Mommy Headquarters……

Our old house came with a built in desk. It was mostly a home for neglected items. Yet, it was still a desk. And it was always a disaster. So when we moved I found myself desk-less & in need of a lifestyle change when it came to managing my home.

With my husband being gone six months out of the year, all responsibility has fallen on me. In the beginning, I really struggled to feel as if I had things under control. Kids. Bills. Dinner. Laundry. Church. Tires. It came to a point where it was sink or swim……things were gonna fall apart if I didn’t CHANGE something.Change was my only option.

I have committed myself 100% to making over that part of my lifestyle; to improving the skills that make me a good wife & mother; to getting a strong grip on my responsibilities & everyday tasks instead of running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.

So I started my journey to improvement & with rapid speed my life has changed!

Which brings me to the subject of “Mommy Headquarters”! This is the first in a series of blogs to be written about projects throughout my
“transformation” into the mother & wife of a happy & organized home. Enjoy!

My wonderful mother in law gave me this really cool antique secretary’s desk, that she was no longer able to use. I thought it was a really cool piece of furniture, and knew that there was a better way that I could be using it. I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Then, out of nowhere one day a lightbulb went off! And BOOM! I embarked on my project to turn this old desk into Mommy HQ.

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You may be wondering what the hell a Mommy HQ is. In our house, it is basically the motherboard of all things important. Bills, budgets, coupons, mail, important number, recipes, meal plans, calendars, chargers, keys, & the diaper bag will all be found in my Mommy HQ. Some people may call an area like this a “drop zone”, but something about Headquarters just makes it sound important. Lol.

Here’s what I used to get started

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And here is my finished project:

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The aloe vera plant has been looking for a new home since we moved, and the lamp is great because of it storage & extra electrical outlet it provides. I use the outlet for my printer when I'm working.

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This silver bowl is a gift from our wedding. It is perfect right at the door for tossing in keys & change.

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I was really digging the hot pink! When I got married I silently agreed to give up pink. No man wants to live in a house full of pink. But since this is Mommy HQ, & I AM the mommy……. This hot pink charging station caught my eye at target. It works perfectly for storing chargers for my phone, nook, and laptop. The small lower drawer is where I keep a quick list of emergency numbers.
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Both the right & left sides hold all sorts of important things! My Home Management Binders, Banking Binder, recipes, & you basic desk “tools”.

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The built in mail slots are amazing. I made labels for them to assist in organization. The fact the whole thing closes up and isn’t an eye sore makes it even sweeter!

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And so there it is! Talk about a major improvement! WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR METHODS OF KEEPING YOUR FAMILY ORGANIZED????

Be sure to check in soon for more posts about being organized and keeping a happy home!

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November….A Month of Thanks….November 3, 2013

All over social media, you see people participating in 30 days of thanks. Usually, I avoid “trendy” posts. But after contemplating it for a while, I decided that everyone should make the effort from time to time to remember just how much they have to be thankful for. So, although I am a couple of days late, I figured that there is no time like the present.

I am thankful for my husband. This one is easy, right? Obviously I am thankful for my husband. If I wasn’t, perhaps he would not be my husband. (just kidding) . But seriously, more than anyone could ever know, I am thankful for Clayton Samuel Eastridge. The man who is not only my better half, but also the best father I could ever imagine my children having.

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are made of the same things. I know without a shadow a doubt that Clay was created for me, and I for him. There is no other person or object in this world that could ever be more perfectly designed for me. He encourages me daily to be a better person, and because of him I have the desire to do so. He is listens to me:  my dreams, my worries, my fears; never once criticizing me or making me feel inadequate. Reminding me daily of how strong I am capable of being, he gives me the motivation I need to be nothing short of what he already knows I am. Whenever I’m standing at a metaphorical bridge, too scared to cross, he is always there to hold my hand and walk with me to the other side. He is so much more than just a husband. He is my best friend, confidant, intellectual soulmate, inspiration, and everything that falls in between.

It has been said that when you truly find love, you will find yourself. I couldn’t agree more. It is because of Clay that I have become who I am today. Finding him, has allowed me to dig deep within myself, wash away the dirt, and come away as a woman I didn’t even know existed. She was there all along, locked up and begging to come out. I just needed the key to open the door. Clay was that key.

I look forward to watching our children grow, and holding hands as we get old together. I will always be in love with the 22 year old version of him; the boy that showed up like a knight in shinning amour and stole my heart, and I know that I will continue to fall in love with him throughout every stage of our lives together.

So Clay, if you’re reading this, thank you. Thank for all that you have given me. For finding me at a time in your life when you could have easily chosen anyone else. Thank you for acknowledging that what we have is rare. Thank you for flooding my heart with love, like only you can. It’s me and you against the world…..forever.

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Clay & I now. After 3 1/2 years of marriage and 2 kids. As happy as ever!

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A Peak Into My Crazy, Beautiful Life

I like to consider myself to have always been a bit of a confused person. As a little girl, I would have had a hard time telling you exactly what it was I wanted to be when I grew up. As I got older, the question became even harder to answer. It was a heavy subject for me, one that I could never really come up with a solution too. Having lots of big ideas, I would begin planning how to put things into motion, never being able to convince myself any of those ideas were something I would honestly want to do for the rest of my life. One thing I always knew I wanted was a family. Having grown up as an only child, and the youngest (by 5 years) grandchild in my family, I spent a lot of time & holidays pretty much alone with the exception of my parents. I longed for a family of my own that would be close; lots of people, big holidays. It was the one thing in my life that never changed.

In the summer of 2008, after moving away for college, I was brought to a hole-in-the-wall bar called “Yesterday’s”, and briefly introduced to a guy named Clay. I didn’t think much of it at the time. Hardly even held an actual conversation with the guy. Little did I know, he would be the one to make all those dreams come true.

After dating for a little over a year, I convinced him to marry me. I knew he was the man I was destined to spend the rest of my life with. We were married in May of 2010 and welcomed our first child, Sawyer, in May of the following year. It wasn’t long after celebrating his 1st birthday, we found out that the Lord had blessed us with a 2nd pregnancy. Stevie Rose graced us with her demanding presence on April 6, 2013.

After years of struggling to figure out what my purpose was in life; what it was I wanted to spend forever doing; it finally became so clear. I wanted to be a mother and a wife! I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing nothing other than that. Building a family, loving my husband, and raising my children is what I was designed to do.

Being a stay at home mom can absolutely be a challenge at times. Especially since my husband recently took a job working overseas in Africa. If given the chance, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This blog will basically be a place for me to express my thoughts and share my ideas. There will be no specific subjects, and my feelings won’t get hurt if no one ever even reads it. And hey! If they do, then great. I’m sure they’ll get some laughs at the very least.

So until next time…… Au Revoir!

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