Popping in a bit earlier than anticipated this week as we travel to take care of some unexpected family matters.
This is the first time we’ve ever taken our sweet rescue Piper on a really long road trip and to a house/situation she is not familiar with and I’m getting nervous about it.
While her behavior has drastically improved since we got her in March, she’s still a lot to handle and therefore, needs next-level love and patience which can be tough for some.
I’ve got my snacks and good attitude packed – say a little prayer for us!
Morning Routine Questions…
On a side note, I got several questions about morning routines this week so I thought I would share two of them in case they might help you too.
I saw your bathroom organization post with all the drawers under your bathroom cabinet. I don’t wear a lot of makeup either. Do you have a quicker solution to streamline my morning makeup routine that doesn’t involve drawers, baskets, or bins?
If you don’t have a lot of makeup or skincare extras, you might want to consider these jute cosmetic bags from Ballard Designs.
They hold a lot, have a wax-like coating inside which makes them easy to wipe down and they can be monogrammed.
If you got one set monogrammed with AM and one set monogrammed with PM it would definitely cut down on the amount of time you’re looking through drawers or bins for products.
Bonus, it would help organize your morning and night routine and you’ll already be ahead of the game when it comes to packing for your next trip!
You mentioned your Mom was a teacher and your family seems close. Did you do anything special to make back-to-school mornings easier or fun?
As a military family, we moved around a lot. It was very lonely and really hard at times because we never knew if we were going to have the same friends or live in the same town from one year to the next.
At the beginning of each school year, my Mom would play Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World every morning on our way to school. Literally. every. single. morning.
It seems like such a small thing but it didn’t matter if we woke up scared about a test, running late because we couldn’t find parts to our cheerleading uniform, or were mad at each other for teenage sister stuff by the time we got to school we were ready to face the day.
Even now, we all have a playlist that helps kickstart our morning routine!
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
This home tour is proof black and white will always be a classic combination.
There’s not a stitch of pink in this home but it’s so beautiful I could move right in!
It’s been so much fun to follow along on this fabulous garden!
A great roundup of workwear essentials if you’re going back into the office or just need a refresh.
I’ve never seen shoe organizers like these before but they seem like such a space saver!
Words to Live By…
August Book of the Month…
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I just finished our August Book of the Month The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tanya Dalton and it was such a good one.
Most of the techniques in the book I already use but it’s always nice to get a fresh perspective on what it truly takes to live a fulfilling life. There were a lot of applicable takeaways which is always a great bonus too!
Learning how to simplify routines, cut decision fatigue, get systems in place to help you reach your goals while trying to harmonize whitespace and family life is not always easy but it’s always worth the effort.
My accountability partner has been reading Living the Simply Luxurious Life by Shannon Ables and every time we talk about the book she lights up.
I know Shannon covers a lot in the book and several of you want to go back and put what you’ve read into practice which is super smart.
I think sometimes we dive into the next book before we allow the previous one to really sink in so I am totally on board.
To help alleviate any extra pressure, we chose a faith-filled morning devotional New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp for our September book of the month.
On the Menu this Week…
Week of August 22 – August 28
08/22 Sunday – Stuffed Peppers Casserole
08/23 Monday – Cabbage Stir Fry
08/25 Wednesday – Summer Grilled Chicken Power Salad
08/26 Thursday – Swiss Chard Bean Soup
08/27 Friday – Baked Potato Dinner Board
08/28 Saturday – Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
08/29 Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon and Cheddar Biscuits
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
A Few Fun Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
August Bucket List…
- Host Back to School Event for the Littles
- Pick up Fresh Office Supplies
- Find Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Celebrate Living at Journeys End 12 years
- Design 2022 Planner and Blog Notebook
- Finish Guest Bathroom Makeover (find art)
- Organize the Refrigerator and Desk Drawers
- Begin Planning Mom’s Milestone Birthday Party
- Grill Outside One More Time
- Find Rocking Chairs for the Front Porch
- Check Hurricane Kits
- Try New IG Strategy
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
August Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Car, Garden, & Garage
- 08/07 – Medicine Cabinet & First Aid Supplies/Emergency Contact List
- 08/14 – Garage, Attic or Basement
- 08/21 – Garden Supplies/Potting Shed
- 08/28 – Seasonal Decorative Items-Fall
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 08/20 – National Lemonade Day
- 08/24 – National Waffle Day
- 08/25 – National Banana Split Day
- 08/26 – National Dog Day
- 08/26 – Women’s Equality Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!