Growing in Gratitude - February

Thursday, February 22, 2018

I heard about this link up with Julie and Trista and I thought this was perfect for me! I have thought about trying to get up in the morning and write down something that I am thankful/grateful for each morning, but let's be honest, I can barely get out of bed when I need to, never mind early!!

Something that is important to me this year though, is to be grateful and really appreciate the good in life, so when I saw this link up I knew I had to join! I might not be able to write them down every day, but I can tell you five each month!

So let's get started with the things I am grateful for in the month of February! 

1. Our Quebec trip - I talked about this trip last week, here. I am thankful for the experience of this trip, but also for the family time we were able to enjoy! How cool is it that my kids got to do something that fun with their grandparents??!!

2. Cousins - My cousin Stacy and I have been cousins and best friends since I was born just 6 months after she was! Now we have kiddos that are the same/similar in age and they are super close too! They love spending time together and so do we, so it works out great! We have made it a tradition to see each other on school vacations so this February vacation they came to visit and then we took the kiddos to Coco Key Resort for a night and we had a blast!

So Fun, minus the false alarm evacuation at 9pm from the hotel and then transfer of sickness from them to me...but we are talking about what we are grateful for, right?? :)

3. Gilmore Girls - I loved this show back in the day and now I am watching it with Olivia. I am grateful for the down/quality time I have been able to have with Olivia almost every night to watch an episode. She looks forward to it each night and so do I! I am also grateful for the life lessons it presents that I can then talk to Olivia about. A little life lesson every now and then that isn't really coming from a parent is perfect, right?? Rory and Lorelai are way cooler than I am!!

4. New Laundry System - I have started a new laundry system after reading Emily Ley's A Simplified Life. I have been doing laundry daily since January and it has worked out great for me! My mom has been telling me to do a load of laundry every day since the first time she saw my entire laundry room filled with laundry or baskets and baskets of overflowing clean laundry baskets just waiting to be folded and put away, but it never worked for me. I would try, but would always get behind, until now! After reading the book on how she does the load a day trick, everything in one load. All laundry together once a day, I thought of a system that would work for me and gave it a shot.

Every day instead of putting clothes in laundry baskets we put the clothes directly in the washer, everything, towels, washcloths, clothes, etc. Sometimes this happens throughout the day and sometimes this happens when I yell upstairs and have the kids bring down their laundry from their floor. But before I go to bed, I have a full washer and I get it set up and delay the wash until about 6AM the next morning. This way before I am even awake the washer is going and I don't have to remember to run it first thing and the clothes don't have to sit wet in the washer all night. Perfect, right?

When I get up, I switch it to the dryer and at some point I fold and put it away. Sometimes the fold and put away step doesn't happen on day 1 and I need to get better about that, but for the most part I stay right on top of washing the clothes. When we went away and when we had company this weekend, I got a little behind, but not even close to the way it used to be! This is a perfect system for us! I have tried different daily systems before, each person in the family had a day, whites one day, darks another, towels another, etc. NONE of them worked, but this has gone super smooth. It is so SIMPLE and that's why it works for us!

5. Dove Chocolates - yes my last thing is a food, and yes it's chocolate! These little chocolates have saved me this month! I love me some sweets, this is not a surprise, I know! I keep these little chocolates in the freezer and after lunch and dinner I have one. I feel like it tells my body that I am done eating and just gives me that little bit of sweetness that I require in my day! And you get an inspiring quote on the inside. Who couldn't use a little extra inspiration??

I can't wait to do this again next month! Some day, maybe, I will get up early and do this on the daily, but for now I will start with once a month!

 I hope you all have a great week!
Till next time ❣

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  1. HOORAY for that laundry routine! Crazy something so simple can really make a big difference :)

  2. I never watched GG when it was on the first go round. But I have now watched everything available 3-4 times.

  3. I am so happy you linked up with us! It’s wonderdul to meet you. :) I am loving everything on your list. I have a bag of dove chocolates at my side as we speak! And Gilmore Girls is hands down my favorite show. I have watched it a couple of times through. I need to read the simplified life. I do. Laundry takes over my life. Haha!


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