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A Day In My Life {sickness, a messy closet, a horribly messy car, and all!}

A Peek Into My Day

Despite the sickness at our house today, it ended up being a good day. Here’s a play-by-play on how it went:

I slept in a little this morning since I was a little tired after a full weekend. I got up around 6:45 a.m. and went downstairs to read my Bible, write in my journal, and get my morning blogging work done.

My copy edits for my manuscript were due today, so I spent some of my blogging time tying up some loose ends with that and sending some emails to ask for some information I needed to gather.

Silas came downstairs as I was working on wrapping up my blogging time so I stopped to make breakfast for him.

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I made him some oatmeal and while it was cooking, I made some fried eggs for the rest of us.

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And then I unloaded the dishwasher and put away the dishes.

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Silas came back into the room all wrapped up in a blanket ready to eat his oatmeal. We were out of milk, so he used half and half instead (notice sick Kathrynne in the background. She slept in a sitting up position on the couch most of the night because she said she could sleep better that way due to how stuffed up her nose is. Poor girl!)

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I love how committed he is to getting everything done on his Daily List. First thing in the morning every morning, he asks for his list so he can get started on it! 🙂

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After Silas was finished with his breakfast, I helped him with his Kindergarten and then we did an abbreviated Morning Time together with Kathrynne somewhat participating from the couch.

I got some food and drinks for Jesse and Kathrynne and tried to make them as comfortable as possible.

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I then got busy getting the rest of the house all picked up and presentable. Since I’d gone to bed with the house completely clean, this was quite easy.

{I just love our new mantle decor/set up. We freshened it up for the filming at our house and it makes me smile every time I look at it!}

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I made a quick snack to take with me later when I went to the office space. I’ve found that I will eat a whole lot of healthy foods if they are all cut up and accessible. So I try to bring at least 4-5 servings of veggies/fruits with me each day as it’s a very simple way to increase my fresh produce intake with very little effort!

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I carried the laundry down since Kathrynne was sick (I told her I’d take over her chores for the day) and started a load of laundry.

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I then made my bed and straightened our room.

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By this time, it had been about two hours since Silas had eaten and he was hungry again so I said he could made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for himself. He struggles to keep weight on — in large part due to his asthma medication — so I am always happy to see his hearty appetite!

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I’d been dreading it all morning, but it was time… time to face this messy, messy closet! I’m not sure how the kids’ closet explodes like this on a regular basis, but it just does. They do a great job of keeping their room clean most of the time, but we’re still working on learning how to keep the closet clean, too.

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20 minutes later and it was so. much. better. I had Kaitlynn and Silas help me and I talked to them about the importance of keeping their closet clean and not just throwing random things in the closet.

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Speaking of throwing random things in places, I then went out to clean out the car. Oh my goodness! I knew it was bad, but I had no idea how bad it was. I almost considered not showing you these pictures because it’s quite embarrassing.

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What is that pile of junk, you may ask? Oh, just every single last thing I found in the car that didn’t belong!!

I have decided we should probably dub our car the “Traveling Trash Can” instead of “car” because it looks like that’s what we’ve been using it as recently. I’m not even going to apologize or try to explain why all those random things are in that pile… because I’m not even sure about some of them!

But suffice it to say, my car looks so much better now. And I’m hopeful that I can do a better job of keeping it that way.

Once that was finished, I got in a quick run on the treadmill in the garage, took my shower, and got ready to head out the door to the office space. Jesse told me to go ahead and go and he held down the fort for a few hours while I finished up some pressing writing and work things.

When I got home, Silas and Kaitlynn and I had a baseball game together outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather we had in Nashville today. Then we made smoothies for dinner (I’m all about quick and easy and it was what sounded good to the sick ones so I was happy to oblige!), finished a few projects, ran some more laundry, had bedtime routine, and the kids went to bed.

And now Jesse and I are going to catch an episode of Downton Abbey and then head to bed. I’m hopeful that he and Kathrynne will be feeling somewhat better tomorrow. I hate that they are so miserable!

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  • Jennifer says:

    I implemented “time blocking” in conjunction with my to do list and have found that I can accomplish so much! I will do this every day from now on. 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    I cleaned a bunch of excess papers off my day job desk.
    Your family sounds infectious. I hope you don’t get sick 🙂

  • Lisa Guyer says:

    We got our house “mainly” in order to start our day tomorrow. It’s so hard to stay up a little later and get that done each night but it’s so worth it in the morning to wake up and not feel behind before you even get started.

  • Jacks says:

    We have a brand new little baby at our house so pretty much all this momma accomplished was baby laundry and sterilizing pumping equipment and baby bottles (over and over and over)…but I am learning to “lower my expectations” for this season of life and just enjoy my little man who I know won’t be little for long

  • Kristen Bukowski says:

    I accomplished sitting! Really. I had plenty to keep me busy today (esp during kiddos naptime) but my mom was over and instead of just trying to get things done while chatting I actually took the time to just sit and focus on the conversation. And after she left, I sat again to enjoy my devotions 🙂 there were also plenty of little things I accomplished, but this was the one that took the most effort for me. Hehe

  • Deanna says:

    I have the same dread as I tackle my boys’ closets. That is going to be one of my tasks for tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing you speak at HEAV! 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Just want to say, you are excellent at managing your time and prioritizing! Today, I got accomplished something at work I had not been looking forward to doing…planning events. Got it done, but had been putting it off for a looong time

  • Diane says:

    We are all getting over a really bad virus , too. I cleaned the bathroom sink and counter and scrubbed the kitchen and living area floors.

  • Kelli says:

    I got sheets washed today. I love crawling into bed at night onto soft, fresh smelling sheets.

  • Honey Smith says:

    I took 3 of 5 kids to the dentist, made meals, and ran for exercise.

  • Stephanie says:

    Besides our normal school/housework routine, I made progress on a bookcase I’m refinishing!! Exciting stuff!

  • mary wietzke says:

    I hung laundry outside on the line because it was 90 today! Cleaned up the yard while I taked to my sister on the phone. And the usual, cleaning up the kitchen after meals. My big accomplishments, I walked my 10,000 steps and finalized plans for an upcoming event at church. (I still do not think I did as much as you, though.)

    • Diane says:

      Sounds like we had the same weather. Record high for us. We hung sheets and diapers on the line.

  • Lucy says:

    I’ve been unwell today and had morning sickness on top of that, so not a lot got accomplished. But, I did manage to sew up some of my little boys clothes that needed fixing that I hadn’t had a chance to get to until now.

  • lorie says:

    i love too see pictures of your day. your house looks very nice

  • kathryn says:

    Visiting with out of town family…much more important than cleaning!

  • Melissa says:

    Busy, but successful day at my house! Completed 5 loads of laundry, reorganized the kitchen pantry, and reorganized one of our freezers. All of this with the help of our 18 month old. After I picked up the 5 older kids from school, we completed homework, chores, supper and then helped daddy sand the new triple beds he’s building for the girls room. Busy, but a great day!!

  • Kelly says:

    I accomplished stoichiometry with my 10th grader today! Handsome hubby cleaned for me while I worked this weekend, which made homeschoool Monday a little more palatable!

  • Laura says:

    I got some emails sent and exercised.

  • Kaitlin says:

    I put our half bath back together after being painted this weekend and I picked up branches from all the bushes we trimmed this weekend. Not my usual Monday chores!

  • Catherine Fitzgerald says:

    I cleaned the sink today! With a 9 month old, a 3 year old and a 7 year old, the sink never seems to stay clean long. Today I timed it. 30 minutes. That’s how empty it was.

    My accomplishments today were being present though and enjoying the sunshine with the kids instead of cleaning and worrying about the mess inside like I normally do.

  • Stephanie B says:

    I almost finished a character development sheet for a story.

  • Rachael says:

    Thanks for your tips ,

  • Andrea says:

    I accomplished having some much needed quality family time at a state park hiking. This came about because of a funeral we went out of town for and had some unexpected time to enjoy as a family!

  • Emily Nielsen says:

    I am developing some home routines this week! I just read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. 🙂

    I also hemmed a pair of suit pants tonight!

  • Kristen says:

    Got the kitchen cleaned up and caught up on some laundry. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kari says:

    Sat holding 2 little sick children most of the day. 🙁

  • Christie says:

    Yesterday was my accomplishment day-got my disgusting car completely cleaned out, then took it for a wash and vacuum. Got a weekend’s worth of dishes done and then sorted all the laundry.
    Today was all about my toddler-she’s struggling to get over an ear infection and hasn’t been too happy. We accomplished a trip to the zoo, free ice cream at Dairy Cream for lunch, lots of snuggling, and then celebrating with a friend whose daughter’s adoption was finalized today 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    Today we had a follow-up check up at the ENT, a zoo play date, & after I accomplished the following on my to do: vacuumed car, laundry all folded and put away, & am working on reorganizing (dexluttering) the play room.

  • Melissa says:

    I want to read all those books! 🙂

  • Anna says:

    I organized my linen closet, marking items for a garage sale in April. (I took return address labels, typed prices on them using two prices per label and then I cut them in half. It was so fast and so much better than hand writing all the labels.) I washed laundry and hung it on the line to dry, including all of our bedding. I washed the van and vacuumed it, along with vacuuming our car. I swept the garage too. We also had steak, baked potatoes and green beans for supper. Also had some fun with the kids at the park and on bike rides. Good day on spring break!

  • Kylie VIllalva says:

    i took care of my nephew, deep cleaned my kitchen and steam mopped my floors

  • Stephanie says:

    today was a day for being outside we had our first warm day after a harsh winter (out first in rural IL!) and my son and I went to a local campground and threw rocks at the ice on the lake and just enjoyed each other. I accomplished a wonderful day with one of my favorite people:D

  • Lawana Gray says:

    I folded and put away almost all the laundry!

  • Jennifer says:

    My husband and I enjoyed a rare night out sans children. He offered to take me to a movie but I opted for two hours of quiet browsing at Barnes and Noble. Bliss! I tried looking for “undone” but I didn’t see it there. I would love to read it! I also dedicated some time to creativity and refinished our hand me down kitchen table that was in sad shape. It looks great now and cost me abou $15 to make it look brand new. Yay!

  • Debbie says:

    I was able to catch up on some things at work that I did not get completed last week. This evening I helped my son clean out his school binder and listened as my daughter discussed the first night of a new weekly Bible study she is attending with friends. They are still contemplating which study to begin. Any suggestions of one for girls ages 14 – 16?

  • Rachael says:

    I didn’t accomplish much after an almost sleepless night with sick kiddos, but we did manage to get some school done and everyone got fed! 🙂

  • Katie Richards says:

    We finally hit 60 degrees in Michigan today so, after I watched a YouTube repair video and fixed the rattle in our vacuum, I cleaned several window sills and left the windows open for the first time this spring!

  • Jill says:

    We had some much needed family time after our homeschool co-op today.

  • Renee says:

    I made sure my kitchen was all clean after dinner, so I can wake up to a clean kitchen! Love that feeling!
    Love how real you are with your posts! Everybody has a messy car once in a while, don’t worry about it!

  • Camie says:

    I worked on my son’s birthday party decorations which MADE a mess! But it will be worth it in the long run!

  • Heidi H says:

    I straightened up most of the house and swept and vacuumed the floors today. I also was able to work outside today and enjoy the amazing day God gave us. My 3 year old son and I transplanted some flowers I needed to move to be able to put in my herb garden. Now I just ned to till the dirt and we will be ready for herbs. Hurrah!

  • Laura says:

    Made several batches of Sea Salt Caramels for my business along with all the other regular things I do daily.

  • Ebie says:

    I pretty much added to the trash in my car because we traveled, sigh….

  • Amy says:

    I finally cleaned our lazy Susan. It was long over due and seeing it clean makes me feel terrific!

  • Tracy Hawkins says:

    I had a full ‘to do’ list when I got up this morning, but my husband decided to take the day off and invited me for a date day! I quickly agreed and we had a great day spent together. Nothing got cleaned or organized, but that’s just fine!!

  • Megan says:

    I grabbed some time for myself- read through some magazines that have been sitting by my chair for months and then tossed them.

  • Kirsten dalton says:

    we just moved aCross the country and are expecting baby number five in a few weeks! Spent the day unpacking boxes, assembling furniture, and organizing things. We bought a fixer upper and just finished repainting the whole interior, ripping out and replacing bathrooms, repairing plumbing and electric, etc. I’m one tired mama! 🙂

  • Anna says:

    We’re battling sickness at our house now too, so we had a more laid back day. Laundry, school, a little office work (I work from home), walked outside for 3 miles in this beautiful weather, played some basket ball with my boys, baked cookies, made a steak dinner and gave myself a pedicure!

  • Amy Owen says:

    I exercised, read my devotional, did one load of laundry, did one load of dishes, took out trash, and cooked a meal. It felt like a day when I didn’t get much of anything done but writing it down, it’s more than I thought.

  • Lizzie says:

    Oooo the books look good 🙂
    Sorry about the sickies–we had sickies too this weekend 🙁 No fun!

  • Rachel Warner says:

    I got a few loads of laundry done! (Sometimes it’s just the little things!)

  • Jana says:

    I hung two loads of laundry on the line today and spent the afternoon helping my husband pull old fence posts and wire to reuse in our expanded chicken run. It was almost 80 outside so we tried to take advantage of the beautiful weather!

  • Jennifer Scheuing says:

    I worked on finishing up entering grades in the computer for 3rd quarter for my father who is a teacher.

  • Kim D says:

    I cleaned up the piles that came in the house over the weekend after cleaning up after directing a play!

  • Ashlie hogan says:

    My husband and I cleaned out the fridge… One of the worst cleaning jobs in my opinion… And we are going to try and make use of our leftovers better. We mean well,but don’t always use them!

  • Michele says:

    I did a lot of cleaning……at work.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I went through our freezers and made a list of what we need to eat up so we can be ready for 40 lbs of Zaycon chicken in a few weeks!

  • Elizabeth says:

    The kids spent the entire day outside and then we “cleaned”out the refrigerator by eating leftovers for dinner. Finally we put on some music and tidied up misplaced items.

  • Leah Spencer says:

    I did some grocery shopping. 🙂

  • melanie says:

    Today I learned why many many families have a “no feet on the couch” rule. I scrubbed our couch today in other words, lol. Actually, I accomplished a lot today and the best part was getting to have the windows open and get outside with the kids 🙂

  • Julie C says:

    Monday is recovery day for me but I did get all 3 healthy meals and snacks served (9×4=36!), exercised for a half hour, made my meal plan/grocery list and oversaw home education plus reading aloud. Daughter took kids for free DQ cones but I stayed home for my THM ice cream. 🙂

    Would LOVE to win the Gluten-free artisan bread book; we have 4 GF people here now and need to streamline our GF bread making. Phew it takes a good bit of time and money!

  • jaimee says:

    We’ve been sick with this head cold thing here too, so I wish I could say I got much done, but healing a human body is hard work 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    I tidied my house before some friends came over for a playdate.

  • Need A Nap2 says:

    I ran a load of dishes in the dishwasher. The kids also had dentist appointments today. No cavities! 🙂

  • katie girdner says:

    After having house guests for a week, the kitchen was in need of a little extra tlc today.

  • Debbie L. says:

    I got several things done today but one of the things I tried out was a She Reads Truth devotional, which I learned about from you. I need something to keep me consistently in the Word and am giving this a try. Enjoyed my time today.

  • Mary says:

    I cleaned out my daughter’s closet today, too. It felt good to purdge clothes that were torn or stained, and box the small stuff up for our friends younger daughter.
    I was also very proud to drive my kids to music lessons for the first time since Nov. I had to have my right hip and femor reconstructed and it has taken this long to be able to drive to all my kids activities. I used to complain about driving but I actually missed while I was recovering. The kids tell me a lot while we are driving around. It can be a very sweet time. I’m so happy to have it back.
    Our dinner conversation tonight was about your ‘dare’ to look for the good and praise worthiness in others. It was great to hear my 4 kids thoughts on what that could look like in their realationships. I can’t wait to see how they implement the positive outlooks we discussed.
    All in all it was a great day!! Tomorrow I tackle the playroom.

  • JessicaE says:

    I got the entire house mopped and some weeding done. Did some extra chores that were on the to-do list for tomorrow and created some time tonight for ‘doing nothing’ once the kids were in bed, which I love. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hope your family feels better soon.

  • Debbi says:

    Today was a busy day. Work, 4 mile run, went to a special ” read with your student” program for my 2nd grader, and then a long time friend who I haven’t seen for a few months stopped by. We have 11 kids between the two of us and we are always busy! I let the cleaning go and visited with her for hours. It was so nice and needed. Then kids got home from school, homework time, piano time, reading classes and tutoring and family night tonight. Because of the busy day, my house is a little extra messy tonight, but it was worth it. I guess I did manage to clean out the fridge, because I used leftovers to make our dinner!

  • Janice says:

    Worked on a craft project with my six year old that she received for her birthday while the younger kids napped.

  • Lorrie Miller says:

    Ran dishwasher & figured out taxes for self-employment incomes! Whew!

  • Audrey says:

    I took advantage of the nice weather today and got some much needed yard work done!

  • I cleaned our front porch, helped my husband with our farm chores (we’re in the middle of having baby calves) and then did all the mom things we all do every day! :).

    I hope everyone feels better soon! I’m dying to read “Undone” and “The Fringe Hours”! 🙂

  • carrie says:

    I got the school room organized (again!) today. I feel like we are buried in papers and books in there…

  • Kathy says:

    I cleaned up the yard and garden and washed all the sheets (super excited for the first clothesline day of the year!)

  • Kerri W. says:

    I love your day-in-the-life posts! As for me, I did a thorough cleaning of our duplex this morning (Monday my our typical cleaning day) and did end up doing 2 weeks worth of laundry this afternoon in boiling weather at a laundromat that doesn’t have air conditioning. So…I think I deserve the bowl of ice cream I’m about to eat before bed. 🙂

  • Katie says:

    I’m pregnant and finally starting to get more energy, so I got to work out today and walk outside! I finished 3 loads of laundry, dishes, and packed lunches for my husband and I tomorrow.

  • Judy n. says:

    we hit the car wash, but the vacuums were all not working well….cleaned house before my students came and now we’Re officially on spring break. No school and I’m not giving lessons for 6 whole beautiful wonderful days! Giving my 4 year old a St. Paddys play date tomorrow!

  • Staci says:

    I finished a dresser that I was redoing into an entertainment center and did laundry.

  • Erika mccann says:

    I cleaned two bathrooms and cleaned up all the craziness from the weekend!

  • Rebecca says:

    I went through all of my boys’ clothes and got more warm weather items out.

  • ginaA says:

    Today I cleaned my cloth diapers and three loads of regular laundry. Later, I cleaned the lower level top to bottom. Oh and since we are in the process of potty training our two year old there were two accidents to clean up for the day 😉

  • Leslie says:

    We were busy homeschool, and therapy appts! It was a busy day, lots to do! Thanks

  • Stacey says:

    Clothing– that’s what I cleaned today. Washed four loads, folded five. I also cleaned out and organized my underwear drawer and email account.

  • Anissa says:

    Laundry, two loads fully done and put away. Dishes and washed sink to sparkling white. Managed to keep down my free DQ ice cream cone after throwing up the two bites of dinner I was able to eat. This nausea from my sore throat drainage is ridiculous. Fun family memories though and we splurged on the extra 20 cents to have the free cones dipped in chocolate! Tomorrow I am hoping I can eat because Cajun red beans, rice and smoked sausage is on the menu.

  • Maya Andrews says:

    I did a bunch of laundry and went to a Dr appt for my baby.

  • Karen says:

    I cleaned and organized our pantry. I have been putting it off for quite some time now and I got ambitious this afternoon and did it. Boy is that a good feeling to actually have that done.

  • Amy A says:

    I returned to work after spring break and worked on cleaning up my email

  • Amanda Y. says:

    I took a trunk- full of items to the recycling center, and started emptying cabinets for a kitchen project. I also cleaned out my car … it is amazing how they collect junk!

  • Sharon Sandahl says:

    I made a casserole to put in the freezer; 5 qt sized bags, 3 for me to keep, 2 for my daughter to take home with her. I also made a special dessert for St Patricks day; brownies cut up, layered with whipped cream dyed green and flavored with mint, topped with a tsp or so of Lucky charms. I’m hoping to start making some things to put in the freezer to make suppers easier when I come home from work, I’m NOT good at that. I want to come home and do nothing!

  • ShannonS says:

    Today I worked on laundry and spending time with my hubby while the kids were at school 🙂

  • Marsha M says:

    I made a dentist appt that I had been putting off forever. Cleaned a little as we have been sick and I am still not energetic. Got some grocery shipping done and that is about it.

  • kenesha says:

    I know this may sound lazy…but I acco plished a great nap! Since, the time change my sleep has been thrown off. Lol!

  • Amy says:

    We did a deep cleaning of the play room today. it was way overdue and sorely needed, and even though we fizzled out & did not finish putting away the last few things, it is incredibly better than when we started! the remaining things will be put away in their new homes tomorrow morning when we can start fresh.

  • annie says:

    Taking your lead about creating a good morning routine, coupled with ideas in the book Living Well Spending Less, today was day one of my new routine. I almost nailed it. The best part was how the whole day just seemed so peaceful.

    And, by evening I still had energy to spend time with our girls.

  • Brandy says:

    Today I had a Dr’s appt & a quick workout. Did 2 loads of laundry, dishes, made a delicious supper, prepared for a meeting I’m leading, and played outside with my 3yr old. 🙂 Not my most productive day but hoping to get more done tomorrow.

  • Staci Brown says:

    I was so excited to see the morning challenge was cleaning out your vehicle because it was already on my to-do list for today.

  • Teresa M says:

    I did two loads of dishes and some laundry.

  • Sarah says:

    We have been slowly going through things And getting rid of what we don’t need. Trying to find ways to be better organized in the house after moving into a new one

  • Angela says:

    I finally put away the groceries (non-perishable) from my grocery trip 2 days ago. : /

  • Kim Gibson says:

    I made it to two grocery stores to catch the weekly deals! Then straightened up and had a little time to do some deep cleaning like wipe down the stair railings, etc. it was a good day! Also took advantage of the free Dairy Queen cones with my 4 kids! Thanks Crystal!

  • Drasa says:

    I did so much cleaning this weekend (windows, yard, carpets!) that I completely lazed out today. The only thing I really cleaned was straightening up the Master Bedroom.

  • nancy Stoltzfus says:

    I have been sick for the last 3 days, husband and I went to do some much needed grocery shopping.That feels like a huge accomplishment!

  • We had company for dinner on Saturday so we cleaned up the house top to bottom before they came, so we tackled the things that were not on the radar (the kids cleaned out the piano bench and I cleaned out a box that had been stuck in the back of a closet) and catching up the laundry today. Honestly, I don’t know how some of those things end up in the oddest places!


  • Amy says:

    Our house is sick also and mommy has all day morning sickness so today was lots of snuggles. I did get the house picked up and vacuumed so felt good that at least was done. Now if we could just get all the germs gone and some sleep.

  • Tiffany says:

    I cleaned my kitchen counters! It’s so nice to de-sticky everything! (Then, after I dropped a Gatorade on the floor and it popped and poured everywhere…I put in a quick mop to the kitchen floor and a scrub to the front of the fridge.)
    I try to look at big messes as motivation to do a *bonus* cleaning job! Lol!

  • Lisa Lawton says:

    I took my kids shopping to buy my husband his birthday gift. Tg

  • Beth says:

    Made it to the dreaded Walmart. After three weeks of sick kids and me too this is quite an accomplishment. Also managed to take advantage of the dq free vanilla cones today, can’t miss that. Plus the regular everyday cleaning.

  • I love all that you shared. It sounds like a good and productive day. I am sorry your family is sick. And I love your compassionate you are with your family; it definitely is evident in this post.

  • Julia Moore says:

    I cleaned 2 bathrooms today and my husband even helped a little 🙂 in amongst getting our youngest in bed and staying in bed!

  • Carla says:

    Grocery shopping and a doctor visit.

  • Dona says:

    We too had some great weather today! Could hardly keep the kids focused on their studies so I finally gave in and just let them run wild outside for a bit 🙂

  • Jenna says:

    We have been cleaning/organizing/packing our basement, and are almost done! Feels so good! The weather is finally getting nice again, so I’m in spring cleaning mode!

  • Jill C says:

    Today I tackled my boys’ rooms and our family room. I also straightem up the kitchen nightly so it feels fresh in the morning

  • Sarah Pluister says:

    I cleaned out my closet!! Donated the clothes I am not wearing!!

  • Kristen says:

    I folded and put away 1 load of laundry! Life with a teething 4 month old and 3 yr old.

  • Jen K says:

    I cleaned my car and did laundry!

  • Kelly says:

    I deep cleaned the entire kitchen and some of the garage. Two dreaded tasks that finally got taken care of.

  • Eileen says:

    I cut my husband’s hair for the first time at home to help save money..and then swept up the hair!

  • Shelley says:

    I cleaned up all the papers I had out for taxes and cleaned off my desk.
    I also cleaned out my aunt’s bathroom drawers ( she had a stroke and is limited in her mobility)
    Thank you for your inspiring posts.

  • sarah says:

    I played outside lots with my kids. 🙂

  • Alicia says:

    I tidied the kitchen, dining room and living room and took care of a sick 3 year old.

  • Aleshia Harr says:

    I cleaned the junk that had been lingering on the kitchen table. Feels good to have a clear table! 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    Cleaned out my closet today too! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Sarah says:

    Today I rearranged the furniture in our living room, which gave me the opportunity to thoroughly vacuum the floor. I was pleasantly surprised to only find three toys under the couch. 🙂 I also did three loads of laundry and played outside in the warm-ish weather with the kids, so it was a good day! As a Mom of littles (4, 2, and 1), I am so impressed by (and yes, slightly envious of) your productivity. 🙂 Hope all your sickies are better tomorrow, and that no one else succumbs!

  • It’s fun to see a peek into your day. I’m afraid our car looks all too similar (probably worse). I hope the sick ones feel better tomorrow!

    Today I was pleased to accomplish about six loads of laundry (I lost count) from start to finish. I’m due to have a baby soon, so I wanted to make sure the laundry is all caught up so no one else has to deal with it. I even matched all the socks (instead of just leaving them in the basket)!

  • Angela Brown says:

    We had friends over for dinner last night so our house was mostly clean already! Yay. But I did catch up on a few important articles that were stressing me out!

  • Debbie says:

    I cleaned out and reorganized the fridge and freezer, threw out some spoiled food, inventoried all my frozen foods and found a whole lot of new dinner options!

  • Rebecca S. says:

    I finally finished the laundry after skipping it this weekend. Thankful my husband jumped in and helped!

  • kim says:

    dealt with a paper pile that had been staring at me for almost a week!

  • Andrea says:

    My kiddos were sick today so aside from cleaning up bedding that was puked on and running a load of dishes, that was as far as I made it.

  • Sonia says:

    I sealed our bathroom countertops. Finally!

  • Lynn says:

    Working on cleaning out the file cabinet in the office tonight!

  • Dawn says:

    I accompanied my husband to an important appointment, took my daughter to see Cinderella for her birthday and went grocery shopping. Not a lot of cleaning, but I accomplished quite a bit just the same. We were away from home nearly nine hours!

  • Brandi says:

    I finally cleaned out baby girls toys that stay in the living room and the sweeped and mopped the floor. That’s a lot for me to do with a 16 month old hanging on my leg the whole time : ) the joy of being a mother!!

  • Michelle says:

    Homeschooled the kids and did all the normal mom stuff. Laundry, dishes, etc. We had fun going to DQ for free cones!

  • Melissa says:

    I cleaned the kitchen…and almost saved mopping for another time but did it begrudgingly and am so glad I did.

    ***Not sure any mom out there doesn’t have a time when their car looks EXACTLY the same!

  • Amy says:

    Today? Technically nothing at home, but I am on a 24-hour shift as a 911 dispatcher. Yesterday, however, my girls and I tackled our chores. Older one did the bathroom and vacuuming, little one folded laundry and Mr. Clean Magic Erasered walls and trim, and I made dinner and cleaned the fridge out. Then it was time for chore payday and brownies!

  • Margaret says:

    I stepped up my vacuuming and sweeping today, since my baby just started crawling and now finds every piece of dirt on the floor! And I got the homeschooling, lesson planning, and cooking done, and taught my evening class. 10 pm now and I get to relax for an hour!
    I hope I win… I would love to read Fringe Hours.

  • Leesa H. says:

    Pretty embarrassing, but finally put away the outside Christmas lights! All I had to do was put them in the storage tub since they’d at least been taken down at a respectable time. It only took a few minutes! So silly that I had procrastinated on the final step so long!

  • Denise says:

    I tackled a large pile of laundry today. Now our drawers are overflowing with clean clothes!

  • Estera says:

    Thank you for sharing your day with us. 🙂

  • Beth says:

    Lots of laundry caught up on today. The rest of it had to wait so we could enjoy our lovely spring weather here in Texas!!

  • Lori says:

    I got so much done today! I was able to clean the living room, hallway, and kitchen. I have an exterminator coming tomorrow so I feel like I’ve been cleaning all day. My little ones got to go spend the night with grandma which was quite helpful for me today, usually after I clean one area and move on to the next the first room is already exploded with toys and books, that’s life with three under 5. Your recent posts on how helpful kids will be eventually is really encouraging because some days I don’t see it ever happening.

  • Krista McGuire says:

    Two loads of laundry, ran the dish washer and wiped down the bathroom counter. Not a lot by some standards, but that’s just the way it is sometimes, esp. with a three year old and three month old!

  • Jessica says:

    Today, I accomplished a big work task, and a lingering home project. The contract I needed to draft was finally completed and sent out. Tonight, I put away the giant pile of laundry on the couch–it’s cleared away, for now 😉

  • Chung says:

    I clean the fridge today as it is getting so messy.

  • Elizabeth says:

    So sorry about the sickness invading your house!! Being you are a lot younger than we are, perhaps it will not last so long. Hubby and I caught this awful thing almost a month ago. We have not been contagious this past week…but our strength has not yet returned. So be prepared it may take awhile…and rest and rest and rest!!

  • Abbey Harder says:

    Today, I accomplished homeschool with my two children. It’s the first full school day we’ve had in long time, due to the stomach flu and hospital stay. Thankful for good health and normalcy being restored! 🙂

  • Brenda Deibel says:

    I cleaned up my baby at least 5 times today, probably more 😉

  • Jennifer says:

    I didn’t accomplish much, just a load of laundry and dinner made it onto the table on time…but I made time to bring a meal to a friend this afternoon! And can I just say that with three kids of my own, my car also looks like a traveling trash can despite regular cleaning!

  • Michaela Puffer says:

    So proud of myself. Today I found my daughter’s missing phone! It has been lost for over a couple of weeks now, and I finally resolved myself to finding it. We had just about looked everywhere, but this afternoon an idea about its whereabouts popped into my head. Bam, there it was! It had fallen under my computer desk, most likely as it was in line to be charged or had just finished being charged. Anyhow, no one thought to look there. Finding something that had been lost gave me such a HUGE feeling of accomplishment!!! Not bad for a Monday! 🙂

  • I homeschooled the kids, worked on my Bible study, did some dishes and laundry, prepared meals, and had an event-planning meeting with some friends (we got free cones at DQ!).

  • Bev says:

    I got my teeth cleaned today, if that counts! 🙂 I did make a few batches of a dish for a friend who was recovering from surgery. After those 2 errands, I was tired and called it a day!

  • Amy Grable says:

    Today I cleaned both bathrooms. I would love to win that amazing stack of books.

  • Anna says:

    I cleaned up my kids closet today, changed several diapers, tidied the living and family rooms, did some laundry, organized my coupons, and played with my kids. It was a good day!

  • connie says:

    Cleaned out and straightened up our baking cupboard 🙂 Also had kiddos clean out their shoe bins, and I sorted through make-up…keeping the most useful and passing along the rest!

  • Julie says:

    Washed and folded seven loads of laundry, homeschooled and took kids to swim lessons then to DQ for ice cream with cousins. A blessed, full day!

  • Angela B says:

    Today I did some things that have been on my to do list for weeks! A few errands and some paperwork. Love that great stack of books! Thank you 🙂

  • Melissa K says:

    We just got back from a weekend trip this afternoon and I had all four of us unpacked and all the dirty laundry cleaned and put away before bed.

  • Donna says:

    I folded 2 baskets of laundry! Woohoo!

  • Charlotte says:

    I mopped the kitchen and dining room floors…didn’t have the motivation for the rest of the house though.

  • I had two overnight shifts last week and seemed to take FOREVER to get back to “normal.” Well, today was finally that day (nice since I’m in the middle of THIS week’s overnight shift!), and I managed to get up close to on time, get breakfast done in a relatively timely manner, get one load of dishes done (they’d piled up over the weekend), get school caught up with the kids, get another load of dishes done, then head to my office for a while. Then I got home and had the kids start tidying the house while I fixed dinner. We managed to get a room tidy that’s been a mess for most of two months now, plus tidy up our other public rooms. We’ve got one more area of the house to really “reclaim,” but then we’re back to our “normal” keel….which is very good since next month, I’ve got 7 overnight shifts in 15 days. It’s not going to be pretty!

    But today? Today was good!

  • Beth says:

    I subbed for first grade today, made sugar cookie bars with green frosting for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, made dinner and ran my son to soccer.

  • Gabriela says:

    I cleaned my fridge and I put 2 shoe boxes in to separate some food types: one for cheeses and sandwhich meat and the other for mustsrd, mayo and other sauces. All I need to do now is label them… 🙂 And in the afternonn I help a friend organizig her papers/office. This will be a long project since there is so much stuff, but we made some progress today. A little is better than nothing. Can’ t wait to get to the final. 🙂

  • susan says:

    I would love to win the stack of books!

  • Sarah g. says:

    Today I cooked a turkey that I stocked up on from a thanksgiving grocery sale and finished the dishes from a weekend freezer cooking sessions that took me 6-7 hours. Wow I didn’t think it would take it that long. I would love to read procrastinate on purpose because I need to do a little “procrastinating” now haha.

  • Kristin says:

    Today was my first day alone after having family visit for a month from S. America. I tackled kitchen, paper clutter, and laundry. We’re halfway back to normal… But the visit sure was fun!!

  • Miriah says:

    Got a few loads of laundry done & getting caught up after my first weekend away from my girls! I enjoyed an amazing, refreshing ladies retreat & my husband did great with out girls! ☺️

  • Andrea H. says:

    I cleaned off our buffet in our dining room/home school room. It quickly attracts books and papers, art supplies, mail, so many things that don’t belong there.

  • Marie says:

    Cleaned the floor of my closet. So. much. better.

  • Christy Carlson says:

    i honestly don’t think I cleaned a single thing today (other than dishes & a load of diapers). 🙁 Tomorrow is another day!

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you for sharing your day! Closets and cars can be so tricky. I need to do some organization there as well. I appreciate your transparency.

  • Rachel says:

    As far as what I accomplished today. I worked (teaching) and after work, I tutored Spanish for a couple hours. I need to get to cleaning out my car!

  • Flavina says:

    Today I went to work thyme to a freezer meal workshop where I put together 7 healthy entries under 500 calories yeah me

  • Lori says:

    I cleaned our mini van….which looked a lot like yours! And my purse and bathrooms! It was a long Monday but it felt good!

  • Suzanne says:

    I worked on laundry and straightened up the family room. Your car looks like mine right now. Ack!! Hope to get to it tomorrow. 🙂 I love your blog!!

  • Maryalene says:

    Is that dreamy Orlando Bloom peeking out from the bottom of your pile of car trash? 😉

    • Jolene says:

      First thing in the morning I fed the baby, then made Smoothies for husband and me and got the 5 year old to eat a little. In between I had sorted all our laundry and started the first load. After devotions I put the baby back to sleep and read a book to Caleb, then we played with his wooden train tack for a while. After that I needed to pick up the house and clear out the dishwasher. Then I had me some quit time, reading the bible and praying. I continued with the laundry and made lunch (Taco salad) After we had eaten it was time to clean up the kitchen again 🙂 Put away some laundry and played with the littlest a bit, then put them down for their naps (which took a while). My husband wanted to invite my family over for Pizza tonight, so I mopped the floor and wiped bathroom sink and toilet. I showered at 4 and at 4:30 the kiddos were up, so I bathed them and at 5 my parents came and all the others arrived soon. Had a fun night with family and my little niece is staying for the night. After we played around in bed a little and read a bedtime story we all went to sleep. Laundry is done, except for a dryer full of jeans and 8 shirts and a pair of dress pants that need to be ironed 🙂

  • Anna says:

    I cleaned the kitchen thoroughly. I’m working my way room by room for spring cleaning.

  • Michelle says:

    I cleaned the bathroom today!!!

  • Amy Lee Rife says:

    I got the inside of both cars vacuumed and wiped down.

  • Jessie says:

    Today I cleaned the living room, loaded the dishwasher, started a load of laundry, cleaned the girls room, deep cleaned my sons room, and one bathroom and called it a day. I would love to win the stack of books!

  • Antonella says:

    I started cleaning my desk at work. It may seem light work, but since the flood we experienced the table has been a catch all for things we need to keep safe from floor level (and possible future floods). It’s not easy organizing for safe-keeping on a horizontal surface (we are not allowed to put up shelves). We’ll see how it goes 🙂

  • Jen says:

    Well, we were having family over for dinner. Isn’t it funny how much you can get clean in a short period of time when people are about to arrive at your house? LOL. So between my hubby and me, we vacuumed the entire upstairs, swept and mopped the kitchen, and cleaned out the fridge. Today I’m going to tackle the clutter in my car!

  • Helen says:

    I got the bathrooms cleaned today. The rest of the house got picked up.

  • Vee says:

    I cleaned up my stove top today if that counts 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    My Mom is in town, and she helped me be washing all the baby’s clothes in the next size up and folding them while I cleared the old size off her shelf, folded them, and put them in away in an orderly manner so we could find them easily when the new baby comes in three months, then filled the shelf with her newly washed and folded larger clothes. I always find changing over clothes to the next size up a big task (babies change sizes so often!) so it was wonderful to have a second pair of hands to make the work go quickly and end the day with a clean shelf of clothes with room to grow and everything put away. What a great stack of books! I especially want to read The Fringe Hours.

  • Nancy says:

    I have a badly sprained ankle, but my children cleaned the sinks in 2 bathrooms and changed out 4 hand towels and trash cans. We all picked up the family room which had collected a lot of stuff! I crawled while I helped them. 🙂

  • Stephanie Kucharo says:

    I read my daily Bible reading (trying to read through the Bible this year). Picked up the house, cleaned up some of my flower beds, planted potatoes, pruned some trees, made my grocery lists, unloaded the dishwasher, and planted some lettuce and spinach seeds.

  • Jill Koly says:

    I didn’t accomplish anything! It was my husband’s birthday so we went out to eat and took a walk!

  • Jennifer W says:

    I was able to put in a full days work, make a doctors appointment, stop for a prescription, grocery shop, cook dinner, and unload and load up the dishwasher.

  • Melissa says:

    I cleaned out the car too! 🙂

  • Kathy says:

    I hope your family feels better. A bug is going around here that is taking a good 4-7 days to get better. I had the kids help we do some random pick up jobs today that aren’t on our daily chore lists. The house looks so much better.

  • Sarah says:

    I cleaned up my kitchen after making cookies last night, and changed countless diapers today!

  • Sheri says:

    I cleaned clothes!

  • Tara Walters says:

    I cleaned and reorganized our basement bookshelves.

  • Melissa says:

    Oops, I am not sure how my comment got posted under the post about Sonic shakes!

  • Julie says:

    Spring fever was on the air. A few extras I got done today were: I cleaned up the back yard, all the shredded sticks and miscellaneous that the puppy has shredded over the winter, & the “poo” since it was finally visable. Oh my, how I fooled myself thinking I had somewhat kept up with that over the winter!
    Inside, I got the laundry done early so washed the comforter off my bed and hug it out to dry. Love that smell!
    Thanks to the sun shining I was able to dust quickly since the dust easy to see. A quick vacuum through, after picking up toys, and books .
    I fired up the grill, literally, we still use charcoal, made some hot dogs and hamburgers, some baked beans and chips for dinner and loved our pre-summer bbq!
    A pretty good day.

  • Allie d says:

    I’m so happy I worked on cleaning my car today. I found my fiance’s winter jacket that we have been looking for all winter long. I know he probably won’t wear it till this fall but it really saved us some money because he was getting ready to purchase a new one. It was nice to be outside even though I was cleaning my car yesterday.

  • Esther Peachey says:

    love your blog!!!!!!!! I cleaned up my house and did laundry 🙂 and took care of my three month old child..

  • Kadee says:

    Just normal mom things – made breakfast and lunches, picked up the house, 2 loads of laundry, vacuumed, swept the kitchen floor, dishes, changed bedding, cleaned out under the kids’ beds, exercised, went to work for 3 hours, finished a book I was reading, took 1 child to music lessons, the other 2 to the playground, helped with homework and practicing violin, went to my hair appointment, made some summer plans, and planned Easter dinner. Hubby made and cleaned up dinner, so it was an easy evening!

  • Amanda says:

    I cleaned a load of laundry. I did not have time to clean anything else, but I made two batches of taquitos.

  • Melissa says:

    Ok, third try! I am not sure why my whole comment here didn’t post, just the part about accidentally posting my comment under the Sonic shakes post. So, I used to tackle my whole ironing pile at once, but these days I just have to iron a few items at a time as I am able. It felt so good to get to the bottom of the pile!

  • Jessica says:

    I finally got my floors scrubbed! Living on a hobby farm, there is always dirt coming in the entry and seems to find its way throughout the house. It was long overdue. With the snow finally melting, it felt great to have it done.

  • Kaylee V. says:

    I cleaned out my junk drawer!!!!!

  • Sarah thompson says:

    Sounds like a great busy day, I always wonder how are cars get so messy too.

  • Diana Campbell says:

    Today, I packaged up more ebay sales meaning less clutter for my home and more money for my pocket. YEAH! I would also love to win. Book clutter I can handle.

  • Kaylee says:

    I cleaned my kitchen windows yesterday, and did a load of laundry. We also enjoyed time outside, as it was beautiful day!

  • Hope Mitchner says:

    I worked on scanning files at the office. We are slowly going all digital and it makes for a much less messy office.

  • mollie says:

    Dishes in the kitchen… always such a task!

  • Bethany says:

    I made progress on painting my toddler’s room. I still have a bunch of edges to do, but it’s looking so much better!

  • Love these reality posts! Hope everyone is feeling better. What a great stack of books!

  • Patty says:

    We’re temporarily down to one car right now, so I squeezed all my errands for the week into one day and got them all done! But boy, am I beat! Had a sweet time with my teen daughter who joined me while I was out. Would love to win those books!

  • D F says:

    I worked at cleaning out the sewing closet.

  • The weather was beautiful so we cleaned up outside and finished off the day with a fire, roasted marshmallows, and reading the kids’ bedtime Bible story outside. I’d love to win those books and my kids would LOVE the Odyssey CDs!

  • Tanja says:

    I took down my Christmas lights from outside and got them stored away. Well, the ones I could reach, so they are still up on the roof. Finally a nice day to get outside!

  • I was determined to not let any of our produce go to waste after a long, tiring weekend. The Florida pollen is making all of us drowsy and stuffy! I put up 6 gallon freezer bags of fresh strawberries and made a strawberry pound cake for after dinner dessert. Now we have a supply of strawberries for smoothies for week to come!

  • amy says:

    I cleaned our kitchen and dishes after having some friends over and folded and put away laundry!

  • Andi says:

    Love your candor…makes this momma feel normal! 🙂

  • Sarah G. says:

    I checked off grocery shopping with my two littles and a trip to the petting farm!

  • Kim says:

    I cleaned up my incredibly messy kitchen and did laundry.

  • Jen says:

    I cleaned out my car. I think there were four or five jackets in there, along with tons of other stuff that didn’t need to be there!

  • Sarah W says:

    I am in the process of beginning a blog (coming soon!). Last night I made a schedule for posts and blog business tasks. I found it very helpful to map out the posts I would like to make over the next six weeks. Suddenly, this crazy idea I had does not seem so crazy–I think I can do it!

  • Adrienne says:

    got caught up on laundry
    changed bedding on three kids’ beds
    got most of the bathrooms cleaned, still need to mop
    mopped main floor
    mostly done vacuuming house
    cleaned a few windows

    loved the warm air coming through the house!!!!

  • Rachel Brown says:

    I spent the evening prepping food (chopping veggies & making lunches for the week) while chatting college (YIKES!) with my high school junior. It was a great evening!

  • Kate says:

    Despite getting little sleep, I got a lot done because I had a to-do list for the day with lots of things on it.

  • Kathleen says:

    I am moving in a few weeks so today was tackle my bedroom. I cleaned and packed most of my bedroom. I was so happy when it was done. I even helped my son pack up his room.

  • My proudest accomplishment lately is that my 27 weeker preemie gained 3 ounces in the past 3 days which like your little guy is a struggle for him. He’s had a tough time putting weight on since he got home from the hospital and off feeding tubes. Yes mama’s milk!

  • jeannie says:

    I finally washed the floors and wiped down the kitchen cabinets

  • Mandy says:

    I love it! Great job, especially with sick ones in the house! Our household just kind of stops when someone is sick, it’s so frustrating! We have that dishwasher too. The hinges on the silverware caddy in ours won’t stay closed, so it dumps out our silverware when I open the door. Knowing I’ll be cleaning up a heap of forks and sharp knives right off the bat *really* motivates me to get those dishes done. 😉

  • Olivia Adair says:

    I cleaned up the kitchen. Repeatedly 🙂

  • Robin Y says:

    My favorite part of your post was the messy closet and car. Love the challenge of a mess 🙂

  • Lana says:

    It is amazing how messy my van can get even though we are all adults here! I hope everyone is much better this morning! Diffusing lemongrass EO really helps with stuffy noses if you still have that going on today.

  • Halina says:

    Dishes and the kitchen. Today will be wiping down the cedar closet and shelves to reorganize. Thanks so much for letting us peek into your life. I love the segments with pictures.

  • leisa Parker says:

    I managed 3 loads of laundry cupcakes to school for a birthday. Shopping at Wal-Mart and a few resale shops and clean up my side of bed. A pile of junk mail sorted and three bills payed. All with a sick kid home.

  • Melinda says:

    I finally got 2 overflowing baskets of clothes put away. It amazes me how many clothes a 9 and 6 year old boy can go through! (PS – My car is in the same condition yours was)

  • Melissa says:

    Cleaned off the washer in prep for laundry day!! It’s in our back entry so it gets covered EVERY. DAY. with the kids’ gear, backpacks, and any paper that finds its way into their possession at school.

  • Teri says:

    I found some great diaper deals and stocked up on 6 packs of them, woo hoo!

  • Christine says:

    Since this is a new day I haven’t cleaned yet, but I did make breakfast for my son before he left for work and packed lunches for him and my husband. Now I am having my quiet time and making the “to do” list for today. We will be home and plan to do lots of little clean up jobs. Would so love to win the book ‘Fringe Hours.’ Thanks for the giveaway and for your honesty in telling us about your day. Blessings!

  • marilyn z says:

    I cleaned my oven! Of course this was after the smoke alarm went off….

  • Noelle says:

    Got the kids off to school. Had a QT. Did the dishes and folded some laundry. Mopped the kitchen floor (I have a dog with diabetes and has a hard time making it through the night without accidents). Worked normal business hours from home with the exception of a dentist appt. Took my youngest to volleyball practice and worked while she was playing. Was able to watch the last half hour.

  • I kept a 4 year old with cabin fever, a 3 year old with a stomach bug, and a horribly fussy 3 week old clean and alive 🙂 Did 8 loads of puked-on laundry and bleached the whole first floor. Very thankful for sweet friends that delivered dinner 🙂

  • Heather says:

    What a very pretty mantle!

    I got my teeth cleaned Monday, too! And bathed my boys. And did the dishes 😀

  • Maira says:

    My girls and I have a stomach bug, but I cleaned the kitchen, moved laundry, posted stuff for sale, and decluttered a section of the guest room we are trying to civilize.

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m going to be honest – these pictures make me feel so much better. Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me that even when something is neat once, it never lasts for long. Thanks for sharing and I hope your family feels better soon!

  • Danielle Gunter says:

    I did a deep spring cleaning of my house. It was so nice for my husband to come home and notice it and tell me how much he appreciate the cleaning and me! I love that man!!

  • Sarah Pope says:

    So excited to get two storage shelves in my garage cleaned off and a closet in my laundry room. Yeah! So easy to locate things now without moving stacks of things.:)

  • Megan Baxter says:

    I cleaned and reorganized our home office. It’s been a bit of a dumping ground this past week as we’ve been doing quite a bit of hosting and stuff was getting shoved into the office during quick clean-ups. But it’s all better now!

  • Alicia says:

    My day has just started, but I plan on cleaning the kitchen and finishing laundry today.

  • stacey says:

    We are on Spring Break this week, so my daughter is cleaning out every inch of her bedroom. She has learned how to determine if unwanted items are sellable, better suited for donations, or trash. Anything she can sell goes to the local consignment store where she can use the money to buy items off of her spring summer wishlist (shorts/tanks/sandals/bathing suits, etc….). This is a process we have completed MILLIONS of times, and all of the patience I put in with her when she was younger has proven so incredibly worth it- now she can do it well all on her own!

  • melanie says:

    We had guest over most of the day on Sunday – so I woke to a pile of dirty dishes and a messy house. I worked simultaneously on 4 loads of laundry and cleaning up the house and then worked on a pile of ironing too.

  • Holly Allen says:

    We all love the real-ness! I hope everyone is better today!

  • Kerri says:

    Yesterday I made a double batch of pasta salad that my kids love, cut up four quarts of strawberries for the freezer and baked 4 large and 12 mini loaves of Amish cinnamon bread to have on hand to eat and give away.

  • Irene J. says:

    Thanks for bringing us into a day in your life!

    Today just started so I’ll comment on my day yesterday. I have twin 6 week olds, an 18 month old, and a sick 5 year old so I haven’t been getting much cleaning done lately but yesterday I did manage to empty and reload the dishwasher, make yogurt in my crockpot, and make supper for the first time since before the twins were born! It was a most productive day for me!

    • You are an inspiration! Wow! That’s amazing that you did all of that with 6-week-old twins, an 18-month-old, AND a sick 5-year-old. I’m seriously impressed and inspired!

  • Kim says:

    I had a good day and was able to accomplish a lot: finished our home school work, washed and put away four loads of laundry, cooked a nice dinner, etc. But, I’m most proud of spending 1 1/2 hours working on a project that I had been grossly procrastinating on. It felt good and now I’m about 80% of the way done. Just making that one decision to sit down and start was the hardest part. Now I’m much more motivated to commit to finally finishing it up because the end is in sight.

    By the way, Undone and The Fringe Hours are sitting in my Amazon cart right now to purchase, so I would definitely LOVE to win this stack of great resources. Thank you so much for all you do!

  • Lynda Skinner says:

    With 66 degree weather, I had to get outside and clean a dirty car. Washing the window, wiping down the interior including the leather seats and the biggest job of all…vacuum inside the car and trunk. I also got the privilege of putting the shovels, salt and sleds away. It was so nice to drive a clean car to go and work out.

  • Heather Schneider says:

    We did some general pick up and vacuuming as we had guests for dinner! And my biggest chore was not stressing about the things that didn’t get done and being a pain to my family before the guests arrived and I got that chore done 🙂 They were happy!

  • Jasie says:

    What a gorgeous mantle! I’m trying to do my “spring cleaning” little by little each month so yesterday on top of my normal weekend (I was a day late) cleaning, I also cleaned all the ceiling light fixtures in the house. Its crazy how much dust those things collect! This week I plan to organize the garage which is a huge undertaking, but needs to be done!

  • Susan says:

    My big accomplishment for the morning is that a healthy and homemade breakfast was on the counter when the kids woke. No cereal today!

  • Deborah says:

    Cleaned out some of the kids’ old clothes and gave them away and cleaned off all of the counters! Felt so good to have clean surfaces 🙂

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hope your family feels better soon!

  • Jean Campany says:

    You are an inspiration. Hoping to get alot more done today. Yesterday was a full day of mom taxi. Morning band, dentist appointment, horse barn tour and late night 4H meeting.

  • Julie says:

    I hope you are all feeling better! What is that candle in the mason jar in your first picture? Is that a homemade candle? If so, how did you do it?

  • Nancy says:

    I actually watched your MOPS segment on being intentional in preparation for speaking to a group. I feel challenged to do better. That stack of books would probably help. 😉

  • Amy says:

    Just cleaned out the fridge!

  • Erica says:

    Traveling Trash Can… I love it!

  • Whitney says:

    Monday was a work day for me so I made quite a bit of jewelry. I did manage to make it to the gym after getting my bigs off to school and fed my family breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tuesday is my day to tidy and do laundry so the master bedroom and family room are my main priorities today!

  • Jeanie says:

    I washed bedclothes.

  • Mona says:

    I vacuumed – we recently adopted a long-hair cat and boy does he shed!! I have to vacuum everyday now!

  • Erika says:

    I finally cleaned our bathroom! The state of the shower–whoa–speaking of embarrassing! Thanks for sharing your messes with us. 🙂

  • Heather Leiby says:

    Love your mantle, very classy! Today was dusting, vacuuming, & home school with the windows open to let in the gorgeous day! Then evening church music practice and my husband treating us to milkshakes after! =)

  • Cathy says:

    It was a pretty productive day here, for Spring Break. Teenager is at a camp so it was just me and the younger four kids home today. We worked out in the back yard a little, I did a few loads of laundry including washing and putting my sheets back on, swept most of the house, wiped down kitchen counters, and just some general pickup. One child spot cleaned the kitchen tile for me. And then I went to work for four hours.

  • sarah says:

    Looks good!

  • Lauren says:

    It’s only 9 AM but so far I’ve cleaned up my one year old and the kitchen!

  • Lauren says:

    Posted a blog post!

  • Becky says:

    My dad passed away recently, and he had taken care of their finances for 57+ years of marriage. My mom was off $50 in her checkbook, so I went to her house and helped her find it. I miss my dad terribly, and I cherish the time I have with my mom.

  • Jackie says:

    This week I am cleaning room by room. This morning I put away everything that was out of place in the kitchen. Will be doing the floors a little later on.

  • Cynthia says:

    We straightened the living room…needed it badly!

  • Kim says:

    Crystal, mind if I share with you a good fried eggs technique?

    Melt a tablespoon of butter in the bottom of a pan over med-low heat. Crack in the desired amount of eggs, and then cover the pan with either a lid or aluminum foil. Set a timer for 6 minutes and go do something else. When the timer goes off, the eggs are pretty much done. The yolks are almost fully cooked, but still moist, and the eggs rarely ever stick to the pan. If you prefer your yolk 100% cooked, just give them another minute or so. There are also no crispy brown bits this way. (Unless you prefer your eggs to be browned and crispy, in which case, completely disregard this message) Once they’re cooked, just season and eat! 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    Awesome Job! Your pics totally motivated me to keep working at being more organized. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura says:

    I painted my daughter’s desk so that I could get it set up in her new “big girl room.” It’s the last thing that needs to get moved in there to be finished! Yay!

  • Jennifer says:

    I hope your kids feel better soon! Seeing your kids sick is a horrible feeling! I know since I have a 11-month old at home with a stuffy nose.

  • Jessica says:

    I finally started some seeds today for the garden. Crystal, your house is so beautiful! Love the mantle.

  • Dara says:

    I’m in love with your mantle! I might steal a few ideas for the fireplace we are putting in our (soon to be finished!) basement! I can’t wait until its warm enough outside to get my car looking clean again too!

  • Jennifer says:

    I got thru the day!!! Mission accomplished!!! ;o)

  • Marilyn says:

    Cleaned my kitchen, which seems like a never ending job.

  • Sherry says:

    Cleaned the whole bathroom yesterday! Even washed the rugs!

  • Beth Clark says:

    I did a laundry and put it away after church last night. But I always feel accomplished when I can put the laundry away and not let it sit the basket.
    Have a Blessed and Happy Day in the Lord.

  • Donna M. says:

    Finally went through my mom’s jewelry, sorted what I plan to keep and put into snack size bags the stuff I’m donating. She died last April but I haven’t felt up to it yet, so I’m glad to get that done. It was an emotional day.

  • Angelina says:

    My husband cleaned with me yesterday and we got the bathroom and some in depth vacuuming done. It that always motivates me to clean more and keep the house presentable cleaning after times we do it together!

  • stefanie says:

    We spent most of the day playing outside but also squeezed in some laundry and mopping.

  • After a whole lot of drilling in my tooth- the 2nd old filling to ‘leak’- I finally got over it and worked on ebay, went walking/running with my daughter, and helped 40 American Heritage Girls plant seeds.
    Now, I am just wondering how to have less stuff in my children’s closets- how do you do that?!
    Thanks for the giveaway- we are new Adventures In Odyssey fans- it makes lunchtimes go so smoothly!

  • Susan in St. Louis says:

    I woke up with strep! Yuck! It came on out of the blue, and I was so thankful that friends could handle my 4 little so I could go to the doctor (and wait, and wait, and wait) by myself. At least it was a lovely day outside!

    And good to know your kids’ closet and your car are messy too. Welcome to the club! 🙂

  • Tara says:

    I learned how to make freezer jam with some organic strawberries I got a great deal on. Super easy and yummy!

  • Kim says:

    Thank you for being so real!! You are a great encouragement to me and love the challenge I get from reading your post.

  • Tyna Begley says:

    I cleaned up our garden space! The 2 raised beds needed more soil and to have that new soil mixed in with the old stuff. Then I fertilized. Then I took 3 cyclamen flowers that have been sitting out on my front porch for WEEKS and planted them in a large pot and tucked it into a quiet, not-oft-visited corner of the back yard. For a pretty thing to look at when I meander that way…I even remembered to throw away the plastic pots. Which I will have to retrieve because I need to start some stuff by seed and need something to put them in…

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m going to leave a comment even though I didn’t clean anything. I went to bed last night wondering how to keep up with everything. I feel like I can’t get ahead. I’m working full-time now and there just seems to be no time when I get home to get much accomplished. And then the weekends go by so fast, I feel like I can’t get any traction. My husband and daughter help but I guess my expectations are maybe too high. Our biggest problem seems to be paper and receipts and schoolwork and stuff.

  • Kari says:

    I don’t think I got anything cleaned today. But I accomplished A LOT at work. After supper we headed to town for free ice cream cones at DQ. A wonderful day, even if my house still looks neglected. I’ve already folded a load of laundry today, so here is to hoping more gets done at home today. I’ve been wanting to read The Fringe Hours as those are not used wisely in my life right now at all.

  • LauraLou says:

    I will clean out my traveling trash can too!! It’s amazing how quickly it collects things.

  • Cheryl says:

    I’m off work on Mon/Wed so I got the floors washed, both wood and tile, washed our bedding, did another load of clothes, dusted and organized some past magazines, (I like to save certain issues and I had 2 years on my end table, must be the librarian in me) I had a nice walk with the dog and also put away some of the outside winter decorations. We then finished the night of by going an hour and a half away to watch our a high school regional basketball game, they won!

  • Robyn says:

    I unpacked all our suitcases from our spring break trip. Today we’ll be getting back into our home school schedule. Boy am I missing the warm Florida weather. Now I’m just praying it comes soon to Indiana.

  • Amy S. says:

    I did my 2 miles on the treadmill. My mom and one of my sisters ran errands with me to get things done for my wedding. I made dinner for my family and we got the kitchen cleaned up. I really want to read The Fringe Hours book. I have been checking our library to see if they have it. Hopefully they will get it soon.

  • Amy Lauren says:

    Your house is super clean and neat looking :). It was fun reading about your day and I hope your daughter feels better soon!

  • Esther says:

    I made myself get the dishes all completely done last night before bed (thankfully with my daughters help). I was so tired after not sleeping much and a long full day out of the house, but i knew it would help start today on the right foot! I’d love to win those books 🙂

  • christi says:

    I got the groceries kids needed for lunches and field trips for the week — and put them all away!

  • Vanessa Pruitt says:

    I cleaned my kitchen.

  • Jen Smith says:

    I kept up with potty training our youngest, organized meals for a friend with mono, and made the best homemade granola. All in all, a pretty good Monday!

  • Melissa says:

    I managed to wash my windows, though why I bother with a 3 year old and 1 year old, I’m not sure! 🙂

  • I’m amazed at all you accomplished yesterday! I hope everyone is feeling better today. My little granddaughter has a cold too. Must be the change of the seasons. Sometimes the day can be taken up with little ones who are sick. That’s how our day kind of went yesterday. Today she is doing better.

    Had to laugh at the car….looks like my daughters sometimes. Life is a mess but I guess eventually we have to clean it up.

  • Meg says:

    Thank you for sharing your very honest pictures! I was so down in the dumps, everything seems so cluttery. Then I have to remind myself, two homeschooling kids, a lovely hyper two year old tornado and being almost in the third trimester is going to equal to not everything being perfect. Yes its driving me insane (nesting oh boy has it hit!) But not them. They loved mommy taking them on a big walk. My oldest is thrilled he can take over line duty with the washing and is tall enough to put everything up and carry the big baskets out. He blessed me by hanging out three loads and bringing them in. My daughter excelled at a new math game and bounced all over squeeling about how good she did. It honestly was a pretty good day.

  • Amy says:

    I focused on getting a good day of school finished yesterday. I hope your family is feeling better today!

  • Robyn says:

    I cleaned out a cabinet that had random receipts and coupons all thrown in together. Felt good to toss a bag full of paper that had been really weighing me down!

  • Jana says:

    Yesterday was a beautiful and busy day! I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom because we had my Grandmother over for a steak dinner ( her favorite) and few rounds of cards(also her favorite)! I accomplished a huge project at work and was even able to take my son and my friends children to the library and park for a few hours, so that she could work on her book (that she is writing). I would love to win that stack of books and audio! I grew up listening to A In O. They are like old childhood friends to me. Thank you!

  • Patty says:

    Hi Crystal, Thanks for the opportunity! Since we stay in every other day (helps with accomplishing tasks around the house and saving money), I had Learning Time with my son. We learned about animals (bios and videos) on the National Geographic Kids website, and viewed a live stream webcam provided by a local children’s museum (Cal Academy of Science in SF). We also picked up all the pieces of paper my son played with while making it “snow”.

  • Chris says:

    I got a lot of errands and grocery shopping done. I also made a huge batch of Caribbean chicken stew and will freeze some. Oh my goodness, when your post title said messy car, I thought one of the sick people made it messy, if you get my drift. lol Hope they’re feeling better!

  • Chelsea says:

    Busy day!! I hope your family is feeling well soon! And I think smoothies for dinner sounds fabulous.

  • Since spring is here, I started to tackle the wardrobe “weed-out” of clothes that no longer fit the kids so I can make room in the drawers for the next size up. I dread this project each year, but the closet and drawers look so much better now that there are only things that fit in them. 🙂

  • Tracy B. says:

    I cleaned my DUSTY bedroom blinds!!!

  • Karen says:

    I cleaned out my fridge–it needed it badly!

  • Tammy C says:

    On the 7th our son was in the hospital waiting to have surgery.They thought it was his appendix but turned out to be worse.He had 6 inches of his colon cut and repaired.He ended up spending a week in the hospital. I was in the ER for 3 hours getting fluids and drinking potassium since I had been sick for 2 days with vomiting.

    Thankfully the American Legion brought us 4 meals .

  • Mari says:

    I have noticed too that if the fruits and veggies are cleaned and diced up they get gobbled up it is worth that little extra effort on my part to give them that push.

  • Amy says:

    So glad to see your closet and car can get like that too :-). When I clean out the car I take a plastic bag for garbage and a laundry basket for stuff and just throw it in. Then I bring the laundry basket in the house and have the kids help put it away since it is usually pretty much their stuff.

  • Rachel says:

    My day didn’t go as planned due to a dead (REALLY dead) battery in my car, but I did accomplish getting a new one! 🙂 Thanks for turning a difficult day for your family into an excuse to make someone’s day with a stack of books, that is really sweet. Hope y’all feel better soon!

  • Mandy says:

    I started zone work with my kids and teaching them how to clean in their zones. My hope is for them to take over completely without me:)

  • Becky says:

    two bathrooms

  • Rachel says:

    Hi Crystal, thanks for the opportunity to win those books! I love to read, but have run out of new material to devour 🙂

  • Lissette says:

    The kids cleared off the floor of our living room (which is our playroom and office as well) and I vacuumed. That was about it. I spent the rest of the day homeschooling and playing with the kids.

  • Sarai says:

    I’m glad that you are very honest and open about the mess. I organized my drawers they were a huge mess I was actually having a hard time closing them from such a bad mess. I bought myself some organizers from the dollar store and put undies in one socks in another and bras in the other. I’m surprised as to how much better it looks and I only spent $3! Now my drawer looks almost empty, I just hope I can keep it that way all the time.

  • Aimee says:

    Ohhh…I’ve wanted that GF artisan bread book so much!!

  • Mary says:

    My car has been worse! These books look great, I would love to read “The Fringe Hours”

  • Diana says:

    I planted onions, lettuce, flowers, and prepped two more garden beds. (That sounds impressive, but the beds are so small it didn’t take too long! 🙂 ) Or if we’re talking today, Tuesday, I have already washed the dishes and it’s only 9:39 am! Hooray!

  • Kim says:

    Hope everyone is starting to feel better. I LOVE your fireplace mantle. I actually looked, kept going and then came back to it because I liked it so. Then I read your caption about you loving it and it making you smile. That’s funny because I smiled when I looked at it. 🙂 Secondly – sorry, but lol regarding your car. That was awesome. My car has looked like that too. Made me feel better about myself. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Joanna M. says:

    Cleaning out drawers!!

  • Maureen says:

    We have found that our closets stay more organized when everything has a place. May I suggest a visit to the Container store or some other closet organizing store ? There looks to be a lot of open space in your kids closet which can be a little overwhelming. I hope everyone feels better soon.

  • I finished a guest post that, for some reason, was really hard to write. Not because of the content, but because the words just weren’t there. But I banged it out and felt pretty satisfied with the result.

  • Kristina Stewart says:

    I worked on updating some financial records today. I also gathered up some donations to drop off at Goodwill.

  • Valerie says:

    I too was wondering what day we were talking about! Yesterday the bathroom was cleaned, today I’m on load number 2 of laundry! Ironing later… At least that is the plan!

  • JESSICA C says:

    I actually cleaned and vacuumed my car out yesterday too. It needed it so badly. I should stop letting my children eat in my vehicle to prevent it from getting so awful.

  • Jenna DeMaria says:

    My favorite was the car pic. Thanks for being real and not leaving it out. It made me chuckle too. I hope everyone is feeling better soon.

  • Lisa says:

    I prepared some muffin mixes for the freezer and had a batch set to go for breakfast this morning. I also had some nice time to chat with DH.

  • Jamie says:

    I know the feeling! I am a mom of 5. (16, 12, 8, 6 & 4) My 6 yo son has a behavior disorder and my 8 yo son has leukemia (DX 5/16/13) My son (with leukemia) is home sick today with a nasty cold (hoping it’s not the flu) but there’s still stuff to get done and we trudge on because we’re moms and that’s our super power

    • brittney says:

      I hope your son starts feeling better. I’ll say a prayer for him and the rest of your family.

  • Meredith says:

    How’d you get a picture of my car?:)

  • Casey says:

    Happy St. Paddy’s day! I hope everyone feels better soon!

  • Debby Sheldon says:

    I cleaned my kitchen and picked up my bedroom- stopped just shy of vacuuming it. I would love to win that stack of books!
    I’m also curious about your white cupboards. I am considering painting my kitchen cabinets white, but a few people have told me that they always look dirty- they show everything.
    How do you feel about yours?

    • They do show more dirt, but not as much as I’d guessed they would. I usually only wipe them down every few weeks and they stay looking pretty good that way.

  • Tricia says:

    Grocery shopping and laundry were what I got accomplished today, with the “help” of a toddler.

  • Darlene Craig says:

    I cleaned my front porch. Since the snow and ice is finally gone, maybe I can keep it clean!

  • Jill C. says:

    I straightened up out breeze way area and replaced the winter boots with rubber boots. I really hope that step doesn’t jinx the beautiful weather we’re having. I love how a change in the weather (from sub zero to upper 40s) and more daylight can ignite my cleaning spark.

  • Kim says:

    My car is so.much.worse! I appreciate how you keep your life simple, focused and healthy.

  • Danielle says:

    I had some serious hopes of getting things done when I got home from work yesterday, but I am 19 weeks pregnant and still struggling with exhaustion. When I got home it took every ounce of energy to load and unload the dishwasher and make dinner. I lined every sheet pan with aluminum foil that I was using to roast vegetables, because I knew I just did not have any energy to wash them last night. We used paper plates to make clean up easier. So after dinner I laid of the couch while spending time with the kids before bed.

  • Jen says:

    I cleaned out our van and my husband’s car this last weekend and oh my it was just as bad or worse after a whole winter of neglect! It has felt SO good to get into a clean van!!
    Yesterday I cleaned out the bathroom drawers and cupboard and threw out a grocery bag full of “stuff”. Today is the closet….yikes!!

  • ines gillier says:

    Chystal, you are so inspiring: please, give me some of your energy!

  • Jen says:

    I worked on the master bedroom and also did some laundry. My one year old is cutting teeth and fussy so not much else got done aside from that and meals.

  • Alissa DeLucio says:

    I have had an unusually productive day…this by no means represents my average day. With that said, I have the following done: laundry, dishes (except new from this morning’s breakfast), paid bills, enrollment packet for oldest boy’s first year in school (just waiting on dr to finish their page), ran to Home Depot for paint stir sticks for a MOPS play date project, bible study lesson for small group, and a few other odds and ends while keeping oldest child entertained and tending to 7 week old as he has a need. Again I stress this was highly more productive than usual…a pretty day helped, but looks like we are to get rain, so I’m glad outside-the-house errands are done except bible group tonight.

  • jen s says:

    Thank you for the pictures! Sure makes me feel better about the state of my house. Love when you keep it real!!

  • crystal says:

    Dont feel bad about your car. Mine looks much worse! Its a time and season of life, right? Thats what I keep telling myself…

  • MelissaJ says:

    I went to exercise class!! Folded some clothes that had been dry for several days. MmmHmm! Had some quality time with my Hubbie! Good day yesterday!

  • debbie says:

    Cleaned my bathroom!

  • Karen says:

    That looks like a productive day – even with sick people! I was able to tidy up our living room and kitchen, bake pumpkin log and prepare for a young ladies group that comes over on Mondays.

  • CW says:

    We cleaned the tub and did some extra floor cleaning (the kids track in so much dirt!).

    Thanks for a chance to win. That looks like a great prize!

  • Reva says:

    I enjoyed a visit with my mom at the nursing home and then tackled the dirty kitchen ceiling fan today–big time need there.

  • Martha D says:

    Put away laundry, my car looks way worse, that should be next for me!

  • Danielle Jones says:

    I kept all three kids and 2 dogs alive and fed, worked 60+ hours, and the closest I have come to cleaning is vacuuming. Loved the post, we all do what we can with what we have.

  • Karyn Nixon says:

    This week is busy, but everyday, I work on keeping the kitchen clean. Yesterday was grocery shopping and today, we are planning to relax! 🙂

  • Tina D says:

    Hope your family feels much better. I need to start organizing my closets.

  • Karen says:

    cleaned the kitchen and found some more items for our garage sale in May, raising money for the college fund.

  • Lydia says:

    I deep cleaned the living room. Pulled out all the couches and found a lot of things I’d been missing! It’s nice to have a clean room to relax in. It makes my day go so much better. 🙂

  • Miriam B says:

    I put away my family’s clean laundry from last night.

  • Jen says:

    We were all sick yesterday & today, so we have just been in survival mode! I’ve cleaned up lots of sick messes but my house is a DISASTER! Maybe tomorrow

  • Amy says:

    My big focus yesterday was getting the kitchen presentable again and making a 6lb pork roast into pulled pork!
    And we got school done AND enjoyed very unseasonably warm temps and sunshine 🙂

  • Christina Bell says:

    Today is all about cleaning and tidying up. Yesterday was too nice to stay inside so we spent the entire day outside. So that means Monday chores weren’t done.

  • Vicky M says:

    I washed our winter wear and packed it away until for next year.

  • Trish says:

    I cleared clutter from the garage. It was such a beautiful day to be outside and I was productive! win/win

  • Ruth says:

    I wiped down our two bathroom counters and toilets. My son had cleaned the toilets previously. It doesn’t seem like a lot but my kids have been house bound this winter and our ready for spring. They can be challenging at times.

  • Pat says:

    I straightened out the pantry. Now I can find things!

  • I cleaned out my kitchen pullman cart. I sorted six boxes of random recipes into a binder with an index, shelved the cookbooks I wanted to keep, and listed the others online for sale, and was able to recycle three bins of paper and odd things from groceries I condensed into jars and containers!

  • Ashley says:

    Your mantle is beautiful! I would stop and stare every time I passed it, too 🙂 Yesterday (as today is 3/17) I laundered all of our towels/cleaning cloths. I also made some financial calls on behalf of my mom, which ate up the rest of my free afternoon. A MOPS meeting at night topped off the day like a cherry on a sundae! Today I am hoping to actually clean more, starting with [dramatic drumroll, please] our walk-in closet. Fortunately it doesn’t quite look like your kids’, but it is chock full of things that don’t belong there. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your life, and hope that your family starts feeling better soon!

  • Rachel says:

    I did five loads of laundry!!! And I would love to win this; it includes 3 books on my to-read list!

  • Susan says:

    I enjoyed sharing a cup of tea with a friend and gave thanks.

    I planted seeds with my children and gave thanks.

    I watered their souls with His Word and gave thanks.

    I baked blueberry muffins to start the day and gave thanks.

    I photographed the sunset and I gave thanks.

    If all I did today was gave thanks, it was enough.

  • Brandi says:

    My 5 year old and I are working on his closet today. Wow! Where does all of the mess come from?!?

  • Anne says:

    I prepped 3 bunches of kale to blanch and freeze along with the 6 I prepped on Saturday. It was the last veggie needing to be dealt with before I pick up this week’s share tomorrow. My frig will be clean tonight.

  • Wendy says:

    I pickup up the rooms upstairs. No deep cleaning, just getting things tidy.

  • Alison says:

    Hi! I would love this stack of books; three of the titles are on my “to read” list and I would love the opportunity to check them off my list 🙂


  • Ashley Mullen says:

    Today I did my bathrooms, two loads of laundry, and picked up our master bedroom. Feeling accomplished!

  • Renee Reinhardt says:

    My husband and I just cleaned the garage together.

  • Aimee Wiley says:

    I love how minimalist yet welcoming your home is. We are just finishing installing hardwood floors through our living room and the boys’ bedroom, and I am loving the empty space with all the furniture and kid debris that normally fills the space. Isn’t it true about the kids’ closets?! It is a constant battle to keep them clean and organized. Funny, too, though, how quickly some of those worst looking areas can be to straighten up. Thanks for sharing your day in the life:)

  • Melanie says:

    I love books and am inspired by how much you read! Still trying to fit in more than one a month!

  • Tara says:

    Today, the kids and I emptied the fridge for a deep clean and then we did the pantry too!

  • Renee Wilson says:

    Today is laundry day!

  • Meghan says:

    Id love to read do over

  • ashley smith says:

    I love how you still find time to run on a treadmill after everything that you do in a day!!! Definitely an inspiration

  • Bonnie L. says:

    I almost got my dishwasher emptied. Now that my 1.5 year old is down for his nap, I should be able to finish without him climbing in.

  • Jennywrennope says:

    I cleared out my garage

  • Jennifer Semmes says:

    I love your suggestion for Morning Time. I really want to do that with my son on the days I’m not working. I work three days per week, but I’d like to be productive on those mornings where I don’t have to get my 2 year old ready and out the door. He has shown a wonderful interest in music and we bought him a guitar. I want to use Morning Time to start some early guitar lessons. I hear you on little boys’ appetites! Mine just LOVES peanut butter crackers. Honestly, he will just eat the crackers and some cheese.

  • Stacy Christensen says:

    I vacuumed the house and got a box of old toys together to donate!

  • Kelly says:

    I accomplished getting everyone’s bags packed so the kids are ready to go to grandma’s house and I can go to the hospital to have a baby tomorrow!!

  • Jennifer Beard says:

    I would love some new reading/listening material! As far as accomplishments go, I got peed on by my 3 month old son while getting him ready to go to Starbucks with me. Does that count? No? Oh well. My biggest accomplishment is snuggling him, and if that’s all I get done today, so be it! 🙂

  • Bon Otts says:

    Oooo….books and CDs…that’d be fun with spring break just right around the corner! Thanks for the chance!

  • Donna H says:

    Thanks for sharing your day with us! I love your daily lists for your kids – I need to try that out. We’re on spring break and it’s easy to just let things pile up and not be productive this week. Bad habits are easy to start. I am definitely trying the lists tomorrow!

  • Tara H says:

    I’d love to win! Oh and we really need to clean our van and closets! 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Kitchen/school area put back into order today. It is amazing how little time it takes for it to become a mess!

  • Jessica says:

    I’m inspired to tackle a closet or two in our house now! My toddler and I cleaned the bathrooms this morning before we did some mall-walking and had a time to fellowship with a dear friend! I didn’t want to have the bathrooms on my mental list for later in the day, so now I can enjoy some reading and brainstorming while my daughter naps 🙂 Plus, she loves to “help!”

  • Kristina Long says:

    New reading material is always welcome!

  • Sarah S says:

    I sneakily packed up my kids clothes for a surprise little getaway we are hoping to take them on.

    I didn’t even know there was a gf bread in 5 mins a day book! We have celiac in our fam and are still adjusting to that. Would love to win this stack! 🙂

  • Lori Longridge says:

    Already have the corned beef in the crock pot, tackling laundry and kids bedrooms later. Would Love the Oddessey cd!!!

  • Lori says:

    I am painting my closet and putting my bedroom back together after some water damage.

  • Jamie says:

    I love your posts! So much honesty! Would love to win this great giveaway!

  • Skye F says:

    I’ve managed to put away three loads of laundry and am on my fourth! Thanks for all you do.

  • Sarah R. says:

    I cleaned our kitchen table off which doubles as our homeschool space, so it was in desperate need of help. Next on the list is our bedroom closet but first we are heading outside to enjoy some Texas sunshine. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  • Heather Ransick says:

    I’m expecting twins, so I’ve been cleaning out the room and trying to organize it.

  • April says:

    Our son got a new to him bed and we decided to take the heavy tube tv out of his room! I took the car for an oil change this morning, grocery shopping this afternoon (Started at 94 got the price down to 53), came home my daughters homework ran it to the school, and just finished cutting up strawberries for shortcakes tonight 🙂

    I would love to have some new books! You can never have too many books!

  • Deb C in MT says:

    I made breakfast, banana muffins and did our taxes. Next is to take a friend who was in an accident to her attorney’s for hopefully good news. She still cannot drive.

  • Megan B says:

    Today so far I’ve emptied the dishwasher, folded 3 loads of laundry and put away, started the 4th load,cleaned kitchen counters, made beds, cleaned 3 toilets, packed 3 boxes so far (hoping to move in a couple weeks) and swept some floors… feeling accomplished plus sang and played with my girls 🙂

  • Jessica R says:

    Went on a walk with my kids in our new-to-us double stroller washed dishes, and made dinner for my sister who came over. 🙂

  • Jasi says:

    So far I have done dishes and laundry not a big cleaning day with having bad morning sickness.

  • Alisa says:

    kitchen, quiet time & volunteered at my kids school today. 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    I cleaned off my computer desk. It’s now a usable space!

  • whitney says:

    I cleaned my spice cabinet and junk drawer…would LOVE the books!!

  • MotherLydia says:

    Fantastic day. I like hearing about it.
    I almost asked “What about your other daughter.” Then realized the two K names were throwing me off. I keep convulting them in my head.

  • Sherri says:

    I cleaned my dad’s room to get it ready for a hospital bed being delivered.

  • Danielle B says:

    Ha! Since junk seems to multiply in our van when I’m not looking, I started stashing tiny trash bags and quarters for the vacuum in the van, hoping they’ll multiply too! 😀

    I’m so glad you post those pics. Too many of the beautiful fireplace ones and we all start forgetting you’re a normal human being living a normal human life, with dirty laundry, messy closets and cluttered cars. Don’t stop being real! It’s one of the things that we all love about you.

    Yesterday was crazy here! Sunday night I found a MUSHROOM! Yes, I said MUSHROOM! growing out of the baseboard, where the carpet meets it, in our living room. After freaking out in grand fashion, I called maintenance yesterday morning. They came right over, cut open the wall, and low and behold a main waste water stack that funnels all the kitchen and laundry waste water from our apartment and the two above us has been leaking behind the wall. For a while. A long while. It was DISGUSTING! I about lost it, but they reassured me it will all be fixed and cleaned…as soon as the right parts come in.

    Anyway…it was one of those moments that I’m really thankful we rent, because our meager savings would have been used up trying to fix the problem. We also are getting the opportunity to watch everything they are doing to fix the problem, so if something like should happen when we can buy our own home, there’s a better chance we could fix the problem ourselves.

    I hope your family all gets to feeling better soon!

  • Arly Pridgen says:

    We are doing school today along with our other everyday stuff: meals, dishes, laundry… 😉

  • Christina says:

    My Lenton goal is to be more focused on people than tasks. I’ve really struggled with frustrations over not getting things accomplished lately, but am happy to be giving my attentions to those in my life who deserve them the most. Today was one of those days when my own family needed my presence more than my services. So, while I’m having a hard time coming up with a thought for what I accomplished today, I know you can relate to this as a worthy explanation! 🙂 Blessings to you and your family!

  • Kristin says:

    even though I have an awful cold I still manged to get the dishes and laundry done!

  • Erin Anderson says:

    I attempted to completely empty out my closet and reorganize it on Friday (I got all kinds of fun organizing bins and stuff from the dollar store and was SUPER motivated), but ended up in the ER with an incisional hernia in the process. 😛 I was so bummed, because I’d been so completely motivated to get it done!!
    So today all I’ve done is manage to put sweat pants on, take care of the farm chores, and crash on the couch… And I’m just going to have to be ok with that. Lol

  • Christina Z says:

    Today hasn’t been terribly productive but I set myself up pretty good yesterday so I don’t need to be even though we have guests for dinner. Would love to win!

  • Amber says:

    So far today, we are done with school (we homeschool our K and 2nd grader) and washed my hair. If that’s all I get done today, I call it successful. Ha!

  • Jennifer says:

    I cleaned the kitchen, my bedroom, and one of my daughters closets. Sorted clothes to get rid of extras! Feels good to organize!

  • Linda says:

    I’ve done three loads of laundry and will be cleaning under the fridge later today. I need my hubby’s help for that one. I would love the books!

  • Sarah says:

    I did dishes and a load of laundry. I’m trying so hard to keep up with the reat, but sometimes just getting dishes done is my accomplishment for the day. Seriously, thank you for sharing the messy parts of your day…I’m not the only one! 🙂

  • Kelly Silva says:

    I love reading and would love to win some extra books!

  • Kayla says:

    I accomplished taking care of my two year old daughter who has the stomach flu and feeding my two week old. That’s an accomplishment for this tired mama!

  • Gina says:

    I Cleaned my spare room and linen closet today.

  • Brenda Gildersleeve says:

    i cleaned leaves out of the berms.

  • Amanda says:

    I caught up on laundry and am working on sorting and switching clothes in the kids rooms today.

  • Toni says:

    I dropped my husband off at college for his classes and then I took out kids to the YMCA for their homeschool PE and art classes. Spending the afternoon cleaning, reading and grocery shopping after dinner.

  • Kimberly says:

    ive done some laundry and cleaned two bathrooms

  • Nicole Sullivan says:

    I got up and got dressed. Working from home today. Since I’m healing from a very bad sprained ankle, that’s enough.

  • Jaimie says:


    I just stumbled upon your blog and am LOVING IT! 🙂 I would love to win the books too! Thanks! Have a great day.

  • Kim F. says:

    I ran errands and had a great devotional on the life of St. Patrick with my kids.

  • Jennifer DenOuden says:

    Every day there is a growing pile of papers (mail, school work, kids art, etc.) on our kitchen counter. I sorted and recycled it today, feels great!!! Thanks for offering this!

  • Racquel S says:

    I cleaned up my boys’ room…hope it lasts through the day! :o)

  • Eleya says:

    I love these behind the scenes posts you do!

  • Joanna M says:

    I worked on catching up the laundry, which definitely did not get done over the weekend! Cleaned up the kitchen and ran the dishwasher, and then it was off to work. Hope your family is feeling better soon!

  • Jaimie says:

    Oops- I guess I need to follow directions! Missed the little blurb about the books- Today I took out my daughters changing table and put a table for her to pretend and play with. (Tear) My baby is growing into a big girl too fast!

  • Danielle says:

    Lists are the best idea ever, work so well for my son!

  • Jona L. says:

    I started dinner in the crock pot! A major accomplishment with a sick toddler that only wants to be held!

  • Emily says:

    That’s an exciting stack of books!

    I did a deep clean of our pantry. First time ever…Thankfully it wasn’t dirty. Just cluttered.

  • Carrie says:

    I set a goal to do at least 50 squats & 50 crunches today. Those are done & I’m thinking about doing more later on tonight.

  • Laura says:

    My daughter loves the Odyssey cd’s. She listens to one’s on tape(I happen to still have my tape/cd player from high school) that my husband & i had when we were kids! Love the life lessons they teach & all Christ centered too 🙂

  • Miriam says:

    Vacuumed the house and swept and mopped the kitchen floor.

  • Emily says:

    today we’ve gotten through school and lunch

    • Erica says:

      I got up early this morning and went for walk. Came home. Dressed and fed children. Hubby took over while I had an appointment. Came home. Worked on trying to get over a headache. Made lunch. Sent kids to naps. Oh boy. Not productive. :/. The dishwasher is running at least.

  • Jamie says:

    I cleaned up the backyard (sand/water table toys) and the bathrooms.

  • Megan says:

    Sometime the list just seems to be never ending and today is one of those days. Off to put in the 5th load of laundry

    Love your blog!

  • Christy McKinney says:

    I love your day-in-the-life posts! Thanks for taking the time to put them together.

  • Amber says:

    We put in a full day of homeschool after little to nothing the last few weeks with the kids being sick, some family emergencies, our dog dying, and my washer and van breaking! It was good to actually get something done without some sort of mishap.

  • Jeno says:

    I got nothing done today. My son has been in the ER since 8 last night.

  • danielle says:

    I’m trying to tackle the matter bedroom today. Small space but plenty of clutter. . . . And dust ( cringe ) We have a baby due soon and I’m wanting our house to be a little easier to maintain and baby will be in our room! Thank you for the encouraging posts lately. I’ve been struggling a little with having a good attitude with some of my current circumstances ( finances, stay at home mom, etc.) and your posts seem to hit right on target!

  • Betsy says:

    The priorities of the last several days have not been focused on cleaning, so I’m pleased with simply having kept the kitchen tidy. Hope to do a few other tasks before today is done. 🙂 Several of the titles in the giveaway stack are on my “to read” list. Thanks for thinking to share with your readers. 🙂

  • Rachael says:

    Oh the car…but of course! The kids in our house have a daily chore and someone always has the inside of the car on Mondays…it helps (if only a little!).

  • Abby says:

    Today I wiped down our 2 ceiling fans – I’m too embarrassed to say how long that has been undone on my “To Do” list, but it feels so nice to have it be done!

  • Amy Wilkening says:

    Tackled the dishes, and got a few things on my to-do list done. My van REALLY needs a cleaning. Maybe I’ll tackle that while I wait for the kids’ buses. Thanks!

  • Isabel Acosta says:

    Today I folded and out away my towels that I washed yesterday.

  • chantel says:

    I think this illness thing is going around. My kiddos have all been sick over the last 2 weeks. Soo happy when they are feeling better and up and around!

  • Isabel Acosta says:

    Today I folded and put away my towels that I washed yesterday.

  • Carolyn Viola says:

    i started spring cleaning, so far I’ve done the fridge, kitchen and bedroom. This week I am going to start the blinds and windows, my least favorite jobs, lol.

  • Rebekah says:

    The baby’s face after she attempted solids for the first time!

  • Jen Schauer says:

    Decluttering here today! Straightening up the kids room and so far have gathered up a huge stack of puzzles, some shoes, shirts, jammies, pants and swim diapers to donate. Woot!!

  • Sarah brower says:

    Very cool

  • Dusti Jenkins says:

    no cleaning for me today. I’m at work.

  • Tonya says:

    Thanks for sharing what your day looked like!! Thanks also for always being an encouragement. Praying Your family feels better soon!!

  • Jill says:

    I’m a nanny for a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a 10 month old, so before I left for work, I put dinner in the crock pot. I’ve been teaching the two oldest children to put their toys away, so before nap time, we had a clean up time. Does that count? 🙂

  • Melia says:

    Yikes! I’m having terrible morning (all-day) sickness so I haven’t accomplished anything today (besides getting my son to school and feeding my younger ones-that counts, right?). But you’ve motivated me I’m going to pick something and get it done during nap time.

  • Rebecca Dula says:

    I stayed caught up on the laundry. Sorted yard sale items in the garage. We are having a charity yard sale on 4/11. My husband and I also built a path to our front door with pavers.

  • Kimberly in NC says:

    I cleaned the kids’/guest bath, kitchen, did laundry, picked up before our insurance agent came to help us save some money on our policies. I felt like I’ve done well today.

  • RaShell says:

    I fed my children lunch and got us to music lessons. On days like today, that’s a major accomplishment.

  • Michelle O. says:

    What a great stack of books and I love that there’s an audiobook in there. Our 6 year old loves listening to audiobooks at Quiet Time (even though she is a reader – she says that she can listen to a book and colour at the same time 🙂 ).
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Amy says:

    I unloaded the dishwasher and sorted through the pile of mail that had been neglected too long.

  • Bethany says:

    I did two loads of laundry, put dinner in the crock pot, painted some windows and swept the floors.

  • Jamie says:

    great books!!!!

  • Verna Stoltzfus says:

    My basement!

  • Tracey says:

    Whew! Your list wears me out just reading it! My husband is working from home today and he can be a bit distracting, but I always have my bedroom in order and family room tidy. Dishes are done and chicken thawing for dinner so I’m going to enjoy some sunshine! I will be working on a few pallet projects (boot trays) this afternoon. It’s a good day! 🙂

  • Kimery says:

    Prepared hubby’s b’fast of cheesy scrambled eggs & bacon, homemade granola (made last night and cooled off in closed oven) with vanilla yogurt and thawed strawberries. Fixed his lunch of frozen (refilled) beverages, veggies & ranch dip, small bag of chips, sliced/sectioned apples/oranges & wrapped piece of grilled chicken and double-bagged. Oops – forgot to add napkins for him! Other than that, started his tomorrow’s lunch, packaged large container of granola and washed dishes/loaded dishwasher. Few bills paid – on to tackle stack of things for goodwill donation and my messy, messy desk. Crystal – thanks for reminding us in bite-sized pieces it can ALL get done!

  • Amanda Parker says:

    I have gotten 2 loads of clothes washed, and dishwasher unloaded and reloaded…Breakfast / lunch made …

  • Charity says:

    I packed, cleaned up the house we were staying in, and traveled with my family all day. We also managed to make a hospital visit, even after getting held up for two hours in traffic. We were happy to see our home again at 11:30 Monday night! 🙂

  • Hannah Regnier says:

    I cleaned my kitchen stove and floor before 8am today and tidied up the kids room, they keep them pretty clean, short of their beds. And cleaned the upstairs bathroom after some illness came through last night

  • Hannah says:

    would love these!

  • Kaela M says:

    Washed all the bedding of sick kids!

  • Blair Lingbloom says:

    I accomplished some early morning grocery shopping with kids in tow before school started! That never happens! But after only getting half of my shopping done lastnight to come of the store to my van being vandalized I decided that early morning shopping the next day would be better than continuing to the next store lastnight. Thank goodness it’s not Monday anymore! Haha

  • Andrea says:

    I didn’t accomplish too much at home – instead I taught a lesson for Good News Club at a local elementary school.

  • Karin says:

    These books look wonderful!! I want to read them! Today I bulk cooked and prepped freezer meals for this month. A great feeling!

  • Courtney says:

    I cleaned out our homeschooling hutch! 🙂

  • Tammy says:

    Cleaning…? Oh yes, as soon as I get off of Facebook 🙂

  • Melissa H says:

    I am excited to win “undone”. After work I babysat for a womens small group study and then got to catch up with my teenage daughter for a few minutes.

  • Joyce says:

    We had family over last night, so I’m cleaning off our kitchen island, and also the computer desk that is in need of some decluttering. There is beautiful weather out so we are going to get some movement in today!

  • Lauren says:

    Love this post 🙂 I appreciate the chance to win books!

  • Jill says:

    Oh, there’s some books in this stack already on my list to read! Today I cleaned my dryer vent (really well) and swept the floors.

  • Cathy says:

    Cleaned out the attic room which easily becomes a catchall at times. 3 boxes and 2 bags to goodwill, bag go clothes to family and 2 bags of trash, then cleaned out the office closet getting rid of old manuals and papers no longer needed. What an amazing feeling! Love to read and enjoy your blog!

  • Elizabeth Thacker says:

    I love following your blog! So encouraging! <3

  • Carly says:

    I like reading these posts each week! Let’s see, yesterday, I worked around 3.5 hours, changed the towels, put away laundry, organized my closet a little (pulled out 2-3 items to get rid of and moved some winter stuff out of the main area), got a run in, went to a meeting at church, and met up with my daughter and husband at her dance class.

  • Cari says:

    I attended a class, went to the library, and then went to the grocery store.

  • Mendi says:

    My accomplishment: I got up and then got my kids up. We got ready for school and work and all were on time today! May not seem like much of an accomplishment, but after last week, this momma is feeling victorious! 🙂

  • Alicia Cox says:

    Today I folded laundry and straightened up the kitchen! Tonight I work at the hospital so I spent some time resting up for that.

  • Carla says:

    No cleaning this morning – just getting out the door for church Bible study!

  • jennifer says:

    what an accomplished day!

  • Whitney says:

    I also took care of sick kids. Unloaded the dishwasher, and washed mirrors and a few windows. Would love to win!

  • jeri says:

    lovin your transparency…you are doing great!

  • Sarah says:

    I pumped milk, had a quiet time, made breakfast, read a few chapters in a book, did the laundry, snuggled with my toddler, ran, and blogged.

    I love accomplished mornings and relaxing afternoons.

  • linda says:

    Great job! I need a day like that to get some stuff straightened out and feeling accomplished! Very inspiring! Thanks 🙂

  • Kari Brown says:

    After being sick for almost a week now I finally had enough energy to go grocery shopping and do some laundry.

  • Emily Borkenhagen says:

    What a day!!!! I’m not quite as productive today…

  • Juliah Crelia says:

    6 hours in the toy room! I organized rotating totes and took out about 5 sacks of trash!

  • Rhoda says:

    For the 3-16-15 we accomplished school (we homeschool), a load of laundry, the kids vacuumed the living room and hall way, supper made and ready before ballet and taekwondo, and then some computer time before bed last night. Some days it doesn’t seem like we get too much done, but looking at it like this in hind sight–not so bad. Thank you for the opportunity to re-think what we do each day.

  • Tina goins says:

    Wow! Some of those titles sound perfect for me…Do Over, Procrastinate on Purpose…lol

  • Heidi says:

    Our kids love AIO – especially listening at bedtime as they drift off to sleep. (:

  • Laura M says:

    Today I “accomplished” having fun outside in the warm weather with my kiddos. It’s not often that I stop and enjoy my kids;it’s something I’m trying to work on more and more.

  • Sherry says:

    I mopped, did tons of dishes and a few loads of laundry, picked up odds and ends.

  • JSome says:

    today I cleaned tables and bathrooms at work!

  • Cindy says:

    Woke up ate a banana, washed some dishes. Time for the boys to get up. They ate cereal, then began their lesson. One’s in 9th grade the other is in 10th. I put a load of laundry in the washer. Straightened up the house. Helped My boys with their school work. Lunchtime in between, finished laundry.

  • Lisa Wipp says:

    I cleaned the back deck, set up the table and chairs and prepared it for spring picnics! All I have left is adding the flowers and our outdoor oasis will be completely ready to create more fun family memories!

  • Amy says:

    We went outside. Finally a nice day!!! And we got some laundry done and bags unpacked from a recent work trip. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kathryn Hawkins says:

    I did laundry and mopped today. We would love to win these!!

  • Sara M says:

    I cleaned and organized and then we went shooing for Easter dresses with Grandma.

  • Laura says:

    My accomplishment today – getting dinner in the crockpot before rushing to work this morning. Tuesdays are very full between work, feeding my family and small group at church.

  • Shannon K says:

    It’s been a rough day for me. I’m sick, but had lots that had to get done – I did a load of dishes, 2 loads of laundry, and some general straightening.

  • Tara says:

    I got 2 loads of laundry completely done (even folded and put away. woot! woot!) while the kids did their school work this morning. This afternoon has been full of playing outside.

  • Amy says:

    I don’t feel like I accomplished much today; I’m not feeling good, and we’ve kind of moped around this morning and afternoon. But I did get a load of laundry run through, and I threw a pot of bones and odds & ends of vegetables on the stove early today to make stock, so I guess today hasn’t been a total bust!

  • Stacia says:

    After I submit this I am going to spend 15 minutes cleaning my bathroom, or I may have to rock the baby that has been crying for about 15 minutes and just won’t go back to sleep…

  • Jessica W says:

    My 13 month old has been sick and very irritable but I still managed to get a few things done. I sorted through the towering pile of mail, picked up the living room and got in a load of laundry. Every bit helps!

  • Amy B says:

    I washed the kiddos bedding and a couple of loads of laundry, worked on my Etsy shop/filled orders, did a learning activity with my 3 year old, and played with both kids!

  • Rebecca D says:

    I washed the cloth diapers, swept and mopped!

  • Susan says:

    Tidied up the kitchen — a big accomplishment, the 3 youngest of my 8 are sick

  • Denise says:

    I went to work today, so not a lot got done at home! There’s always tomorrow!!

  • Pamela J says:

    I got lots of laundry done yesterday. Yeah!

  • Mandi E says:

    I did laundry and cleaned my kitchen.

  • Mariejkt says:

    Not a productive day for me. Burned my hand yesterday so trying to be a little more careful with it today.

  • Mrs. Frugalista says:

    I have to be honest, I am not cleaning anything today but I somehow managed to make it through an extraordinary rough day of many unmotivated students, PARCC testing, a messy and under construction kitchen, feeling under the weather and cried over my friend losing her 10 year old Pug. I just have to let it all out. 🙂

  • Kandace says:

    I got up early and had some peace and quiet while I made lunches and snacks for school today. I put away laundry and finally cleared off the kitchen counter. A huge accomplishment since it got totally out of control last week while my husband was in the hospital due to a complication from his Crohn’s Disease. Grandparents kept the kids and I just stacked papers onto paper every night when I got home from the hospital, with enough time to shower and get a little sleep before heading back in the morning. Thankful he’s feeling much better, and so am I! I shredded, recycled, scanned/shredded, mailed bills, etc for most of the morning. Sometimes the most normal and mundane of days are just what the soul craves.

  • Lisa says:

    I also cleaned out my car! I had already emptied most of the “junk” over the weekend, but today I got out the vacuum. So much better, why don’t I do it more often??? Also sweeping and cleaning the guest bathroom today since we have church small group here tonight. Hope everyone is better at your home, Crystal! Glad you weren’t struck this time around.

  • Sarah says:

    Oh honey, that is not a messy house! My family just moved, and somehow we have unpacked our clothes but not any of the kids’ hangers. If you want to see a messy closet, come visit and I’ll show you my kids’.
    Hope your littles feel better and don’t pass any yuckiness to you!

  • April says:

    Did some laundry, cleaned up the kitchen and vacuumed.

  • Wanita says:

    I am so impressed with all that you accomplish in one day!! I try to work at decluttering/organizing at least a little bit each day, but am not always successful. I am looking forward to the day when it will just be daily clutter to keep up with.

  • Rachel says:

    I cleaned the desk in my room which had been piling up! Makes the whole room feel better when that space is clean.

  • Jennifer says:

    I cleaned my desk at work! Wish I could stay at home and clean my house too! Lol

  • Kathleen says:

    Taking advantage of our nice weather by hanging laundry outside to dry

  • Angie Parker says:

    Today, I ran errands. Now I need to do a quick clean up.

  • Christa says:

    would love to win

  • Vanessa says:

    Aww, I’m sorry to hear your daughter is sick. I always rub some Vicks just below my nose & on my chest when my nose is blocked/stuffed. Works well for me. Hope she feels better soon.

  • Kellee Overholser says:

    I was finally able to get all the laundry put away!

  • Quintana says:

    If it makes you feel any better, my car will make your car look clean! The weather has been so icky, it’s hard to keep it clean between snow and mud! I ran errands today and finished up last minute things for a bridal shower I’m hosting tonight. I got up early and put away all my laundry that’s been sitting in a basket and cleaned off my dresser.

  • SK Bell says:

    The stacks are always good so I always hope I win, but this time I’m especially hopeful because of Fringe Hours and that Adventures in Odyssey I know my little guy would love!

    Today was a big kitchen clean-up day for us. I turned on a children’s audiobook we got from the library and then my 23-month-old actually wiped down the lower cabinets and refrigerator while I tackled everything else since I saw on MSM it would be a good chore for a two-year-old. He got distracted at the end but had a blast in the beginning!

  • Kayla says:

    I knew we were going to be gone today. So I woke up a couple hours earlier than usual and cleaned my kitchen after packing lunches! Cleaned the car over the weekend too!? Success!

  • MARTHAIA says:

    Not much done here today but did get the kitchen cabinets cleaned out slowly but done…

  • Holly says:

    We have sickness in the house as well, but I managed to print and help my daughter address invitations for her birthday party in two weeks.

  • Jennifer Hodges says:

    I just spent 4 hours cleaning my car out after not really cleaning it for years, so your car looked pretty great to me! It feels like I got a new car!

  • Shaylin says:

    We are prepping our house for sale, so I painted 6 closet doors today! Which is great as it is supposed to rain the rest of the week….used our sunshine well! I also managed to drop off 4 boxes of donations.

  • Sarah P says:

    I cleaned 2 bathrooms!

  • Jennifer says:

    I took two of mine for their well-child check-ups and then went out to a belated birthday mother-son date with my 9-y-o. I helped the kids get set up and they vacuumed out our car.

  • Brenda says:

    My husband fixed 2 ceilings last week and got them painted on Saturday, so I am cleaning up drywall dust from all over the house.

  • Johanna says:

    I loves seeing your car…it cracked me up, because we have done worse. Thank for being honest and open with your daily life. It is so refreshing 🙂
    And I hope I win this stack, I have been wanting to read The Fringe for a few weeks, but its not at the library…so you never know 🙂
    I hope your family gets better soon!

  • Sarah says:

    Today I haven’t accomplish much. Both of my girls and I did not sleep well last night and it feels as if I’m cleaning the same things over and over again(I am). I have cleaned my bedroom, did one load of laundry, two loads of dishes, clean up toys twice. Also made all the meals for today plus snacks…yet it feels like I have accomplished little.

  • Julie says:

    I didn’t get to everything on my list, but I did get a load of laundry done, emptied the dishwasher, and wiped down the kitchen bar.
    I sure hope your family kicks this sickness soon.

  • Tracie h says:

    My car. It seems to multiply if I turn my back on it!

  • Kathryn says:

    Cooked for my family of six … some for today and some for the rest of the week. Now I have a messy kitchen to clean! Would love to win this set!

  • Lorianne says:

    I spent a couple hours this afternoon helping my husband clean up sticks and leaves in the yard, and cut back plants in preparation for spring!

  • Kathryn says:

    Oh…and i love ‘the traveling trashcan!’ That’s what our van becomes after any road trip or busy week!

  • Kendra says:

    I ran around town with my hubby collecting all my freebies from coupons. We made a date of it! We had a free entree at a restaurant, Kroger’s free yogurt, candy, and Rev wrap, 2 free Bath & Body Works items, and after gift cards and coupons we got close to $100 toys for one penny, before tax (Clearance items ringing up for 3 cents, coupon, gift card, and a birthday flyer).

  • Sara Truax says:

    Most of my housework was done yesterday. Dishes ,bathtub and a load of laundry today. Would love some books !

  • Niki C says:

    Everything here seems to have fallen apart since our baby was in the hospital, but today we cleaned, did school, and played outside in the beautiful sunshine.

  • Karla says:

    The house needed its regular tending to. I dusted, vacuumed, washed floors, and washed sheets. I still need to do dishes and clean the bathroom. Can you guess those are some of my least favorite things? Maybelater tonight or tomorrow I’ll accomplish those items.

  • Nicole says:

    I love how real you are in your posts. You are an encouragement to me!

  • Katie says:

    I did a general cleanup today. Basically we were catching up inside after having a work week outside last week. We had pigs coming and the barn needed lots of help, plus some work on the chicken pen and cleaning maple syrup equipment. All the pictures are on our blog:
    Such a great week to work together as a family!

  • Deborah Auen says:

    I made a big roaster of corn beef and cabbage for all the employees. Worked 9.5 hours

  • Robin Lynch says:

    I am hopeful that the nice weather is here to stay so we can be done with the sickness in our house. I am afraid of what I will find in the van when i go to clean it soon. Than kyou for sharing and giving me courage to find out 🙂

  • Rebekah Jones says:

    I know your life is not all hunky dory or always as smooth as yesterday went but I love how you had a plan and things flowed right down the plan. I am a planner but horrible doer. I’m working on that. I’m working on getting to a point where I make a plan and actually stick to it (unless there’s something else pressing that has to happen) to accomplish more daily. Thanks for the inside look. P.S. My husband thinks my car is bad also. If I show him this picture, I can show him I’m not alone in the “keep the car clean” struggle. LoL

  • Leaanna See says:

    So refreshing and encouraging to read your posts about real motherhood and real life.

  • Clare says:

    I love books! Count me in!

  • Kelli S says:

    I have procrastinated calling my mortgage company for over a YEAR to dispute late fees that were inaccurate. I finally did it today!!! $150 coming back to me from false charges!!

  • Delorise says:

    I cleaned the closet off our garage. Every time I clean it out I promise myself that I am going to keep it clean and organized. Well a few weeks later there I am cleaning and organizing and donating items from it yet again. I guess that space is my catchall.

  • Shelly says:

    It was fun to read about your day:) Today I accomplished cleaning three loads of laundry while the baby napped. Woo hoo!

  • Donna says:

    School ! I like to have it all done before lunch and many days we do, but not this day. We plugged away until it was done and then went to Dairy Queen for some free ice cream!

  • Josephine says:

    I mopped the kitchen floor and scrubbed our shower today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Marie says:

    I accomplished so much today! I cleaned out the entire car, vacuuming and all. So much grit and sand from the winter. And I finished making tissue paper pom poms and floral arrangements for my daughters birthday party this weekend. Hoping to get some reading in tonight. Sorry you have sick kids. That’s never any fun. But glad you got alot done.

  • Melissa says:

    We are in the middle of baseball/softball season, so I am doing really good to just shower in a day! Seriously! But today, in addition to showering, we got our school done; I cooked dinner (quick quesadillas, but it works); laundry done – and folded! ; and a 45 min walk during practice! So I am feeling pretty accomplished tonight 🙂

  • Emily says:

    When we go on roadtrips, I call our car the “mobile landfill.” Yes, it is that bad. After 21 hours in the car it feels like we are spilling out of the car with the trash and stuff!

  • Nancy says:

    We cleaned the main living areas, especially the kitchen including the refrigerator, in preparation for leaving town for a week. So nice to come home to a clean house!

  • Charlene says:

    I would love to win the free books! I also liked reading this article.

  • Charlene says:

    I would love to win the free books! I also liked reading this article. We have problems keeping the car clean too! You never know what you might find under a car seat!

  • Sarah Harmon says:

    i found my way to my new parking space at my new job. Felt like a good stepping point to the future to say- this is the norm

  • Erin says:

    I was able to spend the afternoon outside, in the beautiful weather with my toddler, raking up “leftover” leaves and cleaning out the flower beds to get them ready for spring flowers!

  • Anna says:

    I cleaned off a couple cabinets and organized my new pantry!

  • Chris Barratt says:

    I’ve seen worse in both the closet and the car. But you did a great job! Kudos to you for keeping up on things even in the midst of sickness!

  • Kalli says:

    We have sick kids in the house, too! Went to the doctor today and my poor son is quite ill, but luckily now on antibiotics! I did not clean anything today because of the sick little one and doing our own schoolwork. Although we did change bed sheets today AND I folded and put away all the loads of laundry! I guess that’s an accomplishment!

  • Jen says:

    Hi Crystal! I just wanted to take a moment to say that I have been following you for a few years, and I find myself really looking forward to the Money Saving Mom e-mails every evening! I look for it every evening. 🙂

  • Sheila says:

    I was pleased to get Irish stew and soda bread made for dinner!

  • Kimmya says:

    I cleaned out garage from winter snow/salt mess and working on tons of laundry folding tonight. Made dinner and planned/executed fun st Patricks day activities for kids. Oh and finally got brakes fixed on my car:)!! Love reading/seeing your daily routine. Your husband is always so helpful too:)

  • Amy says:

    I did SIX loads of laundry after being up all night with a sick 18 month old. At 30 wks pregnant with a husband out of town, I’m very proud of myself 🙂

  • vicki says:

    I waterproofed a tent in preparation for an upcoming camping trip 🙂

  • Laura Miller says:

    I would love to win the books. I have been wanting to read Fringe Time.

  • Megan says:

    Thanks for being real!

  • Jessica H. says:

    I love the mantle! I hope everyone feels better soon!

  • Leanne says:

    Today I worked at my desk, filing and taking care of our household budget. I would love to win the books!

  • Joy says:

    Today I cleaned my kitchen cupboard. It seemed things had been thrown in there. Sorted through, organized, threw out, and feel much better!

  • Julie says:

    I mopped my kitchen floor, which doesn’t seem like a huge accomplishment but I broke my ankle a few weeks ago and this is the first time I’ve been able to stand long enough to do it.

  • Marcie says:

    Cleaned one bathroom while my son cleaned the other….a big help! and washed sheets and remade beds. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your life, I am always encouraged and inspired by you!

  • Rachel says:

    Doing load after load of laundry here today. 6 people=never ending clothes piles!

  • JJ says:

    I cleaned my one and two year olds from head to toe after lots of fun at the park and Sweet Frog($4 fill up the cup text code, how could I refuse?!?). I also got a load of consignment sale clothes all washed and dryed–wahoo! In our area, spring and fall are the seasons for most huge consignment sales. Lots of deals!

  • Jennifer Norris says:

    I started my plan to read the entire Bible today! So far I’m loving the book of James most of all.

  • Missy says:

    I wish I had cleaned today!
    I accomplished some major conflict resolution among a ministry leadership team I am on.
    My 4 boys didn’t kill each other, & we had no blood, so I still count the day as a success!

  • Maria says:

    I’m so glad you show us your real-life photos!

  • Shatara P. says:

    Today I finally put away the laundry that has been on my sofa for the past couple of days.

  • Monika says:

    Sounds like you got a lot accomplished even with sick ones to tend to! And, that pile that came out of your van looks pretty normal to me. 🙂 My kids take stuff out there and forget to bring it back in, or they don’t think about bringing their trash out of the backseat when we arrive at our destination. It can pile up very quickly!

  • Megan says:

    After teaching 2nd grade, we ate dinner with my inlaws, did our toddler’s nightly routine, did a load of laundry, cleaned up the kitchen, and set out everything to do it all over again tomorrow! 🙂

  • Michelle dueck says:

    The extra things I did today was get groceries, ship 5 items that I sold on ebay, started my daughters tax return, made subs and burritos for lunches.

  • elizaberh says:

    Your car looks just like mine 🙂 I spent time with my brother and his wife today. I did get a good dinner made so one thing I accomplished besides dishes and laundry

  • april says:

    I accomplished a lot today! While the older 2 boys were in school, my youngest I went on a mission. We found a sale on some shoes that the older boys needed and some great, great deals at Crazy 8s on some clothes…a couple of pants for one son (he went through the knees of 3 pair of pants in less than two weeks!), a swimsuit for my oldest, and 10 shirts for next winter. The won’t need any other shirts next year and all of the clothes were exciting bargains. It was such a nice surprise to be able to find that today!

  • Karen says:

    Did some laundry when I got home from work 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Today I was able to get all of my stuff labeled and loaded to take to a local consignment sale. Yay! I’m ready to get some new stuff at the sale for my girls.

  • Karina says:

    Today, I worked on cleaning/sorting the kitchen…worked through the cupboards, only the fridge left!

  • One of the things I accomplished today was to replant a plant in a smaller pot in an effort to save the poor thing. But between you and me, I don’t know if that poor plant stands a chance against my brown thumb …

  • Becky Jones says:

    I cleaned out my co-op basket that holds 11 Kindergarten ABC binders and 6 weeks of lesson plans to round out our school year!

  • Mindy says:

    I love your “realness”! Unfortunately, my mess could beat your mess up 😉 Not. Even. Kidding. Oh well, what I really mean to say is: Pick me! Pick me!

  • Christen says:

    I love these giveaways! I’m going to win one of these days!

  • Brandi N says:

    I homeschooled the children and went to bible study. Then we watched a movie (for school, sort of) I didn’t really do any cleaning! I put a few dishes away, I guess that counts, but there is still laundry in the dryer that I might still fold tonight,,,sigh.

  • Crystal says:

    Laundry & dishes!

  • Emily says:

    I started in on the daunting task of sorting through a large box of photos to prepare for a crafting/scrapbooking day with friends this weekend!

  • Jessica says:

    I love your comforter set!! Would you share where you found it? I think it might be just what I’m looking for!!

  • Sarah M says:

    I had sick kids so lots of laundry, cuddles and book reading!

  • Karin says:

    I cleaned out my fridge & did dishes today.

  • Cassie says:

    The kids and I had a lovely time at our local Farm Days. We watched a man make a horse shoe and enjoyed kettle corn. The kids loved to milk a cow and got to pet many farm animals.

  • Lisa P. says:

    I cleaned out 2 dresser drawers that were a complete mess and added some more things to my donation bag.

  • Darla S says:

    I was in maintenance mode on most of my housework today, but I did manage a supper of Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Soda Bread in honor of St. Patrick’s day today!

  • jess says:

    I cleaned out my coat closet!

  • Erica says:

    At 8 months pregnant, I homeschooled my 4-year-old, vacuumed the whole house and worked on organizing our (very large) closet.

    By the way, Crystal, thanks so much for your book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. I am almost done with it, and it has given me so many great ideas that I am already implementing.

  • Katy C. says:

    I have been spending 15 minutes a day cleaning out my home office. It was a mess and I kept putting it of and putting it off. However, since I’ve started the 15 minutes a day clean-up I have made major head way and it’s looking great! Thank you for all your inspiring ideas!

  • Ashley says:

    I was at the Hearts at Home conference over the weekend so I had unpacking and reorganizing to do today!!

  • April D. says:

    I wish I could open the dryer door and not see a load of laundry that has been sitting there since the last load…I don’t mind washing and drying, but the folding and putting away is my weakness. Thanks for keeping it real! Praying for a quick recovery.

  • Nicole says:

    Today I did several loads of laundry and did homeschool with my 4th grader. I would love to win those books. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  • Kortney vest says:

    st Patricks Day play date for my daughter and the neighbor girls!

  • Allison Paugh says:

    Today was a fresh start for me! I got up early, packed my lunch, worked my 8 hrs and actually took a lunch break, then came home and rested for 20 mins. Once my husband and daughter came home I cooked an Irish meal, played, read, put my daughter to bed, and spent some time with my husband. First time in over six months I didn’t feel rushed or let down by the day!

  • Amy says:

    I cleaned and reorganized my refrigerator and deep freezer, it looks so much better

  • Lisa says:

    After getting home from work, I exercised and cooked dinner. Those were some big accomplishments for me today!

  • Julie says:

    Today I spent most of the morning trying to get a repairman set to come resurrect our poor washer. Sadly, it looks like it will be the end of the month before he comes. Not good news for a family of five!

    We also went grocery shopping, calculator in hand, and saved 45% at Kroger. Even more exciting, we accomplished Baby Step 4 from FPU today! Woohoo!

  • Tiffany says:

    I cleaned out my car too!! Wahoo! Mine was disgusting!

  • Risha says:

    I took advantage of some extra time at home on a Sunday morning (missing church due to a sick baby), and I cleaned out the master bedroom closet. It has been driving me crazy for weeks now. The closet is quite large, and I store a lot of extra boxes in there, as we live in a condo and don’t have a garage. I emptied two boxes, took three boxes to goodwill, and have another box of books to sell to the half-price bookstore. It felt so good to get it all clean. It still needs a little work, but I was pleased with the progress.

    My girls’ bedroom closet looks like the one you posted, so I guess that should be my next project!

  • Denise Silva says:

    Today I had a very productive day too, but my best cleaning/organizing today was the garage! We spent the whole winter pile up stuff and more stuff there, so glad to see the main floor in the garage again 🙂
    I’d love to get the stack of books, my eyes and heart shunned with the Jon Acuff’s book and the adventure in Odyssey, I have 2 little boys that would be so blessed by It and I would be blessed with all the books 😉

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  • Katy says:

    We’ve had lots of illness at my house, too, unfortunately! Including my sweet one-month-old newborn. 🙁
    With all the illness, today I spent time washing bedding, pillows and burp rags, plus 3 loads of clothes. All washed, dried, folded AND put away! Feels like I accomplished a lot! I also baked 6 loaves of bread and made a yummy chicken pot pie since that’s what sounded good to our sick ones. Nothing beats fresh bread and comfort food on days like this.
    Thanks for sharing your reality. And just FYI, our closets around here are infinitely worse than yours! And don’t even get me started on our car! If yours is the traveling trash can, mine is the mobile junkyard. You’re doing great! And I’m motivated to start cleaning!!

  • Kate says:

    Folded 5 loads of laundry! Whew! : )

  • Chelsea says:

    I cleaned my kitchen today. It was really needing it. I have been slowly working on it over the past few days. We moved all the appliances this weekend so i could clean under them. I still need to clean out the pantry, but the fridge was cleaned as well as all the countertops and cupboards. A lot of work, but it looks so much nicer now.

  • Teri Kleinsmith says:

    We had a free day, so finished homeschooling, got all chores done and even exercised In time to actually make a healthy dinner!

  • michelle says:

    Wow!! How gracious of you to show us your true life!! So many bloggers these days give us the great and perfect aspect of their lives and sometimes it can make us feel like we are not good mothers or wives because we can’t measure up!! What a breathe of fresh air to know that you are normal just like the rest of us moms, who sometimes do great in keeping some areas of our house pretty clean but others we have to dedicate time to get it that way. My car looks the same way and I always tell my husband if you had the kids all the time your car would look like this too!! I started following your blog at the beginning of this year and I have already learned so much from it and want to say Thank You!! Your loving and kind spirit shows thru your site and I have donated to the #tendollartribe on behalf of one of my friends who truly has an heart for missions!! Please continue what you are doing because it is such an blessing!

  • Lisa says:

    Today I wiped down all the appliances in the kitchen, scrubbed the kitchen sink, did two loads of laundry, folded and put away 3 loads, vacuumed the master bedroom, took my son to counseling, made moroccan chicken and roasted veggies for dinner, and helped my daughter babysit a 10 month old. Thanks for sharing about your day, Crystal!

  • Crystal, I just love seeing the stack of books on your nightstand…do you feel as I, there’s never enough time to get to them all! It seems my stacks just keeps getting higher as I keep finding great books. I don’t want your give away this time, just wanted to acknowledge a fellow nightstand book-pile lover! 🙂

    P.S. Where is your reading lamp?? How can you read in bed without one? Hee-hee

  • Noelle says:

    Thanks for being so honest with your pictures. It’s not easy to do that! Thankful my car is not the only one that looks a mess–and closets!!

  • Lisa Miller says:

    Thanks for the motivation. I’m hoping tomorrow I can be more productive than today but it was still a good day.

  • Sarah G says:

    I accomplished going out for a delightful lunch and afternoon of fellowship with some dear friends from church! It was a ton of fun and tomorrow I can go back to the grindstone and get some taxes and business stuff taken care of.

  • Just worked on the laundry and dishes. Three of these books are on my wish list. Thanks for a chance to win them.

  • Jennifer says:

    Day two of my new running routine. I also got three loads of laundry washed and folded and remade the bed. Then got taxes done! WooHoo! Almost a month early.

    I’m about half way through “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. I’m finding it so helpful in creating more flow to my life. Thank you!

  • Beka says:

    What did I clean today? Hahaha. My day was a woosy. With 5 children age 7 and under I never stop cleaning! But I love it, right?! My 7-year-old has to rinse lunch dishes every day after lunch. Well, while I was upstairs cleaning a poo diaper, he accidentally dropped a glass. So I got to do a thorough clean of the kitchen floor to make sure no one got glass shards in their feet later. And then I had turned on our drinking water spout at our kitchen sink to let a large measuring cup fill. Then I left the kitchen. Forgot all about it!! After taking care of other various pressing needs, I came back to the kitchen to a soaked counter, water dripping on the floor and all. But… the blessing behind this… under my stove got cleaned and I have a spotless kitchen floor now!

  • Susan Hamel says:

    I managed to get 2 (out of 3) of my sons to see the doctor even though my car would not start when we were ready to leave. Luckily my husband was on lunch and was able to bring me his car. The accomplishment was getting and giving all 3 of my sons all their meds (Albuterol, Prednisone, antibiotics); they have asthma exacerbation, bronchitis, ear infection. Instead of feeling accomplished, I feel stressed but grateful. Just a busy day filled with driving around; longing for a quieter day.

  • Lora says:

    I wiped down the counter tops, put away the dishes(my DH did them before I got up today), and drum roll please, I stuck with my new way of eating– all day long!

  • Carrie says:

    We cleaned in each room today. Finally, scrubbed my laundry room floor!

  • Jessica says:

    Cleaned our backyard, removed weeds, dead branches, and old drip system to prepare for the garden

  • Girl next door says:

    Crystal, the weather here in Southern Cali is nearly 100 this week, so to see your kids wrapped up in blankets reminds me that it is still winter elsewhere 🙂

    Today I worked on lots of laundry, took kids to homeschool co-op, chased my one year old, bought groceries, used lots of coupons (saved 50% on my groceries), washed lots of dishes, cleaned the kitchen, excercised, …all on my own since hubby was away on a business trip. But tomorrow is my birthday and he’ll be home!! 🙂

  • Esther says:

    Don’t worry too much about a messy car! It just means you’ve been out having fun with your family. We just got back from camping and our van looks WAY worse than that — going to have the kids work on cleaning it this morning!

  • Kristie says:

    house was cleaned yesterday so just general pickup and laundry today!

  • Theresa L says:

    Hope it’s not too late to enter! Yesterday, I meal planned and did the grocery shopping. I do this every couple weeks and it’s not something I enjoy, so getting it done is a major accomplishment for me. I also drove my mom to a doctor’s appointment, took my daughter to a doctor’s appointment, and still managed to get Irish soda bread made to go with dinner and my son’s homeschooling done! It was a crazy day! LOL

  • Vanessa says:

    Somehow I have been able to stay on top of our basic chores, so I worked on organizing (and selecting seversl to print and frame) our picture files. For me, organizing physical things is so much easier and feels so much more productive but it was great to go through…ahem….several years of photos yesterday.

  • Megan Ross says:

    I love that your car is the traveling trash can! I cannot keep our van cleaned out no matter how many times I tell the kids to bring their stuff inside the house with them!

  • sarah says:

    I cleaned my kitchen and my dining room. My kitchen was a wreck from doing freezer cooking and my dining room was awful awful cluttered from prepping clothes for a consignment sale.

  • Trisha says:

    We are redoing our mudroom/laundry room so it was sort through that horrible “dump pile” day… mail, random socks, etc. I’ll just say it was much worse than your car photo!

  • Megan says:

    I cleaned our bedroom for the millionth time. This time it will stay clean, FOREVER! Right???

  • Brooke says:

    It’s so inspiring to read all that you manage to get done in one day. My done lists are slowly growing longer, unfortunately my toddler’s to do list consists of “Follow Mommy around and take out everything she puts away” and he always finishes what’s on his list 😉

  • Delynda says:

    Thanks for being transparent and real with the pics! Looks like we share lots in common 😉

  • Sharon I. says:

    i started the laundry Nd will be going grocery shopping today.

  • Pam says:

    It’s so hard when the kids are sick! I’m pretty impressed you still accomplished what you did!

  • Valerie says:

    Cleaned out our tea shelf this morning… yes we have a whole shelf just devoted to tea, because I love it so much!

  • Amanda Pennington says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! This post was a reminder to me to review yesterday for what I got done rather than did not. Yesterday, I did 4 loads of laundry (and 2 got folded and put away!), changed the sheets, wiped down the kitchen cabinets, and wrote my adoption goal plan. I also worked for 2.5 hours. So thanks for the reminder!!!

  • jennifer says:

    Oh my goodness I need your drive! I have been in a funk lately causing me to be slacking! Praying I snap out of this soon!

  • Katy P says:

    I got my utensil drawer cleaned and organized and my silverware drawer organized. I have an 18 mo old who loves to push a chair up and pull things from the drawers. I was able to throw away some items that were not very usable any more. Made me feel so much better to open thaw drawer and know where everything is!

  • Rosalyn says:

    Thanks for sharing all the non-Pinterest-worthy pictures! 🙂 It’s real life and it gives me inspiration to tackle some areas of my house that need organized! You are such an inspiration to me! God bless you today!

  • Debbie says:

    so far: prepped dinner, vacuumed the couch, and kept up with three kids!

  • Kimberly says:

    I just wanted to let you know that when you said Silas struggles to keep weight on due to his asthma medication – I had an aha moment. Our son has allergy-induced asthma and is on a twice-daily inhaler. I too say “YES” anytime he wants to eat! Thanks for the realization that it is probably the cause. Your blog is the only one I read consistently. Thanks for the insight into your life – always motivational!

    • I’m so grateful you found that helpful! And I’m so sorry about your son’s asthma. It’s no fun at all, but I’m grateful for modern medicine and how it’s helped Silas at least be able to mostly function at a normal level most of the time.

  • Brandy Fisk says:

    Ive been working on cleaning and selling/donating items in the garage for about 3 weeks!

  • Connie C. says:

    Hubs and I had the day off together so we had a Day Date and went to the movies and lunch alone!

  • Brooke says:

    I’ll have to work late to catch up today and then hope to spend some quality time with my family!

  • Heidi P says:

    I got caught up with my laundry and dishes! Yea!

  • Hannah says:

    Hit the gym and did laundry!

  • Heidi says:

    I finished ALL the dishes in the sink even the silverware which I hate cleaning.

  • Sarah says:

    I had a pretty productive day actually. Sorted through all the boys clothes and removed everything that no longer fits. It did wonders for getting their closets/drawers organized and means I won’t be repeatedly washing clothes that landed on the floor because they don’t fit. 🙂

  • Heather H. says:

    I spent three hours Spring cleaning my house, then opened up the windows to let some fresh air in, it was wonderful!

  • Jen E says:

    We haven’t cleaned much today, but one thing I am working on is my relationship with God and at MOPS today we discussed our Attitude of Gratitude and the power of the words that we use every day.
    We had a great group discussion today! 🙂

  • Maria says:

    I’m working on laundry today!
    By the way, I love your pretty living room!

  • Becky Woods says:

    UGH…lately it seems like nothing is clean at my house. Working full time outside of the home during tax season for an accountant is very frustrating.

  • Erin says:

    I want to read all of those books! I’ve heard great things about The Fringe Hours and Undone!

  • Heidi says:

    I got dinner made and I am working on ordering some curriculum for homeschooling next year. It’s my first year doing traditional. 🙂 We’ve always used cyber school before!

  • Amber says:

    I answered an email that I had been putting off. Phew!

  • Idaho Jill says:

    Love this post! I work at home, so I worked today, collected 7 eggs from the chickens, checked on the cute chicks a few times, and homeschooled…and it’s only 3:30….still more to do, but thanks for all of your encouragement, always!

  • Marci says:

    Love your blog and would love these books

  • Emily says:

    It is my birthday today! These books would give me more direction. I feel a little stuck. Who says that at 25? This girl. Thank you for being honest and for putting yourself out there. I read your blog everyday!

  • I have been doing some spring cleaning! My husband and I tackled our basement and started a big garage sale pile – yay! I’ve also been sorting out the kids’ clothes and books… feels so good to get organized! 🙂 PS would LOVE to win that stack of books!!

  • Rebecca Schrimsher says:

    Thank you for sharing your day. It is so nice to see that your car every once in while looks like mine most of the time.

  • Emmy says:

    This would be so great!

  • chaley clark says:

    Today was busy with my one son who has Autism being sick and running around housecleaning, while the other part of my day was with our 13 year old who has Autism and is cyberschooled. Always busy here at our house, but I love it!

  • Rawny says:

    Thank you for the honest look at your day to day life. I have 3 children ages 4, 3 and 6 months and we have been doing a “spring cleaning/purging” and its exhausting. I start an “easy” task and it turns into anything but easy! My computer desk contents are currently strewn about my dining room from yesterday’s “easy task” that was never finished! Thank you for the opportunity to win this stack of books and cds.

  • Julie says:

    I cleaned out half of our garage…I have a whole van load of stuff to give away! Yea for decluttering!!

  • Treasure says:

    would love to read these books!

  • Bethany says:

    I’ve been working on cleaning out my office this week. I’ve gotten rid of 11 1/2 inches of paper (there’s an office challenge going on, so we’re measuring) and today I’m cleaning off my bookshelf of books that I don’t really need for work.

  • Thank you all for the great comments, so much was accomplished!
    The winner is Emily atritzbitz424@!!
    Ashley (executive assistant)