Spring Cleaning

Every spring I feel the need to completely gut the house. Maybe it’s because we’ve never been in one place this long. I was so used to packing and moving from place to place at least once a year. I’ve never been really good at ‘settling in.’

*to back things up a bit, my husband used to play in the NFL. He was a free agent and we bounced around from team to team, from city to city for about 3 years. I know that doesn’t seem like a long time, but with a little one and being newlyweds who had lived together in college, it was such a hard transition to not having a home base and only seeing each other for a few days at a time every few months.*

Anywho, I guess that explains my need to be on the move. So this year I’m trying to focus on minimalizing. -that’s a word, right?- My husband gets irritated with me wanting to throw sh*t out, but it just makes me feel like I’m getting rid of negative energy in our home. Do you ever just feel like you have way too much? Too many clothes, too many toys, too much crap that literally just sits there because “you might use it someday?” I am sick of looking at all the things that are unused and unnecessary. The hard thing is, clearing out the kids’ stuff. They see toys from 2 years ago that haven’t been played with in that long and decide they are, once again, their favorite.

My method for cleaning this Spring is broken down room by room. The simple plan for each room is to make a pile of ANYTHING that has no personal value, and donate it. Seems easy enough, right? By the time I am through this whole house, I think we may have quite the assortment. (I will be doing deep cleaning in each room as well, but that’s to be expected -hence the ‘cleaning’ part of spring cleaning.)

Unfortunately, I have the itch to get it all done right now, but we leave for Ireland in ten days and I really really really shouldn’t start such a project when I should be packing, planning, preparing for babysitters, etc. So until we are back, I will continue to brainstorm the best ways to get it all done (with two kids in the house, nonetheless).

What are some of your spring routines?! I’d love to hear what keeps you feeling organized and clutter-free!


Prepping for vacation

This morning I woke up to a very stinky boy. I picked him up to change him and realized he had sh*t up his back and all over my bedding. Literally every layer of bedding – even the pillows. Yesterday morning, I woke up to puke in his crib. After back to back early morning baths, I am clearly ready for vacation on Thursday!

My husbands’ work offers an incentive through their region. Qualifiers receive an all expenses paid vacation. This year we are heading to Puerto Vallarta for five days! I am looking so forward to sunshine, QT with my husband, and a mommy break.

I love being able to stay home with my kids. Some days are amazing, other days are so stressful and irritating. It’s pretty unpredictable. Once in a while, it’s nice to take a break and just have some ‘me’ time (or some me and hubby time). I always am ready to leave but I miss them right away. This is the longest I will be away from Grayson. So I’m hoping I am able to just relax and enjoy myself and not miss the kiddos too much.

I will share photos and trip details when we get back!!



I am gunna take a stab at this whole blogging thing. So I’d first like to welcome you to my page and thank you for checking it out! Let me tell you a little bit about myself…

I was born and raised in Sterling, IL. I now live in Southern Wisconsin with my husband, our two children (Ella – age 4 & Grayson – age 1), and our Yellow Lab named Primrose. I am a stay at home mom and it is such an awesome job that I never in a million years though I would do.

I love music and I love to sing. I just started guitar lessons (thanksย for the Christmas gift, honey!) and it is really exciting! My hope is to share everything with you all… from cooking to fitness, from parenting to traveling…. you name it! We have a really big year planned and it is going to be full of fun and exciting events and experiences. I hope you will follow along and enjoy it with us.