Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Today, I just want to take a moment to say thank you to my readers! I am soooooo grateful for each person who takes the time to read my posts and comment, either on the blog itself, through personal conversation, and/ or via text. The world is saturated with written information in books, blogs, and all sorts of other publications. So, checking out I’m Mom Me means that you’re reading this blog instead of something else {in that moment} and that makes me happy! Thank you!

Friday, November 22, 2013

You know I enjoy a good, simple craft so here are a few Thanksgiving ones you can do with the children in your life!

Pre-reading:  Right before we did each of these crafts, we read a simple Thanksgiving book that discussed why we have Thanksgiving…. the Pilgrims leaving England, the Mayflower, Native Americans {Squanto}, etc.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

So, I just finished purging my sweaters and I was pleasantly surprised that at least in this one area, I haven’t been holding on to things that I know I won’t ever wear again. I’m only down three sweaters… probably because I purged sweaters earlier this year when I got an addition to my closet, but none the less, I’ve created a bit more room!

How is your purging coming along? Remember, if you’re behind or haven’t even started, it’s never too late. Set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes and see what kind of progress you can make in any area. Baby steps people. Baby steps.

Let’s keep moving… almost to week five! So, for this week, let’s focus on...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

During our second purging session, we tackled jackets and coats. While I was in my coat closet, I realized I had a bit of a scarf problem. Not that I had too many, just that they weren’t stored or organized in the most effective way.

Initially, I had them draped across a pant/skirt hanger which worked fine, for the most part, but once I saw some white space in my closet after parting with some old coats, I wanted more...more white space! The scarves hanging on the hanger took up too much space so I needed something different.

Friday, November 15, 2013

One of the things that I look forward to during this time of year is receiving Christmas cards in the mail. I eagerly check my box each day anticipating what family I get to see looking great in their Christmas duds. Sadly, many family and friends I know don’t do Christmas cards, but hopefully you’re not one of them. Not only is it a great way to spread Christmas cheer and connect with others, but it’s a great memory and keepsake that I’m sure will be treasured as the years continue to go by.

I mentioned in this post that I say “Awwwww” a lot when looking at things from the past, so you probably aren’t surprised that I have a hard time parting with old Christmas cards. About three years ago, I decided I needed a creative and neat way to store Christmas cards that still allowed me to pull them out during this time of year. If you’re looking for a way to store your Christmas cards, continue reading. This post’s for you!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Is it just me, or does it seem that Thursdays keep rolling around back to back? I mean, it seems like I just did a post about our purging process in preparation for the holidays like two days ago, and yet, here we go again!  

How’s it going, by the way? Have you been purging away? I have to agree with the commenter who said that the hardest part is getting started. Oh, yes it is! But I must say, this is a running theme in my life. I put things off because they seem too hard. I procrastinate because it seems like it will take me forever to make it perfect, so I don’t act. Oh, but when I do… when I stop procrastinating, avoiding, and putting things off…once I actually get started, I am ALWAYS pleasantly surprised at how quickly I am able to get things done. If you’ve been dragging your feet during this purging process, do yourself a favor and just do it! Really, you’ll feel better once you’ve gotten something done.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

If you're new to The Makings of Me series, read the intro below.

I like beginnings. The beginning of the day, the beginning of the week, the month, the year… There’s something about the beginning that seems so fresh and opportunistic. It’s like you get a clean slate to start whatever you want to start. A diet, an exercise program, a new perspective, a new you.

I mentioned in a previous post that September is my birthday month and so, it dawned on me that this is the beginning of a new year of life for me. I never viewed my birthday that way before. (I’m telling you…it’s something about the 30s!)I usually only considered January 1, the start of the new year, but really, each birthday signifies a new year of life for that individual. Isn’t that nice!? A beginning!

For the next 12 months, I’ll be taking strides and making efforts to improve this year of life for me. I’ll be doing the things I’ve thought about doing but never followed through on. I’ll be doing the things I know I should do, but don’t. I’ll be intentionally working towards doing and being better in areas of my life that I feel need improvement.

Your birthday may be far off, but really, there’s no time like the present to live the life you want to live. Don’t keep waiting if you’ve felt a tug to do and be a better you! Won’t you join me? Share any things you’re working on and your goals towards self improvement in the comments below. This is exciting! This is the beginning of a new you, and a new me!

Month 2: Mission 2- Eat right!

Monday, November 11, 2013

I’ll admit… I’m feeling a little behind on my Christmas shopping already! I like being prepared and since Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I don’t have many gifts stashed away yet, I’m almost about to feel rushed. But…I have laid the ground work {thanks gift notes} and should be able to knock things out fairly quickly…once I get the ball rolling.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It’s week 2 of our purging process in preparation for the holidays! How’s it going? Or, how did you go? Did you part ways with some shoes and books that were no longer useful?

I am proud to say that I am 22 pairs of shoes and 20 books lighter! Yay! My house lost weight! Be sure to leave your success in the comments below. Also tell us what you plan to do with the books and shoes your family no longer needs.

While I am not a hoarder, I do keep A LOT of things. Like, a lot. I say, “Awwwwwwwww” frequently when looking at things from the past and that keeps me from getting rid of items that I really don’t need to keep anymore. I have notes and letters from over 20 years ago and movie stubs and receipts…and many, many, many items…just because. Since we have 4 more weeks of purging, I feel like I need some reminders to keep my focused and out of that nostalgic “Awwwww” mode. I pulled out a few words of wisdom that have helped in the past and should hopefully help now to keep us focused on ridding our homes of unnecessary things.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gift Notes:  A Planned Approach for Gifting
Well, I think it’s pretty much official! The Holiday Season is here! I was hoping I could wait until around Thanksgiving to really get underway with Christmas and all that it entails, but no go. It’s here. Sigh. Get ready!

Today I'm sharing my new strategy for not only gift giving, but also keeping track of the gifts I've given. I realize this method may be a bit much for some, but I enjoy making lists and keeping track of things, so this approach is right up my alley. I'm sure there are many ways to adapt this method to fit your style, including using an app on your phone. But for my pen and paper folks, my strategy may work for you!

Have you ever forgotten what you've purchased someone from one year to the next or couldn't remember if a gift you gave was for someones birthday or Christmas? While ultimately, we know this isn't important, it matters when you're like me and want to give nice, thoughtful gifts that preferably, you didn't give them just the year before!  In the digital age, where everything is computerized and synchronized through Google calendar, I still enjoying jotting things down the old fashioned way.

Enter gift notes.