Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tip Junkie - Craft #1

Last week, I came across this amazing website that I instantly feel in love with! Tip Junkie. This website has everything you could need to become crafty. And I say become because I, lady friend, am no Martha Stewart. So I spend a some hours time looking around the site to see what project I could do with little to no effort. I want to start small and move up to bigger and better crafts.Ones that will impress you.

I've been talking for weeks about getting a schedule together for all the cleaning that needs to be done around the house. Let's face it, I'm 6 months pregnant and tend to get tired after working 45+ hours a week and the last thing I want to do is clean. But, because I'm one amazing wife, I take care of business regardless of how tired I am (again, I'm being smart). But I need help. So I searched TJ and found the most adorable cleaning schedules that were FREE to print.

Here is the link to the printable schedules: Cleaning Schedules. I choose the Dot-to-Dot Weekly Cleaning Schedule. It's very flexible and easy to see when place on the fridge. Simply color in the dot on the day(s) you’re planning to accomplish each task. And the best part, it's already working for me. Saturday, I got up and cleaned the entire house, top to bottom. On Sunday, I looked at my schedule and I had marked that Sundays were spend doing laundry and meal planning! EASY! So by 11, I had all my chores done and could spend the rest of the day being lazy planning my baby shower (more on that later this week).

Here is a picture of mine in action:

It's not the best photo, but you get the idea. I just printed the cleaning schedule and laminated it. I had some extra magnet pieces and glued those to the back. And ta da! A finished project!

What I'm loving the most is I know this evening when I get off work all I need to do is clean the bathroom and sweep/mop the kitchen floor. Easy!! I am really hoping this keeps the cleaning manageable for me and that I can incorporate it my new job this fall!



Monday, July 30, 2012

Changes!

Every once in a while changes need to be made. And, folks, a change was needed on this blog!

First... the name. I've changed it from Creating Mrs. Cox to And Baby Makes 10 Blog. I felt that I was pretty set on creating a Mrs., I mean I've been doing it for a year now, I'm like a pro (please tell me you know this isn't true?). Now that the newlywed phase is behind us, we are now focusing on expanding our family. This might be our first child but we are actually a family of 9 already. Yes, that's right 9! Let me explain: two humans (James and I), 4 dogs: Simon, Sadie, Tug and Willy and 3 cats: Rudy, Dexter and Dixie. So with the addition of Connor, we are now a family of 10. Clever, right?

And next, the look. I've always wanted a blog that was more me and less boring old Blogger so I hooked up with Erika over at The Fairy Blogmother and I LOVE what she came up with for my "new" blog. I requested her services on Friday and it's Monday and I have a finished product! Go check her out; you will not be disappointed!

So I hope you enjoy the changes. I'm really looking forward to taking my blog to the next level!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Single Seed

Earlier this week, I came across this quote -
"A seed of worry can build a mountain just like a seed of faith can move a mountain.". 

I wasn't sure where the saying originated but I believe it's taken from this bible verse -
Matthew 17:19-20  "Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, 'Why could we not cast it out?' He said to them, 'Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."

I've been thinking about my relationship with Christ. I know it's something that needs improvement. It's not just a part-time relationship either. For myself, my marriage and my relationship with Connor, I strongly believe I need to find us a home church. A place we can be accepted and worship. Keep in mind that I'm not a church goer, bible beater or whatever else you might want to call someone who is strongly religious. However, this hit home. Hard.

I am 27 weeks pregnant. I am nearing the last trimester. The point where we start taking classes and planning Connor's birth and putting together his nursery. There is so much to do and I have started feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. The planning and changes to our home are easy. Tasks James and I can handle. What is weighing on me in the transition from Stephanie, working woman to Stephanie, SAHM.

Am I going to be able to care for Connor in the proper ways? - I must have faith that as his Momma, I will be all his needs (and his Daddy, too, of course!).

Will I be able to run our home in a fashion that makes sense for me to be home full-time? - The faith James has placed in me well be what I need to push me through the rough days of getting everything done.

Is living on one income possible? - I have faith in my marriage that we will do what is best for our family. Even if it means "going with out" or sticking with a budget. 

I hope that the faith I have in myself, my husband and God will be enough to make the transition to a SAHM easier on me and us. It's not going to be easy by any means but I hope it's one that fits into our lives. More than anything, I'm counting on my faith to push the mountain of worry I'm currently carrying away and to open my heart and mind to this amazing experience that lays ahead of us.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SWW

I'm hookin' up with Shannon for another SWW. This week I'm saying So What! to...
  • if I may be late to the whole Instagram thing but now that I'm on board, I LOVE IT!! I put the most random things on there (for example, yesterday's breakfast). Look me up: 1sassycox
  • that I was so productive last night that I bragged about to my co-workers today. After 26 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy, I finally have my mojo back.
  • if I have so much going on from now until mid-September that I had to create an Excel spreadsheet to keep my shit together. If I hadn't, pregnancy brain would have totally won.
  • I've decided to make my blog about me, my family and life and less about having a "good" blog or a "popular" blog and followers. A few weeks away made a world of difference.
  • if I have trouble reading to Connor while he is in my tummy. I just feel silly. The majority of the time, I just laugh out loud and end up talking to him. 
Now, it's your turn! Link-up with Mrs. Dew and let us know what you are saying So What! to this week! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bueller? Bueller?

Have you been worried sick?? Sorry to make you stress. I needed a break from blogging. I felt like I was blogging too much and not living enough. Does that make any sense to any of you?? I'm sure it was some type of pregnancy moment but regardless, I took a break and I'm feeling good. Let's catch up:

  • Mister and I went on vacation over the 4th. It was the most amazing 8 days and I felt better mentality, physically and emotionally after the time away from work and grown-up stuff. 8 days with James was exactly what I needed. It only reinforced the love I have for him. He is an amazing husband and will be the best Daddy... hands down.
  • I am rapidly approaching the end of my 2nd trimester. I can't believe how fast pregnancy goes. I'm sure when I get closer to my due date, I will start feeling like I've been pregnant forever but as of right now, I'm feeling good. I'm trying my damnest to be healthy through this pregnancy. I've started water aerobics 2 nights a week and start a Mommy in Motion class in August. I'd like to be able to walk more but damn is it hot outside. So as of July 17, I was up 16 pounds at 26 weeks. I'm okay with that so keep your judgmental thoughts to yourself! ;)
  •  My baby shower is August 4 and then we will start the process of turning the office into Connor's room. I can't believe that we are to that point already.
  • And lastly, I want to admit that while gone, I missed some of the "friends" I've meet through the blog world. I'd like to thank you ladies for being some of the most "normal" people in my life not to mention the only ones that keep in real. I appreciate it more than you know!