with nothing checked off. AAAARRGGHH!!} So I’m taking this idea of Stephanie’s and running with it . . . for my kiddo.

A couple months ago, Al and I put together an Al accountability binder for her savings and chore tracking {another idea found on Pinterest and another great website for organization ideas, Thirty Handmade Days.  Thanks, Mique!}.  This little ta-da list will be a great addition and an easy way to help Al keep track of the little extras that she does {like take care of Mama when Mama’s not well}. But I decided to change it up a bit.  Instead of using Stephanie’s lovely, daily ta-da list, I created a weekly ta-da list.

Our ta-da list is standard letter size and can be laminated and placed in a management/accountability binder.  Feel free to download our Ta-Da List and use it for yourself.

Ta-Da-List