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The kids woke me up early this morning. It was the weekend and we had nowhere to be, but they still wanted to get up. Silly kids. We wandered our way out into the kitchen past the toys that were left from the night before. The bright overhead lights hurt my squinting eyes. I will never understand what the rush is to be up before the sun on the weekends, but part of me know’s that someday I will miss this. I looked around the house and made a mental list of all the chores that needed to be accomplished today. The dishes needed to be done, the floors needed swept, the laundry still needed to be finished from our road trip last week. Beating me into the kitchen were two bright eyed little sweetpea’s who waited patiently to see what my first move was going to be so that they could make the opposite. If there is one thing my kids have learned over the years, it’s how to disappear on house cleaning day. I looked around the house and then brought my attention back to them. “How about some cinnamon rolls?” I asked. They both burst into excitement. Inside I told myself that I didn’t have time for this, but in reality, it was the weekend, we had nowhere to be and I did.  

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I watched as both of my kids quickly put on their aprons and found their way up to the counter. They love helping me bake and I love having the in the kitchen with me. It is one of those special moments that I wish we had time for more often. 
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As they took turns measuring out the flour, I watched as big clumps of it hit the counter and then fell quietly onto the floor. It bothered me, but I remained quiet and let them continue on with preparing the cinnamon rolls because quite frankly, they were doing a marvelous job.

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I watched as they continued adding the ingredients one by one. The sugar. The salt. The yeast. I became sad. My babies were getting so old. Yes, I was happy that they were becoming comfortable in the kitchen and learning skills to take them into adulthood, but did this whole baby thing have to be over so soon? I mean, just look at these toes. Those used to be the itty bitty baby toes that I would kiss and nibble. I wanted to cry and hug them and never let them go but instead we made cinnamon rolls.

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As we finished spreading out the cinnamon and sugar and rolled the pastries up to cut, I looked around at the big mess we had made together. And let me tell you, it was a very BIG mess. 
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Yes, that’s right. Right now our house is a bit of a mess, but it is a beautiful mess. Each toy laying out on the floor from the night before represents the fun that I remember we had. The pile of clothing in the laundry room represents the trip that we just took together and the messy kitchen before me represents this time that we just shared growing and learning. Please don’t get me wrong, I will be the first to admit that I like a clean house and sometimes stress too much about keeping it that way. Ok, I ALWAYS stress about keeping it that way. But this morning, right now, I am going to enjoy it because in this moment I want to hold on to THIS mess forever.

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As the cinnamon rolls baked in the oven, the kids ran off to play and I decided that forever was too long to have a dirty kitchen. 🙂 Besides, it’s the memories made from the mess not the ACTUAL mess that’s important, right?

You see, a few days ago I was challenged by O-Cedar to find the beauty in the mess somewhere in my life. I struggled with this idea because I didn’t know how I could turn something that I saw as ugly into something beautiful. Then I realized that it wasn’t about changing the mess into something beautiful, it was about changing the way I looked at it. These messes aren’t just another chore added to my list, but they are memories to be cherished. I am thankful to have been given this challenge because far too often I rush through life, getting things done and trying to contain the mess instead of sometimes just letting it happen. Today was fun.

Do you need to take a moment to see the beauty in the mess in your life today? Here is a fun video on how O-Cedar does it.

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Come here for the cinnamon rolls? Check out our tasty made from scratch recipe below.

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* Correction- the egg needs to be mixed in with the flour,sugar mixture as the liquids are added. 
Look around you. What’s the most beautiful mess you see right now? Can’t find the beauty? You may have to look deeper. 

{Spring Cleaning} Organizing My Fabric Obsession

 
I know, I know. . its not quite spring here in Michigan yet, but I just cant help myself.  My body is totally screaming “IT SHOULD BE SPRING ALREADY!”. So I am allowing my inner voice to guide me and I am just going to pretend that spring is here. {I am now closing the shades so I can no longer see the huge piles of snow laying just outside my windows}. Now, to tend to my spring cleaning routine. There are so many areas of my house that have been neglected during the winter months. My closets {oh my}, my cupboards {eek},  and my sewing room {agghhh!}.
I tackled my cupboards and closets, but that wasn’t very interesting. Just tons of things I no longer need that will be donated to Freecycle. However, the way I decided to organize my sewing room may be of some help you all of you. It really is a great tip that was shared to me by one of my friends. So now I am going to pass on the tip to you!
Don’t you hate it when your fabric stash becomes a bit unruly? Fabric piled everywhere, falling over onto the floor? Yep. If you can picture that then you can create a photo of my sewing room in your head. But if you don’t have a photogenic mind then here.  {aghh, my eyes. . my eyes}
 
Sorry to scare you with that last photo. But never fear, the fabric monster has been captured, cleaned up and is now looking great.
 
 
How did I do it, you ask? Its simple. I took the unruly fabric and made mini fabric bolts to neatly display on my bookshelf. Here is what you need to complete this spring cleaning task.
 
That’s it. Using comic book boards you can easily create mini fabric bolts by rolling your pieces of fabric onto the boards. The comic book boards work great because they are the perfect size to fit in your bookshelf and are made of thick weight materials that wont bend or fall over from the weight of the fabric.
 
 
What tasks are you going to be tackling this spring?
 
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