Author Archives: Marilyn

Bows, Deck Painting, and Bedspreads Revamped

Recently, I have been thinking about the post I put on the Mom Made Magic Facebook page about what keeps my marriage strong. Outside of the traditional answers like date night, being kind to each other, this is an additional thing that keeps my marriage strong. And that is that I take the initiative to learn and do home fix-ups myself without having my husband always do it for me.   This is helpful because 1) I recognize he already has a ton on his plate and doesn’t always want to do a home fix-up project when he is home 2) I love seeing progress and it would be hard for me to always wait on someone elses timetable for the progress I love. Now there are times I have to wait either way but there is always something I could do or learn so progress is made. Yay! Recently I scrapped and painted the deck floor and stairs. Here is a snapshot of the stairs mid project. It looks so good!

I also fixed up my older daughters room with these new bedspreads I cut and sewed from a king size bedspread. The other ones were too bulky and heavy, making it difficult to make their bed. They look really cute in real life and were only 12.50 a piece since the original king cover I got for $25. Woohoo! I think the more neutral color goes well with the wall paint as well.

One other project I have worked on this week has been making some new hair bows as well as throwing out old looking ones. I have four daughters so we use hair bows a lot and I want to keep the hair bows looking cute and nice!! I love these new stylish and felt ones.

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DSC_8613DSC_8608Update two weeks later: These last two pictures make me laugh because it  looks like I just made their beds.  That is honestly about the extent of my progress lately… Woohoo, progress is progress!  (I know they need to make their own beds, right?!) I will pick up the steam eventually but I am enjoying a lull I guess. Actually I have been working on getting people out to repair our house from some rain damage (not so fun…) and figuring out our new school schedule.  More progress to come. Hang in there!DSC_8696DSC_8699

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Spend A Little Time Daily At Their Level

Now the older girls are back at school, the younger girls are getting more Mommy time! My kids and I are far from perfect but they honestly do pretty well and they are really good kids. It is not that I am some amazing Mother or just lucked out with even tempered kids but that I have committed to spend time with them and prioritize them each day. Like I said I am not perfect at it and I want to do better. But I can honestly say when I commit to spend time with them, really be present with them and do the activity they want to do, even when it is small for at least 15-20 min a day, they reciprocate and help me out more by listening to me better throughout the day.

It makes a huge difference when I have put in the time to build our relationship. Sometimes it’s not enjoyable at all, I get that. I have been there. But it works. Spend time with them. BE PRESENT at their level. I want to be better at this and commit to do more. Reading is the best and most convenient although it takes a little bit of effort to get them to focus in the beginning  but by bringing it to their level, reading what they like and making it really exciting with your voice inflection, it will make a big difference in their behavior. 🙂 Look at those cute happy faces.

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End of Summer

The end of summer can be a bit hard to swallow. It is exciting that school is around the corner, sad realizing lazy days at the pool are coming to a close, and a bit daunting with all the things that need to get taken care of before the school year begins. Also, if your kids are anything like my kids, by this time they are starting to get restless.

SUMMER CAMP is the most wonderful option…

Currently my girls are in Texas for the week with their Grandma at horse camp! I am hoping in addition to having fun, they will be learning a little bit of self-sufficiency without their Mamma there to bail them out of their quabbles. 🙂

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How to make your child’s day?

Make them a mermaid tale or any other sort of costume piece of a character they like. I am sorry I don’t have a how-to on these as I just sort of made it up but I will give you one tip that may help if you decide to make them. I used a wire coat hanger in the fin part to give it some body. I folded down the top hook part of the hanger so it wouldn’t hurt my kids feet, too. Shhh…. it is our little secret! My kids have been having a blast with these. dsc_8209 dsc_8221 dsc_8225

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Keeping Marriage Strong

What keeps your marriage strong?

Date Night!!!

This may sound silly but you have to be relentless about it to make it happen sometimes because sometimes life gets tough and life gets busy.  You can’t afford to let your marriage sit on the back burner.  We do game nights with friends and date nights pretty religiously. It is has kept us strong and our relationship developing through the years. We’ve been married almost 13 years so I have at least a tinsy bit of experience.

It doesn’t have to cost money. Sometimes the very best and memorable dates didn’t cost a thing. Like this fun evening we had last Friday, a Murder Mystery Night complete with costumes, music, and a fun Murder Game- Deception in Hong Kong.

If it is expensive to get babysitters, do trades with friends or invite friends over to your house so your kids can be sleeping in their beds. Honestly paying a babysitter is so worth it to get out of the house! Just do it. 🙂

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AFTER!!

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Yes, order to replace chaos!

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The “S” tags stand for “Saturday Chores”. The kids wear these on their shirt as we go around doing the chores together so they will remember their job.dsc_8134

Piano Practice Chart and lovely organization of all cupboard materials. Mmmm… I love order.

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