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Fake A Clean Home

Yes. You read that right. Today I am sharing how you can fake a clean home in just about 20 minutes. We all know what it is like living with children. SH*T everywhere, all the time. So when you get that unexpected text that your mother in law will be dropping by or your short on time on any give day of the week and you want to have your husband actually think your winning the battle home vs. toddler here are a few easy steps that will fool the most critical eye.

  1. Enter your home as your guest would. Follow the likely path they will use and START there and only focus on those spaces alone. Have a laundry bin handy and a trash bag.
  2. Clear all surfaces first. Table tops, counters, the stairs that seem to collect 329 random items. Things that are just not put up goes in the laundry bag (cups,toys, shoes, random items) Random papers and clutter go into the trash bag. Clear counters and table tops gives the illusion of cleanliness.
  3. Next fluff pillows and wipe down clean surfaces with a lightly damp cloth.
  4. Most guests always end up in the kitchen. Clear the sink (shove everything into the dishwasher, and then I run it for good measure) I usually end up sticking random clutter items into the microwave- avoid using the oven… things get forgotten and then the next time you preheat – disaster strikes.
  5. Empty the bathroom trash bin that is most likely to be used by said guest. Double check there is in fact TP and give a sprits of cleaning solution to the sink (the smell will trick anyone into believing its freshly been scrubbed)
  6. Fill your diffuser up with your favorite citrus scent. Your house will smell fresh and the citrus scent is sure to put any visitor into a great mood.

SHORT ON TIME:

When you only have minutes to spare the last resort is to SHOVE everything into you master bedroom. Use the laundry bin and fill that baby up. Guests never dare enter your master and this is the most function space for hiding.

HAVE AN EXTRA 10 MINUTES?

Run your vacuum and if you have tiny capable hands have them put away everything that you collected in the laundry bin – having them help with the task assures that when you finish faking your clean home you wont have another area that has already been destroyed.

 

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Motherhood | A Juggling Act

 

Motherhood. A magical juggling act. As Moms we have to wear many hats and spin lots of plates, and hope to god it doesn’t all come crashing down at the same time. There are lots of books out there that claim to have the secret, blog post preaching about balance,  Sometimes I feel I am the ringmaster of my very own not so traveling circus. Here is the real secret babes, NO ONE on the face of this green earth has it figured quite out. I mean unless your Beyonce – have a chef, a glam squad, personal in home trainer, and staff for your littles. Having to wear less hats seems like maybe the answer  BUT sure as shit  even Queen Bey goes to bed with Mom guilt.

For me personally, time management has been the key to this hot mess express achieving success. Taking it to paper, writing it down and having a plan. The day before I write out our next day timeline – its loose and I give myself plenty of grace. I hate being late so usually we are early- because poopy diapers, potty breaks, missing shoes are already accounted for. (This is the old wedding planner in me)

My all time favorite planner is the Day Designer – I have purchased it now 3 years in a row because for our family it just works. It has monthly overview, and then each day broken down with meal planning, to do lists, top priorities & a timeline of the day.

Also I keep a three tier plastic bin in the back of my car. One for each child (I share one with the baby) they contain the following:

  • shoes (flip flops in reality)
  • change of clothes & undeies
  • bathing suit during summer months
  • first aid kit
  • snack
  • boxed water
  • diapers for the baby & my car carrier
  • A 20 dollar bill
  • Some dollar bin toys… because I am not above bribing my children.

There might actually even be a few thank you & birthday cards in there – only because I am an overachiever – and it seems I forget teacher birthdays often.

So in the event that I do drop my juggling act, my bug out mom box is there for me. Child B gets in the car without shoes, no problem. Invited over to swim at friends ? We are ready. Oops Diaper bag didn’t make it to the car because I got distracted. BOOM, none issue. Just keep them plates spinning all while smiling.

So if you don’t have this system in place. I highly suggest it. I makes it seem as tho I have all of my crap together- because the show must go on, and in the end we just will all keep faking it till we make it babes.

The unicorn we call balance is a myth. Life is always out of balance. We fall short in one area or another all the time. We forget things. We leave the house with two different shoes. Alarm clocks fail. The kids fall asleep without brushed teeth. Take out happens. What matters the most is just being present- these tiny beautiful humans don’t see the fails, the flaws. I write down where I am falling short and just try to be more mindful when I have an opportunity to improve it.

Let me know how you keep all your plates spinning below.

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8 Years | Anniversary

Eight years ago today, I married my perfect match in this world. The last ten years has flown by so fast, but time flies when your having fun. We both collectively look back at our wedding day and wish we could get a MAJOR style redo. I don’t know who talked us into purple, neither of us quite remember. It was a beautiful day (literally, 80 degrees in January) but we are so looking forward to renewing our vows at our 10 year ! The best advice we ever received was hire a videographer, much like the last 8 years the day goes by in a blink. We are so blessed that every single person who attended is still in good health and here today. We haven’t lost any grandparents, or relatives. We have lost touch with a few friends – but that’s life. Roads in life take people in different directions, and I wish them all well on the roads that they are on. Other than our color palette we wouldn’t redo a single moment. Our good friend Ash,  who read a beautiful poem during our ceremony & caught my bouquet is now quite the celebrity in Australia- (Shes the fox with the big hair, if you watch the video) My very last friend from my bridal party Michele married over the summer- just 8 days after giving birth I stood and watched her say I do with so much joy, so my bridesmaid days are officially done. I was the very first of my gal pals to wed, and now almost every single one of them have beautiful babes of their own. Gosh time has flown by but life as we knew it has changed and is so much better than I could have ever imagined it to be. I cant wait to see what the next 8 years bring but I do hope they go by just a little bit slower than the first.

Enjoy your trip down memory lane.

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