I’ve blogged for nine months and it is time to check in on my goals and blogging progress! So far it has been a great journey. I have learned so much along the way! When I started, I had no idea what SEO meant, let alone what a widget is! (For those non-bloggers it means search engine optimization and a widget is a tool to add different aspects to your blog without having to know coding). Whew! I’m glad to be done with those beginning stages. Now I am ready to focus on blog improvement and thank you for joining me on this ride!
When I started, I had no idea what SEO meant, let alone what a widget is! (For those non-bloggers it means search engine optimization and a widget is a tool to add different aspects to your blog without having to know coding). Whew! I’m glad to be done with those beginning stages. Now I am ready to focus on blog improvement and thank you for joining me on this ride!
Not that I consider myself an expert, but I am gaining knowledge and my goals for this year are looking good. As I reflect on the past nine months, I will take a look at my goals which include social media, page views, and posts.
How to do your housework in 25 minutes without going crazy! My cleaning tips!
How many of you LOVE housework? I’m picturing all of you with your hands down now!
I’m right there with you? After having my second baby, I felt like my house was chronically messy and although I truly believe everyone that says we should leave the house messy and play with our children, I was having a hard time coping with the overwhelm of messiness! I realized I needed a plan to keep a clean house and it needed to be something I would be able to keep up with.
The Science Behind Keeping your House Clean
Woman’s brains perceive clutter differently than men. A study from the January Issue of The Journal of Neuroscience from The Princeton Neuroscience Institute states, “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In everyday terms, the more stuff and clutter you have in your home, the more stressed out and less productive you will be. As a result, it is more difficult to focus because clutter is competing for the brain’s attention. This means as a mom, you can never truly relax. Before I read the research, I knew I felt this way often. Now I know exactly why.
So even though I spend a lot of time with my kids, I’ll opt for a clean house too which will help all parties involved because we will save my sanity! You can follow suit with this fool-proof method! Also, the best part is that will only take 25 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. That is just 45 minutes a day, broken up into small accomplishments.
What I Learned after selling 65 Items out of my closet and getting rid of “stuff”…
Have you ever considered what clutter does to your brain? Research shows clutter has a negative effect and more so on women. It makes us ladies feel unfocused and out of control when clutter starts to take over. It is difficult to feel content in an ever so cluttered environment.
Yet, many of us do not want to let go of our accumulated messes because our stuff holds value and sentiment. According to the Journal of Consumer Psychology, we see our stuff as part of us which explains why it can be so hard to clean out those baby toys or clothes you once looked so fab in.
A study from the January Issue of The Journal of Neuroscience from The Princeton Neuroscience Institute states, “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In everyday terms, the more stuff and clutter you have in your home, the more stressed out and less productive you will be. Your clutter will always be competing for your attention, and that precious time could be so well spent elsewhere (like with your kids), which leads me to why I am writing this post.
I have to admit, I fell a tad behind on my “Grateful to Greatness” series. Ironically, after writing a post about being grateful for my health, my entire family came down with the stomach flu. The illness took up another week of our lives and I’m happy to say, we have finally recovered. We are back to being a healthy bunch and for health, I am grateful once again.
For now, this will be my last post in the series. If you missed the first two check them out below:
This week, I would like to focus on Family. Where would we be without them? My family is so very important to me. They are there for me when I need them and at times they can drive me crazy, but I wouldn’t choose anyone else to share my life with!
If you missed the first week in the “From Grateful to Greatness Series” check it out here.
From Grateful to Greatness: Second Week – May 15: HEALTH
Have you ever been a patient in a hospital? I have and it is not ideal. I mean don’t get me wrong, the nurses were great (and I have many nurses in my family, so thank you for all you do nurses). Also being served food three times a day and having no chores almost sounds like a vacation, right? Yet, if you have ever stayed in the hospital, you know how the rest of your life is at a standstill.
I was 13-years-old and decided to zoom down a difficult hill while downhill skiing. If you live in Northern Michigan, you learn how to downhill ski because that is what people do when it is negative five below! Although I was nervous, I glided down the hill with ease until BUMP! I hit a mogul. BAM! I lost my balance… Noooooo…was that my ribs hitting the ground? FLIP, DOUBLE FLIP… Yep, that was me flipping, not skiing, down the hill. OUCH!
Just a short post today… I am wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!
Why I Shed a Tear this Mother’s Day…
This year, I went to buy the usual Mother’s Day cards. Without hesitation, I grabbed three cards. You see, I always buy cards for both of my grandmothers, as well as my mother. I’ve been giving my grandmothers cards and Mother’s Day presents since I was little, and even though they aren’t my mother, I still honor them. They both played a significant role in my life and were like my second mothers. As a child and throughout my life, my grandmothers were always looking out for me… Then it struck me, I only needed two cards.
My grandmother, the one I wasn’t getting a card for this year, was an amazing lady. One quality I admired about her was that she always showed up. If you invited her, she would come.
She was an active member of her church and had many friends, and although it was getting harder for her to get around, she still managed to travel, go to birthdays, weddings, shopping, out to eat, and church group activities. She was a social person and loved by all. She was warm, friendly, and kind. (more…)