This post is going to be all of our favorite things: short and sweet with a focus on cheap, quick and easy. It’s Anna coming at you here, and at my house we are gearing up for fall. This means the spotlight is on back to school, boosting immunity and taking care of all that business that couldn’t happen during the nonstop party that was summer. I looked around my house yesterday and thought, whoas. We really let things go this summer, and while that felt really good for the first 3/4 of summer, the last 1/4 has me feeling slightly overwhelmed. You know, in that way that feels like I might never find our equilibrium again. But we will. It just will need a little bit of planning and a lot of doing.
I am gearing up to show fall who is boss while putting in the least amount of time, energy and money as possible because, to be frank, summer was about my kids, and fall is going to be about me. And I have NO guilt around that. None. So here’s the plan:
My house. A wise woman told me that if your kids can’t keep their toys cleaned up, then they have too many toys. Duh. Why didn’t I think of that? We have way too much stuff and I am probably the biggest offender in this category. I bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing months ago and know that it will in fact change my life…I just need to do it to the whole house (closet = done). So while the kiddos are at school, I will be finally doing “tidying” the whole house.
Back to school and boosting immunity. There are four things on my back to school list that are going to make life easier and healthier, and thats all I really care about any way. First, is the 100 Days of Real Food eBook which is ONLY FOR SALE FOR ONE MORE DAY. After the 31st of August, you will not be able to purchase it. This guide is quite literally doing all of the planning and grocery list making for me. Does it get easier? Second is a batch of this perpetual soup that I am going to make so we always have a nice mug of immune boosting gold every morning. It couldn’t be ANY easier and it is seriously cheap. Third is lemon water. I have been drinking it religiously for months, and while I can’t say for certain, I’m pretty sure it is the reason I haven’t gotten sick in forever (KNOCKING ON WOOD!). So, the plan is for the kiddos to have some with me in their water bottles on the way to school. Last is having a breakfast that’s ready and that doesn’t have me in the kitchen for more than 5 minutes. I am not going to school drop off in my jammies. No judgement if you are, but I’m not because then my day doesn’t really get started until 10. So this means overnight oats, which are quick, easy, cheap and delicious.
Me. I am in need of some serious “me” time. This summer really was all about the kiddos. I totally got an F in the self-care department, BUT I learned a lesson, and I really have never felt so committed to taking care of myself as I feel now. This summer my parents and I learned how to practice Transcendental Meditation, and the few short weeks we have been practicing have been nothing short of amazing. My experience could be its own blog post, so I won’t go into detail. However, this is your reminder to do something that is just for you and do it daily. I practice TM twice a day for just 20 minutes and it has really changed my life – probably the lives of my family, too. I have never felt more calm and peace-filled and it is definitely having a ripple effect in our house.
So there you have it. That’s the plan, and I am sticking to it! What are you wanting to bring to fall?