Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I LOVE my kindle!

I love my kindle, yes I do!  I love my kindle, how about you??

So first I finally got the kindle because I really wanted something more portable.  I use recipes and sewing tutorials from blogland a lot and having to print things off constantly was a real pain - not to mention a major cause of clutter.  And have I ever mentioned how disorganized I am with paper?  So I knew that the kindle would allow me to have my sewing tutorial open right next to my machine and my recipe open in the kitchen.  I also knew that I could have the fitness pal app and thought that it would be more convenient for tracking my food.  On top of that I thought it would be great for educational games and apps for the kids as well as e-readers.

Is it everything I thought it would be when I purchased it?  Oh so much more than I could have dreamed possible!

I've had it for one month now.  Now I got the regular kindle fire with the 7inch screen.  Nothing overly fancy here.  But it has been phenomenal.

I have my facebook, pinterest, and email accounts linked to it.  I found a great feature through flylady - the cozi family calendar, and since I created my account through flylady it has the daily zone tasks auto programmed into it which I LOVE.  I do have the fitness pal app but I'll be honest in that I don't use it.

I have downloaded a number of free apps and games and tried several list making apps, grocery shopping list apps etc.  I find that I prefer Cozi for pretty much all of that.  I can make unlimited lists on it and I like the way it works, it's really easy to use, in my opinion anyway.

And then today, today I did something that I had no idea my kindle could do.  Something that will completely revolutionize our homeschool.  My life has changed.  Today I found that I can in fact put pdf files on my kindle and read them!  This is amazing to me because several of my teacher manuals are pdf files on my computer and this means I can have my manual right there are the table as I teach!  I don't have to print it out and use all that ink and paper and I am in LOVE.

Oh and did I mention the freebies??  I have gotten so many free kindle books it's crazy. There are several bloggers out there that post freebies or low cost e-books.  The ones I read are geared towards homeschoolers and I've gotten a number of easy reader books to work with Colton with and that has been an amazing resource.  I've also gotten some free books for myself or books that I think we might use later as reference books. 

Seriously, if you have ever considered it I highly recommend a tablet of some kind.  We haven't once regretted our kindle purchase this past month and it has really streamlined a lot of stuff for me.

*This post is not sponsored in anyway.  I'm just a normal person who found a product she loves and is happy to tell people about it.*

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you give a mom

If you give a mom a sense of discontentment about how cluttered her house always feels she will tell her sister about it hoping for some tips or input that has as yet escaped her.

If a mom talks to her sister about how cluttered her house is it will cause her to think about how nice it would be for her oldest son to have his own room.

If a mom decides to give her oldest son his own room she will feel highly motivated to declutter the room he will be moving into.

If a mom begins decluttering the bedroom her son will be moving into she will realize she needs a new home for her craft stuff.

If a mom realizes she needs a new home for her craft stuff she will realize that she needs to move the tv off her desk upstairs and into the kids' room.

If a mom realizes she needs to move the tv she will realize that the stand is in corner not remotely close to a single outlet.

If a mom realizes that she needs to move the tv stand she will realize that with her oldest son getting his own bedroom there is room in the kids' bedroom to put their dresser.

If a mom realizes that she can move the dresser from the landing to the kids' room she will then realize that she can move her desk onto the landing creating a craft area for herself.

So here's a warning, if you are a mom, perhaps you should reconsider giving your oldest son his own room.  Otherwise you might feel a sudden undeniable urge to clean through EVERY room of the house.  Of course that could be a good thing.  I feel like a mouse with a cookie, only I don't have a cookie!  Bummer.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A discovery

This morning I made a horrible discovery.

Well I guess technically I made the discovery yesterday morning.  I woke up yesterday at 4:45.  I needed to pee.  Thanks fifth baby.  But once I was awake I had heartburn.  Then I had a few things on my mind and thought maybe if I jotted them on my to do list on my kindle that it would allow me to let it go and get back to sleep.  But alas, an hour later at 6:06 I was still awake and decided to just get up.  I promised myself a nap later.

See, I was excited about getting started on cleaning out our school room because we're transforming it into Kayd's bedroom.  Kayden, as a firstborn, is a little bit too much like his mama.  We need our alone time and our space of refuge.  Sharing a bedroom with your brothers and sister can make that hard to find.  I've struggled for a while considering that Kayd would probably do better with his own room because while *I* personally think our house is an adequate size for our family it can be hard to find space.  We homeschool here.  The kids and I are here nearly constantly through the week.  We have toys and school books and art supplies and the clothes that go with four children.  So I knew two things.  One, I NEEDED to be able to keep the bulk of our homeschooling stuff on the shelves in the school room and Kayd's desk needed to remain in there also.  Two, Kayden needed his own room.  I wouldn't normally say that a child NEEDS their own room.  I do think that in large part having your own room is a privilege and generally a want.  But I have the exact same personality and need for alone time.  I spent hours alone in my room as a child and so I do consider it a need for Kayden.  See the other three would be lost and despondent if I gave them all their own rooms.  They thrive on each others' company.  Kayden though has been sneaking away during their playtime to do his own thing upstairs in their bedroom.  Which is fine.  But I have a toy ban on their bedroom so I really cannot imagine what he's doing up there.

So I awoke yesterday with a plan of action for clearing the room of unnecessary clutter and couldn't get back to sleep.

Jay left early to go play basketball.  That's another conversation.  He lived through it so I guess it's ok.  So I was all alone in a quiet house at 6am.  Now my kids wake up anywhere between 6 and 7:30.  Sometimes they trickle down one at a time every fifteen minutes and others they wake up in bulk.  I decided to sort through the puzzles and kids games to pare them down.  I put on a show on netflix and began sorting.  At about 6:45 Colton came downstairs.  Thirty minutes later the other three joined us.  They helped me put together puzzles to see what was missing pieces.  It was a really nice way to start the day with my children.

Today I slept until my normalish 8:15.  I woke to my chocolate ice cream completely gone, unwashed strawberries being eaten by the two year old, and well it wasn't a nice way to start the day.

I discovered the benefit to waking up before the children.  In almost eight years of parenting I've NEVER seen any benefit to it but I get it now.  Of course if I'm going to make it a regular thing I'm going to have to go to bed at like nine at night but oh well.