Back from Summer Hiatus!

I wasn’t exactly planning on it, but I ended up taking a hiatus from blogging over the summer. With my daughter home from school and lots of travel, I just wasn’t able to focus on the blog (or much else) for the past couple of months. But school has started back up for us and we’ll be home for a while, so I wanted to jump right back in! My daughter started full-day Kindergarten this year. She did a half-day K4 program last year, so this year I’m finding I have a LOT more time to get things done during the day while she’s at school.

One of the things I’ll be focusing on is getting my photography business off the ground. I’ve got several photography blog posts that I’ll be posting in the coming weeks over at Kelley K Photography with pictures from our summer trips and a couple of sessions for friends, so you may want to add that blog if you aren’t already. I’m taking a workshop now that I’m really excited about, so there will be a photo share from that, and I’ve got some fall sessions coming up that I’ll be sharing as well. Yay!

I also have several projects at home that are in the works for future blog posts. I’m continuing my office organization project, and tackling a few new projects, including organizing all the cleaning products, organizing our bathrooms, painting some rooms, and more.

For now, I’ll leave with you with a collage I made from my daughter’s first day of school.

first day of school 3

That’s my daughter and her best friend in the photo above, and the drawing is me dropping her off.

For the other SAHM’s out there… what projects are you planning to tackle with kids going back to school?

Thanks for reading my blog. Time to take on the rest of my day!

3 Months of Taking on Today

Yesterday marked 3 months for my new little blog, and it’s been pretty fun!

I don’t post as often as I’d like still, but it’s because I’ve been busy making progress around the house, launching my new photography business, and spending time with my daughter now that she’s out of school for the summer.

I thought it’d be fun to look back at my most popular posts over the past few months:

My tent camping organization post has been viewed almost 1500 times, and pinned almost 1000 times! Seriously, I had *no* idea it would be that popular. Now if I could just get the rest of the stuff organized as well as our camping stuff is… I have a lot to do in this area, and hope to blog about it in the coming months, but lately I’ve been really focused on getting my photography business of the ground.

Launching Kelley K Photography, has been really exciting and challenging. I don’t post here about it much, because I setup a separate business web site and blog for my photography, so if you’re interested, please check those out and like Kelley K Photography on Facebook. I also joined Clickin’ Moms to help network with other photographers and sharpen my skills. I’ve been busy on their forum and will be doing some of their workshops and breakout sessions soon. It’s been a great resource already. The problem is just that I’m taking so many pictures, I can’t keep up with processing and posting them. I fall further behind almost daily.

I am (mostly) keeping up with the housework this summer though. We’re still making the beds every day, and doing laundry and dishes (almost) every day. It definitely helps when it doesn’t pile up. We had a few off days last week and I’ve had to play a little catch up, and it really made it obvious how much easier it is when I stay on top of everything each day. The app I’ve been using to keep track of my daily and weekly tasks is called Daily Planner. It’s very simple, and that’s what I like about it. It’s not a full-featured schedule manager or project planning app. It’s just simple groups of to-do’s in a clean format. There is an option that I use to have groups for daily and weekly tasks, and the cool thing about those is that they reset every day/week, so I check off my daily tasks as I do them each day (making beds, doing dishes, etc.), and then in next morning, it’s all cleared for me to check off again. Same for the weekly tasks, which I labeled with days (Monday – grocery shopping, Tuesday – trash night, etc.) so that I make sure I’m taking care of the things I need to do each week. And every Monday morning, the weekly tasks are all unchecked for me to start the new week. I also have a group for errands I need to run and phone calls I need to make, which helps me remember those things. I’m going to keep using this for a while, and if I really like it, I’ll upgrade to the paid version and then do more thorough review with screenshots.

Thanks to everyone who started following my blog in these first few months. If you haven’t yet, be sure to like the Taking on Today Facebook page, or follow via an RSS reader or email subscription (see link in the right column to sign up).

Thanks for reading my blog. Time to take on the rest of my day!

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