The Sisterhood Circle! Plus, Book Launch Goodness! (What???)

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So hey… I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK.

Finally.

And I will tell you all about it (and show you the cover) soon. It’s so beautiful!

But right now you need to know that I will be pulling my launch team for the book from the gals in my Sisterhood Circle group. The Sisterhood Circle is where I share all about books and projects I’m working on, or just fun things I want to tell you about (on a completely non-consistent basis). I also give my sisterhood circle gals sneak peaks, discounts, and a freebie here and there!

If you would like to be a part of the Sisterhood Circle (SURE YOU DO), head here! If you want to be considered for the launch of le new book (GIDDY), then go on and get yourself signed up for the Sisterhood Circle!

Here’s to surprises and FUN!

Love to you! Oh, and HAPPY SPRING!

SM

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Day 28 – Organize Something in the Kitchen! #31DaysToClean

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Today pick something in the kitchen to organize!

Do you have a drawer in your kitchen that is what some might call the “junk” drawer? Or a cabinet you’ve been wanting to organize? That is what we’re cleaning today.

The plan:

  • Pull everything thing out of the drawer (s) and/or cabinet you want to clean and organize. Go nuts!
  • If you find Christmas cards, throw them away unless they really mean something to you and you must keep them. If you keep them, designate a box for all Christmas for all time. Label the box, “Christmas cards.”
  • As you’re cleaning, have a bag or a bin for all paperwork you’re not sure what to do with it. You can go through that later. For now, the goal is to clean and organize what you do want/need in the kitchen.

After Pics!

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I kept special picture cards and put them in my memory box. All the pencils and pens and random other school-ish supplies I put with our school stuff. But mostly…

I purged!

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Oh yes I did. Ever since the great book purge of 2015 (and of ever) I am LOVING getting rid of things!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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Day 27 – Clean Your Car Before Spring! #31DaysToClean

This is Distance…

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Oh sweet Distance. Yes, that’s her name. She has gone the distance for me several times when I was on empty and needed to make it to a gas station.

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Yes, that is my child’s name CARVED WITH A ROCK INTO THE SIDE OF DISTANCE. If she’s still running by the time Ella is 16, this van is hers because obviously she’s named it and claimed it.

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This is a snapshot of the mess. Ew. I will be pay the kids to clean her out. :) Kids FTW!

Today, we move on to…the car.

That’s right, you heard me correctly. Whether it’s freezing outside or warm and sunny, if your car is a mess let’s get it clean.

Remember, I’m doing this with you! I’ve got a van with toys and fast-food wrappers (don’t judge, I’m working on this), and Lord knows what else! Here’s the plan:

  • Get two big trash bags, one for trash and one for all the other items that need to come in the house! Start sorting!
  • If it’s warm enough, take the time to vacuum out your car. If it’s freezing outside, forget this!
  • Once you’ve cleaned out your vehicle, go inside and sort through all the things in the stuff trash bag.Get the Kids Involved! If the kids have stuff in the car or they helped make the mess, get them out there to help clean up! It’s especially useful because kids have little bodies and little hands and can get in the back seats and down low and get underneath the seats. So helpful!

After Pics!


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Yep, I paid my kids to clean out the van. And then…

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I paid $8 to get the interior cleaned out! Best $8 spent EVER! Three dudes scrubbed and vacuumed it! YES!

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Nothing gross under here!

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WOO HOO! I am a happy woman.

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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The Great Book Purge of 2015 (And of Ever)

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The before (the hole in the middle of the shelves was actually where we used to keep our T.V.)

I am what you might call a book hoarder.

I love books. I have a thing for books. I smell the insides of books. They are my children. We do not ever talk about getting rid of my babies.

Until now. Well, until the other day when I read a book that told me to get rid of books.

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In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing the author, Marie Kondo, says that we should get rid of everything that does not “spark joy in our hearts.”

What a lovely way of encouraging you to THROW AWAY BOOKS. And everything else. But seriously, it was so helpful for me because my bookshelves really did need cleaned out (as well as everything in the rest of my house).

I took the author’s advice and took every single book off the shelf and then went through each deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. In addition to asking myself if it sparked joy in my heart, I also asked if it was educational for my children or would spark joy or relief in their hearts one day. If it didn’t, or I felt like it already served purpose in my life, GONE.

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The fam even got in on the action…

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We purged and we purged and we got rid of over TWELVE bags of books! CRAZY.

Oh my goodness, I had no idea how good it felt to PURGE! I feel lighter already. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of my house! PURGE BABY PURGE! Anyway, I’m telling you this because I recommend the book and the purging. It was so helpful for me. If you can’t get the book, it can be summed up in this: “Get rid of everything by going through it systematically by category instead of room (clothes, books, papers, etc.) and ONLY keep what sparks joy in your heart.” 

I am telling you, there is such freedom in getting rid of things and just keeping the things you really enjoy.

One quick caveat with the book before I show you the after pics: Marie tells you to hold your book and thank it and a few other things that I’m not into. As with any book, just pick the bones and keep the meat! :)

Okay, want to see the reveal? YEA YOU DO!

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AFTER!!!!

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Doesn’t it look SO refreshing?!!! I know!

Best. Decision. Ever. I love it SO much, and I actually want to be in this room now! Yay! Thank you Marie!

Oh, and for those who are concerned about my babies, they are being given to friend.

Ahhhh, here’s to a CLEAN SPACE!

Love, SM

P.S. My husband built those beautiful shelves. :)

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Day 26 – The Laundry Room! #31DaysToClean

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SO MUCH LAUNDRY!

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Today is laundry room day! We are going to clean our laundry rooms and get some of those piles of clothes on the floor WASHED and PUT AWAY!

Here we go…

  • Sort the laundry and begin washing a load
  • Clean off and wash the surfaces of the washer and dryer
  • Take out any trash
  • Vacuum or sweep the laundry room
  • Tidy up any other areas you need to make the room clean!
  • Go nuts! Sort, wash and most importantly, PUT IT ALL AWAY! No living out of laundry baskets!

After Pics!

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See those baskets there? After I took this picture, I washed almost all those clothes as well! I think I did five loads of laundry!

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Clean!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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