Mom Life Organized

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

January is the perfect time to examine how you organize your days, weeks, and months! Not only what you do, but the actual tools for helping achieve that organization. Today, Shauna and I are sharing some of our favourite tools to use, from printables and calendars to helpful apps. From two real moms in the thick of daily life, here are ways we get & stay organized {and also, achieve some inspiration & sanity}:

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Printables

  • 2018 Download Bundle from All Good Things Collective ~ Sarah: “My first year using this one, it includes a monthly calendar, weekly calendar, to-do list, screensavers for your phone, scripture verses to memorize, and artwork prints for each month. Purchase the bundle, and get a download link for the whole thing, then print off as you go.”

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

 

Putting Pen to Paper

I (Shauna) am a bit old fashioned in my planning. I prefer a beautiful day-timer and cute notepads to anything my phone has to offer…

  • Riffle Paper makes beautiful planners (along with everything else stationary based) and I was lucky enough to be gifted their 2018 planner for Christmas this year
  • Chapters/Indigo has a wonderful selection of day-timers, notepads and stationary as well. I love spending some quiet moments just browsing – either in store or online.
  • Dollarama actually has some really good day-timer and notepad options as well…and for really great prices. I used their day-timer for the past couple years.
  • Frankie Magazine (an Australian based company) makes a very beautiful diary. A splurge, definitely, but very fun.

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

 

Helpful Apps and Online Tools

  • To-Doist ~ For all my list making {from home, to handmade business, to self-care}, with the ability to share tasks with hubby who also has the app.
  • Cozi Family Organizer ~ With calendar, plus meal planner, and grocery list maker & more {mainly hubby & I started using it because it was the best solution for a shared calendar on our different mobile platforms, iPhone & Android}
  • Superstore Click and Collect ~ Seriously team. If you haven’t tried online grocery shopping, it’s time you gave it a try. It’s an absolute game changer! You simple log in, search for your grocery list items, add them to your cart, choose a pick up time (the majority of which are $3), and you’re set. Picking up groceries is also very smooth. You park in the designated spot, give them a call and they bring your groceries to your car. I’ve had only good experiences with Click and Collect (Superstore). It saves time and money as you can easily track your cart balance as you do your shopping; leaving far fewer opportunities for impulse purchases and more time for another couple errands before school pick up.

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

  • Period Tracker ~ So admittedly I (Sarah) no longer need this app since my hysterectomy, but it was my go-to for tracking my cycle, hormones, & symptoms.
  • Flo ~ Another period, ovulation, symptom tracking option. This one pairs well with an Apple watch as well.
  • Google Drive ~ I dived into using this app a ton during a project for YYC Growers that lasted five months & required wrangling work by multiple team members. Now we use it for our own farm projects. Great for sharing documents & photos. It all gets stored in one spot for everyone to access. For a domestic application, consider this if you’re facing home renos this year, or planning a big family event {download Google Sheets & Docs to accompany it}

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

  • Paperless Post ~ my preference for event invites {like birthday parties} just because it is a little more funky & fun that Evite.
  • City of Calgary Garbage Day ~ With the new compost bins causing some changes in scheduling and 3 bins to coordinate, a few garbage pick ups have been missed. This free service sends notifications prior to your scheduled pick up day.
  • Pinterest ~ duh. Even if you don’t want to spend a ton of time scrolling through the feed, you can’t deny that Pinterest is still the place to collect all your awesome inspo, projects, ideas, needs, & wants!

Good luck & happy planning!

Seventy-Two Whole Months

Seventy-Two Whole Months - Turning Six - Mommy Blog

 

This boy of ours turns SIX years old today!! I can not even begin to fathom that we are parenting a six year old now. It just suddenly happened. I’ve heard it said so many times before of parenthood; the days are long, the years are short. And it is absolutely true.

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Seventy-Two Whole Months - Turning Six - Mommy Blog

 

Dear Sam,

From the moment we found out about you, our hearts were filled with a joy and anticipation like none we had ever known. Could you sense it? Did you feel how much you were loved already; how much hope you were bringing us & the entire family? The greatest light after a very dark season.

I never got weary of feeling you move inside me. Oh I was weary, but not of all your spins, kicks, punches and hiccups. Deep down I knew I needed to cherish all of it. Goodness, those hiccups of yours! They could send me into giggles.

I still remember the moment I first saw you move. I was on the phone organizing the design for your uncle Blake’s glass urn for his memorial service. I felt a huge flutter and looked down. For a second I thought I was going crazy, but then I saw it, a little “bop” from inside my tummy. It was surreal. And so real. It made you real to me.

The greatest light after a very dark season.

 

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And of course, we should have known that your entrance into this world would not go lightly. After all the we’d already been through, your birth was another lesson in trust & faith. You were born by c-section around 9:30am on January 12th. Your proud papa held you within a minute of your birth. I didn’t get that pleasure until after 11am that morning, but I will always remember how much my heart swelled, the moment you saw me, really saw me, for the first time. You were laying on my chest and heard my voice, and struggled to turn your head to look at me. You knew my voice. And it was like, “oh, there you are mama.” Pure joy. Priceless and simply miraculous.

 

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{Special note – Newborn Sam is actually cuddled in Shauna’s lap in this photo that her husband took}

You were loved not just by us, but by our friends too, who recognized the miracle & blessing of your life. They couldn’t wait to share parenthood with us, and watch you grow & go through life. They’re still watching you & sharing in all the milestones.

Seventy-Two Whole Months - Turning Six - Mommy Blog

 

You’ve made your papa into not just a “proud papa”, but an even more exceptional man. You bring out the best in us as parents & people {and also, the worst}. We push each other to our limits, and then gently, lovingly help each other back to ourselves again. And we know just how much you want a little brother or sister {or two} to share this life with. I’m sorry we couldn’t give that to you as easily as some parents can. But you have a strong faith, just as we do, that God will help us adopt. That’s a blessing that many kids at your age can’t even begin to comprehend, but here you are, encouraging us to pray every day about adopting {because that’s what we did to adopt your cat GoGo}.

 

Seventy-Two Whole Months - Turning Six - Mommy Blog

 

And what a neat kid you’ve grown to be! Your intelligence amazes me. Your observations of the natural world is inspiring. Your resilience, and adaptability to huge change is encouraging. And your humor & desire to make others laugh is just so remarkable. Our lives are filled with more science, math, dinos, and jokes & riddles than I ever pictured it would be! I’m steadily {gently} forcing my creative nature onto you, while you push me into the world of young boys {ninjas, pirates, dungeons & dragons, nature collecting, dino digging, Pokemon, & Geronimo Stilton}. At least we both share a love of colour, cats and candy {and a hundred other things}.

So, my sweet, happy 6th birthday to you. And many, many more.

Love,

Mama

Living With Essential Oils: January Picks

Living With Essential Oils: January Picks ~ Oils to help with your New Year's Resolutions ~ Healthy You!

 

Oh my! New month, new year and, for a lot of folks that means, new resolutions for healthy living. What better place to start than with introducing some essential oils to your routine! My oils crew, Shauna & Jan, suggested we share inspiration for how you can use essential oils to help achieve some of the common New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re looking for short-term help to get you motivated or ways to include oils in the long-term, you’ve got some ideas! Plus a downloadable recipe for two wellness roll-ons!

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New Year to Find Creativity

New Year, New Creativity

 

Welcome 2018. Like a lot of folks, I’m pondering what this new year holds. I’ve been reading back over past business plans, ideas & motivations. Wondering how to un-stick myself {because, boy am I stuck!}. All the while, I am conscious of how demanding the farm will be again this year…

I’m thinking this year is going to be about playful creativity and branching out; trying to rekindle the magic in making and striving to combine both farm & craft life in some unique product offerings.

Oh and also more tattoos!

2018 you are my blank canvas, and I am yours!

Turning 37

Happy Birthday, Turning 37

 

37 doesn’t feel much different. Although my 20-something self would never have pictured my life as it now. I haven’t had too many clear & exact pictures of my future. It’s not like I pictured having one particular job, or driving a particular car or having traveled to particular countries…

But I would not have pictured being a mom to only one child. Or having so many empty seats around the table at Christmas. We’ve said a lot of sad goodbyes over recent years.

Life keeps moving though; it waxes and wanes. Swells and shrinks. So many seasons yet to come. Or so I hope to be blessed with. More years ahead.

So turning another year older, is really not so bad at all.

I joked with Marcus that we won’t get to use these candles again until one of us turns 73 {if we’re lucky}. In his usual positive manner, he pointed out that Sam can use the “7” in another year, and our adopted children, that we pray for each day, can use them when they turn “3” and “7”. Life can look different to everyone. I’m just thankful to have a partner in this craziness.

{PS – we missed celebrating our 10th Anniversary together in November due to all the chaos. We had a trip planned to Victoria, but it got cancelled/postponed until the New Year. So here’s a shout out to my amazing hubby and more than a decade shared together!}

Mama, Blogger, Etsy Shop Owner, Farm Wife ~ Bubblegum Sass