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Can you feel it??


Autumn is upon us...


Changing leaves, cool brisk breezes, orange-hued sunsets...


Who am I kidding, we don't have ANY of those things here in SoCal, but we do have pumpkin spice beverages at Starbucks, so that makes it officially Fall in San Diego! 🍂


Just like the trees releasing their leaves, fall is the ideal time to shed some things you no longer need, want, or use.


It's the perfect time for a quick "Fall Purge."


So here are 5 simple things you can declutter this fall to celebrate the changing seasons.


Decluttering should not be stressful or overly time consuming, so let's keep it easy breezy.


First on the list...



1. Pool/Beach Items⛱️


Summer is now long gone, so it's time to toss all of those seasonal items that didn't get used or are worn out.


Some things you may want to sort through and assess are...


- Beach Towels - any worn-out frayed ones can be tossed, or better yet, donated to a local animal shelter.


- Pool Bag, Water Toys, and Inflatables - if you make frequent trips to the pool, by the end of the summer, so many of the things like snorkels, floaties, and dive sticks are totally trashed. Toss anything that isn't in good working condition.


- Aquatics Bag - clean out that bag of any trash, old sunscreen, and miscellaneous pool items.


- Beach Games and Toys - surf/boogie boards, umbrellas, and sand toys can take a real beating at the beach, so toss any that are damaged and unusable.


2. Momma-Mobile🚗


If your vehicle is anything like mine, it's still got a few remnants left over from summer break...beach chairs, kids' snack wrappers, and empty water bottles. It's time to clear that stuff out and get your car organized. You'll be surprised how good it feels to have a clutter-free car!!


3. Seasonal Wardrobe👙


Swimsuits, coverups, flip flops, oh my! Got old summer clothes that you no longer like or wear?


Stop holding on to things that you don't feel good in. Pass them along to someone who will enjoy them by donating them!


While you are at it, as you start wearing cooler weather clothes, give away any pants, jackets, sweaters that don't make the wardrobe cut anymore!


✨(If you want some inspiration of ways to organize your closet, be sure to check out my post about my favorite closet organizing products here)✨


4. Product Purge💄


Love trying new products and then decide they aren't really what you wanted? (🙋🏻‍♀️hello, self-tanners lurking under my sink).


I think there is something innate in most of us that wants to hang onto those things we spent "good money" on even though we don't like them and know we aren't ever going to use them! Instead of feeling guilty about letting them go, maybe offer them to a friend who might like them.


I promise you that keeping them hidden in your bathroom isn't going to make you feel any better. They are then a reminder of the money you wasted. So go ahead and toss, donate or pass them along!


Now is a great time to also get rid of any makeup that you've had for more than a year. Yep, it's time to break up with your makeup that is old, unloved, or just plain ugly!


5. Outdoor Tools & Products🛠️


Garages and storage sheds are notorious for being clutter catchers.


Invest a little time to responsibly trash old yard products that you don't use or are expired. (check your local government about paints and toxic chemicals disposal sites)


Don't forget to also purge any tools you know you no longer need (yes, get rid of that stupid looking pickax thing in the corner of the garage collecting dust that looks like someone might lose a finger trying to use). You'll be ready for spring planting and yard prepping by having all of the old stuff gone!


While you are at it, spruce up your stash of barbecue tools by getting rid of worn-out utensils (adios, rusty spatula) and grill supplies! Before you know it, it will be Memorial Day again and you'll be ready to host a backyard party!


For this Fall Purge, my suggestion is to take one area to tackle per week and spend no more than 30-45 minutes. In fact, you can quite easily take an hour and knock off many things on the list.


Make it fun...turn on some tunes 🎶, and the job will be done before you know it! I can guarantee, just like a great work out, you'll feel so much lighter afterward with a sense of accomplishment!!


Last but not least...don' forget to treat yourself for a job well done... Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?


Until next time, cheers to you and cheers to a new season!🎃🖤


XOXO,


Magan




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Updated: 13 hours ago


P-A-N-D-E-M-I-C F-A-T-I-G-U-E


I’m not sure if that is really a technical diagnosis, but it’s definitely what I think I am suffering from these days…Pandemic Fatigue.

I’m not gonna’ lie….I’ve been a front ride passenger on the struggle bus lately.

Most days I’m doing “okay”, but then something will trigger the Covid sadness that allows doubt to creep in that things may never be the way they used to be.

Last week, it was a trip to Starbucks that brought tears to my eyes…I know that sounds so superficial and “basic”, yet it’s true.


It was my son’s birthday, and his special b-day breakfast request was a cotton candy Frappuccino and breakfast sandwich, and as I headed into Starbucks to pick up his special meal, I was greeted with this…

To most people, seeing green cones blocking off “safe” areas, a restroom closed sign, and striped lines dictating where to stand would probably not illicit a crying session, but the thing that struck me the most was not the ADDITION of these covid protocol precautions, but what was MISSING.


That particular Starbucks is in the heart of our little town center and before covid, it was a place that was a hub of interactions…


- Moms meeting up after their Stroller Strides class


- Local business owners having brainstorm meetings feverishly working on their laptops


- Neighbors joining up while they were out for a walk with their dogs


- Teenagers giggling and enjoying an afternoon treat on their walk home celebrating the end of another school day

Our Starbucks was a place full of laughter, chatter, community, and connection, and now it’s just an empty shell of a business, with tables and chairs pushed up against the walls and with a restroom sign that reminds us that our lives in so many ways have been "closed".


And through the tears, it hit me…


This is not how it should be….


This is not how I’m going to live my life feeling helpless and sad, longing for what used to be.

I’ve been spending my time and energy focusing on ALL of the things that have been taken away, and on that trip to Starbucks it dawned on me…


I’m not DEAD, I’m just LIVING in a pandemic...


And if I am feeling disconnected and isolated, that’s on me, and luckily I can do something about it.

So I decided the best way to combat feelings of loneliness and a life that feels full of "ho-humery" is to shift my thinking and,


as Andy Dufresne from Shawshank Redemption so eloquently said…


"I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”


Sounds profound, huh?


But, seriously, how do you do that exactly?


Well, for me, it means refocusing on the good stuff in life and creating a plan…


And you know how I love me a good ole’ printable, so I created one for myself (and for you too!) to get the ball rolling!


I made this "Fall: Focus on Fun" sheet to write down all of the things I want to do with my family in the next few months...basically a "Fall Bucket List".

Wondering what kind of things you should put on a Fall Bucket List?


Well, you are in luck because with all the extra pandemic time I have on my hands, I’ve come up with 50 fun things to do in the fall!!



Because I live in a house with 3 teenagers, I'm going to have my kids help me come up with some ideas for our family...because you know, if it's "mom's idea" it's automatically in the un-cool category!


After we've completed our list, I plan to put some dates on the calendar for our fun activities and hang our list on our fridge to keep us on track!


Have you been suffering from "Pandemic Fatigue" too?


What kind of things are you doing to help yourself out of the funk?


I'm hoping this exercise in planning some family fall fun is just what the doctor ordered to help me feel a bit more excited about life!


I'll keep you posted on the verdict! I'll also be sharing the details on my Instagram stories here if you want to see the festivities first hand!


Until next time, cheers to no more tears in Starbucks, and cheers to you!🥂


XOXO,


💗 Magan





Updated: Sep 6



The end of August signifies the beginning of the cray-cray birthday extravaganza here in the Weber house…of the 5 of us in our family, FOUR of us have birthdays within 6 weeks of each other, so needless to say it’s a super busy time of year!


Birthdays are one of those things that I’ve always made a big fuss about it…not in the lavish “Real Housewives" $15,000 toddler birthday party with unicorns and Lady Gaga way (I mean, seriously, that’s just ridiculous!), but more in the fun and meaningful celebratory way that makes the birthday kid feel extra special!


With the current Covid situation and living in California where things are still super restrictive, this year has been a bit tricky to make birthdays a unique day, so we’ve really upped our creativity game and tried to do simple, inexpensive (plus pandemic friendly) gestures to make the most of each kid’s birthday!


(Note: The links in this post are AMAZON affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our full disclaimer policy here.)

Here are Our Top 15 Birthday Traditions that will not cost you an arm and a leg and in most cases do not even a penny! (besides a few supplies that you probably already have sitting around your house).


1. DOOR DECOR

We’ve been decorating our kids' bedroom door since they were basically first born!


It’s such an easy way to make the birthday boy or girl feel extra special.


We normally do signs, balloons, and streamers, but check out these ultra-cool door decor ideas to inspire you.


Top 10 Reasons We Love You at "Giggles Galore"


Birthday Balloon Avalanche at "Fun with Mama"

2. SURPRISE SCAVENGER HUNT


My middle daughter has ALWAYS loved scavenger hunts, so we create them for all sorts of occasions…birthdays, holidays, because it's raining outside, you name it!


It's a staple in our house!


If you don’t want to spend the time coming up with your own rhyming hints, there are some super cute ones on Pinterest, like this one from Britni at Playpartyplan.com



3. BIRTHDAY INTERVIEW


I love me some little kid interviews! There is nothing much funnier than hearing what little ones say when they are being interviewed!


Once you are done documenting your child's responses in a birthday interview be sure to add it to your child's baby book or memory scrapbooks - I promise you will get a chuckle for years to come when you look back at the old interview answers!


There are tons of super cute, free printable ones on Pinterest like this one from "Life With My Littles"


4. A WORD & A WISH


A tradition that we’ve done in our family for as long as I can remember is to give the birthday child a “word” that describes their best attribute and a “wish” for the upcoming year. We normally go around at a family meal together and each individual shares their “word” and “wish” with the whole family. It's such a heartfelt tradition that always makes the birthday child feel valued and loved!

5. A PARTY ON WHEELS



Covid has certainly helped bring the “birthday car caravan” higher on the birthday experience list. During the lockdown, every few days we would hear lots of blaring music and honking for someone's birthday in our neighborhood!


Even post-pandemic you can plan a vehicle birthday parade or simply decorate your own car to show everyone it’s your child’s birthday. (Fair warning, your teen might totally hate you for doing this #parentsaresoembarassing)


6. CHALK IT UP


This is one of those ideas that also got really popular during quarantine, so much so that there was a national shortage of sidewalk chalk!


I absolutely love this idea of chalking a birthday sign on your trampoline from "The House of Hendrix"!! So cool! Makes me want to buy a trampoline just to do this!



Don't have a trampoline?... Well, you can decorate your driveway or front sidewalk!


7. PARTY IN THE POTTY


The “Party in the Potty” is another one of those things you can do to embarrass your teen…I mean seriously, how funny and embarrassing is this idea!


Shout out to "The House of Hendrix" for the hilarious inspiration! (Sanitary Side Note: Be sure you give your toilet a thorough cleaning before decorating!)


8. MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL


Got dry erase markers at your house?


Then that’s about all you need to add a fun sign to your child’s bathroom mirror.


You can really up your festiveness by adding some balloons and streamers like we did!


9. TEXT YOUR TEEN


Once your child is old enough to own a phone, be sure to bombard them with lots of birthday texts and silly GIFs. Although my kids act like it’s annoying, I know they secretly love it!


I mean, really, is there anything cuter than a chimp wearing a party hat saying "Happy Birthday"?


10. BOSS FOR THE DAY


Birthdays are the perfect time to make your child "King/Queen for the Day"!


What does that exactly mean in our house?

  • No chores for "Your Majesty"

  • A royal feast of what they desire at each meal (which basically means junky fast food that I never let my kids get normally - hello, Popeye's)



  • Sitting in the front seat and choosing the radio stations (which is a BIG DEAL in my family)


  • Simply make your child feel like the HEAD HONCHO for the day!


11. YARD ATTACK


You may need some accomplices to help you pull off the “yard attack”. Ask your family and friends to make signs and leave them all over your front yard to surprise the birthday child! Wouldn’t you love to look out and see this in your front yard!?!

Look how festive and fun this yard sign from StudioDIY is!


12. COUNT THE WAYS


This year was a BIG birthday for my oldest who just turned 18, so we started another new tradition...counting all the ways we love her!


So we created 18 signs that we hung all over the house that each said one thing we loved about her. Most were sentimental, but we also threw in some funny ones that are family inside jokes that brought a smile to her face.




There are also some extra things we do to celebrate in our family that do take a little investment, but I thought you might enjoy them too!


13. PARTY PLATE


Each of my kids had a special, personalized birthday plate given to them when they were born that has their name and birthdate on it.


Not only do we use it to eat on, but we also display it on a plate stand to add to the party decorations!

You can find similar ones from Amazon here



14. LUNCH BUNCH


When my kids were in elementary school, I would deliver them a special birthday lunch from their restaurant of choice. You can imagine how envious the other kids eating school and brown paper bag lunches were!


15. WATCH THEM GROW


Another year older means it’s time to document another year of growth for your child, and what better way to do that than with a measuring stick to see how tall they get each year!


When I was a kid, my grandma simply documented my height on the wall in an inconspicuous place in her home, and my mom had a giant wooden stick where she kept our measurements.


If you want to get a little fancier than my family's homemade options, Amazon has lots of cute options to track your child’s growth.



So what do you think?


Were there some ideas that were new to you??


Do you already do many of the ones listed above?

Got some of your own family traditions that I should add to my birthday arsenal of festivities?


Leave me a comment and let me know!


Until next time, cheer to celebrating another year of life with those crazy kids, and cheers to you!🥂


XOXO,

💗 Magan