If you’ve been around Delightfully Frazzled for a while, it’s probably not a shock to you that I’m a bona fide fan of the Harry Potter series. (I love it for lots and lots of reasons, but this is a post about time management, so I won’t waste your time with an in-depth analysis.) J. K. Rowling never ceased to amaze me with the creativity of magic in her world. One of the magical tools Harry is introduced to is called a Time Turner. It’s a device that allows its wearer to go back in time and literally be in two places at once. In the series, Hermione Granger (being Hermione Granger) uses is to take more classes at school. This Momma would use it to get things DONE- and then take a NAP.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a Time Turner to give you. I know, I’d love one too. However, as a work-at-home mom I’ve learned some tips to help me manage my time and energy more efficiently. Besides actually inventing a Time Turner (for which I would pay you LITERALLY ANYTHING if you did), here are some helpful tips to keep you focused and productive as a work-at-home mom!
Do you ever feel like there’s a million things vying for your attention as a modern-day mom? Whether you’re a full-time Stay-at-Home mom, the increasingly-popular Work-at-Home mom, or a hard-working Momma outside of the home, there are a LOT of demands on moms of our generation. Between maintaining a home, posting enough photos on social media to keep the in-laws happy, giving your family healthy, organic, paleo/vegan/gluten-free/Whole-30/whatever meals, maintaining the right screen time/activity balance, and of course the daunting responsibilities of raising decent, responsible, well-adjusted humans– all while your mom frenemy Shirley is on Facebook sharing how proud she is of her 5-year-old finishing his thesis and her 2-year-old’s fluency in Portuguese—it’s a recipe for a guilt-ridden 3-ring circus without the ringmaster.
From conversations with pretty much every mom I know, I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one that feels like life is pulling her in 20 different directions simultaneously. That’s why I’m starting this new series on Delightfully Frazzled: Kicking Overwhelm to the Curb. Because whichever stage of motherhood you’re in, whatever your specific life responsibilities may be, I’m betting overwhelm is a regular (if not daily) emotion for you. It sure is for me.
Father’s Day is quickly approaching, which may mean a sense of panic if you’re trying to find that perfect gift for your dad or husband. I’m totally a fan of DIY gifts, especially those that involve the kiddos. However, I’m also a MEGA fan of sporting merchandise from your favorite fandoms! Before you reach for another basic tie, consider a gift you know he’ll appreciate from a series, movie, or book that he loves! If you’ve got s father in your life who enjoys super heroes, Star Wars, or other fandoms, check out some of these cool ideas to let the dad in your life shine in all of his nerdy glory.
I always loved the tradition of getting a special Easter basket as a kid. We got our fair share of candy and Peeps, but my mom always included some fun non-food items as well! Don’t get me wrong– I’m all about the candy and the sweet stuff! But if you’re looking for some simple and fun ideas to fill an Easter basket that aren’t just candy, check out this list!
Wait. It’s almost April? What? Wasn’t Christmas, like, a month ago? No? Okay, it’s fine. The year’s already one-third over. Holy canoli. Not sure how that happened, but whatever. It’s fine. I’m fine. Everything’s fine. Totally fine.
Has time been flying by for you too? I mean, APRIL is almost here, people. It still feels like Christmas was maybe a month ago, and yet the stores are filled with decorations and waaaaay too much Easter candy for this sugar addict. (Resistance is futile.)
This spring promises to be unusually warm in our neck of the woods, bringing with it new growth, sunny weather, and the first scent of spring in the air. Before all of us Minnesotans awaken from our dreary hibernation to squint in the unfamiliar sun, it’s time to shed our winter cocoons. Time to store the heavy coats and remove that residue dust from the days when we were too cold to move!
Okay, I’m exaggerating (a little). But there’s something about the start of spring that makes you want a clean, fresh start to life, isn’t there? With the snow melting and fresh air inside again, the buzz in the air often leads to a bee in my bonnet (see what I did there?! I’m so funny…) and a newfound motivation to clean, clean, clean!
I think the term “spring cleaning” can seem a little daunting (actually, cleaning in general can seem daunting to me!). With two boys 2 years old and younger, there’s no way I would be able to tackle it all at once. Instead, I’ve decided this year to take it one day at a time– with one task a day! If your house is also ready for some much-needed spring cleaning, check out this list for 31 days of spring cleaning ideas! Let’s tackle that winter grime and get our homes ready for spring together! Continue Reading…
If you’ve been following Delightfully Frazzled for any amount of time, it’s probably no secret that I love getting to use natural products around my home. Not only do they save me money; they’re also better for the environment and more healthy for my family! Win-win-win, if you ask me.
One of the most simple, versatile, and fun ways to incorporate natural products into the home is by using essential oils! Essential oils can be used for everything from soothing a fussy baby, disinfecting a kitchen counter, and many beauty applications. They truly are a phenomenal way to care for your family and home naturally.
If you’ve been a reader of Delightfully Frazzled for a while, it’s probably no secret that I am in love with coconut oil. I use it all the time around our house for all kinds of things, from homemade moisturizers to treating diaper rash to soothing sunburn. In case you aren’t well-versed yet in the miracle that is coconut oil, here are 25 amazing ways to use it in your everyday life!
Keeping a home clean naturally is a lot easier than I thought it would be.
My interest in natural cleaners didn’t actually start with a desire to be green. While I was pregnant with my second son, I found that the smell of chemical cleaning products left me dizzy and nauseous (more than usual, anyway). If I wanted to keep our home clean, I needed another solution. Hence, my experimentation with natural products began. Now I love using natural products whenever I can. I love that I can save money, help the planet some, and make my home safer for my little ones all at once!