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Friday, September 27th, 2013
There isn’t a mom out there who doesn’t understand the importance of time. Between chauffeuring kids to school and running household errands, it’s a wonder you keep it all together.
Momtrepreneur Erin Condren aims to make scheduling your life a little easier and, dare I say, fun. Just two years after the birth of her twins, she founded her own custom stationery company, creating everything from her signature Life Planner to personalized iPhone cases. Now her site has become a go-to resource for busy parents wanting some organization with flair.
I recently had the chance to preview Erin’s fall collection; my three favorites are sure to shed stress from your routine AND let your family’s style shine.
1. FUNctional Family Organizer
A dry-erase clipboard will help you remember important contacts, goals, even meal schedules for the week. Add in the chore chart as well as magnetic notepad for groceries, and nothing will escape you.
2. Gold Edition Life Planner
Erin’s classic planner got a regal upgrade. Gold foil stamps dot the cover inside and out while a new elastic band holds everything in place. Along with her trademark colorful spreads, it’s a total score!
3. Lunch Box Set
The straight edges of this lunch box and container assortment equal easy washing. Plus, the decorative faceplate doubles as an emergency card while your child’s at school (just fill out the personal info on the backside).
Erin’s motto is all about making more time for play in life. With these products in toe, there’s no reason you can’t start living a little yourself.
SAVINGS ALERT: Her new holiday card collection is half off for a limited time. Who says you can’t “’tis the season” early?
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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Last week was National Women’s Health Week, and I fully intended on writing a great blog post telling everyone that they should take a moment out of their busy schedules and focus on their health. The only problem was that my busy schedule got in the way.
Last Wednesday, my daughter needed to make it to her ENT, so I pushed my eye appointment off. I really didn’t want to miss two days of work in a week. But on Friday morning, I got a call that my godmother had a heart attack (she’s fine now, she just needs to remember to make time for her health), so I missed the entire day of work anyway. Now imagine if I’d actually made it to that eye appointment, I would have missed three days of work and I wouldn’t be squinting at my computer so early in the week spreading the urgent message that you should not let your schedule get in the way of your health.
But in all seriousness, when I watched my god sister sobbing after being asked if she was her mother’s proxy last Friday, it really did hit me. Neglecting our health to take care of everyone else actually hurts them in the end.
Even if you have lots of time, but no health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many of the screenings women need are free. For example, the health care law requires coverage of well-woman visits, cervical cancer screenings, depression screenings, and more.
Visit WomensHealth.gov to learn more about living a healthier life.
I’ve rescheduled my eye appointment and I won’t cancel it this time. Take a moment out of your busy schedule this week, and take care of your health. Your kids are counting on you.
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Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Check out blog posts by multitalented mompreneur Rosie Pope every week at Parents.com!
I was doing the usual “running” that I do yesterday—and by running I don’t mean putting on my Lululemons and jogging around the park! I mean running around like a wild thing to get everyone ready in the morning. Running to work, running to the subway, running to pick the kids up, running to make dinner. And then some more running until I finally collapse, flip open my laptop, and start tackling my inbox once the kids are tucked into bed.
As I was on my daily “run,” I suddenly noticed that instead of seeing the kids all huddled up in their stroller sleeping bags under a thousand layers of clothing (I tend to overdress them) and me wishing I had remembered my gloves, they had stripped down to their T-shirts during the school day, I had slipped on a pair of sunglasses, and there were even a few hours of daylight left to be enjoyed! Somehow spring had sprung upon us, and, in all the rushing around I had been doing lately, I hadn’t really noticed yet. It made me think: While having a schedule is important, would it really matter in the long run if today we didn’t rush home for dinner, baths, and stories? What if we skipped the normal routine and instead went on a park adventure, ate jumbo pretzels and ice cream for dinner, and then collapsed into bed together once the sun finally sets?
I believe in structure, and I often find myself obeying a rigid schedule with the kids. Many children find comfort and consistency in such things, as do we. But just as much as we need to change it up every now and then, so do our children. And the look of surprise and excitement on their faces when I tell them we can do something totally out of the ordinary warms the cockles of my heart. So when you find yourself enjoying the moment and appreciating the slightly warmer and longer days, really soak it up and make it last. Abandon the schedule, and make room for the moment. After all, we do want to teach our children about balance. Just because our lives sometimes seem all about the “running,” it doesn’t mean theirs have to be, too.
Whether it is playing in the rain instead of taking a bath, going on a park scavenger hunt during your usual story time, or deciding to have a picnic dinner on the carpet to shake things up, just do it! It’s these mini-rebellions to your carefully planned schedule and everyday routines that help teach our little ones (and us) about finding that delicate work-life balance for which we all so longingly strive.
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