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Kon Mari Like a Mother : Day 1 : THE CLOTHES

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Part 1 : The Clothes It really DID change my life. If you don't know what I am referring to, I am talking about Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up also known as the Kon Mari method. Marie Kondo's book has sold millions of copies all over the world in people's quest to gain sanity on the clutter that takes up their world. Her belief is that once you keep only things that make you feel good (aka Spark Joy), you rid yourself of the chaos around you, and help put your mind at peace. I have to agree that
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How to Kon Mari Like a Mother ….

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Cleaning up and Cleaning House. Part 1 Lie back and relax while you play out this fantasy. A tidy, streamlined closet with absolutely everything in its place.. Mmmm..tell me more you sexy beast… Organized, folded drawers that allow for easy access to ALL your clothes not just the ones on top... Ohhh god right there…yesssss…I like it like that...I've just never had it like that... Space, to actually put things neatly in places like toy chests, desks, and storage areas... Oh my god...Oh my god....Ohh Ohhh Ohhhh god yes PLEASE... A chance to ease the chaos in your mind... Sweet Jesus..that
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What We Learned This Summer – The Science of Being Busy

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Summer was good. Really good. I don't know if it's because we are leaving soon but this summer felt very special. Like we had done something right.  We had figured out the science of busy, but this summer spent time in a whole new classroom and this is what we learned. The importance of letting go of BUSY We have all been guilty of "being busy". That busy easily creates when we are just so fucking tired we have to cancel on dinner/lunch/coffee/drinks/get togethers/theatre dates/you name it. More often than not that busy stems from the work you are doing, not the fun you
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Finding the Edge of Comfortable

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When everything feels icky & squirmy & totally uncertain Mom Says: I was a bulging, sweating, 8 months pregnant hot mess in the middle of one of the hottest heat waves we have ever experienced. My husband will recount to you tales of woe and suffering as he endured the words "I'M UNCOMFORTABLE!!" more times than I care to remember. It has become a standing joke between us, one that is typically accompanied with boohoos and mockery to indicate said Uncomfortablist is being entirely unreasonable. On a happier pregnant day at the cottage The word comfort has been an enemy in so many ways throughout my
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12 Ways to Survive Disney With Special Needs

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For many parents the thought of a Disney Vacation brings visions of apocalyptic temper tantrums, crying, hungry and over-tired children. For parents of children with special needs top that with a tenfold of anticipated stress and anxiety that accompanies the thought of maintaining a manageable environment while “doing Disney”. Our main goal was to make this trip as easy and enjoyable as possible. Thinking through the many catalysts that could trigger a breakdown & the tools that we could use to manage them, here's how to take the cringe-worthy worry out, survive Disney with special needs, and keeping everyone smiling. 12 Ways to
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I slept with the President: My affair with Netflix

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or HOW TO EXPLAIN BINGE-WATCHING TO YOUR SPOUSE. Dear Husband, So I did it again. I fell deeply down the rabbit hole of another series on Netflix and disappeared for days, weeks in fact. OK, maybe I became a little crazed, wanting to discuss with you when I came to bed, watching on the iPad when doing laundry, on my phone during lessons for the kids and convincing you that I would watch "just one more episode" even though it was already 1 am. It couldn't be helped love, it was JUST. SO. GOOD. I weaved through storylines and seasons. I questioned character
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