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April 3, 2017

By April 3, 2017parenting
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Who is ready for spring?! I am! Usually I’m a fall and winter girl, but this year I have been really looking forward to spring. With having a new baby, I stayed in the house more than normal this winter so I’m excited for fresh air and sunny days outside with Hazel.

Since becoming a mom, I have connected with some really amazing women/moms and I love it! Hannah, from the blog Hannah Renee, put together a Let’s Be Honest Mama’s group to give us moms a community of support and inspiration. Each month we pick a topic, answer questions, and share tidbits about our lives as moms. In our first post (here) we talked about being stay at home mom’s, and this month is all spring cleaning and living simply. Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of this post to read what the other mama’s had to say 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

1) Do you have any routine spring cleaning that you do? How do you go about it if so? Each spring I clean out our closets, kitchen cupboards, and the fridge. I also wipe down the walls, baseboards, and kitchen cabinets, and clean all the windows in the house. In previous years, I was able to get it all done in a weekend. But now that I have a precious little baby who takes up most of my time, I’m just doing as much I can when I can.

2) What does living simply mean to you? To me, living simply means enjoying all the little and simple things in life. Like family walks around the neighborhood, morning snuggles in bed, and pretty much every little thing that Hazel does because it’s so darn cute!

3) What are 5 of your go to products for your home? Organizational tools, storage, cleaners, essential oils, etc. that you can’t live without!

  • Baskets: Everything looks so much better hidden in a basket. Haha!
  • Robot Vacuum: Because who has time to vacuum with a baby? Plus, it’s entertianing for Hazel to watch.
  • Flowers & Candles: I love fresh smells in the spring and summer. Flowers and candles make my house smell so clean even if I haven’t gotten around to actually cleaning it.
  • Vinegar + Water Mixture: Perfect for cleaning glass and windows. You can also add essential oils to it to give it a nice smell.
  • Clorox Toilet Bowl Clinging Bleach Gel Cleaner: This stuff is uh-mazing! Squirt it in your toilet bowl and let it set for a little bit. When you flush your toilet, your toilet will be clean. You don’t even have to scrub it! Anything that creates less work for me is a winner 🙂

4) How do you approach tidying? For example, do you put everything away each day/night? I hate clutter! I think everything has a place and it belongs in it’s place. Probably something I’m going to have to let go of a bit as Hazel gets older. Ha! I pick things up as I go about my day. I pick up Hazel’s toys and put them in their basket before each nap, wash dishes after each meal (sometimes even before I eat because I hate having a sink full of dishes), and make sure everything is where it belongs before we go to bed. Cody is horrible about picking up after himself (well, he’s horrible by my standards, but he’s amazing compared to my brother-in-law. Ha!), so I’m also busy cleaning up his messes. Lol. Your socks go in the laundry basket, Cody! Not in the middle of the living room floor!

5) How often do you clean your home? What are your daily tasks, weekly, bi weekly? I’ve been slacking on my daily and weekly cleaning chores a bit since Hazel has been born. Some weeks I’m on top of it and others I’m lucky to get one thing checked off my list. But I’m starting to adjust to motherhood and figure out how to balance it all.

  • Daily: Wash dishes, wipe down kitchen counters, tidy/pick up things, and watch the robot vacuum work it’s magic 😉
  • Bi Weekly: Laundry and grocery shop
  • Weekly: Clean mirrors/glass coffee table, dust, mop, clean bathrooms, and meal prep

Be sure to check out these beautiful mama’s blogs:

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com// Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com

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