Changes and some Winners

~Hi Friends~

It seems like so many little changes are happening around here so I thought I would fill you in on LIFE….

First off, meet Abby.  She is a rescue dog, about 1 year’s old and couldn’t be any sweeter! Ray brought her home a week ago and the boys absolutely love her. Sophie our other dog is happy to have a sister again, although I think she was getting used to be top dog for a little bit.

In January I started a new job, well, not really new, I am just actually earning a pay check.  Super long story short, the past 5 years I have been working with an attorney for my Grandmother.  (another long story)  After 5 years of finally getting everything settled on my Grandmothers end the attorney asked if I would like to actually work for cash rather then free.  Ummmm , yes please!  I am just having such a  hard time trying to balance everything;  family, work, blog, home, wife, mom, taxi driver, cook, art teacher, maid, volunteer…blah blah blah….Meanwhile the kitchen and Grayson stress the heck out of me on a daily basis.

OK so you are most likely asking where are you going with all this? The one thing I know for sure is if the house is a mess, I’m a mess. I’m not lazy, yet I still felt guilty  about considering hiring out help and a little self-indulgent.  Really how hard can it be to keep a house clean? No woman in my family ever had a housekeeper, my mom had four kids and made it look easy while dinner was on the table every night at 6pm.

Well, I’m over the guilt and am excited that hiring a house-cleaner will help  alleviate a little bit from my plate. She will come once every three weeks to do the deep cleaning while I keep it up in-between.   When she came over to look at the house and set up a schedule I gave her a big hug when she left, she probably thinks I’m a little nutzo!  All I know is I can breathe a little sigh of relief!

So that is life in a nutshell and why I haven’t been around too much lately. How about those winners!

Winner of the $75 Shabby Apple gift-card is Amy From 11 Magnolia Lane

Winner of the $200 Visa and bling is Kathy From The Dedicated House

~Congratulations Ladies~

So tell me, do you have help around the house, do you feel guilty about it? Do tell!

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  1. Kristin….If I had a housekeeper I would not feel guilty about it, I surely would not! Years ago when my boys were little and I had a retail business I had to get a housekeeper…I just had too. Funny thing is I felt I had to clean before she came to the house. lol!

  2. You have quite a lot on your plate. I have only had my housed professionally cleaned twice. Once before my daughter’s graduation party (we were spending all our waking hours finishing up the landscaping around our new pond, just in time for the party). And, then hubby said I should try them again. I fired them, probably because I am super picky, but if I have to go behind them, so not worth. But, I will say…I do not work outside the home. And, now it is just hubby and I most of the year.

  3. YAY for you!!! I don’t have any kids & felt really guilty about getting a housekeeper but my hubs & I were spending a day over the weekend cleaning because who wants to clean house when you get home from work at 5:00? It was the best decision I ever made. She comes every other week & it’s awesome!! She doesn’t do laundry or dishes but it’s a huge help.

  4. Having so much on your plate you have to do what is necessary to keep it all balanced. If you can get some help, that’s great! Your family and home are most important! Hope your new job goes so well for you!

  5. Kristin, I understand your hesitation in hiring someone to clean, but I can promise you that you won’t regret it! I hired someone years ago and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!! With all that you have on your plate, it’s nice to be able to take a few things OFF of it! You deserve it!! 🙂

  6. Oh I have cleaners come 2xs a month. It is really wonderful. With 2 dogs, 3 kids (AND one husband) it is a necessity for me! Or so I have rationalized! And I still need to do laundry every day, vacuum the kitchen and hallways every other day and the kitchen is a daily ! Plus my job which is thankfully flexible!

  7. Love your new pup…so glad y’all could rescue her! And yay on your job! That’s wonderful. Don’t you feel guilty one single bit about having help! Enjoy the help & allow yourself to relax and spend the time you would have spent cleaning with your family!!!

  8. Um, trust me, if it was in the budget, I’d be all over someone coming once a month for the deep-cleaning stuff. It would be a HUGE help!
    Your newest addition is adorable. So glad another four-legged critter came into your life.

  9. I have some help every other week…but we make such a mess in the kitchen (my husband likes cooking) that I have a constant battle to keep the floors up…but it is so nice to have it all clean even if it means mostly me doing it!

  10. When I worked I definitely had a housekeeper every two weeks. There’s nothing wrong with that! My philosophy is we can’t really do it all…we like to think we can but there aren’t enough hours in the day. Why not pick and choose. I have friends who actually work part time just so they can have a housekeeper because they don’t enjoy that part of life. It’s ok…whatever works for you and your family.

  11. Okay lady you are at a point in your life where you need a little help, and if it’s with housecleaning, then go for it! That would be the FIRST thing I would outsource if I was earning a steady income. I had someone for years and it was dreamy to have the whole house clean on the same day!! Plus I felt like I could attend to other things in my life that needed my attention. So go enjoy earning a paycheck and don’t feel guilt – you can’t do it all! Happy mother’s day to one of the kindest and sweetest people I know. Hope you get some rest and relaxation in this weekend! xox

  12. Kristin, hang in there! Hiring some help is totally acceptable. The best of us do the same thing!! Don’t waste time feeling guilty, just enjoy the help. Also, Abby is adorable and extremely lucky. Have a blessed weekend!! xoxoxo

  13. My house was flooded by the plumber (I’m not kidding!) two weeks ago and since then it feels I’m always behind because of all the extrawork it implied in cleaning and re-organising… I did think of you and your kitchen when it happened (well maybe not the minute it happened, but later in the evening!).

  14. Today’s woman is a lot different than our mothers, Kristin. I think you made the best decision to get help. You have a lot going on. I’d hire help too if my dog wasn’t bipolar. He won’t let anybody in the house. Enjoy.

  15. Good for you!! Never feel guilty for having help. It’s smart. Our moms stayed at home and it was a different time. You can not work… and do everything else too. There are only so many hours in the day. I am happy for you. Enjoy the help, the new job, the new pooch and your kids this weekend! Happy Mother’s Day. I know it will be extra sweet this year!!!!

  16. I went back to work 20 years ago and hired someone every other week. Let me tell you that you will not ever look back. After the kids were grown and out of the house I still have a cleaning person. It gives me the time after work to do what I enjoy, painting, cooking, gardening and DIY projects. My hobbies give me satisfaction and make me who I am, cleaning never did.

  17. First of all, congrats on the new job my friend! I can sense your excitement about it coming through the screen…is that possible? LOL! Secondly, I can’t tell you how much I love that you’ve shared that you can’t do it all. None of us can and we need to be more willing to admit it and ask for help! You are such an encouragement to me! 🙂

  18. Good morning busy lady!…wow…that’s alot on your plate and good for you hiring some cleaning help…I don’t even have a job outside of home and still can’t seem to keep it all together….Your new pup is adorable…we just got a dog too…our first ever “real” family pet!!…I went through some serious post puppy depression!!!….I’m over it now and love him!!…I’m going to do a post soon….Have a happy mothers day & congrats on your new job!!….xoxo, Mom

  19. You really DO have a lot on your plate, friend … congrats on your job! And, a housekeeper will soon be one of your heroes! I can’t believe you didn’t hire one before now. 🙂 Abby is precious, and I know she loves her new home and family! I hope all is going well with your soon-to-be kitchen remodel … look forward to seeing the choices you all have made! Happy weekend.

  20. I work two jobs part of the year and one job full time all of the year. I cannot do it all! I have three kids. Even as they get older things are still swamped.

    I just hired a professional organizer. She also helps my kids go through their room and clean out stuff! I can give her a room or a project. I can do many of the bits and pieces but I can not keep up with that! I also hire yard work. I do some, but when I am at my end I hire help. Once every few months I pay someone to do a deep cleaning. But I have not done that since last year, and with a busy family it seems like it does not last long.

  21. Do you cut your own hair or do you go to a hairdresser or salon. If you go to a professional to cut your hair, there is no difference from hiring one to clean your home.

    If you have alot on your plate and need help then there is nothing to feel guilty about. Most of the guilt we women feel is FALSE guilt. I know it / I feel guilty all of the time over stupid things, which are generally related to getting this or that done…( Do MORE, MORE MORE ) but at least by my age I know it’s false guilt and I tell myself ( in my mind ) to shut up and not be silly 🙂

  22. Wow, Abby is just darling! What a cutie. I’m so glad you have another fur friend to bring joy to your home. You guys have been through so much this past year, I’m glad you were able to adopt her.
    Congratulations on your new job! I would love to have some help cleaning too….ugh, too much to try and balance sometimes. Very happy for you!

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