Tips for a new working mom - Smooth out your morning routine

Personal Musings
Posted by Natalie - 4/24/14
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Today's tip about smoothing out your morning routine is something that can help everyone, not just working moms!

Mornings are tough for everyone. Even before having Kylie, it was hard to get myself ready, out the door, and to work on time. Imagine how hard it is now that I have to wake, feed, clothe my daughter in addition to myself. Here are a few ideas for making your morning routine a little easier on everyone.

Tackle as many items as possible the night before. Set out clothes for the next day (for you and your kids), prepare bottles and lunches, make sure diaper bags and backpacks are packed and ready to grab on your way out the door, prepare the crock-pot dinner and store in the refrigerator.
Wake up one full hour before your child does. This will allow you to workout, shower, get dressed, drink coffee, start the crock-pot, and get breakfast ready before the kids get moving. If you're completely ready before they wake up, you'll be able to focus on them and hopefully feel less stressed.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes early. Although youll probably never arrive anywhere 30 minutes early, this mindset of trying to arrive early will give you a better shot at showing up where youre supposed to be on time.

Be sure to read my previous tips for new working moms. You'll find some great recipes and tips for exercising in the mornings before your kids wake up!

Smooth out your morning routine

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Honeymoon Hotspots in the USA

Wedding Photography, Office News
Posted by Mai - 4/22/14
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Honeymoons are the most relaxing part of your wedding. You're finally going away to enjoy some quality time alone after a hectic celebration. You want to go overseas, but you want to avoid the hassle of getting a passport and visa, and dread those long 14-hour flights. There are several places in the U.S. that are renowned for their beauty, and perfect for a memorable getaway just for the two of you. It's time to dip your toes in the waters of Key West, Florida, or take a hike along the San Miguel River in Southwest, Colorado, to enjoy a quiet picnic. These are just a couple of places to get you started, and plan your honeymoon without the fuss.

Check out more of these hotspots that I found on Martha Stewart Weddings. Feel free to post any suggestions below in the comment section, as well. Have a happy honeymoon!

Honeymoon Hotspots in the USA

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Elmo themed 2nd birthday for Parker

Family Photography, Portrait Photography
Posted by Jennifer - 4/21/14
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Parker turned two this year and mommy threw him an Elmo from Sesame Street themed birthday party. It was awesome! All of Parker's favorite foods were made.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

Kirsten used blue, green and yellows colors for decor. Many framed photos were on the mantle showcase Parker's last two years.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

Parker was taking a little nap when I arrived....good thing too....he would be all amp'd up later.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

Kirsten's mom (Parker's grandma) made these Elmo cupcakes. Perfect!

Sesame Street themed birthday party

The backyard was done up with stations for all the little ones: a coloring stations, a playdough station, basketball, bean bag toss, sandboxes, legos...you name it and it was there.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

My personal favorite was the sandboxes. Parker's grandpa made these.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

Once up from his name, Grandpa took Parker on a tour of all the great foods presented in Sesame Street style.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

Sesame Street themed birthday party

The sandboxes were a huge hit!

Sesame Street themed birthday party

Every station had kids playing.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

I was able to snap one quick family photo.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

One still moment.

Sesame Street themed birthday party

The enjoyment of his cupcake was priceless!

Sesame Street themed birthday party

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April photo challenge - Spring flowers 2

Office News
Posted by Isabel - 4/20/14
Photographed by Jennifer, Isabel, Teresa, Kelly

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This month's Memory Journalists team photo challenge topic is Spring Flowers. This weeks photo challenge has a little friend with it!! Such a cool shot of one the earth's awesome creatures!!

Be sure to look at the other April Spring flower entries.

Spring Flowers

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Creating a Simpler Life - Build a greenhouse

Office News
Posted by Jennifer - 4/20/14
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One of the our recent Spring projects was to build a greenhouse out of all these old windows that were left in the barn when we bought our new house. We won't need the greenhouse too much in the summer, but I'm hoping I can have a garden year round. I was able to start some of my tomato, pepper, and cucumber plants in the greenhouse this year before planting them outside.

greenhouse built out of old windows

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