I'll start with this confession. I am not a good housewife. I work outside the home. I don't like to clean. This past week has been the most hectic week of my life! I took the week off work to start some Spring cleaning and to get my house in order for my boy's 5th birthday party. I haven't truly cleaned the deep down cleaning since his birthday party last year so I had a lot to do. Let me tell you about (at least) five lessons I learned from being a housewife for a week.
I started the week by cleaning out our carport and getting all of the boxes and trash out of the house from the past year of review blogging. Now that I am not reviewing as much, and definitely being more selective with the items I will review, I need a clean slate and I am not going to miss those piles of boxes around the house. I then moved to the inside of the house and cleaned the laundry room (think blankets that need to be washed, Easter baskets, bags of shoes that don't fit, and dust of course). I cleaned cabinets, floors, windows, piles of "stuff" throughout the house, a toy room full of toys that needed to be sorted and condensed, and finally dust and dog hair everywhere.
I was home all day alone (after driving Hubby to work at 6am, back home to get my boy ready, taking him to daycare between 7 and 8, then picking up Hubby for lunch at 11, taking him back at 12, and then making the rounds again between 4 and 5 to pick them back up) and I tried to stay focused on cleaning. I also had some blog work that needed to be done so I took some time to get that done and finally, I took time on Friday evening to go on a date with my boy to the Mommy-Son Valentine's dance. It all paid off in the end when we had all of our family over for a 5 year old birthday party, but I'll tell you again, I am not a housewife…and have no desire to ever be one again.
Five Lessons I Learned by being a Housewife for a week
1. Have a plan and write it down. This week I had a lot to do and a lot that I wanted to do. I also had blog work that needed to be done and there were deadlines to meet. I found myself wandering around at times and starting several projects, but never finishing anything. When I would pick up my husband at the end of the day, I could not explain to him (or show him) what I had accomplished. Looking back now, I should have made a list of priorities and stuck to it. If I had this end goal in mind all week, I could have done so much more.
2. Get rest when it is time to rest and eat healthy. Typically, I would drink soda, coffee drinks, energy drinks, and eat all types of healthy (and some not-so-healthy) snacks for as much fake energy as I could get. This week, I needed something that would give me energy that would last a while and keep me moving throughout the day. I found that several times during the week I didn't have time to stop to eat and I needed something to snack on. I knew that the birthday party coming up would be tempting to my sweet tooth so I didn't want to blow my diet on unhealthy snacks.
3. Don't wait an entire year to do the deep cleaning. You won't finish. As hard as I worked every day on something new in the house, I didn't finish what I wanted to before the party. Despite having an entire week, on the morning of the party, I was still mopping, cleaning bathrooms, and washing couch cushions. The party went on without a care and nobody pointed out my big flaws so it must have been okay. I know my boy loved it!
4. Take breaks and keep hydrated. I may have taken breaks a little bit more than I would like to admit (early in the week), but if you're working hard through the day it only takes a few minutes to enjoy a cold drink. Full Core appetite control drink was a no-brainer for me this week. I didn't have time to think about a snack, much less planning something healthy. I just slammed a drink and moved on to the next task.
5. If you're not meant to be a housewife, hire a housekeeper. Last weekend my husband had a bigger paycheck than normal. I asked him what he was going to buy me with it (teasingly) and he said he wanted to get a cleaning service to come in and clean up for me. I was shocked and I politely turned it down. Let me tell you I will not make that mistake again!
Let me just take a moment to fill you in about Full Core. I ordered a 4 pack of the Full Core drink from the online store and amazingly, they sent me six 4 packs! I will admit that I wasn't sure about this drink before trying it. I couldn't imagine that a sparkling drink could replace a snack for me. I'm a big girl. I like food. I get hungry. I am also a snack-a-holic. I like snacky foods and I tend to keep beef jerky or protein shakes at work just to get me through a day. I tried my first drink on the first day of cleaning and I was shocked that it gave me a full feeling. Sometimes when I drink my soda, I will have an immediate full feeling that wears off quickly. I also tend to feel dehydrated after a while. This week I drank a lot of water, but I also drank Full Core as a snack replacement and I can honestly say that I didn't get hungry in between meals. I'm not going to over punctuate this with my usual exclamation points because I want you to know that I am a new fan of Full Core and I am so grateful for having those extra 4 packs.
Full Core and Health Benefits
Hubby and I are on a special eating plan to lose weight and I was concerned about Full Core fitting into our plan. This drink has so many health benefits from vitamins and minerals to digestive health benefits. It fits right into our plan and I'm taking full advantage of it now.
Could you use a healthy and refreshing snack?
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