Getting into a Groove

I finally found a system that has mostly kept me on track. Strict routines are no fun but letting every thing go loosey-goosy means my house falls apart.

A few months ago, I found some printables at Proverbial Homemaker. Admittedly, I was looking for mason jar related stuff, but she has created some fabulous non-routine schedules. And they WORK! At least they do for me. Maybe I love them because they are mason jars? But I think the would have worked just as well for me if they were birdhouses instead. (I was going to say apples, but I’ve been craving those, so I didn’t think that was a great analogy!)

Instead of planning your day hour by hour, you first start out by identifying the most important things to get done that week and fit them neatly into categories, like Homemake, Self-Care, Learning, God, Marriage etc… Then you can fit those goals into a weekly rhythm. Now, this part gets a little bit more strict, because there are time slots, but they are things like early am, mid pm, night… etc. Why does this work? I think its because I can look at my “schedule” and know that what I have on there is the most important thing I need to do in that time frame. Even if I don’t get everything I WANT to get done, I’ve gotten what I NEED to get done. The past month has been crazy busy, but these planning tools have really helped cut down on stress. Not eliminate it, but has reduced it. I finally feel like I’m getting into a groove.

So… you know why I forgot to post last week? I didn’t put it in my schedule! Oops! Sorry.





Please Spray Responsibly!

This has been bothering me for a couple weeks. Several weeks ago I was in a waiting room and was flipping through a magazine (Women’s Health I think, but I’m not positive). There was an article on perfume and how to choose the right one and how leaving your scent behind when you leave a room was sexy.

I don’t have anything against perfume. I enjoy smelling good. I like the smell of my husband after he’s freshly showered and shaved. I like just washed laundry and that new baby smell. I like NOT smelling bad body odor.

I do however, have a problem with people wearing SO much perfume or cologne that people gag when you walk by. I do have a problem with strong, lingering scents, especially flowery ones.

And I am KNOW I’m not the only one. I have recently seen signs at various doctor’s offices asking people to refrain from wearing perfume and scented lotions, due to complaints. Churches are asking that you not wear them to services because of complaints.

It may seem like such a little, silly thing, but when you have headaches, migraines and allergies triggered by others perfumes, it becomes a big deal. When someone’s breath is taking away and causes an asthma attack, it’s a big deal.

Yeah, I’m complaining, but mostly because I think the article was irresponsible and insensitive to a lot of people. It was basically saying “wear so much people won’t forget you!” Leaving your scent is NOT sexy. It can cause major problems for some people. If you choose to wear perfume or cologne, PLEASE SPRAY RESPONSIBLY! People should have to be pretty close to you in order to smell your perfume and cologne. It should not be overwhelming.

And remember, just because YOU can’t smell it, doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t!

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