Do you have some children coming to your Thanksgiving dinner this year? I have fond memories of the “kids table” at Thanksgiving hanging out with family and friends, eating dinner together and talking! This year for a special treat at our children’s table I designed a placemat to go under each child’s plate with fun coloring and activities to keep them busy before and after dinner. I think it will keep the fun going between the kids a little longer…and let’s face it, anything that gets them to keep still at the dinner table is always a plus…right?
I printed it right on my home printer and it’s a full 8×11 piece of paper. You can right click on the picture and “save as” then print it from your file.
Hello! My good friend Jennifer Ford Berry asked me to review a chapter from her new book Organize Now! Think and Live Clutter- Freeand I am happy and honored to do it. I was told I could pick any week to review and implement into my own life and share my thoughts. As I read through the table of contents so many of the topics would be very helpful to my everyday life, but the one that really stuck out to me was Week 40…Organize your sleeping habits.
Really? You can organize your sleeping habits? I have the absolute worst sleeping habits. I have three kids and after they are all tucked in for the night I just want to make that alone time last longer and longer. I find myself staying up until midnight or even later, watching television, working on the computer and snacking. There have been countless times that my husband finds me asleep downstairs on our couch because I was too tired to come upstairs to bed. Of course, this affects my next day. I wake up to an alarm, hit the snooze button 2 or 3 times and feel sluggish until the middle of the day. I was ready to change this vicious cycle and start some new habits.
As Jennifer states in her opening, sleep is a necessity, NOT a luxury. It is up to me to know how much sleep I require to feel rested. The first step is to set some goals for my sleeping patterns. First was to establish a bed time for myself. Since my husband goes to bed around 10:30 pm, I decided that would be good for me as well. The next goal will be to set time aside to unwind before falling asleep. This is hard for me, but I have to put away the computer, phone and television for at least 30 minutes before I turn in. I have decided to spend this time doing some reading. Since I will be going to bed the same time as my husband, I am going to end up sleeping in my own bed every night. No more couch for me! Jennifer’s goals include picking up your bedroom right before bed so that you wake up to a clean slate…great idea…and I can make my husband partake in the fun! My favorite idea is to keep a note pad and pen on my night stand. As my mind tends to race with thoughts of the next day and what needs to be done, I can jot it down and wake up to a potential to do list!!
The best part about this book is the way it reads. What I mean by this is that it is not just chapter after chapter. It’s format is like a checklist for each week. Each week helps you set a goal and achieve it in a very simple and easy to read chapter. Jennifer helps you week by week by taking small steps in your life to better the parts that you want to improve.
There are many other goals and insightful tips that Jennifer gives us to get a more restful and organized sleeping pattern. Some of her great ideas include meditation, limiting your sugar and caffeine intake, exercise, practice gratitude and limiting naps. All of her ideas are simple enough to implement into your routine.
I have found her ideas to be very helpful! I have been obeying my bed time like a good girl and I do feel better in the morning. I find that I am able to wake up earlier easier and I still have some quiet alone time in the morning before the kids wake up! I’ve got the hubby helping me pick up the bedroom at night and the to do list on my nightstand is the best! I love waking up to a list.
Thank you Jennifer for helping me take a closer look at my sleeping habits and get a better nights rest!
We will be giving away a FREE copy of Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free to one lucky winner! Please enter our contest and a random winner will be picked on Friday, November 15th.
Jennifer’s book Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Freeis on a blog tour. Please visit the blogs below on their dates to see what week they chose to follow and how they are implementing it into their lives.
I am so excited and proud to announce that our very own Jennifer Ford Berry (one of the owners of Mothertime Marketplace) has a new book coming out that will be released on November 15th, 2013! It’s titles Organize Now! Think & Live Clutter-Free and it’s contents explain just how to do that! I was given the privilege of reading her book before it’s released to the public and I am blown away! I have know Jennifer for many years and I know she is organized in every aspect of life but when I read this book I didn’t realize the extent you could organize your life physically and mentally! The book is broken down into weeks. It’s simple to follow, just take it week by week with her simple tips and advice. I will be reviewing week 40: How to Organize your Sleeping Habits…I can’t wait to tell you all about this! Stay tuned tomorrow!
Her blog tour includes the following dates and times:
Please be safe this Halloween and have tons of ghoulish FUN!! Be sure to enter your kiddos in our Halloween Pic Contest on our Facebook Like Page! We are giving away 2 $20 gift certificates to our Spring Sale in March to the 2 costumes with the most votes!! Contest ends November 2nd.