Adventures in Organizing

I’m an organizing machine these days. I’ve tackled just about every major organization project I had on my list and OH MY GOODNESS have we purged A LOT of stuff over the past several weeks. In addition to purging, we’ve finally started taking advantage of our attic space that we rarely used before.

In the midst of all this cleaning, purging and organizing I’ve started to really take notice of ways to make my life more efficient. Being a busy mompreneur means I don’t have time to waste digging through a messy closet to find something or walking from one end of the house to another for the 47th time to get something. So, here’s some of my organization/home efficiency tips…

  1. Take advantage of every available space! Is there room under your bed to fit anything? Think storing vertically…not just horizontally! Think about utilizing backs of doors for additional storage or stacking storage bins.
  2. Speaking of…storage bins are a gift from Heaven above! They are affordable and declutter any space in an instant.
  3. Command hooks are a woman’s best friend! I hate hammering nails into the walls and even more so when The Husband is not home to help me. But I can manage a command hook all by myself and there’s no damage done to the walls in the process.
  4. Keep a stash of basic cleaning supplies stored in every bathroom and under the kitchen sink. This is something I’ve done for years now. Both of our bathrooms have clorox wipes, toilet bowl cleaner and a toilet brush on hand. This makes for quick and easy cleaning when you notice things are getting out of control. No running back and forth through the house to grab the cleaning products when you need to clean.

Now that the organizing is nearly done we are moving on to some deep cleaning projects. I hate deep cleaning. Hate. It.

Did I mention we are also in the midst of trying to complete Baby Girl’s nursery? When it rains, it pours.

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

Bueller? Bueller?

I’ve often used this throwback phrase around some younger friends. Many of whom look at me wide-eyed with confusion. Suddenly, I feel a million years old. But…I digress…

I’ve been an absentee blogger for the past few months. My sincere apologies! But let me catch you up. We survived a chaotic holiday season with lots of family visits, yummy food and Christmas gift excitement. This even included a horrid week where the entire household, starting with yours truly, caught a nasty bug. Lots of puking going on at our place for several days. I’ll tell you what, being pregnant and violently puking is no bueno.

I also completed my last wedding before Baby #2 gets here. It was on New Year’s Eve. It seemed appropriate to go out with a bang and we certainly did. It was a crazy long day (about 16 hours) made even more challenging by being 27 weeks pregnant. Let’s just say I had the worst wedding hangover I’ve ever had the next day. It was touch and go there for a while. Would I ever walk again? Only time would tell.

In other news, Baby #2 is still cooking away and we found out that IT’S A GIRL!!! This pregnancy has been completely different from Little Man in so many ways. Ways that have ultimately left me more exhausted, physically spent and mentally drained at the end of each day. I’m just very thankful that this time around the latter part of my pregnancy falls during slow season so I can really take it easy.

But, I never “take it easy”. LOL. Who has time for that? You see, with Little Man, I had zero time for “nesting” because I was in my busy season towards the end of my pregnancy and then he surprised us all by showing up 4 weeks early anyway. So, I think I’m making up for lost “nesting” this time around. I’m in full force people!

The Husband and I have decided that we will remain in our current 3 bedroom, 2 bath house for at least another year before we begin shopping for a larger home. Given the fact that we are already busting at the seams as it is with our little family of 3, I’ve been on a mad mission to make sure every nook and cranny of this house is purged, organized and as efficient as possible so that not a single shelf is wasted. I’m 29 weeks pregnant and I’ve tackled about 50% of the home organization projects I’m aiming to complete before Baby Girl gets here.

I’m really bad about taking before and after pics but I did snap these earlier this week when I spent 2 days purging and organizing our master closet. As has become practice in recent weeks, I stood and looked around at the disaster area (in this case, our master closet) and started brainstorming ideas to utilize the space better.

I’m a woman and I have purses. Many of them. I did get rid of a few but, many I really wanted to keep. But, I needed to find a better way to store them so that I could free up a VERY LARGE shelf to be used for other things. So, now every inch of wall space in our closet is being used for purse storage on command strip hangars. It looks so organized and pretty. And look at that glorious shelf that is just waiting to be used. It’s odd how good this feels!

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There was further closet organization that happened after I snapped these pics so it looks even cleaner and better than this. But the purse storage beauty was worth showing I think.

Here’s some family love for you all to enjoy. Little Man was being very “mommy clingy” this night so there was no hope in getting him to look at the camera.

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That’s all I’ve got for today. It’s way past this pregnant momma’s bedtime. I’ll be back soon. I promise.

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entreprenurmomma

Double the Fun!

Where have I been, you might be wondering? Well I’ve been busy doing the bare minimum in terms of productivity on all fronts: domestic, business, wife-ing, mothering, etc.

So, why no blogging? Well that’s because I’ve been sick as a dog with baby number two!! That’s right. We are expecting again 🙂

We are thrilled!! But I did not experience this sickness and crummy feeling in the first trimester with Little Man so it’s really slowed me down these past several weeks. As I’m about to enter my 14th week, I’m really hoping that the 2nd trimester brings good sleep and a good appetite and that the sickness subsides. Here’s hoping…

Here’s our fun pregnancy announcement that we shared on social media earlier this week…

Photo Credit: Andrea Murphy Photography
Photo Credit: Andrea Murphy Photography

Now the truth behind this photo:

We were taking family photos and throwing in some 12 month pictures of Little Man at the same time. And when we found out we were expecting again then we had to do some sort of fun announcement so I made this cute little sign. We got him all posed and content and then he reached for a nearby acorn on the ground. Of course, it went straight into his mouth when The Husband rushed in and clawed it out!! Then, this face!! Snap, snap, click, click. It was perfect! LOL

So, that’s where I’m at right now. Hoping to feel better soon so I can start feeling like I’m a contributing member to this society again.

Until next time Mommas! 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

World’s Okayest Mom

This is how I felt for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been so busy keeping up with clients that I felt like I was barely keeping up with motherhood. And forget about domestic responsibilities – thankfully The Husband managed several loads of laundry last weekend while I was working a big wedding.

Last week was so busy with drop-ins at the wedding venue that I was unable to plan them or estimate how long they’d take, thereby, planning for childcare was next to impossible. So, I deemed it simplest to just take Little Man along. The venue staff came to know me as the lady with the baby on her chest because I was wearing him in the Ergo for hours on end while I was there.

And, now that Little Man is officially mobile, he has limited interest in being confined to his playpen or the jumper while I’m working in the office. So, much of my time in the office last week looked like this…

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This is what “Mom, I’m done bouncing up and down in the same spot…Okay, son, for the love, I just need to finish this email so sit here on the ground and play with some toys that are not age appropriate as long as it keeps you quiet for 2 more minutes!!” looks like.

I survived and this week is much less chaotic so I’m trying to earn back some momma points by getting in a lot more Momma + Little Man quality time.

For fun here’s a pic from my wedding last weekend. The groom is one of the coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles so the mascot partied with the guests at the reception. This picture was moments before Swoop entered the reception and surprised the guests! My job really IS fun even though it keeps my plate full!!

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Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

Ready or Not

This weekend will be my first wedding weekend since July 25th of last year. While I’m so thankful for an amazing staff that managed all of Erica Weddings clients in my absence and for all the quality time I’ve had with my Little Man, this day came even quicker than I had imagined.

And, just like old times (i.e. pre-baby!), my office kicked in to high-gear this week in preparation for tomorrow. Little Man spent a lot of play time like this while his momma worked.

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I don’t like doing this during his wake time a lot but when you’re back to the grind sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to get things done. Side note: please ignore the disaster area that is my office!! I need to do some serious cleaning in here but who’s got time for that?

So, tomorrow I will head out the door around 1pm leaving Little Man in The Husband’s care for the whole day. I’ll spend the day outside in this gorgeous weather we are having. I’ll be helping a sweet bride & groom with the most exciting day of their lives. I’ll pump and then I’ll watch the bride walk down the aisle. I’ll watch the happy couple share their first dance and then I’ll pump. I’ll watch their guests party it out on the dance floor and then I’ll pump. Do you see a pattern here? Oh how my life has changed! And then the night will end and I’ll get home around 1am knowing full well the beating that my body took that day. And, finally, I’ll wake up at 6:30am with full boobs and a full body ache. I’ll get ready for church then wake Little Man up. And, with any luck, he’ll take a nice long nap that afternoon when we get home so I can catch up on my rest and put my feet up.

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

Multitasking Fail

Moms have monopolized the market on the ability to multitask.  I mean, honestly, The Husband isn’t even capable of driving and plugging his cell phone into the car charger at the same time without veering into the next lane. Meanwhile, I can drive, eat and talk on the phone all simultaneously. Not that I recommend doing that because I’m sure all of those things together equals extremely distracted driving. It’s not something I strive for but we’ve all been there. Haven’t we?

But even the best of mom multi-taskers can have an epic fail from time to time.

Exhibit A

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I was making a new bulk batch of pears for homemade baby food so I had them steaming on the stove. I left them there while I put Little Man down for a nap. I checked them afterwards and they still needed a little bit longer so I decided to go to my office to reply to an email or two. Big mistake!! God knows how many minutes later, The Husband walks into my office and says “Is something burning?” Immediately I know. Fortunately the pears survived. And so did the pot but not without 2 full days of soak, comet, scrub, repeat.

I guess even the best of multi-taskers need to not be so ambitious sometimes.

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma

Embracing Imperfections

You know what really sucks about coming home from a vacation? Catching up on….well, everything!

Unpacking turns into 27 loads of laundry. Groceries are either non-existent or everything has expired. All that work that I said could wait until I got back now haunts my every waking moment.

All of my imperfections are slapping me in the face as I try to keep this household, this family and this business afloat.

Just breathe. Prioritize.

Side Note: Yesterday afternoon I realized that I hadn’t showered since Saturday. SATURDAY, people!!!  Immediate priority #1: personal hygiene. Sometimes us busy moms need to be reminded of this basic need.

It definitely takes good prioritization when you’re a working mom. But, I feel like a Stay-At-Home-Mompreneur requires prioritization to the maximum amount. And, despite my momentary lapse, I’ve always felt like I’ve done a pretty good job of prioritizing my life…at least when it comes to the big things.

The big picture of priorities in my life looks like this:

  1. God
  2. Husband
  3. Son
  4. Work

Now, within each of those pieces falls about a million tiny little tasks to accomplish on a daily basis. But, I’ve found that when I keep the big picture in focus, all the tiny pieces fall into place much easier.

The true struggle for Entrepreneurs is that we deal with the blessed curse of allowing our work to define us. It’s so easy for us to find our value and self-worth wrapped up in our businesses. Unfortunately, when this happens, everything suffers. Our familial and romantic relationships become secondary and, over time, can dwindle down to non-existent. Our health suffers due to lack of sleep and high amounts of stress. The list goes on. But what I realized a few years ago that was a game-changer for me is this:

Erica Weddings is what I do. Not who I am.

Who I am is an imperfect child of a perfect Savior, a wife and a mother. Just saying it is a weight lifted off of my shoulders.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE what I do and I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to do it. But if I let it take precedence over my God, my husband and my son, then I become tired, burnt out and resentful. I know this because, unfortunately, I’ve been there and I hope to never be there again.

So what does this prioritization tangibly look like day in and day out? For me, it’s waking up with my son around 7am and enjoying some time with him. The Husband may watch him for a bit before he goes to work and I’ll get a few things done around the house, reply to a few emails, etc. Once The Husband is gone then it’s Little Man and I against the world! When he is awake, I’m with him – soaking up every minute. When he naps, my butt kicks into high gear (showers, work, dishes, laundry, eating, cooking, etc.). And when The Husband gets home, work is done!!! He helps get us through our bedtime routine and Little Man goes down for bed around 7pm. Then The Husband and I have the whole evening to ourselves! We are usually just lazy couch bums but we like it that way!

You may look at everything I laid out above and see my priority list and wonder, “Where is God in all this?” I wonder that myself sometimes but I guess the answer is: God is IN everything I do, all day long! I squeeze in my quiet time whenever I can during the day and I’m singing praise & worship music pretty much all day every day. That’s one of the extraordinary things about Him: keeping Him #1 is so simple. All it takes is a genuine love and appreciation for who He is and what He’s done and you’re golden…you can’t help but meditate on His greatness.

No single day is perfect. Some days the laundry doesn’t get done. Some days my email inbox has one too many emails left unanswered at the end of the day. Some days (or 4 days in a row!!!) I forget to shower. Some days I get stuck on a phone call with a client and my son is stuck playing alone on the floor with his pacifier to keep him quiet.

Bottom line: I’m not perfect. But none of us are. So, we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves. Thank God that His Son was perfect for us so we don’t have to be!

Until next time Mommas 🙂

~entrepreneurmomma