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Friday, October 5

Balancing Crafting, Blogging, and Real Life

Since this school year began, I've had a hard time finding time to create.  I have two kids in school for the first time.  One is in half-day kindergarten.  They are both involved in after-school activities, both on campus and off.  Both have homework to do, books to read, spelling words to learn,  tests to study for, projects to complete, and poems to memorize.

If you're a mom of school-aged kids, this sounds familiar.  I thought I was busy with three kids at home.  And truthfully, I was.  But this is a completely different type of busy.

So, considering I spend half of each day in the car or waiting at my children's place of activity, I'm not home a lot to create.  When I am, I'm either exhausted or distracted by things like the mound of dishes in my sink or the piles of laundry I should be folding.  (Should being the operative word!)  Plus there's all the "supervising" of homework I have to do.  Seriously- it's crazy!

I also have Sunday School lessons to plan, scriptures to study, exercise to do, and much more.  

I know you're all busy too. What I don't know is, how do people do it?  How do they accomplish all they need to do and still find time and energy to create?  I just can't seem to get it done!  When I realize I not only have to make a project, but take photos, edit them, and write a blog post, I'm ready to quit before I even start.

So, while I figure out how this whole kids-in-school thing is going to work with the craft-blogging thing, know I DO have things in the works, and I'm still going to share what I'm doing when I can.

I'm working on re-doing my daughter's bedroom.  It's very PINK!  I've got a whole bunch of projects to share, hopefully soon!

I'm also changing up the bedding in my master bedroom.  I don't want to pay for new bedding right now, but I've found a way to give my bedroom a whole new look!  (If I ever finish sewing.....)

Here's the "Before"- just to tease you!

Of course, Halloween is coming up, and that means some fun decor, as well as working on costumes. I'm going the easy route this year and buying most things from the store, but I am making bits and pieces of costumes to save a little money. 

I've even started some of my handmade Christmas gifts!  Sorry- no pictures, so I don't spoil any surprises!

So, I guess creating is going on- just not at the pace I've gotten used to.  If you have any tips to share about how you balance your family's needs with your need to create, I'd love to hear them.

My son's third birthday is on Saturday, and while we're not having a "party" so to speak, I will be sharing how we are making his day special.  So, if you've got a kid that loves Mickey Mouse, I hope you'll stop by next week to see how we celebrated his birthday!  Have a great weekend-

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  1. Can't wait to see what you've been working on!!! :) I've been trying to redecorate and be crafty, but I started a full time no "play" time..but maybe soon. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by. I know, it's hard to find time to do all you want- and I don't even work outside the home! Good luck!

  2. It was SO fun having dinner with you ladies last night! You and I have the same bedding and I am definitely in the market for something new, so I am excited to see what you have come up with:-) What a fun blog!

    1. Whitney! I'm glad you remembered! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. What are the chances we have the same bedding? So funny! Have a great week and I hope to "see" you around here again soon!

  3. This is so pretty! I've been wanting to put something above our bed. I love what you did. So simple and cute!!


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