Spring is here and Easter is right around the corner! You still have a few weeks left to get your Easter outfits together! Our family has always made a fun experience out of Easter or Resurection Sunday. It’s a day where we all get together […]
Author: Kimmy Kline
I haven’t been a mom for very long, but it didn’t take me long to find out how hard it is to stay organized. AnnaLynn is six months old, and she is already is nine month clothing! So she flew through newborns, barely had time for zero to three months and didn’t last long in the three to six months! She has been hard to keep up with, in the clothes department. As you already know, we live in a very small apartment, so organization is KEY to maintaining a clean home. I am not claiming to be an expert in this department yet, however I do have a few quick tips for keeping your kids clothes organized!
- Have a dresser! I am surprised at how many people are “doing away” with dressers and replacing them with shelves, tubs, etc. A dresser is definitely the best way to go with your child’s clothing. Open face shelving is hard to maintain and let’s be honest, nobody has time to maintain open faced clothing storage. You may for
awhile, but the newness will wear off and you will have a mess on your hands before long.
- Purge! Do not keep things that are stained, torn or you do not like and KNOW that you will never wear on your child!
- Organize by pieces not outfits. Now this…is more of a preference. I know a lot of moms like the outfits together, so you’re not looking for missing pieces. Most of the time I mix and match clothing and if it is organized, I will be able to find what I need right away without looking too long.
- Have an “outgrown” spot. This is KEY! If you put something on your child or notice halfway through the day that it is too small. DO NOT put it back in their drawers, and tell yourself you’ll take care of it later. Place outgrown articles of clothing, in the “outgrown” bin, basket, or tub that you have tucked away. When you go to switch sizes out, you don’t have to filter through things you know don’t fit!
- Store all clothing in airtight
weather proofcontainers. I have heard stories of clothes being ruined just because of how clothes were stored. It is very easy for animals, water anddirt to penetrate through bags and cardboard boxes. Plastic storage tubs are definitely the way to go.
- This last one is pretty obvious and I doubt anyone doesn’t label, but ALWAYS label the size of clothing on the bin. Worried about ruining bins with permanent marker? Nail polish remover will quickly remove permanent marker and make any bin usable for other storage.
I hope these simple steps will help keep your kid’s rooms and your life more organized!
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Our Sundays are CRAZY! My husband and I go to my parents’ every Sunday afternoon for lunch. We have a lunch rotation in place, to relieve my mom of all the cooking. About two months ago, we did a church plant in Philipsburg, PA…so our lunchtime has been shortened! We have had to come up with some quick meals! After we are all assembled at the house, we are left with about forty min to eat and get out the door to head to the next service. This week was my week and I made something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time! Crunchwrap Supremes! They are so quick and easy, and the only thing I did ahead of time, was brown the hamburger on Saturday night. I put the hamburger, water, and seasoning in the crockpot the next morning (on low). The meat was hot and seasoned by the time church was dismissed. All that was left to do is assemble and fry them up on each side for about two minutes. Pictured below are ingredients and how to assemble them: 12” soft tortilla wrap, sour cream, taco meat, nacho chips (you can use regular corn chips or hard shell taco), tomatoes, shredded cheese, nacho cheese, and lettuce. (In that order)
Next, you’re going to wrap them up! Below is how to fold them! *Tip! Make sure the Doritos edges are broke off or turned so they don’t poke through when you wrap them up! Ok, next your going to use a frying pan to fry them up in about 2 tablespoons of oil! Lay them with the folds down first and then flip them over, so you seal the edges. Frying them is going to seal them up and make them crispy enough to pick up and eat without falling apart. (You don’t fry them long enough to wilt the lettuce, so don’t worry about that!😉) I have to give the frying credit to my husband! That was his part! These are my new favorite to replace the traditional taco! They have a few extra ingredients but so yummy and easy to handle while eating! Please do yourself and your family a favor…skip the trip to Taco Bell and make them at home!😁 Enjoy!
Summer is FINALLY upon us…or at least the warm weather is! With that warm weather comes BEES! I hate bees! (This may or may not have something to do with the fact I am twenty seven years old and have never been stung by a bee…and don’t want to put that on my “things that have happened to me” list.) One of the things I knew I was going to struggle with when Will and I got married, was the carpenter bee problem he has on the porch! There are literally dozens of bees flying around during the day burrowing holes all through the porch, making it look like we have been sawing logs all day! It is a never ending battle. It may be ruining our porch, but the fact that when you get about halfway up the stairs and they come and swarm you about eye level following you up the stairs swaying back and forth, creeps me out! So I knew something needed to be done about it. My grandma was telling me about an evangelist that made a carpenter bee trap for my Aunt Becky and Uncle Luke, they were having the same problem with their deck! When they came to our church the following week, my husband and I got the low down on how it all worked. This infamous bee trap became a part of my birthday wish list. 🙂 My birthday was May 26th, so we went and got some hanging baskets for my porch and my husband built me one of these bee traps! I thought I would share the information so you can trap the bees and save your house!
First you will need to find a 4×4 piece of wood and a quart mason jar. My dad always has lots of scrap wood laying around so we were able to get a piece off of him. We trimmed the 4×4 down to about 4.5 inches…doesn’t have to be exact but about 4″-5″ will work!
Next you will need to gather some hardware and paddle bits.You’ll need a hook to hang it from (you can skip the hook and fasten it right the wall or post, but my husband wanted to hang it.), a chain, a 3/4″ paddle bit and a 1/2″ paddle bit.
Ok! Now to get started take your 3/4″ paddle bit and drill a whole about 3/4 of the way right down the center of your 4×4.
Next your going to take your 1/2″ paddle bit and drill a whole on each side of your 4×4 at an approximate 45 degree angle, connecting it to the whole right down the center. That is what makes it a trap. Once they “burrow” into that angle and crawl down into the jar, they cannot get back out!
Next you will take the mason jar lid and cut a whole a little wider than the 3/4″ inch whole you drilled down the center of your 4×4. Then your going to nail it to the board. Two nails will do, and make sure you nail it on the corners. If you nail it through the holes you drilled at an angle, the bees will not crawl into your trap!
All that is left to do is screw on the jar and screw in the hook on the top. Here is a picture of the finished product!
We took our little bee trap home and hung it on the porch! When doing our research, we found some people used a “simple syrup” recipe to attract the bees. We did not use that method. However, if the bees have trouble finding it, that is next on our list. I will keep you post on the success of our bee trap! If you are having carpenter bee problems, try making one of these and let me know how it works out!