Category Archives: Family

Organizing Your Family Calendar

A family calendar is the best way to coordinate all the comings and goings of every single member of your family, and to make sure you aren’t, as a whole, spread too thin, and get enough family together time. That’s why this week’s challenge is organizing your family calendar and to keep and actually get in the habit of using it on a daily basis.

Organizing Your Family Calendar

This is the perfect time of year to begin this challenge because the New Year is almost upon us, and you may need a new calendaring system for the coming year anyway.

So, while you’re in the store buying a new calendar (or making something you’re personalizing for yourself) keep the following steps in mind to get the most out of this useful tool.

Are you new here? This week’s challenge, all about keeping a family calendar, is one of the challenges in the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

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I Am “THAT” Parent…

Alicia- What kind of parent am I?So, working in a school, I get to see all kinds of parents… The parent that walks in every day and has a hard time letting go, the parent that can’t be reached for anything that goes wrong, the parent that thinks their child is ALWAYS in the right, and so many more. It wasn’t until working at the school that I began to really evaluate what kind of parent I am, and how my actions may possibly affect how my kids are treated.

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Organizing Toys and Games

Your challenge this week is organizing toys and games in your childrens’ rooms, and around the house, so your kids can actually find and play with their toys, and you don’t trip over anything anymore.

Organizing Toys and Games

For the past couple of weeks we’ve been working on all the areas of our kids’ rooms, starting with the closets, and then focusing on their bedrooms.

This week we’re finishing the focus on our children’s stuff, at least for a while, by focusing on the area that generally gives most parents (including me) the most trouble — toys, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, and other stuff we have for our kids to amuse themselves with.

The steps for this week should be done with your children, if they’re old enough to participate. They deserve to have their opinions listened to and considered in the process of decluttering and organizing their toys, although you, as a parent, also have quite a large stake in the process.

Are you new here? This challenge about how to organize toys and games is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

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Marriage Is Hard

Yes people, marriage is hard. Really hard. Even when you are 100% completely in love with your husband, marriage is hard.

Marriage is hard…

i-cant-keep-calm-because-you-make-me-crazy marriage is hard

I love my husband so much, but there are things he does that drive me CRAZY. And it’s never anything big… In fact, it generally starts off with me asking him to do something.

Example 1: “Baby, you look like you’re really busy, and you should be in bed. Is there anything I can do for you?” I ask him to do the laundry, and tell him I really need a pair of jeans for work in the morning…  The next morning, I wake up late, and by the time I get around to checking on the status of my blue jeans the surprise I got made me ready to blow… My jeans were never washed, laundry was never done. What did happen was that my darling husband put everything in the washer, put the laundry detergent in there, and then walked away. It was everything I could do not to scream. Instead, I muttered “I asked for one mother f***ing thing” and stomped around the house finding some other pants.

Example 2: Last night when I got home from grocery shopping, I asked the hubs to refill the sugar dish so that I wouldn’t have to when I woke up at whatever awful time. Fast forward to when I woke up this morning, sugar is in the grocery bag, on the floor… Frustration set in, and all I could think is “Are you f***ing kidding me?”

It’s not always bad…

i know we drive each other crazy marriage is hardNow, I’ve picked two things that he did that really irked me. Two small things…. I can tell you that although he’s not perfect, I do my fair share of driving him crazy too.

That morning that I found my blue jeans sitting in the washer, we just so happened to run out of toilet paper on the roll in the bathroom. Instead of being nice and putting out another roll of toilet paper, I let the empty one sit there, and then I proceeded to move the other rolls of toilet paper to a new location.

Mean? Yes. But in my mind, it was well deserved. And I have to admit that I laughed like crazy when he called me later freaking out.

Plus, the advantage to getting up a LOT earlier than the hubs, is that this morning, I can almost guarantee that unless I stop now, I will drink all of the coffee, and conveniently go for a run right as the hubs is getting ready to wake up. The hubs has a complete inability to make coffee on his own…

Mean? Again, yes. But also deserved in my mind…

We all have little things that we do that get on each other’s nerves. And while I sometimes don’t take the most mature approach to dealing with it, I also know that if I went off yelling every time he drove me nuts, he’d go running home to his mom’s within a week.

Yes, marriage is hard, but it can also be really great…

Yes, the hubs drives me nuts, he makes me crazy, and sometimes I may want to strangle him, but for every single thing he does that frustrates me, there are a million other things that he does that make me smile, that make me laugh, and that make me cry happy tears.

  1. He does the dishes, because he knows that I despise doing dishes.
  2. He brings home puppies from the dumpster, because he knows I couldn’t bear to see them on the side of the road.
  3. He helps the eldest with his homework every night.
  4. He taught the youngest how to build fires and shoot a gun.
  5. He loves my kids like they’re his own.
  6. He records movies on the DVR that he thinks I’ll want to watch.
  7. He cooks for me.
  8. He holds me when I feel like dog crap.
  9. He supports my dreams.
  10. He finds ways to make me laugh, when all I want to do is cry.
  11. He doesn’t run away when I start to cry.
  12. He watches the kids so I can grocery shop alone (and yes, that is sooooo important to me and my sanity!).
  13. Even though we never go to bed at the same time, he always kisses me good night when he comes to bed (I know, because even though he doesn’t think he does, he wakes me up every single time).
  14. He calls me from work to see how my day of working with tiny human went.
  15. He tells me I’m beautiful, even when I look like this.

if I had a flower

I guess what I really need to say is that even though marriage is hard, if you really love the person that you’re with, it is easy to make it work. And, I guess I need to make some more coffee before I head out for my morning run.

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All About Alicia

So, all about Alicia…


I’m a small town girl. Born and raised. I escaped for 5 years and did some traveling, had a few kids (Micheal and Kyle), and then came back.

When I moved back, I ran into an old friend, who turned out to be the love of my life. I am so thankful for him, we have built a life together that I am more than thankful for.


I have finally started working at a job that I am so proud of. I don’t make a lot of money (actually, it feels like I hardly make any), but it is so rewarding in so many other ways. I work as a paraprofessional at a local elementary school. I work with both special needs children, and with a kindergarten class. Although it gets frustrating at times, the kids there make me smile every single day.

During my time at home, I attempt to keep an organized house (check out my 52 week home organization challenge) and to teach my children the importance of living green. We are all working towards living a healthier lifestyle, by exercising properly and eating healthy.

I have marp_2012-12-23_14-07-45_156-169x3001.jpgny hobbies, which include painting, reading, and crocheting… among other things. I am sure that these projects will find their way here from time to time.

I am hoping to go back to school soon… I can’t decide whether or not go for my Early Childhood Education degree or for a Special Education degree. I am taking this school year at work to try to figure out which way to proceed with my education.

So, there you have it, all about Alicia. Now that you’ve learned all about me, I sincerely hope that you will come back and see what all I have to say.


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