Finding Efficiencies and Organization in Homemaking

I have written about productivity in the past…Productivity. Is this key? Or should this be banished from my goals during this phase of life with two little ones?

I read all the headlines: How to Get More Done in a Day. Maximize Your Mornings. How to Get Up Early. Organize Your Home. Declutter in a month. Write a Book in 30 days. (Seriously?) I see them and consider scheduling my next day accordingly. Sign up for every 30-day challenge you can find!

Then I look at my two daughters and reconsider. Does it matter that I have crossed 7 things off my to-do list by 8 AM? If they are my main focus, does it matter if I get anything else done?

It’s a balancing act that I’m trying to figure out. I want to get more done in a day, but not at the detriment of less quality time with my girls. How do I plan on doing this? Back in December I decided I would try to

  • Get up early
  • Add snippets of scheduled time to my day
  • Waste less time
  • Add efficiencies and organization to my day.

My starting point was to start getting up earlier than my girls, so I could have uninterrupted time before they woke up. I have been successful in making this early morning wake-up a habit and have not looked back. I have a Bonus Hour each morning and I love having a little time to myself each morning. Read all about it here: How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning.

I also wanted to add efficiencies and organization to my day, so I could truly ENJOY the unscheduled time with my girls. Too much of the time, I’m staring at what I need to clean, cook, and organize and it’s hard for me to sit down and give 100% of my time.

Finding Efficiencies and Organization in Homemaking

I do not always see homemaking the same.. Sometimes I see it as a wonderful way to serve and show love to my husband and children. Othertimes I feel like it is just a chore and a distraction to just enjoying our time together.

  • I want to want to have a clean house, but I do not want to spend hours every day making sure every corner of my home is spotless.
  • I want to have healthy, homemade meals, but I have no issues serving cereal for dinner on occasion.
  • I want to put others before myself as we are called to serve, but I want to have time alone for myself to refresh and have a break.
  • I try to provide clean meals. I love the idea of a toxin-free home and try first for natural products and remedies, but I refuse to worry about all of it. I’m OK with picking and choosing.
  • I am disciplined about getting rid of clutter in some areas of my home, but constantly ignore other areas.
  • I strive to give my daughters my full attention at times, but am also OK zoning out and doing my own thing when they are playing nicely. Especially if it’s been a hectic day.

Homemaking can be hard work when you are exhausted from chasing littles all day, but it is also very rewarding! I do not enjoy meal planning and am less than stellar at having a dinner plan. When I do plan meals out and have served my husband meals he has enjoyed, it makes me feel happy to know that the work is worth it!

Sometimes I figure out ways to better organize and plan my day and household, other times I look for a resource that will help me do this. I enjoy researching and finding new ideas for running the home.

I find it especially helpful to look for books, eBooks or other online resources when my homemaking motivation is running low. Often times I only need to read about a new idea, new recipe or quick tip to motivate me to get back into whatever task or chore I’m dreading.

I am looking forward to The 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for this exact reason – Motivation, new ideas & quick tips! A skim of the titles was all I needed to be interested in this bundle.

 

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 106 products (including 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site). These top-quality resources cover everything you need to make homemaking and mothering feel less stressful…quick & healthy recipes, homemaking printables, cleaning tips, parenting help, and more. The resources will help you:

  • Speed up your cleaning routine
  • Stop living paycheck-to-paycheck
  • Bring order to your home (even with kids)
  • Cook up wholesome recipes for your family
  • Increase your productivity (while still taking care of yourself!)
  • Build relationships with your kids
  • Control your temper so you’re more patient with your kids
  • and finally enjoy homemaking

The categories include Creativity, Faith, Finances, Home, In the Kitchen, Intentional Living, Marriage, Motherhood, Organization & Systems, Recipes, Self-Care, Work & Life Balance, and Bonuses!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available April 26 – May 1. The total value is $1980+ (plus bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually.

I am excited to have my eBook/workbook included in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle this year!

motionmailapp.com

Here are a few of the 106 Homemaking and Mothering Resources that I am most excited about:

  • Clutterfree with Kids: Change Your Thinking. Discover New Habits. Free Your Home. by Joshua Becker ($5.99)
  • 14 Days to Opening Your Front Door to Guests by Dana White ($7.99)
  • 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine ($4.99)
  • 30 Days to a Simpler Life eCourse by Brian Gardner ($15.00)
  • Productivity and Well-Being eCourse by Lisa Grace Byrne ($47.00)
  • A Peaceful Home by Crystal Brothers ($39.00)
  • Busy Mom’s Make-Ahead Breakfast Cookbook by Carrie Willard ($3.99)
  • Family Chore System & Planner by Mandi Ehman ($17.00)
  • High Protein, No Powder: Protein Bars and Smoothies Made with Real Food by Tiffany Terczak ($15.00)
  • Low Sugar Treats, the Real Food Way by Laura Coppinger ($6.95)
  • Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life by Brittany Ann ($6.95) {review here}
  • Streamline Your Side-Hustle: A Comprehensive Guide to Balancing Your Blog with the Rest of Your Life by Erin Mellon ($15.00)




Bonuses! A list of all the bonuses are towards the bottom of this post, but I will share the three I ordered right away!

  • $15 store credit from Cultivate What Matters (international shipping available) – I bought Lara Casey’s Intentional Goal Planner called, also known as POWERSHEETS.
  • Free 1 month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $20 value – My girls love boxes like this!
  • Free 1 month MightyFix shipment from Mighty Nest, $17 value – I started using my wool dryer balls yesterday!

 Here are more of the resources available in the bundle: 





You can view the entire list of what is included (plus the bonuses) here.

You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it. In addition to the eBooks and courses there also physical bonuses included! (See bonus list below.) Ultimate Bundles offers a 30-Day guarantee on their Bundles. 

Here are the bonuses that come with the Homemaking Bundle. Some are 100% free; others are yours for the cost of shipping. You’ll get:

  • $15 store credit from Cultivate What Matters (international shipping available) – POWERSHEETS!
  • Free 1 month subscription from Kiwi Crate, $20 value ($15 off $50 shop purchase for existing customers, shipping available to U.S. & Canada)
  • Free 1 month MightyFix shipment from Mighty Nest, $17 value ($15 store credit toward next add-on order for existing MightyFix subscribers, international shipping available)
  • One project box from Detox Project Box, $25 value (shipping available to U.S. & Canada)
  • Free 1 month subscription from Bookroo, $18 value (box of past favorites for existing customers, international shipping available)
  • $15 store credit from Orglamix (international shipping available)
  • $15 store credit from Strawesome (international shipping available)
  • Digital download of the 2017 Hope Ink Calendar, $20+ value -or- $15 credit + 3 art prints from Hope Ink, $99 value (international shipping available)
  • Homeowner Lifetime Membership from HomeBinder, $120 value (digital)
  • Free 1 year annual membership from MollyGreen.com, $29 value (digital)

Order The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle during the first two days of the sale to get the Early Bird Bonus. You will get the eReader upgrade for free. ($10 value)

Learn more and get your bundle now! 

motionmailapp.com

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Thank you for supporting my site!

Stop by to see where I link-up my posts each week: Link-Up List

Freezer Meal Labels Printable

Freezer Meal Printable Labels

Standard Disclosure: In order to support my blogging activities and provide free content on this blog, I may receive a commission if you purchase from the links in this post.

I made Printable Freezer Meal Labels that I want to share with you today. I also learned of a freezer stocking method I am excited to try. Read to the end!

I do not often set aside hours to stock my freezer with freezer meals. (This may change now that I see how easy MyFreezEasy makes it. 10 meals in an hour!!) Instead of one big session to stock my freezer, I am more likely to double or triple a recipe and throw the extras in the freezer for later.

When I do set aside the time to do this, I love the rewards! Picking a meal out of the freezer is the best. It’s a good day when dinner entails thawing a frozen meal and throwing it in the crock-pot. The rewards of a well-stocked freezer are real! It saves time, money, and the what-am-I-making-for-dinner headache.

Freezer Meal Printable Labels

Before you toss the meal in your freezer, you will need to label the meal. It will save you the time of needing to research the directions later. You will have all the details needed when you pull the frozen meal out at a later date.

The labels can also be used if you are giving the freezer meal to someone else as a gift. You don’t want the new mom trying to figure out what the directions are, so make sure you print these labels to tape on the freezer meal!

The labels include a place to write in

  • Recipe Name
  • Date Prepared
  • Number of Servings
  • Directions

The labels will print on an 8.5X11 sheet of paper. You can also purchase sticker paper if you don’t want to have to tape the labels on the bag or pan.

Use the Freezer Meal Labels Printable to record: Recipe Name, Date Prepared, Number of Servings and Directions. The PDF is available in two colors! I also share a resource to help you stock your freezer! 10 meals in just one hour!

Use the Freezer Meal Labels Printable to record: Recipe Name, Date Prepared, Number of Servings and Directions. The PDF is available in two colors! I also share a resource to help you stock your freezer! 10 meals in just one hour!

Print the Freezer Meal Labels Printable. The PDF includes both the pink/floral and purple/gold versions.

If you want help figuring out what meals to make, check out MyFreezEasy. 10 meals in one hour? Sign me up!

MyFreezEasy is a membership program where members receive 8 new meal plans each month. The Premium membership gives members access to the “build your own meal plan” desktop app. This is perfect if you want to mix and match the plans and recipes.

The goal of MyFreezEasy is to help members create their own meal plans so they can make 10 – 12 meals for their freezer in less than one hour. It takes a specific type or style of recipe and meal to make that happen. Erin (of $5 dinners) has designed pre-set meal plans with that goal in mind. You will be able to get 10 meals into your freezer without spending all afternoon in the kitchen. Sounds like a good plan to me! 

The premium membership includes 8 New Meal Plans Each Month (all plans include 10 meals each):

  • Traditional Plan – mix of different types of meals
  • Gluten-Free Plan – completely gluten-free including sides
  • Slow Cooker Plan – all freezer to slow cooker style
  • Clean Eats Plan – all “clean ingredients”
  • 20 Meals Plan – includes 20 meals instead of 10: mix of different types of meals
  • All Chicken Plan – all recipes use chicken breasts/chicken thighs (perfect for when chicken goes on sale!)
  • All Ground Beef Plan – all recipes use ground beef 
  • All Pork Chops Plan – all recipes use pork chops or pork tenderloin

I am browsing the meal plans for this month and cannot decide which one to try. I’m deciding between the Slower Cooker Plan and the Clean Eats Plan. The recipes look tasty and the recipes and instructions put together well. The shopping list, assembly prep instructions, and meal assembly instructions are very clear.

The member area also contains a video library, a resource library and a free freezer cooking workshop. 

Every day that you pull a meal out of the freezer, you will be thanking yourself for putting in the time filling your freezer. Check out MyFreezEasy!

Use the Freezer Meal Labels Printable to record: Recipe Name, Date Prepared, Number of Servings and Directions. The PDF is available in two colors! I also share a resource to help you stock your freezer! 10 meals in just one hour!

Stop by to see where I link-up my posts each week: Link-Up List 

Spring Cleaning Resources

Spring Cleaning Resources

Standard Disclosure: In order to support my blogging activities and provide free content on this blog, I may receive a commission if you purchase from the links in this post.

We have enjoyed a few warm days and I love the sneak peek of spring. I am looking forward to the warmer days of spring when I can open the windows and enjoy the fresh air in my home. And plenty of sunshine! The peeks of spring weather make me want to freshen up my home. It’s motivating to get started on some spring cleaning…or in my case, I am focusing a bit more on decluttering first.

Do you feel the same way? Do you want to open your windows, enjoy the sunshine, and freshen up and simplify your home?

Spring Cleaning Resources 

I have a few spring cleaning resources I want to share with you today. There are a few for your home and then one for more than just your home.

 

Spring Cleaning Resources: 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge – free printable, Conquer Your Clutter Bundle – a bundle of resources (ebooks & ecourses), How to Clean Your Window Tracks without Scrubbing, How to Clean Kitchen Appliances, The Toy Detox, Spring Cleaning Pinterest board, Clean More Than Your Home e-mail series 

Baby Shower Name Game Printable

Baby Shower Name Game Printable. Available in 3 colors: pink, blue, and teal

I have a quick and fun baby shower game for you today! It’s the Baby Shower Name Game. 

Each guest will write down a baby name that begins with each letter of the alphabet. The first guest to write a name down for A-Z is the winner. I have included three colors for the printable. You can pick the color based on the gender of the baby or there is also a gender neutral color if the mom doesn’t yet know the baby’s gender.

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Pink. Free.

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Blue. Free.

It’s your call if you want them to be able to write down just boy names, just girl names, or both boy and girl names. 

If you feel pressure to have a game, but don’t want the games to take over the shower, the Name Game is perfect!

And if you need prize ideas. Just grab some dark chocolate!

Print the Baby Shower Name Game Printable. The PDF includes the girl version (pink), boy version (blue/navy), and gender neutral version (teal).

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Teal. Free.

What is your favorite baby shower game to play?

Baby Shower Name Game Printable. Available in 3 colors: pink, blue, and teal

Stop by to see where I link-up my posts each week: Link-Up List 

Scripture LOVE printables

Free Bible Passage Scripture Love Printables

I created a few more printables for you. These scripture LOVE printables are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

They include four different Bible Passages about love. If your child is handing out valentines, print on card stock and cut the four sections. Include candy, a pencil, box of crayons, stickers, chapstick, Play-Doh or whatever goodie your child is excited to give out.
Free Bible Passage Scripture Love Printables Free Bible Passage Scripture Love Printables

Don’t only use them on Valentine’s Day! They are the perfect note to put in your child’s lunchbox. A little reminder of God’s love.

Print: Valentine Love Verse Printable

I also made a Valentine Word Search. There are two versions, an easier 9-word version and a harder 18-word version

 

Stop by to see where I link up each week: Link-Ups