Mrs. Otts

Lifestyle Mommy Blog

A Blog about the ins and outs of my crazy beautiful life. Grab a glass of vino or a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride! 

August Goals

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Wow! How the heck did August get here so quick?! Like most of you have probably said, this year is going by so fast! I didn't get to do a "July Goals" post as I was still figuring out my site. So I figured why not go ahead and start with August?  

August Goals:  

One // Plan Plan Plan. I need to be  better at planning my days out, and figuring out what bills are due, when Ryan's Dr. appointments are, etc. Which I plan on using my Happy Planner, and making it fun by decorating my Months/Weeks with stickers! Because I feel like it will motivate me more. I have already started. 

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Two // Cook. Yes. I said it cook. We just moved into a house and rent has gone up.. so we need to save money. Which entails me cooking.. or at least trying.. I am not sure what Little Man will let me do! Maybe try and find 5 new recipes. That can't be too hard... right?! Or at least not breaking the bank by buying a ton of ingredients! 

Three // Save money. Yea this one should be a yearly goal. But I feel like you have start somewhere. Why not now? 

Four // Read more. Whether it be a good book or even just doing devotionals. I need to be reading more.  

Five // Blog Posts. Blog Posts. Blog Posts. That's all I have to say about this goal!  

I am thinking I may stop it at 5. Maybe start at 5 Goals a Month and then increase it.  

What are your monthly goals?!  

Xoxo, Erin  

Friday FAVES

Whoa! We made it to Friday friends! This week had flown by I must say! Here are a few of my favorites this week!  

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ONE // Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew with Caramel Drizzle!! Ummm hello my new favorite Starbucks drink! Ok so I have been getting these for a minute now! But ya'll if you haven't tried this.. uhhh... you need to like ASAP! I promise you won't be disappointed.. if you like cold coffee.. 

 

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TWO // My dad and sister are in town this weekend and since my husband and I are in a house now, they are actually going to stay with us Saturday-Monday, this will our first EVER visitors! And they also get to see this sweet face this weekend which they haven't seen since he was 4 months...I think... and he will be 7 months next week! 

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yes that is little man drinking from a soppy cup... he is growing up!  

THREE // I have been obsessed with this "A - List Country playlist I downloaded in a Apple Music. If you don't know by now I am a huge Country Music fan! It has artists like Luke Combs, Brett Eldridge, Lady A, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris and so on! I love it! 

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FOUR // Glee on Netflix! I forgot how much I loved this show! I don't know what it is about this show but it was honestly one of my favorites! I am already on season 3 and I think I started it this passed weekend... whoops... binge watch much?! 

FIVE // Live PD! Y'all if you do not watch this show you are missing out!! it comes on every Friday and Saturday night at 9:00 on A&E.

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That's all I got this week! 😊 I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! 

Xoxo, Erin

 

8 Ways to Declutter Your Counter Tops

Happy Thursday friends! My friend Cait here to share with you how to declutter your counter tops. This is something that I think all Mom's want, or anyone in general, I know with Mom's like myself all the bottles and bowls and formula and so on, can totally get in the way! I hope ya'll will love this post as much as I do! 

When my husband and I first moved into our home the first thing we wanted to get rid of was our counters. I wanted a more open concept, something that seemed a bit more inviting than the dark counters we had obtained. I began to research options as what type of counters I wanted I came across Hanwha Surfaces. They have a wide variety of options to choose from when thinking of our counter tops and how we could style it to make our own. Hanwha Surfaces is based in Atlanta and specialize in high quality surfaces like HanStone Quartz. HanStone Quartz is a stone surface made from pure, natural quartz. HanStone Quartz offers the natural beauty of quartz with up to six times the strength and durability of granite! Who wouldn’t want this stone as part of their countertops!

Now that the countertops were picked, the one thing I need to focus on is making sure the counters look presentable to guests. I tend to put a lot of objects, papers and other items on my counters so how do I make them look less cluttered? Well, I’m sharing 6 ways that helped me!

 

1. Get Rid Of Paper - The first thing you need to get rid of when it comes to counter clutter is all the paper. No doubt, you have bills, mail, homework, paperwork, and other types of papers sitting on your counter. You and your family should come up with a system for making sure paper doesn’t just pile up on the counters. We have cubbies in our kitchen, each with a name under the slot as well as one for Bills or Coupons. This allows us to keep things in order and easily accessible.

2. Have a Command Center - A great way to do that is by making a command center. Have a place for incoming and outgoing paper (like bills you have to pay or homework that needs to go to school). There are several ways of doing this and also cheap too! You could have a small table with various shelves; adding baskets labeled with Bills or Chores for your kids to do. By having everything in one central location and not on your counters makes it simpler to see for you and your family plus keeps your counters clean and tidy.

3. Appliances- Another big cause of counter clutter is appliances. Only keep the appliances on the counter that you use every day (coffee maker, microwave, etc.). Don’t let smaller, less used appliance take up space as well; keep them stored away until you need to use them! I only keep a few things out and my counters still look great. I tend to cringe when I go to friend’s houses and they have every little thing sitting on their counter! Making sure that you have the minimum items actually makes your kitchen look and feel larger then it might be!

4. Use Multiple Hooks- Hooks are a great way to add storage to random spots in your kitchen. You can add them to the side of your cabinets, on the backsplash, or anywhere else you feel is helpful. I personally have hooks on the inside of my cabinets to hide items like cleaning sprays, aluminum foil and other household items. The possibilities for hooks are endless when you think outside the box.

5. Trays - Get a wood tray that you can keep something like all your coffee supplies on. This fences things in so the mess doesn’t spread to the rest of the counter. Trays are always around my house to keep things in their place and use for other storage items. They can be personally or informal depending on how you want to decorate and use them.

6. Build It Yourself- You can always just build or buy a completely separate kitchen organizer that lets you store all the items you use without having to use any of the counter space at all. You could even build a friendly appliance garage where you could store your coffee, toaster or even stand mixer. Out of sight and out of mind!

7. Mason Jars- How adorable are mason jars?! I love that they are clear so I can easily add food items or put magnets on top of the jar to place underneath my cabinets to help with clutter. I tend to stock up on them when I’m shopping because they can be used for so many different things.

8. Baskets - I put all of my towels in a basket in my pantry. It’s easy to locate, grab clean ones and never have to worry about messes again! I love that I can grab them when I have a spill to clean up ( or even my toddler can help! )

With so many ways to keep your counters look less cluttered, I’m sure you’ll think of more ideas that I haven’t mentioned. Remember, less is more when thinking of your counters! Are you thinking of upgrading your kitchen and counter tops?

How to Feel Better About Yourself... Postpartum...

Yes, this title is everything. Why? Because as any mommy knows whether you had your baby the naturally or you had a C Section, there is healing to be done, and obviously once the healing is done, you might still have some baby weight and you might not feel too great about yourself. Which I am guilty of. So my husband and I were having a discussion today and he said something that really made me think. So that is what I have been doing, thinking.. 

After you have a baby you might have body image issues, which I think is normal, I mean lets be real you just grew a human in you for 9 months. The weight gain, the puffiness, the stretch marks and so on and so forth. Below are ways to feel better about yourself postpartum. 

Ways to feel better about yourself...postpartum... 

 

1. Take care of yourself. You can take this however you want. Even though you have another human living under your roof and if your like me, and think about him/her before yourself, you need to take care of yourself first. You were given one body..take care of it.. Whether it be getting facial, getting a mani/pedi. You do you and take care of yourself. 

2. Dress to Impress. This is a must.. and something I need to get better at. Whether you are just going out to the grocery store, or going out to lunch, dress to impress.. do your hair, do your make up, get in something cute. Don't be lazy. Something I am being lately. 

3. Be Nice to Yourself. Easy enough. Kind of.. I say this because no one really thinks to be nice to themselves. Respect yourself and others will treat you with respect. You deserve the best. Keep thinking like that. 

4. Believe in Yourself. I cannot stress enough to always believe in yourself, believe you can do better, believe that you can feel better again. 

5. Counter Negative thoughts with Positive thoughts. Guilty again, I have had some negative reactions to things lately. And I need to keep telling myself it is going to be okay. You will get through this. Positive vibes only people. 

6. Do something you enjoy. When you get the opportunity when your not with your Little Ones, take that time to do what you enjoy, whether it be going to the park to read a book, going to get your hair done, heck even shopping. Take that time for yourself and do something you enjoy doing. 

I don't have all the right answers. But these are just a few things that I, myself need to do. Because like I said in my previous post postpartum is a thing, there are different ways women experience postpartum, and if your like me and need a boost of confidence sometimes and need reminders of how to feel better. To me these are pretty good things to go on. 

Xoxo, Erin