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Life Lately

How is your January looking ?

For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.

Makell loves baby cuddles.

My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!

My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.

Cade -5 years old loving his Star Wars book

Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.

Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.

Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.

Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.

Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.

We find piles of dolls or stuffed animals neatly placed throughout the house.

Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.

We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.

Makell- 3 yrs. old

Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!

She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.

She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.

Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.

Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.

Taya 14 months

My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.

My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.

He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.

Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.

Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.

As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.

I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.

I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.

I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.

Mom and baby up early and getting some cuddles.

I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.

This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.

I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.

I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.

And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.

I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.

I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.

And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.

Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, Lifestyle

My Top Favorite Laundry Cleaning Items!

Part of being a mom is learning to do laundry so that no one can tell that there was a red popsicle stain all over that new shirt right ?!

Here are my favorite laundry cleaning items!

Let me know what you would add to my list.

Laundry:

It’s always so frustrating when you or someone in the family has a nice new shirt and within hours of wearing it…BAM! The new shirt has a NEW stain!

What I use for stains:

Fels Naptha--It truly gets out most things. It’s basically a bar of soap, you scrub it all over the stain and then I have it soak in water for a bit. After it soaks, toss the stained shirt in the wash and 90% of the time you come out with a clean shirt! Fels Naptha works particualry well for baby blow-outs, blood, and ketchup.

 Norwex- I was first introduced to Norwex products a few years ago and I can tell you that I didn’t think I would like the products…but I truly do love the products. Their spot remover works great. I pour the remover over the stain and scrub it out as much as I can, and then throw it into the wash. Most of the time, this spot remover works great!

 Oxyclean Detergent

I love washing my whites with this but you can wash all colors with it as well. The clothes come out looking less dingy and more vibrant which is a huge plus.

Lemon Juice (who knew?)

Another trick for whiter whites is to add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to your load. It’s crazy, but the lemon juice helps your whites look even whiter!

Spray n Wash

My trick with spray n wash… often times I use fels naphtha first and to be honest.. it usually gets the stain out. BUT– if there’s still a trace of the stain, I always spray the area with spray n wash, let it sit a minute, and then toss it onto the washer.

 

I hope you enjoy some of these laundry products! And even more .. I hope you don’t have too much laundry to fold this week!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

 

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Cleaning/organizing, Family, Lifestyle

Top 10 Cleaning Tips from the Cleanest People Out There..

Does anyone want the secret code to keeping a clean and tidy house?

I went on a quest to find the answer to keeping a clean and tidy home.

I reached out to five of the cleanest people I know and they handed me all the answers.

What was interesting?

In the end, most of their tips were similar if not identical.

Proving, that if you follow these tips…you can keep that clean house.

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In a way, these cleaning tips are a “lifestyle” change. It’s basically guaranteed if you follow these tips, your house will be spotless.

Here are the the top 10 cleaning tips from the cleanest people out there:

  1. Every Item in the home needs a place:

Clutter and mess can be narrowed down to this–every, single item in the home has a “home.”

Even more, put those items in their designated spots. And if there are NO designated spots for items–make one.

For example, mail can pile up and add clutter. Make a designated spot and system for mail. Recycle the junk mail, have a place for bills, magazines etc. If items are properly put in their place, then naturally–the clutter is very minimal.

A huge organization tip that was mentioned time and time again, was that all items that seem to be adding clutter need to be put in their proper places.

2. Clean up after EACH meal:

Yes you heard right. After every meal clean up right away. This means plates are washed or put in the dishwasher, the counter is wiped down, the floors are swept. The entire eating area is clean and ready for the next meal to come.

The logic behind this, is that you will have MUCH less to clean at the end of the day if you clean up after each meal.

3. Make your bed as soon as you wake up:

Basically, everyone that contributed to this post mentioned the importance of making the bed everyday.

Waking up and getting the bed made provides a fresh start and makes the room look clean and tidy.

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4. Prepare for the next day:

Meaning, get your kitchen and living space clean and tidy before bed so that when you wake up you have a clean and organized space.

If you can quickly clean the main living spaces before bed, your next day will be easier and you won’t be playing catch up with cleaning items.

You wake up in the morning with a clean slate, it sets a “clean tone” for the day.

Items suggested: Don’t leave dishes in the sink, run the dishwasher every night, wipe down kitchen counters, return items to their proper areas so there isn’t clutter throughout the house.

5. Make time to clean something everyday:

It was mentioned that the following cleaning tasks were completed on a weekly basis:

-Vacuuming

-Cleaning hardwood or tile floors

-Dusting

-Laundry

-Clean bathrooms

It was not mentioned that there were certain days to complete each task, but each and everyday, some type of cleaning task was completed to make the home feel more clean and organized.

6. Get the entire household involved in cleaning:

Whether you have a lot of kids or if it’s just you and your husband/roommate at home, get everyone involved in cleaning up.

I was always taught the phrase “many hands make light work,” and this holds true with cleaning the house.

And often times, kids enjoy cleaning more than most people think they do!

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7. Don’t start another task or activity before cleaning up the most recent task or activity:

This holds true for kids and adults. Basically, if you folded laundry, DO NOT move onto doing the dishes or running errands etc. UNTIL all the laundry is put away.

Finish cleaning tasks and you won’t constantly be playing “catch up” on cleaning the house all day.

8. Add refreshing and rejuvenating fragrances to the home:

Many of the clean people I talked to mention that they love to have a candle warmer or a diffuser with clean and refreshing scents to add to the essence of the room.

Just that little extra detail can go along way to making the house not just feel clean, but smell clean.

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9. Toss and De-clutter Items that Aren’t Being Used:

Simple and to the point, if there are items in your home that are rarely or never being used …get rid of those items!

Items that add clutter and disarray are unnecessary.

Try to de-clutter and discard items once a month so that your house stays clean and organized.

10. Don’t keep small appliances on counter tops:

Do you notice that when you go to someone’s house and their kitchen is clean and “spotless” that more often than not, there are NO small appliances stored on counter tops.

Instead, they store their small appliances such as a toaster in cupboards and shelves and pull them out as needed.

Less clutter on the counter, makes such a clean and tidy area.

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I hope these ten items can be helpful and useful to you as you strive for a clean home.

What tips would you add to the list?

I would love to hear in the comments below.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Lifestyle

Best Organization Tip Ever…

All my life I have learned a lot about cleaning and organizing.

I will be the first to admit I’m NOT the most organized or cleanest… but I’m always trying.

Even more, I love learning new tips and tricks for keeping a tidy, organized home.

Of all the wonderful advice I’ve received or read about when it comes to cleaning and organizing I will tell you the best organization tip I’ve ever received was this:

The one- touch rule!”

What is the “one-touch” rule?

It’s simple.

You touch the item once and put it right where it belongs.

For example, don’t take your plate over to the sink and leave it there with the intention of coming back later to put it in the dishwasher.

You touched the dish twice.

Instead, take the dish, rinse it and put it right into the dishwasher.

One-touch.

Or maybe it’s art supplies you have on your counter. You decide to clean them up, place them to the side of the counter with the intention to put them in the arts and crafts bin later… don’t wait, do it all at once!

The idea behind the one touch rule is that every time in a house should have a proper place.

If you simply follow through with returning items to their proper place … your house stays cleaner and more organized.

At the end of the day, it’s about following through with a task.

So I have to ask, have you tried the “one-touch” rule?

Give it a try if not, and let me know if it helps you keep your home cleaner and more organized.

I am a big believer in the one-touch rule, it makes a big difference with clutter around the house.

Maybe one day, I’ll be able to teach my toddlers about this incredible organization tip.

My goal is to use the “one -touch” rule in my house everyday this week.

Can I do it?

I hope.

I’ll let you know how I do.

And I’d love to have you join me!

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, kids, Lifestyle

13 Tips on Traveling With a Baby…

Traveling with a baby can be challenging because there are so many items to consider bringing.

After packing for my own three kids over the years, I came up with a list of helpful advice for parents that are traveling with a baby.

#1- Always pack an extra set of clothes and jammies because more than likely …you’ll need it.

Our sweet baby girl, 11 months old.

#2-Don’t forget the meds! The motrin, Tylenol and even vitamin d drops. Ironically— my kids tend to get sick when traveling and having these items on hand are key.

#3- Utilize ziplock bags! I use ziplock bags for medicine, diaper ointment, baby snacks … it saves things from leaking and it’s easier to find items in a ziplock bag.

#4-When packing diapers and wipes be on the safe side and plan for 10 diapers each day, and a pack of wipes every two days. This is generous, but it keeps you safe.

#5- Pack a stroller that is easiest to haul and collapses easily. Even an umbrella stroller is ideal if your child is old enough to hold their head up.

#6- Pack plenty of baby snacks and food, you can always take the extras back home.

#7- Pack at least 2 binkis and 2 bottles so that there is always a back up.

#8- Buy travel size of the following: baby lotion, baby shampoo and body wash.

#9- Bring at least 2-3 blankets.

#10- no matter the weather pack a jacket.

#11- Baby toys-Baby’s can be quite easy to entertain but grab at least 1-2 baby toys to have on hand.

#12-Bring oragel or teething ointment, you never know when their teeth may start cutting.

#13- If the baby is used to a sound machine — bring it! Losing sleep while traveling is not fun.

I hope these tips have been helpful!

As always, I would love to hear your tips as tricks when traveling with a baby.!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, Lifestyle

3 Cute & Handy Kitchen “Must-haves”

I am always looking for items to help my family be more productive in the kitchen.

In addition to this, I am always look for items to help my kitchen look cute….some days it can use A LOOOT of help:)

I found all these adorable items for your kitchen from Jane.com

I recommend Jane.com’s app, it’s fantastic!

I hope you enjoy some of these items, as always, a great price tag helps a lot too!

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(Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!)

 

1-These Smooth Silicone Spreaders are sure to make my peanut butter experiences better!

My daughter loves peanut butter and having this silicone spreader will help with making sandwiches easier, and even more– will be less messy!

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The best…these spreaders ship for only $6.98! 

To purchase this item, click here.

 

 

2- Wooden Bread Board

How cute are these wooden bread boards?!

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I have seen many people style and decorate their homes with these cute bread boards and I am ready to snag one myself.

These bread boards ship for just $36.98!

To purchase your own, click here

 

3-Non-stick silicone over sink drying bar

I think this drying bar is so smart and so nice to have!

Not only is it small and won’t take up much room, but goodness it can help with some of those items you have to wash by hand.

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This Drying bar ships for only $12.48

To purchase, click here

 

I could add so many more items, but for now…these three stand out the most.

What are some kitchen “must-haves” that you love?

I always love to hear.

Until Next Time!

 

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Lifestyle

My Favorite Items to Collect..

I have to start out with a disclaimer because I try my HARDEST not to collect, because it tends to make piles around the house and I am always trying to dejunk to keep my house tidier….

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However, there are things I collect, and some things I collect I didn’t even realize I collected but I do.

Here is my list of collections:

  1. Watches. 

When I was dating my husband I had 36 watches! 

Keep in mind the most expensive watch I own was a $150 Guess watch…and the cheapest one was a $6 Target watch. pexels-photo-1162519

When I was in 5th grade I remember getting a watch where you could switch out the colors around the face of the watch…I loved that watch, and was so careful to keep that watch nice and shiny.

I have always loved watches. The different styles, colors and designs. 

And then smart watches were created…and I have given away quite a few of my watches, and yet I have kept a few because…who knows, perhaps my daughters will enjoy my watches one day?

Probably not, but that is my reason for keeping my collection.

PS- My favorite watches until I got my smart watch were my Guess Watches and my Fossil watch. I always hunted for deals on these name brands and rarely paid full price.

2. Souvenirs: 

If you know me, you know I LOVE to travel.

I love to buy a souvenir from my different trips. I have a wide range of souvenirs, from magnets, to jewelry, to pictures etc.

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I just don’t have the heart to discard souvenirs from my many travels because they are so symbolic to me.

 

3. Old cell phones

I know, this one is weird. And there have been a few phones that I gave away, but I do like to collect them.

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My toddlers have an old phone of mine that of course doesn’t work, that they play with all the time.

I guess the history major in me wants to hang on to this technology to show my children the progression of cellphones over time.

I know it’s strange, but I have quite the collection over the years.

 

Those are my main collections I have in my home.

As mentioned I really try to simplify and discard items that aren’t being used much. 

However, I can’t help but collect my certain things.

 

So now I ask you….what do you collect and why?

 

I think it’s fun to hear what people enjoy collecting.

 

Until next time,

 

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, Lifestyle

Getting organized with cleaning your house/Free cleaning calendar

I know what you’re thinking…it’s NOT “spring-cleaning” season.

However, if you are like me, sometimes through all the months of being inside, you feel like you have accumulated more items and it’s time to clean and dejunk! 

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I have a daily cleaning calendar I am sharing with you. I hope this calendar can motivate you to clean because I want it to motivate me to DEEP clean more. 

I always try to do the basics: dust, wipe down counters, vacuum etc.

It’s those other deep cleaning items that tend to slide by.

As a mother of three young children this calendar list WILL be a challenge.

And yet, my goal is to get my children involved and make it fun!! 

This month you will hear more and more “cleaning” related posts because that is my focus and priority.

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My entire life I have found that trying to keep things tidy and orderly…brings me peace. 

Now is it possible to be absolutely clean all the time while your house if full of young children?

No.

BUT–is it important to teach those young children how to clean?

Yes!

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In fact, I beg you to teach your children to clean…for their future college roommates, please teach them to clean!:)

No one needs to be obsessive about cleaning, but the skills and the mindset that come from cleaning, are great life skills. 

If you want to join me in prioritizing “Cleaning” for the month of July I would love to share this journey with you! 

Enjoy the free printable:  July 2020 Prioritze Cleaning.

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Have fun cleaning!

 

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Uncategorized

My Favorite All-Purpose cleaning Spray

With the outbreak of the coronavirus there is definitely a focus on keeping items clean and disinfecting within your home.

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I wanted share my very favorite disinfectant spray.

I LOVE the orange citrus SMARTLY all-purpose cleaner that you can get at Target.

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This Smartly spray is a great disinfectant, not too harsh on counters, and even better….it’s only $1.69 at Target. 

I know there is a limited supply on MANY cleaning items, but hopefully if you get your order in online, you can get this wonderful spray sooner than later.

To purchase, click here.

Stay safe out there, and as aways, I would love to hear if you have a favorite cleaner as well.

 

Until next time,

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee