Ever Feel Like There Has to Be a Better Way to Manage Your Home?

If you've ever felt like there has to be a better way to manage your home, you're not alone. I was right there not too long ago. I developed a system to manage your home as the HOME CEO, not just as a homemaker. 

As the HOME CEO, you care for your home and family. You should be able to do that while still caring for yourself. With this system, you can feel confident in your work at home. You'll be ready to shout from the rooftops "I manage my home with ease!" 

Here's how it works...

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Get your home halloween-ready with these last minute decorations!

It's October 30th and you're scrambling to get your home into the Halloween spirit. Fear not! With a little bit of creativity and some items you probably already have around the house, you can deck out your abode with festive flair. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Title: Get your home halloween-ready with these last minute decorations! | Alice Marie
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5 Last Minute Halloween Decorations That Won't Break the Bank

Looking for some creative and inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Halloween? Check out these 5 last minute tips that will transform your home into a spooky wonderland!




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IT'S OKAY TO TAKE A STEP BACKWARDS

My body says put down the coffee... the creamer isn’t helping my gut anyway...

So I pick up the water.
It helps that I’ve been too lazy to make tea..

But this morning, after a lot of dairy products yesterday, I felt so sick.

And heavy.

My bra didn’t fit right... I have plenty to choose from, but when I am in my best shape, this one fits perfect... today it was just a little too snug.

I knew those size small t shirts I bought recently we’re not an option for my bloated belly today.

I grabbed a sweater. Knew I didn’t want to wear jeans. Leggings would only show off how bloated I feel.

I may feel bloated and like I gained back all of the weight I lost, but I still had a wardrobe win today.

The gray slacks.

The ones with little polka dots on them. I have a matching blazer.

My mom bought this suit for me almost 10 years ago.

The pants were tight when I opened them up on Christmas morning. But not so tight that I couldn’t wear them.

At least on my good days.

The days when I wasn’t bloated.

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Tracking the things we do to meet the goals we have.

If you came over to my house right now, you would see notebooks all over. I am a pen-to-paper kind of person. I am rarely on my phone. I actually use the Screen time settings to limit my screen time on my phone. Somedays I choose to go over, but most days I rarely even get a notification for apps like Facebook or Instagram that I have even hit my daily time limit. I need to adjust my podcast and YouTube settings because I listen to those throughout the day, and listening to things is the majority of my phone usage. 

So when I got a fitness and nutrition coach to hold me accountable to my goals, you know her, my friendBeckie with Relentlessly Fit, and the entire program required an app and using it to track my nutrition, activity, and water daily, you can guess how that went over.

When I checked in this morning, I made a commitment to write down what I am eating throughout the week...
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How I Became A Homemaker

We recently purchased 12 acres just outside of a smaller town, and are sharing our journey as we build our self-sufficient lifestyle. 

 

I have learned a lot in the last 10 years of becoming more self-sufficient. This feels like the end goal to a dream, but really it's only the beginning. There are so many things you can do to become more self-sufficient no matter what your living arrangement is. The important thing is to start where you are. 

 

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50 Ways to Fill Your Cup in 10 Minutes or Less

Filling our cup or self-care doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming. I used to think I needed a whole Spa Day or Girl's Night to consider it "Me Time". 

Changing the way we look at self-care makes it so much less stressful. And honestly who has time to stress over the thing that is supposed to help us manage our stress??

Not Me. 

So I scoured the internet, talked to friends, racked my brain, and I put together a list of self-care action items you can do in less than 10 minutes. 

Start taking care of yourself, so you can show up and take care of everyone else. 


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How to make time for the things you NEED to do, and still do the things you WANT to do.

How to make time for the things you NEED to do, and still do the things you WANT to do.
I KNOW BUSY. 

I live it. Every single day.

So, when I told myself I was writing a blog post today, I made the time to do it. I looked at my list of blog ideas, and realized this topic was perfect.

Which is why I KNOW you need to hear this too.

We all have the same amount of hours in the day. We decide what we are going to do with those hours. If we have set obligations, we have less hours to get our other tasks done, but still need to do them.

This may look like working out for 30 minutes a week if that is all you can squeeze in, as long as you make the time to take care of your body. 

75 Hard (even though I am on my 3rd reboot at the time of this writing...) is teaching me about prioritizing the things that are important to us. I am spending 1hr 30m a day working out. 


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Working from home.. Yup... I got a JOB

Technically, I have been working from home for a year and a half now, but now I get paid and have benefits while never having to leave the house (or my pajama pants).

I have been doing this job for a little over a month now, and let me tell you, I am so glad I know this isn't permanent. 

You may be wondering why an entrepreneur who focuses on being a full-time homemaker would take a full-time job... and there really is a good reason!


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Homeschool Secrets with Tabi Rae

We discussed some of the secret sauce she uses to keep her kids active and engaged in her homeschooling, Some of the things that didn't work for her kids, and how important is know not only your own homeschool style, but also your kids learning style.

One of the big topics we touched on was about "unschooling" your kids after they have been in public school systems. I loved that she has helped her kids (17, 14, 12, and 9) get out of the check it off and get it done mode, and back to a love of learning all the time. 
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