End of Summer Desk Makeovers

Cubicle sweet cubicle. If you are anything like us, you spend more of your awake time at work than you do at your own house. One article that we read said the people spend almost six hours sitting at their desk every day! Given that we spend so much time at our work “homes, we thought it was time to give our desks some makeovers. 

Jess

On any given day, my desk is covered in papers, post-it reminders, coffee mugs, snacks, and other miscellaneous items. I work in high energy, fast-pace work environment. Given the speedy nature of my work, there are many days that I am moving from one project to another very quickly. I am trying to get everyone the answers they need and projects completed on time.

Knowing the challenges I faced, I knew that I needed to clear the clutter and set up a space that could function at a high level with very little energy and brainpower.

The Before

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Toy Rotation – A Must for Moms!

As my son continues to grow, the accumulation of stuff grows. Kids are constantly outgrown clothes, books, games, and toys. Finding storage solutions is one of my favorite things (yes, I am a nerd), but sometimes it just masks the problem. I found that even though G’s toys were put away nicely, he had a hard time playing because of pure excess.  I decided to give toy rotation a try, purely because I couldn’t get myself to donate his toys. I thought it seemed like a lot of work, but I decided to give it a try with just a few toys that G had seem to have lost interested in. My thought was two of things could happen. He would either asking me for the toy I stored or he wouldn’t even notice. As you can image, the latter was true. I was so surprised how much easier it was for him to find the stuff he wanted and how easy cleaning it up became. Now, every couple weeks he thinks he is getting new toys.

Wondering how I did it? Here are some tips I wish I would have known before starting. Read More

How our Heads, Hearts, Hands, and Health have been Shaped by 4-H:

As two girls born and raised in Iowa many things have shaped us into the women we are today. One of those “things” was our love and passion for 4-H. We were not your stereotypical 4-Her that many think of when you hear or discussion 4-H, but we believe that organization gave us many experiences and skills we use today as adults.

Many of you know, but 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Below we each give our take on each of the four Hs.

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Jess

Head

As many of you know that 4-H “show” at the fair. Anything from cows to chickens to bake goods to science projects. There different categories that fit all kinds of interests. There were times that I bit off more than I could chew, but learning to manage time as the fair approached was key to making sure that I was able to exhibit all of projects I worked on. Some of the my favorite projects include making my grandmother’s cinnamon rolls, sewing and modeling a dress, and giving presentations on various topics. Some other favorite memories are some projects that didn’t turn out as well – aka my table runner that I tried to sew and turned out horrific! I can still laugh about it. Read More