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Happy Last Day of 2015!

One of the things that I like about blogging with WordPress is that they always send out a report at the end of each year about your blog page.  It’s really a bunch of stats about how many people visited the page, who commented the most, and even what part of the world readers are viewing from.  My favorite part is seeing the top five most viewed blog posts of the year.  I like going back to read about what was happening in our family that triggered a new blog post.  I thought I’d share them again since so many of us are going to spend today reflecting on this past year.  So, here’s the top five most viewed posts from 2015.  Just click on the title to read it again, or trust that my short summary tells it all! 🙂

#5 – Walking Miracles – This was written shortly after our first real allergy scare with Cub 4.  It’s a reminder that we are wonderfully made by our Creator.

#4 – It’s The Little Things – This was part of my Bear in Mind: Cubisms series.  I shared about the little things we do that we may think go unnoticed may not be the case at all.

#3 – Forgiveness: Difficult, but Necessary – Last January we had a little surprise snow fall that caught everyone off guard including our school system officials.  I talked about the importance of apologizing, yet the question of whether or not an apology is necessary in order to forgive someone still needs some research.

#2 – Who’s The Boss? – This post was all about our dear Cub 3 and discipline.  As parents, we have to stick with it!  If you take yourself seriously, they will comply.

#1 – Great Might Be Greater – This post was centered around Cub 2’s audition and interview day last January.  He wanted to go to the Performing and Visual Arts magnet school program at the time and was very nervous about the outcome.

Thank you all SO much for always stopping by and reading about what’s going on in our Party of Six.  I am excited about the possibilities to come in 2016!!  God’s plans are always the best plans!

Momma Bear

clutter · letting go

Wash It Away

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I decided that I would give myself a hot oil treatment this morning after my workout.  Bad. idea.  I used way too much oil and may hair is a hot mess right now!  Thank goodness it’s long enough for a pony tail.  After shampooing and rinsing my hair as many times as I could, I had to stop so that Cub 4 wouldn’t end up late for class.  While waiting for Cub 4’s class to be over, I searched on the internet for ways to get the oil out of my hair.  There are all types of possibilities out there.  I could try baking soda, dish detergent, dry shampoo, or a clarifying shampoo. Everything seemed too messy except for the clarifying shampoo.  So, I enhanced my research even further by looking up different types of clarifying shampoos.  Here’s how one internet site describes it:

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Stuff builds up on your hair, all kinds of stuff. Hairsprays, mousses, and gels; hard water and mineral deposits; chlorine and chemicals from swimming pools; even the waxes and moisturizers in some shampoos and conditioners can leave build up on your hair over time. This build up can cause hair to appear dull, heavy, greasy, and limp. A clarifying shampoo can help remove those deposits, give your hair a fresh start, and restore shine.

I sure could use a clarifying shampoo in other areas of my life that need to be cleaned up other than my hair!  We pile stuff on top of stuff on top of stuff on us until we just become dull, lifeless, heavy, and weighed down.  We have to figure out a way to clear out what’s holding us down so that we can be restored and have a fresh start.  Think about the areas in your life that need to be clarified.  It may be better eating habits, a cluttered house, or a bad relationship.  You don’t have time to be weighed down with unnecessary stuff causing you to feel heavy or weighed down.  It’s time to wash it all away!

Off and Running Shampooing!

cleaning the house · clutter · family

De-cluttering Update

One of my goals for 2012 was to de-clutter a storage closet in our house.  I blogged about it here.  I made it a priority to get this project completed while I was at home for the summer.  First, I had to watch the weather for a span of 2-3 days of no precipitation.  Cubs 1 and 2 helped me move everything out of the closet and into the backyard.  I’m sure I would’ve heard from our homeowner’s association if I had left it out there much longer than that!!

Then, we started bagging up trash, broken toys, and old books/papers.  Everything that I decided to keep was put into clear plastic containers.  So here’s the “before” picture of the closet again…

Junk Closet!!

…and here’s what it looks like now.

Big containers to hold big things!
Little containers for lots of little things!

I threw away tons of stuff that we had just been moving from house to house for years!  The containers are organized according to content.  For example, there’s one filled with pictures, picture albums, and picture frames.  There’s another that is full of teacher stuff.  Also, each cub has a plastic bin for the things that they wanted to keep as long as everything fit in the container with the lid closed.  Whew!!

Up next for me is the garage…stay tuned!

Peace and Blessings!