lil sale & a quick getaway

Hi all. Is summer over yet? I love having my kids home and all {really, they’re pretty rad} but I’m feeling the pressure of a lack of routine. It’s something that I need to get a handle on– STAT. And by “STAT”, I actually mean, by August 13th.  Must-do list includes: more intentionality in my time with the Lord//meal planning//setting official work hours//prioritizing work tasks//NOT working during non-work hours… you know the drill.

January never actually feels like the start of a new year to me– even now– *cough* 15 years past my high school days. Anyone else? August still feels like the season of new beginnings. This summer has felt sort of pregnant with the promise of new fresh starts. As such I’ve made some progress on the whole “living in gray” thing that I’ve talked about before over here {which is typically a very real means of self-sabotage}.  So that’s a start, I think. New beginnings, indeed.

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While I’m working at it, these little babies have kept me busy. If you’ve been eyeing one, I have a little treat for you: If you hop over to my Lovespun Studio Facebook page {and I’d LOVE for you to “like” it too}, I’m offering 15% off all Zippy! Organizer Wallet  orders {or you can opt for a free keychain wristlet instead of the discount} when you leave you place your order via Facebook. Just follow the instructions in the post. Easy peasy.

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Have a fabulous weekend. We’re going to enjoy some unplugged family time. Those Instagram pics and Facebook updates can wait. Love you all. Thanks for popping by!

Muffin Anyone?

I vaguely remember that I’ve written about this before, but play along, if you will. Do you remember that book If You Give A Mouse A Muffin? Well, a few years ago I stumbled upon an internet spin-off by Beth Brubaker:

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If You Give a Mom a Muffin

If you give a mom a muffin,
she’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She’ll pour herself some.
Her three year-old will come and spill the coffee.
Mom will wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks.
She’ll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry into the washer,
she’ll trip over shoes and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She’ll look for her cookbook
(How to Make 101 Things With a Pound of Hamburger.)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse,
which is being dumped out by her two year-old.
Then she’ll smell something funny.
She’ll change the two year-old.
While she is changing the two year-old, the phone will ring.
Her five year-old will answer and hang up.
She’ll remember she was supposed to phone a friend
to come over for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some more.
And chances are,
if she has a cup a coffee,
her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

HEE-LAIR-EE-OUS! And true. Hilarious BECAUSE it’s true. Every–single–time I sit down to do one thing today, something else pops up and my attention snaps from right to left. Good times.

So in honor of today, eat a muffin– or better yet, bring me a box of doughnut muffins from Target. I’m midwestern, we can hang with some doughnuts OR muffins. Gotta go…my phone is ringing…”squirrel”

 

Free Shipping You Say? Alright!

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It’s “Wordless Wednesday”, right? Well over here it’s also dubbed “Working Wednesday.” That means that I’m sitting here at my desk juggling my time between stitching up Zippys! and helping awesome clients plan trips to Disney {psst…they just released a fall room discount this morning. Visit my page A Happy Trip on Facebook to find out more and feel free to message me with questions or for a quote!}

In the meantime, now through July 27th, enjoy this special FREE SHIPPING discount to the Etsy shop! Be sure to enter the code LOVES2SHIPFREE at checkout for the discount to apply.* Love you! Back to work.

*Discount only available for shipping within the continental United States

 

remembering it all when so much comes your way

I don’t know about you, but I’m notorious for not following up with emails/texts/FB messages/Instagram posts and such. The problem is two-fold. A) I need time to think before I reply most of the time. The first thing that comes to my brain isn’t always the best decision overall, sometimes it’s rooted in a desire to please the person who sent me the message so I might give a quick “Sure thing” but then realized that I had bitten off more than I could reasonably take on– NOT a good idea. So I wait. B) The much more likely culprit is communication overload. Let me explain:

There is a good chance that when I see your email/text/FB message pop up that I’m sitting at a red light, waiting in the school pickup line or sneaking a peek at my phone while I’m doing dishes {it’s sad, but true, that we don’t have a dishwasher in our little cottage 2.5 years later. It’s somewhere on the to-do list}. What happens is that I register that I’ve seen your message, but then when I sit down at my computer, it’s no longer unread and I just don’t think to go back to it. It’s slightly disastrous and makes me a feel all frazzled once I realize {sometimes MONTHS later} my oversight.

I can’t make technology stop. I’ve tried not checking my email via my phone, but that’s not super convenient either, so I just have to help myself adapt & remember what I can.  Enter: DRY ERASE BOARD

They use them at Mary Lou doughnuts to jot down your order and then just wipe it clean when the next customer rolls up. It’s genius I tell you! So guess what I got?

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You know it! and its a TOTAL life-changer. Quick idea pops into my head? Jot it down. Finished? Erase. {This doesn’t actually help me when I’m out an about, but maybe I SHOULD put a travel dry-erase board in my purse. It’s a great idea. {Also, Project Life scrapbooking cards with a hole punched in them and attached to an O-ring is a great way to jot down and keep track of reminders– I should do that. It’s a better idea than the portable dry-erase. I digress.

Also tip #2. See that washi tape up there? Remember me telling you about my email problems? Print your important emails! Seriously. And tape them up next to your desk with washi tape. It’s the little things, folks.

And there you have it: Kirsten’s quick tips for organizing your brain. Let me know if they work for you too.

Monday, Monday…

Good morning, peep-er-o-loos,

It’s Monday morning. The sun is shining. I’m determined to get this week off on a good and productive foot. All things considered, it’s a win, I’d say.

So did anyone out there do anything fun and exciting over the weekend? We’ve been knee-deep in the garage rebuild {doggone tornado} and while it would be completely errant for me to pretend like this actually involves MY time and energy {all kudos go to my dad and Jeremy and the host of other men who have offered their personal hours and muscles to make it happen– it all feels very, um…Amish. Barn raising, anyone?!} it has kept us from being able to simply enjoy our summer weekends doing family style stuff.

It is what it is and I’m grateful. But nonetheless, I am so So SO ready to steal away and spend time with the family. We’re working on that right now since our big awesome Cali trip had to be cancelled due to a business trip for Jeremy. {WAHHH!!!} We’re two weeks away from vacay time and still vacillating between the beach or a stay-cation. Apparently this time last year I decided that we needed to do the beach next time.

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Well… it’s after 1pm and my morning wasn’t nearly as fruitful as I had hoped. Rather than keep on blithering about nothing {because really, let’s just call a spade a spade today and admit that is what this post really is} I suppose that I should get a few things done. I have Zippy’s to finish and packages to put together for the mail.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, I would love to hear all about it! You should leave a comment with tips for those of us who are in dire need of a getaway. ;)

 

 

 

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