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12 Days in Jamaica with Kids - Day 1

12 days in Jamaica with Kids Day 1

What do you do when friends invite you to come visit them in Jamaica?? You make it happen and GO! 

A few years back we took a family trip to Barbados and met up with some acquaintances who quickly became friends. Since our time together they have moved to Jamaica and invited us to come visit them. 

Who says "No" to that??

Declutter your clothes closet for free!

Declutter your closet with a ribbon by Tea in the Morning Too
"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." - Dale Carnegie

Let's face it - decluttering your clothes closet isn't fun! And there are so many decisions to make - do I keep this? Donate it?  Throw it away? Will I really wear this next spring? I hate making decisions like this because my default is to keep everything just in case!

But we're moving again (to a new house we're building on the road behind us, so literally in our backyard, but still ...) so I'm thinking to get rid of items I don't really want to lug to the new house.

Last minute holidays gifts that won't add to the clutter.

I was thinking of this post this week and thought I'd re-post it with a few add-ons. 


With the holidays coming up, our de-cluttered, simplified homes are in danger of becoming cluttered with new toys that will often only be interesting to the child for a short while.

In a matter of days the children will be back to playing with their favorite toys, leaving the new toys lying where they left them last.

Probably not in the toy box!

Encouragement to give your best in serving others!

Once again, it's been a while since I've had time to write a post on this blog! I'm usually busy over at Little Monkeys Design blog!! 

I think you would enjoy the post I wrote today on Little Monkey Shop blog about the recent business conference I attended this past weekend - the Business Boutique. I was really encouraged to continue growing my small business, using the gifts and talents I've been given to serve others. 

Hop on over there and have a read! 

Cabin in the Woods

We recently took some family time to relax in a cabin in the woods along the TN/KY border. We go to these cabins often to just relax.

Book Review - Insanity's Shoes

My friend Angela Tompkins recently published a book titled Insanity's Shoes about her experience with postpartum psychosis. As a RN and a IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), I felt I needed to read this book so that I could better screen and counsel the postpartum women I see and talk to on a regular basis.

It's Spring! Time to clean out closets!

Image courtesy of Aleksa D at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Spring means time to do your Spring cleaning! We recently moved, so I feel like we spent the last year Spring cleaning!
Since we live in a much smaller house now, we have a lot less closet space. This really helps you simplify! There's just not room for any extras!
Now that winter is (hopefully :)) almost over, it's time to look back over your winter clothes.
See those tops and bottoms that are really cute, you like them, but for some reason never wore them?
 Get rid of them! Lovely as they are, they are taking up valuable real estate!
 Time to sell or donate them to someone who can really use them. This will give you closet space for clothing articles that you will wear, not just decorate your closet with.
I have this problem too! I have several nice skirts and sweaters that I really like and will "one day" wear, but they aren't real practical on an every day basis. Keep one such out fit for that "one day", and donate the others.
I practiced this idea last Saturday and had a pile of winter clothes to donate to those in need. That feels good on two fronts - my closet is a little more organized and I'm helping someone out with a gift of "new" clothes.
Don't let these early Spring days go by without looking through your winter clothes and seeing which ones you never wore and finding them a new home!