englexas Have you ever felt like you were supposed to post something but every time you start to, the questions of what people might say/think allow you to talk yourself out of it? Well this is me, silencing those voices.
After posting my #fridayintroduction a few weeks ago I realized that a lot of you were in the same boat as me...wanting to get on a schedule and get organized with no idea how to get there. So I thought it might be cool if I shared some things that I have been implementing to help me get on the right track under the hashtag #mama101
If I had seen someone post my first tip years ago...I would've rolled my eyes and scrolled on by! Ha! But it's something I've been doing for the last few months and now I actually enjoy it!
My first tip is that every morning when I get out of my bed, I make it...that simple! Since we have been co-living with another family the last few months it has really been important to me that our room is our sanctuary, having my bed made everyday makes the room look so much cleaner and we actually have a "no kids in our room without an adult present" rule which helps it stay made all day long!
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  •   _mckenzie_lee You are the most beautiful person inside, and so real. I have found that making my bed makes it so inviting to get in at the end of the day. It also makes the clothes on my floor look neater! 2h
  •   thenewlindens Ooooh, great idea!! Thanks! I've been wondering a good way to put that! 2h
  •   marybarker We have this same bed! However mine is not made 😬 54min

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englexas now we just have to convince her brothers that hangin' out poolside is the best way to go! 2d

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englexas dealing with a lot of "real life" stuff this week but I'm finally enjoying a peaceful moment with coffee and english muffins on the back steps. 6d

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englexas little man has always been cautious about water, he wouldn't even sit down in the bathtub. Last week when we brought him to the pool he freaked and wouldn't even stand in ankle deep! I could've just let it go and tried again when I thought he was ready but because it's been so hard for me to learn how to swim as an adult, it's really important to me that my kids don't have the same struggles...we've been to the pool almost everyday and little by little he's been getting more comfortable...finally today he sat in the water and even said "i yike it...wader fuuun!". I'm amazed at how quickly he changed his mind! 2w
  •   tiffinielise My son is very cautious in water as well. He is fine as long as he can touch the bottom. He's afraid even if someone holds him to go into the deeper end. But slowly slowly he's getting more comfortable :) 2w
  •   duchessandlionco This is exactly Addie. And now at 3, still cautious but loves it and is saying she is ready for swim school 2w
  •   thegiftoftoday Yay! Keep exposing! He has made so much growth! 2w
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  •   rachelmenard Awe way to go!!! Jack's been going in and out of some water phases, sometimes he likes it and sometimes he doesn't. 2w
  •   megrussell Way to go! We have had similar struggles, although I've always been a swimmer so it's been hard for me to figure out. 2w
  •   hillgaz50 What a brave boy Proud of you 2w
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englexas we just found a TON of caterpillars in our garden! 2w

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englexas the cantaloupe has grown over the fence and is taking over our garden! 2w

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englexas hey there little fish 3w

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englexas I decided to join in on #fridayintroductions hosted by @naptimediaries and @thetinytwig... I'm Debbie...I was born and lived in England until the age of 17 and have lived in the US for 12 years. I'm a wife to a church planter/entrepreneur/worship leader, mama to 3 and photographer with whatever time I have left over. Today's question is...what area are you hoping to grow in? My answer is self-discipline...I hate schedules and structure but I'm realizing more and more that I can get much more accomplished when I plan and schedule my time...I have big goals and the only way they will get accomplished is if I remove unnecessary distractions from my life. Thanks @duchessandlionco for the inspiration to post this 3w

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englexas this little mister has been asking for a pet all summer long...we caught two little caterpillars in the garden and after some research decided that they would be the perfect (free!) pets. His sisters caterpillar "kitty" already went into it's chrysalis and "softie" is almost there...it's actually been a really great lesson in patience and how amazing creation is! 3w

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englexas I have a question for all you gardeners out there...what do you do about all the dirt/creepy crawlies on your vegetables? I was ok with the peas (which were in a shell) but I just harvested my lettuce and after seeing all the slugs and bugs on there I'm not sure I can get past it to actually eat the lettuce, even after washing every leaf individually! Is it just a mental thing you get used to or do you do anything extra? 3w

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englexas a lot of my proud mama moments recently have been when she asks to match me, there is no greater compliment than your children wanting to be just like you, I hope she never loses that! 3w

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englexas Happy 4th July friends!! 4w

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englexas I was tagged by @midwesteffect to share #widn...we are currently eating our first beets harvested from the garden!! I even found a recipe for the stems! Such an exciting day! I tag @annanovak @herwelshness @stevisavage and @jodygray what are you beautiful ladies up to? 4w
  •   annanovak Growing your own is the best! 4w
  •   megrussell Yay! You have produce! 4w
  •   midwesteffect Yum! Beets are my fav, roasted or juiced 4w
  •   raquellalily Holy wow!!! 4w
  •   jodygray I was helping out on a shoot, telling your man that just because Jesus was black doesn't mean it makes a good color in a logo ;), taking Jax for a walk and then giving him a bath.. And now, going to bed early in case I get called in the middle of the night to shoot a birth! Yippee! 4w
  •   hillgaz50 Wow now thats a harvest :-) 4w
  •   thislittlehouse_ Go mama! One of fave things ever to eat this time of year 3w
  •   englexas @annanovak I know! We are so excited about it! 3w

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englexas one more from today...I love when Instagram friends are just as fun in real life! 4w

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englexas such a good way to start our day! #nodtourbus 4w

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englexas having so much fun with @laurie218 and #nodtourbus! 4w

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englexas come hang out with us!! @thelandofnod will be hosting a play date at my house with the #nodtourbus tomorrow from 10-12. Any Chicago area mamas want to come out to the west suburbs to have a fun morning? Email me at debbie <at> englexas.com and I'll send you the address 1mon

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englexas in the middle of the night we heard our first tornado sirens since moving from Little Rock. I never used to pay much attention to tornado sirens but since the last storm (in little rock) took everything from people that I know, I have a whole different perspective on things now...as I lay on the basement floor with my 3 littles squished on a twin mattress I couldn't help but think of how none of this really belongs to me, not in a fearful or depressing way but realizing that everything is a gift and while I have these things in my life it's my job to do the best I can with everything I have. 1mon

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englexas ice-cream to celebrate the last baseball game of the season! 1mon

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englexas the restaurant we went to for team night tonight had free s'mores...such a good idea!! 1mon
  •   christiannramona Oooo! That's awesome! Where did you guys go?! 1mon
  •   megrussell Baby boy's face! 1mon
  •   jodygray Stick the piece of chocolate inside the marshmallow after you brown it and it melts like yummy goodness! Best way to have a s'more 1mon
  •   hillgaz50 That bep 1mon
  •   hillgaz50 That brings back memories! Hopefully dad will be able to enjoy them next time round! 1mon

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