Many people want to know, “How is it with three kids?”  As if I am going to buckle under the pressure or regret one of them… want to shove them back from whence they came… sometimes… regret?  Never…
Life is, in one word, BUSY right now.  Getting ready for this barn sale, whoo-eee!  Quelle Travaille!!!

My workshop.

…If you have been reading P.F. for any period of time you know I don’t have positive things to say about busyness.  It simply can not be at the expense of your family… if so, then it’s time to step back and reschedule or at least re-organize.
I have what I call “SANITY KEEPERS” that I employ during busy periods in our family life and I thought it would be fun to share…

This one is for all you perfectionist “Sancta-Mommies” who want to feed their families good, fresh food, sober, while looking fantastic…
SANITY KEEPER #1
FROZEN FOOD!
I don’t care if it’s your homemade stash in the freezer or something from the frozen aisle at the supermarket.  I usually make homemade pizza and it’s fast but this is faster… we have been enjoying frozen Spanikopita, organic Mac and Cheese… the kids are lovin’ it and so is my schedule.  In the two weeks before a big event fast meals are the key.  I promise, no one will die!  Which leads me to my next key step-
SANITY KEEPER #2
 PAPER PLATES!
I cry when I see two things come down: Trees and Barns BUT a couple weeks on paper plates is not going to destroy the environment.  DO IT and DO IT GUILT FREE!  And while you are at it – set everyone glass out on the counter so only one, per person is dirtied a day.  Sanity!
SANITY KEEPER #3
  LEARN TO TIE A KNOT!
I have A-LOT of hair.  When I am busy I can’t stand it in my way and I hate tending to it. Here we have a ponytail that has not been pulled thru it’s final loop.  I then pull out some stragglers and pin them creating a sort of messy bun.  It takes about 3 minutes and doesn’t really look that bad.  Dirty hair, clean hair – it doesn’t matter.  Not only can you set aside your own vanity but you can manage your children’s too…
SANITY KEEPER #4 
 PYJAMAS!…ALL DAY!
You’re not a bad Momma if you keep your kids in their jammies all day.  CONFESSION:  My kids have been to Target in their jammies!  They will love it and it shaves a good 10-12 minutes off the bedtime routine.  It you are feeling guilty about the paper plates then take some comfort in the laundry water you will be saving.  Speaking of laundry…

SANITY KEEPER #5
KEEP UP WITH THE LAUNDRY


I don’t know about you but when I am up to my eyeballs in projects and creativity nothing overwhelms me as much as baskets of laundry.  So, stop what you are doing right now (well, at least finish reading this and post a comment!) but then, go right now and get your laundry done.  Lest you loose a child in the piles.

SANITY KEEPER #6
KEEP YOUR KITCHEN CLEAN!

Do it.  Do it fast, I mean like a mad woman!  Get those counters clean, load that dishwasher, put up the “CLOSED” sign, light a candle on the counter and proceed quickly to sanity keeper number seven…

SANITY KEEPER #7
DRINK WINE.

Nothing soothes fingers burned by the hot glue gun, skin chaffed with scrubbing off paint and numbs the aches and pains from standing at your workspace all day like a big fat Bordeaux!!!  Sip, Savor, Enjoy…
THEN GET BACK TO WORK!!!

SEE YOU AT THE SALE!!!