The Purse: The Ultimate Fashion Statement When You Are Two

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If you have been here a while, you know my mother is my biggest fan, and a great supporter of all the crazy things I do. As I’m working on meeting the deadline for my book manuscript, she’s sharing some posts here that will show you her approach to thoughtful and purposeful motherhood. As her daughter, I’m thankful that’s her passion. I’m also excited that she has written a book! Be sure to check that out at the end!


Kids are masters of observation.

Trouble is, they observe and also test our inconsistencies.

Our daughter loved purses from 2yo and up. About that age we visited our city grandma who had given Dana a huge beige straw purse to play with.

She was about 2 ½ feet tall, and the purse was about 2 feet long. She carried it all over grandma’s house pretending she was shopping.

She “purchased” tissues, pencils, crackers … you know, 2yo necessities.

When the family got in grandpa’s Buick to go to Sears, here came Dana lugging her two-footer just like Mama and Grandma.

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I said, “Dana, when we get to Sears, you have to leave your purse in the car.”

Grandpa took his time getting to Sears by narrating a tour of my husband’s old stomping grounds.

When grandma and granddaughter exited the car at the mall parking lot, Dana still clutched the enormous purse. Grandma whispered, “Dana, your mother said leave your purse in the car.”

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Immediate 2yo response: “Maybe Mama will forget.”………..

You see how they are ready to exploit our inconsistencies?

In small things, in everything, if they can get away with it.

Aren’t our kids sweet, lovable, perfect little darlings?

Oh yes! They are. When they’re happy.

Our daughter tested me for inconsistencies from the beginning.

At two days old my dear daughter turned red, screamed at the top of her lungs, held her breath until she was blue-lipped in order to expel the next breath with an even louder scream.


She never whimpered or cried, wah. If something displeased her, anything, it was cause for immediate rectification: “Off with their heads!”

Nothing I’d learned from my first child helped. She totally intimidated me–by the second day.

I said to my mother, “I’ve checked everything. Why is she crying like this?”

My mother shrugged. “Looks like she’s mad to me.”

I shook my head. “What does she have to be mad about at two days old?”

Finally, at six months, I heard a soft cry when she woke from her nap in her porta-crib in the living room. I had not heard anything like a whimper from her before.

I rushed to check on her, and she smiled at me.

Had she been testing me for six months? Was she determining if I would be there for her? Would I come back? Would I love her unconditionally? Would I be consistent?

(Had she thought “Who is this person who tries to rock me to sleep when I’m sleepy, but when I wake up to play with her, she puts me in my crib to scream myself to sleep?”)

So, yes. They are sweet, lovable, perfect little darlings—with a natural bent toward self will.

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What do we do? Love the little/big darlings unconditionally with the motto:

Be present. Be positive. Be consistent. Be prayerful.

………“Dana, I said leave the purse in the car.”



About the Author: Peggy Miracle Consolver is the proud mother of the one and only Dana Consolver White, a.k.a. Nony. Peggy’s recent Middle Grade/YA novel, Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer, is available wherever fine books are sold and on in paperback and Kindle format. Click here to find out about the book (and the Kindle version is on sale for 3.99 on Amazon right now!)

About Peggy’s book:


A thirteen-year-old shepherd boy experiences the adventure he dreamed of when he rescues the unloved son of a despicable king. But when rumors of the Hebrews become reality, his family has to choose. Flee with the stampede of refugees or stay and take a stand? As a spy for Gibeon on a lonely crag above the Hebrew horde, the enemy looms ever more foreboding when they cross an impossibly flooded river and shout to bring down an impregnable walled city. Gibeon is next. Can his people avoid sure destruction? At what price?

“Historical fact…overlaid with creative imagination….make the ancient text alive…” Eugene H. Merrill, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Decluttering the Junk Drawer – A Success Story


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Nony here: Is it possible to declutter a space and keep it that way? My friend (and assistant) Linda is here to tell you ‘yes!’ and show you how she did it with her junk drawer.

Dana has been a great encouragement to me, sharing in her honest and transparent way how it takes focus and habit-training and perseverance to gain control over our ‘stuff.’ Thanks to what I’ve learned visiting her (often) throughout the last 5 years, I have a little less ‘stuff’ and even a few fully decluttered and organized spaces. My junk drawer for instance.

Everyone has a junk drawer, right? And junk equals mess, right? That’s what I had always thought, that’s the way I had always treated it. One day I was sooooo tired of not being able to find a battery or cord or whatever. Daily it was an all-out battle just to get it closed. Do you have any idea how frustrating it is when you can’t even slam that drawer shut because it was full to overflowing!?!

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So we tackled that junk drawer. “We” meaning my kids and me. It was a family project. This is how it went:

  1. Dump the drawer. We dumped everything out onto an old tablecloth on the floor.
  2. Sort. Everything. Put like items with like items.
  3. Toss the trash. Be ruthless. If it’s missing a piece or a part is broken, it’s junk. Trash it. If we hadn’t taken time to fix/repair it thus far, it ain’t gonna happen.
  4. Decide what stays (in the drawer) and what doesn’t. It was tough, but we had to do it.Junk Drawer During - Guest Post
  5. Return everything that doesn’t belong in the drawer to a proper place of its own. If it didn’t logically have a place to go to, it went into the donation box.
  6. Containerize. Search the house (or dollar store or thrift store) for containers that both fit the amount of ‘stuff’ you chose to keep AND the drawer in which they are to be kept.  We had lots of cans and bins and boxes sitting around, but not many actually fit both those criteria.
  7. Get Real. I asked myself (out loud) “Will I truly look for each of these items in this particular spot?” “Will I be abe to close the drawer if I keep all this in it?” “Does this item actually have another home or is the junk drawer the best place?”
  8. Put everything back in the drawer. Close the drawer.
  9. Retrain the Brain. I opened the drawer and look at the space. All that roomy, wonderful, organized space! I admired the beauty. I reminded myself what it looked like before (looking at before and after pictures helped!) I talked to myself (again, out loud at times) about the worth of such a space.
  10. Celebrate the space! When a friend stops by, show it off! When the kids are fixing their morning cereal, open it up and let them feast their eyes on this glorious feat!

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This monstrous decluttering project I had been putting off for, oh, say, ten years or more turned out to be a lot of fun. We worked together and laughed together and did some problem solving together (can you say, educational activity? how about hands-on-learning?) But the most amazing thing is:

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Nearly FOUR YEARS LATER this space is STILL neat and organized!!! The decluttering project may have been fun, and a little bit of work, but the hardest part was yet to come. I was determined to maintain that newly organized/decluttered space. But how?

I made a conscious choice each and every time I was about to shove something into that drawer that didn’t belong or didn’t fit. I would speak out loud, “this spare Christmas bulb belongs in the Christmas box downstairs . . .” and I would take it there.  It took less than a minute, it kept my drawer neat and orderly, and now feast your eyes on that same drawer today – really and truly –

I just LOVE this space. Even though I still call it The Junk Drawer, it’s anything but junk! I hope my little decluttering success story encourages you to tackle just one little space, and enjoy it. I have many, many more little (and not so little) space that need attention, but when it becomes overwhelming, I open my junk drawer.

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Apron Strings Other Things bio pic 3-15aLinda is a wife, a homeschooling mom of 8, mother-in-law to 3 & grandma to 7 (so far). She has been a long-time reader of A Slob Comes Clean and is one of those crazy people who went and read this blog backwards way back when. She would love to have you visit her at Apron Strings & other things where she shares her thoughts, tips and tricks for raising a family.

The Wonder of 5 Minute Pick Ups – a Guest Post

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This is a guest post from Angela at Setting My Intention.

As I scrolled through the “before” pictures of my future decluttering projects on my phone, my oldest son was looking over my shoulder and asked, “What are you doing with all those photos Mom?” I told him that I was planning on decluttering our house this year and he replied, “Why? That’s our family way.”  Hmmm…

My son owning clutter as a family trait was humorous but also alarming. Someday when I ask my children what they remember about their childhood – I hope that clutter and mess is not at the top of the list. I want my children to feel peaceful, loved, and calm in our home. I want to feel peaceful, loved, and calm in our home.

That is one of the main reasons that I began 2015 with an intention to slowly and systematically get rid of clutter in our home. For the past several months I have been reading minimalist blogs, binge listening to simplifying and decluttering podcasts, and putting into action small changes in my daily habits. Nony’s “A Slob Comes Clean” podcast has been my most recent find – and I’m so glad to have found it! I can really relate to her term “Slob Vision” and “Time Passage Awareness Disorder” – both of which I have!

I started blogging in February 2015 to document my progress and keep myself accountable – but like Nony, did not initially let anyone know. I didn’t want my friends or acquaintances to see the “real” state of my house. Listening to A Slob Comes Clean has reassured me that there are others who struggle with keeping their homes clean and tidy. One of the things that I first implemented was a clutter free zone” in my kitchen. It’s a small part of the countertop but it’s easy to keep clear and clean on a daily basis.

Another habit that we have recently started implementing as a family is a “5 minute pick up” which Nony has written and talked about on her podcasts. My family has done this before in the past but not on a regular schedule. As I have decluttered the children’s toys and books, it’s become SO much easier to pick up and clean. I used to tidy the living room by myself while the kids were in school, but I’ve realized that it’s quicker when we do it together and I want them to develop this habit as a life skill.

Our living room is the gathering spot for the family. My sons don’t do homework on the kitchen table or at a desk – they like to sprawl across the living room floor and do it there. That translates to backpacks, folders and papers left on the floor along with socks and sweatshirts strewn about as everyone gets comfortable. This is generally what our living room looks like at the end of the week:


This was taken after we had done a 5 minute pick up the previous Friday, so a good deal of things that didn’t belong in the living room had been put in their places the week before. The state of the room isn’t so bad…but it’s not peaceful.

I’ve decided that Friday evenings will be the time when we do a 5 minute pick up. It starts our weekend off in a really positive way. Backpacks are put away in our storage bench, socks and clothes are brought downstairs to the laundry area, and toys and books are brought back to the kids’ rooms. We set a timer for 5 minutes and each of us takes an area of the room or a specific task (picking up socks and clothes).

This is what it looks like after a 5 minute pick up:


There are many ways I’m not happy with my furniture, or the layout of my living room, but a clear uncluttered floor makes such a difference in how I feel about the room. When I walk down the stairs on a Saturday morning to a picked up living room, it helps me to enter the weekend feeling peaceful and calm – and when mom is peaceful and calm, the whole family reaps the benefits!

Does your family do 5 minute pick ups?

Angela recently started blogging at Setting My Intention while she tries to overcome her slob vision and actually confront her piles. She is a wife and mom to three boys. She works part time outside the home, and full time inside the home. She loves to hear and see how others are decluttering and simplifying, so please drop by her blog and say hello!

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