Hi and welcome to Cluttercafe’! It’s my little space on the internet that I can share all about home life. From simple recipes, keeping clutter under control, organization, parenting, date nights and all the work it takes to feel good in your forties.
My husband Dan and I have been married for something like 18 years and we haven’t killed each other yet! We share the same stupid sense of humor and he just gets me. I can’t imagine going through it all without him. By “going through it all” I mostly mean dealing with the kids, who seemed like a good idea at the time.
I’m Mom to hockey playing, video-gaming, always-wearing-headphones, Mom-ignoring teen Andrew and 10-going-on-16, figure skating, totally dramatic, Punky Brewster reincarnate, hoarding, Amazon-aholic Nina. They’re great kids, but they can really take it out of us. Parenting is not for the weak!
I love cooking and baking. I can’t resist a sweet/salty treat. I try to cook, simple, hearty dishes to feed the fam that don’t have a huge list of ingredients and don’t take a ton of time.
I am always trying to learn new ways to improve our lives. Eating better, being more organized, living simpler. All of which means being able to spend more time doing the things that make us truly happy. Really, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Okay, full disclosure. I kinda suck at all of it!
I’m a forty-something, full-time working wife and mother. I drink too much coffee and too little water. I stress eat. I don’t get enough sleep and I don’t exercise nearly enough. My jeans and lately my yoga pants, tell a sad tale of woe. My hair is mess, I wake up with bed sheet lines in my face that somehow don’t go away during the day, I carry tweezers in my car so I can pluck strays in natural light because I can’t see them in my bathroom. Some days I don’t shower until before bed, if I’m lucky. I am disorganized, I have no schedule, I miss appointments, I’m constantly late and sometimes it all makes me want to cry. And sometimes I do.
Don’t worry, there is hope for me and those like me!
Cluttercafe’ is where I share how I’m pulling it all together to have quality time with my family and for me too! I’m not perfect and I never will be. But I can be better. I know there are many of you who experience these very same struggles. My hope is that this little community can help you as well. We’re all in this together!
Thanks for stopping by and making my day better! I hope some helpful tips, a bit of reality and a little humor do the same for you.