Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Moms Have...


Sometimes I get overwhelmed with life.  Being a stay-at-home-mom of a 4 year old girl and a 1 year old boy can be a lot of work, plus cleaning, laundry, family responsibilities and other household chores...it can really be overwhelming sometimes.

I do my best to keep a clean house and not let the laundry pile up too high, but sometimes I find I am more focused on marking things off my to-do list then I should be.

I am blessed to be able to stay home right now and I sometimes need to remind myself that THAT is the most important job.  So when I saw this cute plaque on pintrest the other day, I knew I needed to make myself something similar.  (The original sign I was inspired by was from Catching Fireflies)

Disclaimer: Lest you think otherwise, I would also like to say that good moms also have clean floors, straight kitchens, neatly folded laundry and clean ovens.  And most of the time, I gladly fall into that category   This board is not meant to claim otherwise, I simply thought it was a cute, humorous reminder to help  me remember what my personal priority is as a stay-at-home-mom!  


I already had a wood board that I didn't love.  So I primed it and painted it all cream.  Then I attached vinyl lettering (thanks to my good friend at NataLee Allen Designs!)  Next I spray painted the entire board brown.  After it was dry, I carefully peeled the lettering off!


But it wasn't quite right.  So I carefully rubbed a bit of stain all over the whole thing and I distressed the edges just a tiny bit!


Yup.  I love my board!  It is hanging near my kitchen table which makes it really easy to see and to remind myself that sometimes I need to stop worrying about my to-do list and focus on my kids!

Do you sometimes have trouble with this too, or is it just me?

I participate in the link parties found here.
Subscribe to Simply Designing by Email

48 comments:

  1. I could have written this post today! I feel as though I'm sinking today under a heap of 'to dos', but this is a timely reminder that reading the same book 3 times in a row and helping my boys line up all their cars and trains is much more important than putting the laundry away!

    Your sign looks great, think I need to do something similar!

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is so awesome!! Might have to make one for me and some of my besties!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Very cute! I think I need one of these, too!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ashley,

    I love how it turned out. You are so talented. And I wish my floors were as clean as I'm sure yours are.

    ReplyDelete
  5. That is just a perfect saying. I remember those days well....when I had 4 kids at home and 3 of them were under the age of 4-with one older boy. There is never enough time to do what needs to be done..and some things just DO NOT MATTER! Enjoy everyone of those harried days because all too soon they will be in school and you will wonder where the time went- xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love this! And what an awesome job! :)

    We had 5 kids in 7 yrs - and let me tell you - there were some sticky floor and laundry piles! Still are....

    ReplyDelete
  7. new follower would love a follow back http://adventuresfrugalmom.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is so great!! I hope you don't mind if I copy it someday! :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. SO great!!!! I love it. I love how you put the vinyl on and then peeled it off.
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    ladeedacreations.com
    I need to remember this when I am overwhelmed with my house. uggh

    ReplyDelete
  10. Aaah, that sign makes me feel so much better! :)
    Truth be told.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Total love! I'll take a messy house anyday if it comes with happiness :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is awesome! This phrase is one of my favorites.. possibly because my floor is ALWAYS sticky! Love it.. and I hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/08/pink-hippo-party-42.html

    ReplyDelete
  13. I must be a great mom then - my floors are messy, the oven is dirty - but my kids are happy! Your board looks great

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello, I found you blog on the Meet Me Monday Blog Hop & I'm a new GFC follower :)
    http://www.savingwithsaveone.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is awesome!! Love it!!

    We host a linky party every Tuesday called, "Help a Momma Out." This would be the perfect link up! I would love it if you'd share it! Thanks for considering and for sharing :)

    Kristine
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love this! What a perfect sign for my house. My son is still a baby (growing quickly into a toddler), but that sign would definitely make me feel better about being the "perfect mom"! I hope you will link this up to my Delight Me party at Doodles & Doilies!

    http://doodlesanddoilies.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. This needs to be in every moms home!Love it!!!
    We would love to have you at our first ever link party... *Crafty Lassie Tuesdays*
    www.sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Heather & Rose

    ReplyDelete
  18. Visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts--What a wonderful reminder!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Love it, what an easy way to spruce up a house and make mommies laugh.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I chuckled when I saw this because it is so MY home - to the tee...thanks for sharing that.

    have a great afternoon and if you have a chance please stop by to visit me.

    thanks
    tina
    embellishments by tina

    ReplyDelete
  21. aww this is such a cute idea! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Those finishing touches made a big difference!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love the sign. It feels so true. I pinned it!
    Visiting from Workshop Wednesday.

    ReplyDelete
  24. This is SO true! I have one that just got married and two that are Jrs. in College. I was a stay-at-home mom until they were all in Jr. High and then only worked a few hours a week and the benefits are enormous and worth the financial struggles! Love your project!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. A good reminder on the days I just can't do it all! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  26. So funny! I was linking up with you while you were linking up with me. I saw this and fell in love...it is the story of my life! Thanks for linking up and being so fabulous!
    HUGS~
    Jenni

    ReplyDelete
  27. oh, i want this!!! do you sell them?

    ReplyDelete
  28. This post makes me feel better as I stare at my piles of laundry and dishes! Thanks for sharing! I am visiting from Thrify Decorating and am your newest follower!

    Emily

    www.mirrorsmetaphorsandkaleidoscopes.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. That turned out beautifully! I love the bit of distressing the you added! It really gives it character! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday! I'm going to feature this next week! :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Just what every mom needs! You should link up at my Frivolous Friday Party:

    http://imprintalish.blogspot.com/2011/08/frivolous-friday-2.html

    ReplyDelete
  31. You have been featured at CraftOManiac. Have a SUPER SATURDAY. winks-jen

    ReplyDelete
  32. Julie - I do not sell these. But NataLee from NataLee Allen Designs cut my vinyl for me! http://nataleeallendesigns.com/

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday this week, Ashley. I hope you will party again tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love this! I am going to add this into my home decor! Thanks for linking it up. I featured it here:
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/08/check-this-out_20.html

    ReplyDelete
  35. Amen! Now I have to go wash my foot because the floor is sticky from the juice my son spilled that the dogs tongue did not clean up.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Featuring YOU over on my blog today. Love this! :) Feel free to drop by & grab a button. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

    http://gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/08/take-look-you-simple-messages.html

    ReplyDelete
  37. I love this- sharing it at the party this week~ thanks for linking up at FNF :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love this- sharing it at the party this week~ thanks for linking up at FNF :)

    ReplyDelete
  39. What a great sign!! LOVE it :)
    Lina
    fancy Frugal Life

    ReplyDelete
  40. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your print as one of my favs on my blog post tomorrow (Frivolous Friday's)!!
    www.imprintalish.blogspot.com
    Come grab a featured button!

    ReplyDelete
  41. hey there,

    i stumbled across this photo on pinterest & it definitely hit a chord with me. i'm a sahm to 2 kids a yr & 20 days apart with a husband whose constantly deployed, & without family or friends in the area. It's tough. Some days I feel like super mom. Other days I want to pull my hair out. My to do list is never ending & being creative certainly isn't easy when you have a baby & a toddler. It's a daily struggle for me to find that balance & put down the cleaning rag & play trucks with my son {19 mo}. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who feels pulled to perfection but realizes that if I miss out on these precious moments I'll regret it.

    Jennifer
    http://notsomuch13.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  42. Is it odd that this prompted me to clean the dirty house?! It was a good day. We had three extra kids so everyone was entertained while I cleaned up!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I have trouble with this more often then not. I absolutely LOVE this and will be making one to put up in my home. Thank you for the AWESOME how to!!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Love this sign ..... Though I was a bad mom with sticky floor,dirty oven and piles of laundry, but this made me feel good. Thank yoi

    ReplyDelete
  45. I't not just you, I think we all feel the same way. In addition to being a SAHM, I also work from home, so I would add 'missed deadlines' in there, and unlike you I actually rarely have my floors not sticky and laundry folded, if ever ;)

    ReplyDelete
  46. Love this sign! Just shared in on our pinterest board and on our site. It's important to make sure we all know that spending time with our children and making memories with them in important. http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/11/teaching-gratitude-in-our-home-with-kids.html#

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for the comment love! It means so much to me!