7 Tips for Stress-Free Mornings

Fun Fact: I hate to be rushed. Loathe it. If I feel crunched for time, I am the most irritable person in the world, and it takes a while for me to come down from the unwanted, unnecessary stress.

For this reason, I spend quite a bit of time investing in my morning routine. Starting my day off right truly does set the tone for the rest of the day and I’m sure you feel me on this. How many times have you had a hectic morning and felt frazzled the rest of the day? I’m sure it’s more than you could count!

Over the years, I’ve implemented different morning routines to adapt to my changing lifestyle. From being a full-time student working two jobs to working full-time from home, the techniques used to set the proper stage for my day have been all over the place. Here are my seven favorite tactics to ensure I start the day stress-free.

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Best Way to Organize Scrapbook Paper

Upon moving into our new home, I realized that my paper organization habits were not great. Like all Cricut owners, over time, I had amassed quite the collection of cardstock and other scrapbook papers. Oh, a pack of various colored paper on sale at Michaels for only $5? Don’t mind if I do!

That’s not to say this paper isn’t useful. Of course, it is! The true issue lies in where to put all of it that ticks off the right requirements:

  1. Accessible
  2. Organized
  3. Protected from the “Elements”

To be clear, “elements” includes me accidentally bending the corners of a stack due to lack of attention.

Enter the solution of all solutions… a filing cabinet.

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Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Every Sunday, my husband and I would fall into the trap of frantically cleaning our home – our whole home. When we lived in our 600 square foot apartment, this really wasn’t an issue. I mean, honestly, I could stand in the kitchen and mop the bedroom. -Tiny- However, since moving into our much larger home and now anticipating a life with little ones running around, we needed to figure out a house cleaning system that doesn’t require a full Sunday investment.

After some brainstorming, we decided to give a day-to-day cleaning schedule a chance. I’ve never done housecleaning on a specific schedule, outside of laundry on Sundays and when to water plants (those poor plants). However, the hope is to divide up the work through the week so the house doesn’t fall into complete disrepair because we’re busy during the weekends. Plus, aren’t the weekends meant for fun?!Β Read More »

How to Store Cricut (and Other) Cutting Mats

As we unpacked in our new house, I realized I have a lot of Cricut cutting mats. They all serve their purpose, but there are quite a few. Storing mats standing on end, especially in areas with high heat or high humidity, can be a dangerous game. Warping is very common for all types of cutting mats so special care should be taken to ensure they are stored properly.

If you’re like me, you don’t have space to keep a bunch of mats safely stored laying flat somewhere. The space simply does not exist and I can’t guarantee everyone in my household will not care to keep them safe, not lay things on them, or avoid tossing them aside.

Luckily… I do have plenty of wall space and you do too.

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What to Pack in your Disney Backpack

My husband and I make our way to Disneyland about once a month. It’s a lot. I know. San Diego is close enough proximity for us to have Annual Passes and easily squeeze in the minimum number of trips to justify the cost of the passes. In case you are wondering, six trips a year brings the Signature Pass to value.

Given that we visit so frequently, we decided a backpack designated for our trips would be worth it. We dug our way through TJMaxx, Ross, and Burlington Coat Factory to find the perfect backpack. We needed one with multiple pockets and bottle holders on both sides of the bag. We landed on this great Swiss Gear backpack for about $25.00.

We keep the bag packed at all times with the essentials. We typically leave for Anaheim around 6:00AM so not having to pack the bag every time we want to go is convenient and sanity saving.

So what “essentials” do we have packed? Check out below…

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