Let Children Be… Quote

Let Children Be... QuoteI wrote this quote based on our society today. I feel there is so much competition and pushing children to learn so quickly nowadays that children do not have adequate time to learn through playing and having misadventures.

I remember so many things as a child just by playing, exploring and going on adventures. I don’t think people realize just how much children learn from just being able to play.

Let’s let our children be children!


My Style Dream Home On A Budget

Everyone has a dream home and style they love and dream about. I live on a budget, and I might as well face it, I probably always will. But I’m fine with it. As long as I can support my kids and be happy, I’m good with that.

So what is my style dream home?

Well, I just love rustic country charm! It is so cozy and gives you that relaxed comfortable feelin’.  I like to be warm and snuggled in, so small is just fine. I love to be surrounded by my children and to me the kitchen has always been the “heart” of the home. Another favorite for me is a big old claw foot tub! When I’m cold or sore, I just love to sink into a big tub of hot water with some bath salts.

Nature is awesome, the trickling sound of water is amazing and I believe that sunlight is nature’s vitamins! I have a love for black bears (just not in person) and a love for handmade home decor. I love the smell of a wood fire burning and something baking in the oven.

Think about these for a minute and you could probably already picture my style home.

Yes! A small rustic style open space cabin in the woods (not too far from a small town though, I do like people too), near a stream, with a good kitchen and a bathroom big enough to hold a claw foot tub and the rest of the cabin could be just one big room. Lot’s of outdoor space for the kids to play and for gardens to grow!

Here it is, my style dream home:

My Style Dream HomeFamily Living Space Kitchen Area Bath with Claw Foot Tub Sleeping Area for the KidsOf course this is not exact, but you get the concept of what I’d love in my style dream home on a budget.

So how does a person with children live in a small space and on a budget?

Organization is key 1 and shopping around for deals is key 2! And I’ll pat myself on the back, I’m good at both. Haha I love things that can be “put” away but I also want to know I’m getting a good deal for my money. I would much rather DIY everything, but all that takes times and just have to have some things to get by with.

A futon, it can be a couch by day, a bed by night.

A wall desk, that folds up to the wall when not in use. So many varieties to fit any style home and save space! A must if you work online like I do.

A kitchen table meant for small spaces and with extra storage.

Storage cubes and/or bins are great for organizing. So many uses for these! Clothes, blankets, toys, and the list goes on! Great for organizing just about everything!

Storage ottomans have many uses in one piece of furniture. You can use it as a coffee table, a foot stool and store things in too!

Skinny Pantry, perfect for canned goods and spices! Fits alongside the fridge to use space that most wouldn’t think to use!

Bathroom door storage for small bathrooms.

These are just a few of the 100’s of different items available for living in small spaces. Amazon (my most favorite place to shop because you can always find good deals), has thousands of different styles for any style home!

What do you think of my style dream home on a budget? What is your style dream home? Do you live on a budget?





The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

Family Play TimeThe family that plays together, stays together. Is this actually true? I would say they most certainly have a better chance of staying together than families that don’t take the time for family play time. I feel the meaning of family is getting lost in our society. This is only my personal opinion and I know everyone has their own, I respect that.

But think about it for a minute, how busy are families nowadays? When I look around I see people coming and going, some dragging their kids (some kids very cranky, some just look bored) around and always rushing from here to there. Throw the, “omg, what would I ever have done without it!”, cell phone into the mix, and it occurred to me, do people ever take a break and just play?

Now, this doesn’t include that once a year family vacation or a ball game your kid is playing in. I mean actually having a family play time, where you sit down and play a board game with your kids or play with building blocks with your toddlers, where you build the blocks up, they crash them down and giggle so much they roll on the floor. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Kids are only young once and each year goes by so quickly especially in today’s busy society of technology.

Put those electronics away at least one night a week and just play as a family. It can be anything from a quiet coloring time to an all out pillow fight, just play, even if only for an hour. And to take it one step further, pick one day a month to find an activity for the whole family to enjoy together. It can be a day at the beach, a trip to the bowling alley, a hike and a picnic. Let your children help plan. The possibilities are endless and most don’t cost much but your time.

Just remember to make it a “no electronics day”. (Bring one for emergencies, but have it off or on silent and concentrate on enjoying that time with your family.) I can almost guarantee these will be memories they carry into their adult lives and possibly into their own families.

What do you think? Yay or Nay? Do you have family play time?