Well, summer vacation is in full swing here at the Cranford house. The kiddo is out of school and the sleeping in and lacking motivation has begun. For me and her.
Does anyone else have what I call, summer time lazy’s? I just want to have fun and do fun things, I have a hard time focusing and with Macie home all day it makes it even worse. (the focusing part) All it takes is for her to say, Mom let’s go do something fun and I am like…. OK responsibilities out the window…. let’s go be 8!
Then reality hits. I have 4 card swaps to finish, I have blog posts to write, videos to record and put up on you tube, I have PEP Club treasurer responsibilities, someone still has to cook, clean, do the laundry and manage all the family activities and, oh yeah, pay the bills.
Which brings me to planning for summer phase 1.
This year I decided going into summer I HAD to have a good plan. Not just for me and running my business but for Macie too. If you work at home you know what it’s like to have a kiddo interrupt you all the time, or to feel like the “bad mom” by saying “go play I have to work” or even worse “go watch TV I am busy” GULP. The mom guilt sets in the minute those things come out of my mouth. And if you are the mom saying these things, this is a mom shame free zone, you are doing your best sister, so no judgement here.
I just knew I wanted to avoid some of my normal summer statements, and make this summer super happy and productive for everyone.
I started with planning what I would have Macie do each day. She has swim in the morning but there are other things I lined up. For example, I enrolled her in a summer reading program through University of Pacific and I printed off some summer rules and things she had to do each day before she could get on any electronics.
SUMMER RULES DOCUMENTS (free printables)
When I went over all of this different stuff with her she responded “Well this summer, isn’t going to be what I thought” HAHAHA! I may have overwhelmed her a bit.
I reassured her there would be plenty of fun things to do too. But daily we needed a plan so we didn’t go crazy. (ok, so I didn’t go crazy and turn into the lunatic mom that ended up in a ball on the floor crying) All you moms with more than one kid spend your summer refereeing fights, and I spend my summer being my kids sibling, friend and only other human to interact with except for the occasional friend over.
That brings me to phase 2. ME. I needed a better planning system for my business. Luckily Stampin’ UP! released their awesome planner which is exactly what I needed. I am now using the new Stampin’ UP! planner for my blogging and team tracking and my regular Erin Condren planner for all my other stuff. Both planners are filled with business stuff, but only my EC has my personal stuff. The Stampin’ UP! one is ONLY for blogging and team tracking.
You can watch my videos below, yes I said videos, for all the details on how I am using both planners.
Be sure to listen in video 1 for the giveaway details. If you want to purchase the Stampin’ UP! planner you can order it today by clicking HERE.
I am giving away two goody bags with planner fun in them. Stickers, perpetual calendar, etc. If you want to win just leave a comment here on my blog. It’s that easy. I will choose two winners next Friday!