A few years ago, life felt completely overwhelming for me. My husband and I had just gotten custody of the twins and they weren't sleeping through the night…which meant that we weren't sleeping through the night. I was completely sleep deprived! On ...

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10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

A few years ago, life felt completely overwhelming for me. My husband and I had just gotten custody of the twins and they weren’t sleeping through the night…which meant that we weren’t sleeping through the night. I was completely sleep deprived! On top of that, I had a too-busy schedule, a cluttered house, an overflowing inbox and a to-do list that kept getting longer rather than shorter. Eventually push came to shove and we made some changes! If your life is like mine, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by an overly complicated life. If you’re looking for ways to gain control over your life or your current situation, consider simplifying.  Check out these 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life!
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Simplifying your life can mean different things to different people but here’s what I think it entails: cutting unnecessary to-do list items, eliminating clutter from your home, fine-tuning your priorities, or otherwise gaining perspective on what truly matters to you.

You can use these strategies to simplify your life, beginning today:

1. Identify what’s most important to you and then get rid of everything else.

Know what really matters the most to you. Things that don’t matter are simply wasting your time and energy, so purge them as soon as you can.

2. Make a list of the top 4-5 priorities in your life.

Keep this list with you all the time so you always remember what counts the most. Put a copy on your bathroom mirror, another above your bed, and keep one in your planner for good measure.

3. Evaluate your current commitments.

Look at absolutely everything going on in your life right now. Which of these commitments actually deliver value or joy? Which are in line with the 4-5 priorities you listed in the previous step? Eliminate everything else.  This may be hard to do, but it will be worth it!!!

4. Assess how you spend your time.

How are you spending your time? Make a list of everything you do in a day and compare that to your list of priorities. What can you eliminate?

If getting a handle on how you spend your time and how you should spend your time is daunting to you, I highly recommend Tell Your Time.  It’s an easy read, but makes time management a lot more attainable for those who are time management challenged! :)

5. Simplify your work tasks.

Rather than trying to knock off every single task on your to-do list, focus on only the most essential tasks and then find ways to eliminate all the others. For starters, make sure you have a good planner! I chose one that allows me to list my 3 priorities for each day!

Once you’re written your daily priorities, knock the other things off you list with a combination of delegation, outsourcing, moving them to other days or simply dropping them.

6. Simplify your home tasks.

Simplifying your home tasks doesn’t mean avoiding tasks you hate. :)  I have found that using the Motivated Moms Chore Planner allows me to tackle more each day!  It’s a list of items that should be done daily to keep you house in tip-top shape.  I’ll be honest…I don’t get everything done every single day, but I get a whole lot more done now then I ever have before!  It also helps when you get your kids involved in chores.  I love this chore chart alternative!

7. Learn to say no.

When you learn to say no, you’ll begin to take on only as much as you can handle. Then you can give your attention to the tasks that matter the most.

8. Limit your consumption of media.

The abundance of media available today can overwhelm nearly every second of our lives. Try to simplify your own life by limiting media and information consumption whenever possible.  If you struggle with limiting your time online, I highly recommend Circle by Disney!  This has been revolutionary for our whole family!  It allows you to put settings on your internet which include time settings on websites and bedtimes so you’re not up past your bedtime playing on the internet!

9. Be selective with your methods of communication.

Designate certain times for communication by only e-mailing at certain points in the day, only using the phone during certain hours, only chatting via IM in your off-hours and so on. Limit the ways that you communicate throughout the day to prevent communication from overwhelming you or your day.

10. Purge unnecessary stuff.

Devote one weekend every month to getting rid of absolutely anything that you don’t want or need in your life. Removing everything that doesn’t really matter can be therapeutic and cathartic. Purging your home and your life once monthly is a really beneficial process to your overall health and well being.  If you’re a could-be hoarder like me, feel free to purge unnecessary stuff every weekend.  Our curb is full of stuff we’re getting rid of every weekend! :) If you’re drowning in clutter, you need this book!

This is only a small sampling of the things that you can do in order to simplify your life. Consider this to be a foundation, though, that will guide you to find new and interesting ways to create a simple life. With just a little conscious effort, you can achieve simplicity in all aspects of your life.

What simplifying tips do you suggest?

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Check Out The Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen

I’m a huge fan of technology that makes life easier.  What mom isn’t?!?!  If you’re anything like me, your to-do list is a mile long and the hours in your day are filled with working, shuttling kids to activities, helping with homework, and trying to get a decent dinner on the table.  That’s one of the reasons I’m such a huge fan of the Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen.  It’s designed to enhance the way you work, play, and live!

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The Pixelbook is the new high performance Chromebook and the Pixelbook Pen1  is a smart, responsive stylus that works with the Pixelbook. The Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in, so you’ll be able to get more done. The Pixelbook is super thin and has an amazing collection of apps.  It’s also beautifully versatile and it effortlessly adapts to your lifestyle. And since it’s powered by Chrome OS, you’ll always have the latest security and software features.

Google Pixel 1_0

Google Assistant

Pixelbook is the first laptop with the Google Assistant built in. You can access  the Google assistant with the dedicated Google Assistant key on the keyboard or by using the “Ok Google” wake word you’re already familiar with. You can even access it with Pixelbook Pen : simply press and hold the button, then tap the pen on Pixelbook’s screen to get help from your Assistant.  It’s easy…and oh-so-cool!

Beautifully Versatile and Super Portable

Google Pixel 4

I travel a ton, so the portability of the Pixelbook is awesome for me!  It’s only 10.3 mm, making it Google’s thinnest laptop ever.  It also has a lightweight aluminum construction that enhances portability. The 360° touchscreen and versatile 4-in-1 design seamlessly adjusts to whatever you’re doing, too. I rely on Google Drive and it’s easy to stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to this device. You can also enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red. Not to sound like an informercial…but wait, there’s more! You can also sketch and edit photos.

Pixelbook Doesn’t Waste Your Time

If you’re busy like me, you don’t have time to waste!  Pixelbook’s ready to go when you are.  It starts up in under ten seconds, stays fast, and has a fast-charging, all-day battery that gives you up to ten hours of go from a single charge. And that my friends is how it should be!

Head to Best Buy today to check it out!

 

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Easter Chick Cupcakes

I love fun and easy recipes. So when I set out to make cute Easter cupcakes, I knew that they couldn’t be too time consuming or difficult to make! These Easter Chick Cupcakes totally fit the bill. They’re absolutely adorable and they’re easy to make!
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Cute Easter Cupcakes

Here’s what you’ll need:

If you make your own buttercream frosting, you’ll also need the following:

  • 5 tablespoons salted
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Easter Chick Cupcake Ingredients

 

1.  Prepare cupcakes according to box cake mix instructions.  While your cupcakes are baking, make the buttercream frosting {recipe below} or if you’re using store bought frosting, you can take this time to call a friend, clean your kitchen, or whatever else is on your to-do list.

2.  Use yellow food coloring to dye your frosting until you reach the desired color.  Save a small amount of buttercream frosting and dye it a bright orange.

3.  Frost entire cupcake with yellow frosting.

Easter Chick Cupcakes In Process 1 FunHappyHome.com

4.  Dip your cupcake into yellow sugar sprinkles.

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5. Add chocolate chips to make the eyes.

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6.  You can also add a dab of white frosting to make the eyeball detail.

7.  Using a rosette-frosting tip make “chick wings” on the sides and then sprinkle a small amount of the yellow sugar sprinkles on top.

Easter Chick Cupcakes In Process 4 FunHappyHome.com

8. Use a small amount of your orange frosting to make a beak and feet for your chick.

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Voila!  Super easy and super cute Easter cupcakes that will delight kids and adults alike!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Why buy buttercream frosting when it’s so simple to make it?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

 

1.  In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color.

2.  Beat the vanilla extract into the butter mixture.

3.  Add sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium speed until fully incorporated.

4.  Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, beating on high until you have a rich and creamy buttercream frosting.

See…I told you it was easy!

 

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Flower Pretzel Bites Recipe

Looking for a fun and exciting activity you can do with the kids? You found it!  This Flower Pretzel Bites recipe is a perfect spring recipe…especially since in most parts of the country, the weather hasn’t gotten the message that spring has arrived.  You can also make these as a fun Easter craft!  Best of all, they require just 3 ingredients and taste delicious!  Plus, since you’re using a microwave instead of an oven, your kids can probably make them all by themselves!

Flower Pretzel Bites Ingredients:

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Flower Pretzel Bite Directions:

IMG_7622Place 8 pretzels on a microwavable plate or paper plate.
IMG_7623Place a candy melt on the center of the pretzel.
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Microwave until candy melt gets soft. About 55 seconds.
IMG_7627Arrange M&Ms to look like a flower placing the “M” side down.
IMG_7629Let sit for about ten minutes. Enjoy!
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Flower Pretzel Bites An Easy Recipe Kids Can Make for Easter
Flower Pretzel Bites Recipe

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Take Your Movie Watching To A Whole New Level with Magnolia March Audiofest

Does your family room need a little updating? Do you love watching movies, but wish you had better sound quality?  Then you’re in luck!  Magnolia’s March Audio Fest is going on right now and they have awesome deals on the audio gear of your dreams!  It’s time to make those dreams a reality!

Here’s a little random trivia you probably didn’t know about our family…my husband used to own an audiovisual company.  He did sound for some of the biggest names in sports and music.  He did sound for fashion events and big corporate events. He also did sound for the President of the United States at that time…twice.  He did sound at a Super Bowl. So to say audio is important to him would be an understatement.

I’ve learned over the years that not all audio equipment is created equal…which is why I turn to Best Buy and Magnolia when I’m looking for premium audio gear.  Magnolia understands that audio is what takes you from watching your movie to experiencing your movie.  If you want to take your movie watching to a whole new level, you need premium gear.

Magnolia March Audiofest

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Magnolia’s March Audiofest at Best Buy is an entire month of exceptional deals! You’ll find savings on speakers, receivers, wireless audio gear, headphones, hi-res audio products and so much more. They have  weekly specials, great deals online and other amazing offers they can only offer in their stores, you’ll want to check back often.

Whenever we need new audio gear, Best Buy is always our first stop! We’re actually planning a trip there this afternoon because my husband needs a new pair of noise canceling head phones for our upcoming trips and we know that we’ll get knowledgable sales people who can help us find the best products for us.  And with all the hot deals, we know we’ll walk out with an awesome deal too!

5 Pieces of Audio Gear You Need Right Now

Noise Canceling Headphones – If you travel (or if you like to listen to audiobooks without hearing your kids fighting), you need a pair of good noise canceling headphones.

Portable Speaker – Portable speakers are perfect for afternoons at the pool or for listening to music while you do the dishes. We regularly stream music from our phones through portable speakers throughout the house for instant family dance parties.

Smart Speaker – My children are as obsessed with our smart speakers as I am.  Being able to tell my speaker what to do is like having a live-in assistant. And at this point in my life, I need all the help I can get. It even helps with math homework!

Sound Bar – I never fully understood the point of a soundbar until I tried it.  You get quality sound without breaking the bank.  It’s perfect for taking your movie watching experience to a whole new level.

Speakers – There is nothing like a quality speaker to enhance the sound experience at your home.  When our neighborhood did their boat parade at Christmas, we were able to hook up our speakers and play fabulous Christmas music as the boats came by our backyard.  It really added to the festive atmosphere.

 

Big Sound. Bigger Savings.
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If you’re ready to get the best gear at exceptional prices, head to Best Buy and take advantage of the Magnolia March Audiofest. And if you want to shop without leaving the comfort of your home, check out the Magnolia March Audiofest online!

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