DIY Center Station – Free Printables

DIY Center Station
I decided in the new year that I should probably get a little more organized in my home.  Making a center station for our family activities seemed to be a priority.  It is nice to be able to see everyone’s schedules in one place and put the mail in one place.  When I searched for free printable dry erase boards, I didn’t really like my options, so I made some.
Free Printable Dry Erase Calendars
Black and White Dry Erase Calendar
To print click on the picture

 

DIY Center Station
To print click on the picture
I printed the black and white one out and laminated it so that I could use it as a dry erase board.  I tacked it to the cork board where I put our mail holder that I made out of an old cereal box and tacked the dry erase markers and eraser down as well.  And wa-la, that’s our center station.  I like using different color dry erase markers to mark each family member’s activities so that I know who is doing what which day.  Keeps our lives organized, all in one place!

Another thing I wanted to add to my center station was to add this Notes Shopping List and To Do List station.  It goes right under the black and white calendar from above.

If you don’t have a laminate machine you could always put this in an old picture frame.  Those work great too.
One organizing project down…many more to go!

 

Life’s a Happy Song

The theme song in our house has been Life’s a Happy Song since my boy fell in love with “The Muppets” 2011 film.  I play this song and it reminds me that I have everything I need right in front of me.  But sometimes this is how life is….

Day #1

You wake up, the kids are sleeping in so you have a chance to take a shower, get dressed, and actually enjoy your bowl of cereal and hot cocoa taking slow sips….the day goes smoothly, the kids obey you, and life is like heaven on earth….or….
Day #2 happens…..
You wake up to a toddler playing cars on your face only to realize you are laying in a huge puddle of drool/spit up from your baby sleeping by you all night because the only way you would get any sleep at all is to nurse her all night long.  You pull yourself out of bed, wiping the drool/spit up off you with your hand (why grab a towel anymore? You’ve already been sleeping in it.) You hurry to go to the bathroom while your toddler follows you to the door and insists on coming in with you, (who gets privacy in the bathroom when you have kids?) then while washing your hands you realize how horrible your hair looks and obviously your face is sunken in and you look like you’ve been up all night. (Oh right, you have.)  The baby starts crying so you pick her up knowing you now have no chance of getting dressed for the day. And taking a shower? yeah right. So you rush downstairs to get the toddler in the highchair so you can feed him breakfast, only for him to throw his breakfast all over the floor.  Then the baby starts crying again so its time to nurse.  While nursing the toddler somehow finds a way to get out of the highchair before you get a chance to help him down and he starts playing with the doors, opening and closing them over and over.  After he gets done with the doors he moves to the lights, turning them on and off, on and off, on and off….who’s to stop him?  Telling him to turn the lights off, and leave them off, from a sitting position just doesn’t work so you walk around nursing the baby, following the toddler and turning off all the lights in the house that he just keeps turning on.
Do you see how the day is going?  This is only the morning…..
Many days go like this in my home.  I realize not EVERY day, but sometimes, this is exactly what its like.  You hear that kids are a joy, and they are!  Even if they drive cars on your face in the morning. But sometimes it hard to see the joy when you are sleep deprived.  Right now though, I have a moment to sit and be grateful for my wonderful little family.
Sure, life is never perfect in our house.  Sometimes the baby is screaming, the toddler is climbing all over the place and the place looks like it’s just been robbed.  But it’s our home and I cherish the moments I get with my children.  The moments when your toddler grabs your face and gives you a million kisses, or the times when the baby laughs over and over, which then makes you laugh because that toothless smile is just so stinkin’ cute!  So here’s to the Day #1 and the Day #2 because I love them both! “Life’s a happy song, when there’s someone by your side to sing along”.