I have never been a diary or journal writer.  I have started them in the past but never seemed to get past one or two entries before losing interest.

But, I found that having a child has had a not so great impact on my memory and the thought that I wouldn’t be able to recall the small things Lovebug says, does and loves in the future devestated me.  I wanted to keep those treasured memories so, I decided to take action.  I started journaling about our days at the beginning of last year.  Every night, I reflect on our day and write a memory or two of the sweet, funny and sometimes enfuriating things my lovebug said or did.  It has been a great a way for me to take a step back, think about my day and appreciate the small things that happen in our lives.  At the end of the year, I go back and read through my journals and recall all the fun memories we shared and start a new one.

These journals are so precious to me and I know that I’ll be grateful for the memories I’ll recall from reading them in the future.  They truly are one of my favorite things.

Record daily interactions with your child in a journal | The Lovebugs Blog

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I used to spend a good chunk of my weekends dealing with laundry… sorting the dirty clothes for wash, loading and unloading, folding and refolding (Lovebug likes to help ‘fold’ the laundry by wadding it up and throwing it in a pile on the floor), hanging clothes to air dry… it seems like the list goes on and on.

One weekend I decided that my days off were meant for fun with the hubby and Lovebug, rest and relaxation, not for catching up on house chores that I was behind on.  So, I implemented a weekday laundry schedule.  Each weekday, I do one or two loads of laundry from start to finish.  That means sort, wash, dry, fold and put away.

Monday – towels
Tuesday – lovebugs clothes (2 loads – hot and cold)
Wednesday – bedding
Thursday – my clothes (usually 2 loads – hubby does his own laundry! 🙂
Friday – misc.

I have the luxury of working from home, so it is a little easier to work laundry into my weekday schedule.  But, here’s how I did it when I used to go into the office: sort and start the laundry in the morning before heading out (sorting can even be done the night before), throw laundry in the dryer immediately when I got home from work; fold and put it away after Lovebug went to bed. 

It’s amazing how much time I’ve freed up for myself on the weekends by making this simple change.  I no longer feel tied to the house and am loving the time I’ve gotten back with Lovebug on the day’s I have off.  We’re now free to do anything and everything our hearts desire without wondering if Lovebug has enough clothes to last her another day or two!

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I have been making this pesto for several years now and it never lasts long in our house.  It’s an excellent dip when served with bread and veggies, goes great on sandwiches and pizzas and is delicious in pasta.  It is extremely versatile and always a hit!

3 oz Basil
1 1/2 oz Parmesan Cheese
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp White Pepper
1 cup Olive Oil
Blend the basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, pine nuts, salt and white pepper in a food processor until combined. 
 It will look a little like green mud once its combined.
Slowly stream in the olive oil.
It’s ready to serve once its combined.
I usually serve it as a dip with crusty bread.

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It keeps for a week in the refrigerator or you can freeze it for later use.
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