• traded in the root beer float for a sno cone tonight... jk might still have a root beer float once the kids are asleep. 🤪 what better way to celebrate the end of the golf tournament that lasted 3 days but aged me 33 years?! •
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  • today was the due date for our baby who we miscarried at Christmas. It’s a hard thing to mourn this day for our baby in heaven, knowing we will have our baby girl here with us in a few months. it makes me feel like I don’t appreciate this rainbow baby, but I do. obviously. being pregnant so quickly after our miscarriage has helped me to cope, but this day was still hard. my anxiety has been high these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to give myself grace, but as moms it can be so hard to make time for ourselves, to prioritize our own health. —
as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN yesterday I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve sat there, broken-hearted. during my fertility appointments while we were trying for our second baby. during all of the ultrasounds and appointments for my pregnancy in December. seeing people come out with their strips of ultrasound papers. laughing and smiling over their sweet baby. something I had done before without giving a second thought to the fact that other people in the exact same waiting room might be having one of the worst days of their life. I wondered if anyone there was having one of their worst days and prayed for everyone there. —
I’m not sure there’s really any point to this other than to say life is full of good and bad, ups and downs. if you are going through a bad time now, just know you’re not alone. this bad time will pass.
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  • It makes such a difference to my mental health when I prioritize some “me time” in my schedule. Instead of rushing around cleaning up toys or folding laundry during nap/rest time, I’ve been sneaking outside to read a few chapters in my book and relax in the sunshine. The weather has been perfect these past few weeks! [#ad] These mini @kindsnacks nacks bars are the perfect size and they’re only 100 calories… which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I grab both a Caramel Almond Mini AND a Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for my snack. 😜#KINDcollective #bekindtoyourself #backtoschool
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  • our ultrasound this weekend confirmed our final little babe is, indeed, a baby girl. I think she looks just like her big brother. If she follows in his footsteps we will meet her in just 6 weeks! so now I’m slightly freaking out about all of the random things we need for her since I’ve basically done 0 prep. 😬 #thirdchildproblems •
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August 27, 2018

why you should let your toddler help with chores

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Get kids involved in chores and cleaningBack in June, my brother sent me a link to a story about getting your children to help around the house without resenting it. The title of the article was interesting to me because both of my kids show an interest in helping around the house, Ben loves to clean the kitchen floor with our mop (it’s adjustable so we can make it his size!) and Blaire loves to vacuum, do the dishes and do laundry. 

Jason and I share the house and yard work with each other and since June, we’ve made an effort to share it with our kids, too. Now, I’m not saying a 4.5-year-old or an 18-month-old clean and do chores instead of us… usually they do it and we help… and sometimes we may have to re-do it. But that’s okay! It’s not the end of the world if I have to vacuum over a few spots or Jason has to rewash a dish. 

There are so many chores around the house your toddler can do with your help. And with Ben being only 17-months-old we are focusing less on him actually cleaning and more on just letting him “help”. His favorite thing is cleaning the floors — whether it’s our Bona mop or the vacuum. He is also good at picking up. He knows where he has gotten something from, whether it’s his toys in the living room or a pan from the kitchen cabinet (lol). Get kids involved in chores and cleaning Get kids involved in chores and cleaning Get kids involved in chores and cleaningBlaire’s love for cleaning started with the laundry. She wanted to help with every step! From carrying the hamper into the laundry room and loading the washer and the dryer, then folding it and putting it away. She is actually pretty good at folding small things (like wash cloths and Ben’s clothes) and she can match and ball together socks like a PRO. She has also loved helping outside! From the time she could push her little bubble lawnmower, to now using a spade to help me dig up plants or pulling weeds. Get kids involved in chores and cleaning Get kids involved in chores and cleaningGet kids involved in chores and cleaningGet kids involved in chores and cleaningShe started helping with laundry when she was about 2.5 (if I’m remembering right!) and in the last year she has shown interest in helping with the dishes. We started with letting her put away dishes from the dishwasher.

From there, we started letting her hand wash dishes. We have some of her plates that we don’t put in the dishwasher and then we also hand wash their sippy cups and Ben’s bottles. Sometimes she wants to do it by herself and those days, I do something else in the kitchen in case she needs me. And when she’s in bed and the dishes are dry, I look them over to see if I need to scrub them any more. And then the next morning we put them away together. But there are other times she wants me to scrub them and then she wants to rinse them and dry them with a towel. Seeing how proud she is of herself makes me so happy. And if I can feed Ben a snack and hang out with him in the kitchen while Blaire is entertaining herself at the sink, then it’s a win for all of us! Plus it usually ends in my floor getting a REAL intense clean from all of the spilled water. ;)Get kids involved in chores and cleaning Get kids involved in chores and cleaning Get kids involved in chores and cleaning Get kids involved in chores and cleaningGet kids involved in chores and cleaningJust remember: Be patient! They won’t do it perfectly and you may need to re-do it or offer a little help.

Yes, there are times when we are really in a hurry to get something done and having a little one “helping” isn’t convenient. (ex. when we have a last minute showing and I’m running around like crazy trying to get the house ready.) On days like this, Blaire can easily pick up her and Ben’s toys by herself, she can make her own bed and she can vacuum.

Whether or surprise visitors are close friends and family coming to hang out with us or people who want to look at our house last minute, we can clean the floors quickly with our Bona Quick Clean System and our home will smell clean and our floors and nice and shiny! 

Really the point of the article was to let them help when they show interest. It goes on to say kids who aren’t turned away when they want to help go on to actually enjoy cleaning. They don’t expect an allowance from it and they benefit from the sense of accomplishment they get from knowing they’ve made a real contribution.

This quote from the NPR article really sums it up…

“Over time, the ‘help’ will grow in complexity. And the 2-year-old who stirs the pancake mix today could turn into the 6-year-old who makes the whole family breakfast — and feels darn good about it.”

You can read the entire article here

I have shared our love for Bona floor products in the past and my love is stronger than ever! Their new Quick Clean System is our BFF at this crazy time of having our house on the market. The Bona® Wet Cleaning Pads are SO easy. All you do is velcro the pad onto the mop and wipe do your floor! No spraying solution (or water!) required. So. Easy. Get kids involved in chores and cleaningI think it’s funny that I have always had this idea that I can get things done more quickly if I clean when the kids are napping or after bedtime. But just making this effort for the past few months has really changed my perspective. AND after reading that article, it has me convinced my kiddos will continue to be happy to pitch in as they grow up, which means the cleaning will only go quicker as they get older and keep getting better at it! 

Now is the exciting part! Share your favorite quick clean tip in the comments below and I’ll randomly select a commenter to win a Bona Quick Clean Kit for yourself! The kit includes: Bona® Premium Microfiber Mop for Hard-Surface Floors, Bona® Disposable Dusting Cloths and Bona® Wet Cleaning Pads

why you should let your toddler help with chores

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    Carol Davis
    August 28, 2018 at 12:08 am

    So that’s why Ben kept going to get that mop ! ? It’s big so you can get your floor done in half the time too ! Love how the kids help you and Jason ! Great pictures too !

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    Taylor
    August 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Not really a cleaning tip but putting a few drops of essential oils on my wool dryer balls helps keep my laundry smelling fresh.

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    Bronya
    August 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I read and loved that same article. I started implementing my kids into a few of my cleaning routines too. We added laundry and toy cleanup before bed. I’ve also been bringing them individually into the kitchen to help me cook by measuring and stirring. My latest cleaning hack that brings me the most satisfaction is adding Windex wipes to my bathroom cabinet. When I have a moment I clean the mirror! I also have Clorox wipes that I use to clean off the vanity and toilet. It’s a quick wipe down that helps maintain in between deep cleans. Plus now that I type it, I may have even gotten that tip from you!!

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    Ellen Davis
    September 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Laney loves using our swiffer to dust. Would love to try this on our new floors!

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