Monday, May 08, 2017

Cute Finds ~ Affordable Cute Girl's Dresses

Sometimes I find super cute things.

And I buy them.

I couldn't decide which one of these adorable dresses to buy, however, so I took pictures of them to share with you instead.

These dresses are perfect for play days or even slightly nicer things that call for a dress.
And they are only $5 at Walmart!

{I like Walmart and I'm not ashamed to say it.}

What do you think? Cute, right?!

They are still there and I might snag one but I still can't decide what style.
 I might size up, too because Ruby has way too many clothes right now and she'll need bigger sized eventually, right??

Which one is your favorite??

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Day for Laundry Method and other Laundry Tips

Everyone has their own way of doing laundry, so if you are happy with your ways feel free to skip right along past this post.

However, if you are feeling overwhelmed or like the laundry is taking over your life...
I finally figured out what works for me and our family of 5.  So here's what I've been doing the last couple of years and how it works for us.

I pick one day a week to do the majority of the laundry.  I start in the morning and I end the day with folding and sorting. 

For me, Mondays usually work the best for me.  Monday tends to have less scheduled activities and therefore less conflicts that get in the way of getting the task of it all done in a single day.  Our current laundry day is actually Tuesdays, because we had a Monday night conflict, but once the school year it out, my laundry day will be switching back ASAP!  I've tried many days of the week over the years and Mondays have been consistently the easiest to keep as laundry day.

During my ONE day of laundry, I usually wash about 5 loads of laundry ~ Lights/Colors, Darks, Jeans, Whites, and Towels.  Sometimes the Lights and the Colors are their own loads but I usually mix them.  Whites are things that are ONLY white so I can bleach them when needed.  Sheets get washed on their own day because that's a huge task all by itself.

Sometimes the kids help me gather and sort the laundry.  Other times I'm nice and I do it all myself.  It's easier to make them help when school is out for the summer.  It's a great simple chore for them to get them involved in the laundry! You can always check their sorting and move things as necessary!

Random Laundry Tip:  My kids take baths pretty regularly, and they also get their clothes pretty dirty.  I started keeping a laundry hamper or basket in the bathroom where they take a bath.  I also started keeping stain remover spray there.  Now I can peel off their clothes, pre-treat them and then toss them in the hamper.  I know you probably aren't supposed to do it days before you actually wash them...but if I don't pre-treat them until laundry day, I have noticed the clothes tend to stay stained.  It's been working out so much better this way! 

Clean clothes go on the bed
During my ONE day of laundry, I keep up on switching the loads to make sure it keeps going until it's all washed and dried.  The clean clothes get dumped on a big pile on my bed.  I've folded laundry on couches and tables, but i like using my bed for a couple reasons.

     ~ Unlike a dining room table, you don't need your bed for other things during the day (except    maybe a nap and trust me, laundry won't stop you from taking a nap on your bed!)

     ~ It's clean ~ no food or dirty dishes or papers to clean off of it first. Couches are great, but then your back is usually facing the TV (we'll get back to this later).

     ~ Also the clothes are most likely to fall off the backs and arms of the couch ~ super frustrating.  So that brings me back to the bed!  One giant flat, clean space to work on.

Time to Fold and watch a Show
So now all the clothes have been washed and dried...Now they need to be folded.
I used to dread this part but now I don't mind it.
It's 1 hour of my day (sometimes 1 1/2 hrs) dedicated to just me and the laundry.  And I make this time enjoyable by binge-watching my favorite shows!!

In my old house I had a TV in my bedroom, but we haven't set that up yet, so I just use my laptop and open up Netflix.  I watch one season of a show and then move onto another show.  Over the years I've watched, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Downton Abby, and I'm currently watching Jane the Virgin.  

Sort it Out
Every body's clothes get folded and sorted.  I have 3 kids 8 and 5 year old boys and one 2 year old girl.  They have a pile for pants, shirts PJ pants and PJ shirts.  There are also piles for the towels sorted into where they go in the house (kids bathroom, my bathroom, kitchen...)  A stack of hubby's pants, a pile of shirts to go on hangers.  Same for mine...

I take over the whole bed with my piles.  The clean clothes get dumped out on one side of the bed and the piles start taking over the other side.

Most of my own clothes and my hubby's shirts get put onto hangers.  Instead of putting them on hangers as I go, I lay them out in a pile and then put them all on hangers at the same time.  Then I don't sort mine & my hubby's out until I'm putting them away in our closet.  Trust me that this saves SO much time!

Basket for Socks & Underwear
Another time saving tip is to ignore all the socks and underwear until the end!  I throw all the kids' underwear and everybody's socks in a basket until I'm done folding the rest of the laundry.

Then, I can sort them into stacks of each persons' socks.  Nothing gets "paired" up.  Ever.  Not even my little girl's multi colored socks.  (And she's the only one who has ever had more than just white socks, by the way.)  You want to simplify life??  Get rid of the cutesy socks and each kid gets one type of sock.  Ruby is my exception, but her socks stay together for the most part (we are missing a few here and there) But they all get dumped into an ikea Skubb box and I find matching socks when I put them on her feet.  No need to do it on laundry day!!

Same for underwear -- I don't fold underwear, I simply sort them out into whose it is and they put it in a basket inside their dresser drawers.

Put it All Away
After ALL the laundry is folded, I start putting it away.  I put all of my hubby's and my laundry away in our closet, and then I put away all the towels.

Since my kids are all sleeping in their rooms by this point, they each get a basket with their folded laundry.  I put the baskets outside their door and in the morning, they put the laundry away.  I help Ruby put hers away.  

This process has simplified laundry day so much!

Although I am usually beat by the end of the day, I still kind of look forward to just being able to watch my show and do my own thing for an hour that night.  I also feel so much better when I stick to this routine and get all the laundry done and folded in that one day.  If I don't fold it that tends to just lay around until nearly the next laundry day and my kids constantly bug me about not having enough pants... so it's just better to do it all and be done with it for a whole week!

What are your best laundry day tips??

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pinewood Derby

Luke has been participating in Cub Scouts and he was finally able to do the Pinewood Derby!

But first, how cute is this picture of Luke and Ruby walking into the building??
Big Brother/Little Sister love right there!

Here's a big group shot of all the boys who came and participated.

And here's a picture of all the winners!

That's right ~ Luke came in SECOND place!
He was super excited to win a trophy to put on his dresser.

Another year, another car! Last year he won first place.  We had a wobbly wheel this time that slowed him down a bit.  Overall it's pretty fun to see all the different cars and creativity. Until next year!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Birthday Parties for Cousins

We've had a few birthday parties for cousins recently
If there is one certainty in life, it's that kids love birthday parties!

First one was a Friday night "Trolls" movie theme. 
Ruby was a little bit excited...

Ruby loved wearing her troll party hat! She wore it all the next day, too.  Cake and ice cream (especially the ice cream) are always a hit.

The next day was a soccer theme party
All the kids were give red or blue jerseys to wear...Ruby's was a little big on her!
So cute, though!

 They were also given whistles.  Good thing it was an outdoor party!

Don't forget about the very green cupcakes!

She was hot and tired and so I gave her a pad and pen to draw with...but it looks like she's a little soccer coach or something!

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