{Me Time} Time to de-stress

Ohhhhhh Lord Bee…it was a little nutty those final weeks of July.

Hmmm, I think I’ve started saying that at the beginning of every post! But it has, it really, really, really, really has been nutty. And it never ceases to amaze me that not matter how well you plan or try to organize things, there STILL is never enough time to get it all done.

Right now in particular I’ve felt like I’ve had loads on my shoulders. Whether actual work to do, the pressure of completing a project, life, or just stress in general.

Lately, it’s felt like a lot.

So I’m trying to teach myself to think about the things that are good and the little things  that make me happy.  It’s a whole lot easier to tackle the mountain in front of you when you have a little pep in your step.

This week when the kids were out, I took 15 minutes to walk around our house and remind myself of favorite things that make me happy…

These jars sit on the counter where the kids eat breakfast.  The large Target glass jar holds the brushes & ribbons. The canning jar holds all the clips. And the Juliska ramekin holds the hairbands.  I love this.  I’m not really a girlie girl.  But somehow seeing these jars each morning makes me feel so lucky to have 3 darling little baby girls who for some reason, in their own little way, ARE girlie girls!

I loved sitting at the kitchen table when I was little when my mom was doing my hair.  “Doing” the Little Punks’ hair now is like working on bowling balls….but one day I hope it will be a special time for them too.  For now they LOVE picking out what clips to wear. As in LOVE.TO.PICK.THEM.OUT.

This IKEA fake plant is awesome! I never thought I would be a fake plant kinda girl, but when I saw these little boxwoods for about $2, I died. I have them all over our house. Easy to group in a line, no fear the kids will dump dirt anywhere, move em when you need em, and they look suprisingly real!

This is the side of our Master Bedroom. Three of the photos are from our wedding. One of the photos is my Hubs on the balcony of our hotel room on our Honeymoon. And the fifth frame is the card he wrote me the night he proposed.  The opposite end sits my jewlery box from my sister-in-law. It holds my jewelry, along with special keepsakes….like the girls hospital baby bracelets & our place cards from our wedding.  I smile each time I look in  this direction.

I also smile when I see this photo. This is Piper at 2 weeks, with me. I may be a little magnified in the photo, but I love how that also shows how teeny-tiny sweet Pipes is. I love that our noses are touching. I really love this photo. And I also love that I got it from Canvas on Demand with a Groupon for 1/2 price!  That certainly puts my in a better mood.

Ohhhhhh matching hangers, how I love you!!  This is Piper’s closet and yes she has a few clothes. She is after all the 3rd daughter in a family of very close in age girls. This girl has got her some hand me downs!!  My closet does not have matching hangers…kids always come first don’t they? But these tiny white hangers, all in a line, with all those colorful dresses…..*sigh* they always put my in a better mood.

See? I’m feeling better already!  Wonder if it has anything to do with the glass of wine that was walking along with me?? (I kid, I kid!)

So that’s my tip for you today.  When you’re feeling stressed with loads on your plate. Take a walk around your house and remind yourself of all the little things that make you happy. It will surprise you how something so little can make such a big difference in your day!

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