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Feel-Good TV + 2 More Things

Leading up to fall and the back-to-school season, I maintained a mental countdown at all times. I wasn’t the only one in my house anxious for school to start.

We were all ready to say goodbye to what had deteriorated into a free-for-all season and ready to say hello to a calm, routine-following one.

Um, what? What was I thinking? Had I never before experienced a back-to-school season?

Of course the transition from summer to fall has been just as chaotic—though in a different way—as the three months that came before it. When my parents came for dinner shortly after school started, I think every other sentence out of my mouth was, “We’re just not into our routine yet . . .”

Finally my mom told me to chill out, that school had just started, and that we’d get there eventually.

We will. I know that. We’ll get into a new routine at some point, but in the meantime I’m grateful for a few things that are saving my life.

Grocery Pickup

I shop at Walmart, but I know several grocery chains offer this service, too. Every week, I log on to the store’s website or app, order our groceries, select a pickup time, and just like that, I’m set for the week.

I park in one of the special parking spaces during my window of time, check in, and wait for someone to bring my groceries to me.

I don’t get stressed out hauling my kids into the store, I don’t have to stand in line, and I don’t spend extra money on impulse buys such as decorative pumpkins. (Because I am convinced a person cannot possibly have too many.)

Plus, ordering groceries forces me to meal plan, so we eat out less and eat together as a family more.

Chore Lists

My family might not be following every one of our routines and habits perfectly (and, let’s be real, we probably never will), but we’re working on it. One of the biggest ways we’re getting our act—and our house—together is with chore lists I made for my daughters.

They’re four-and-a-half and almost eleven (I’d say four and ten, but they’re real particular about including all the months they’ve been alive), so it’s a little tricky dividing up housework fairly. Obviously, my oldest can do a lot more than my youngest.

The flip side of that age-gap equation is that the youngest is the one who loves doing chores while the oldest practically belts out, “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” when I remind her to make her bed.

Still, having clear and consistent expectations is a big deal for my kids, and it’s working wonders around our house. Plus, with the kids covering the basics, I have time to tackle larger chores. (Cluttered closets, I’m looking at you!)

Feel-Good Television

According to entertainment experts, we’re living in a golden age of TV (which should be great for a pop-culture lover like me). Yet, it seems like more often than not, TV shows are getting darker and grittier and scarier.

I like a good action show as much as the next person, but there are times I just want to relax.

Sometimes I want to forget how hard life is and how dark the world is for a little while. I want to sit folding a mountain of laundry, laughing at my TV friends.

Sometimes I need feel-good television.

I must not be the only one looking for lighthearted entertainment, because lately I’ve noticed warm, lovely, delightful shows popping up everywhere.

My recent favorite has been Making It, a crafting competition hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

The contestants are creative and sweet, the contest is barely more important than collaboration, and the hosts? Well, as a gigantic fan of Parks & Recreation (another feel-good favorite starring both hosts), I adore them.

How about you? What’s saving your life right now? Share in the comments below!

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  1. Jenny Young

    Yes, yes, yes…more feel good tv please. It’s why I love the Hallmark channel on Roku.

    • Mary Carver

      Oh yeah, ME TOO! I love the Hallmark Channel. 🙂

  2. Michelle

    It just got cool here again and I turned the fireplace on for the first time this fall. I sat by it, read a book about Hygge, and watched a fall Hallmark movie last night. It was the most amazing evening!

    • Mary Carver

      That. Sounds. Incredible! I turned on our fireplace last week and it was AWESOME. 🙂

  3. Sian Williams

    I’m currently watching ‘The Good Place’ on Netflix – so feel-good and hilarious! My boyf loves it too. Definitely recommend it for a lighthearted yet clever watch if you haven’t seen it yet!

    • Mary Carver

      I love The Good Place. And I was so excited when my husband decided to watch it last summer, so I got to watch it all over again! 🙂

  4. Heather Logan

    I’m super curious about what you have on your chore lists for your kids. I really want to implement something like that for our three (7, 9, 11), but I’m having a hard time figuring out (and relinquishing) what exactly to task them with.

    • Mary Carver

      Hi, Heather! Both girls have to make their beds. My 4yo is responsible for feeding our cat, clearing the table after dinner, bringing trash cans down for trash day (and putting them away), and putting away her laundry when I fold it. She also likes to “vacuum,” which isn’t much help but I figure it’s good practice. My 11yo has to scoop our cat’s litter box once or twice a week, setting the table for dinner, taking the recycling out and bringing our big trash cans up after trash day, cleaning our toilets, and folding and hanging her clean laundry. She’s also supposed to dust once a week (but I haven’t enforced this at all). And each girl is supposed to wipe down one sink each week but that hasn’t been consistent either.

      I hope this helps!

  5. Hannah Beth Reid

    I love all of your things! Walmart grocery pick up is just the best. Chore lists make life easier at our house because my oldest isn’t a fan of being constantly stopped from whatever she’s doing to do a chore on her routine, so I just say, “Run your routine” and she can get to it. Isn’t “Making It” just the best? I was late to the game, but it was such a calming, yet inspiring show! Thanks for sharing!

    • Mary Carver

      Ooooh, I love “run your routine”!! I look forward to the day (or hope for it) that we are that into a chore routine!

  6. Rachel Nordgren

    Feel good TV is exactly why I adore the Great British Bake Off! Sometimes an hour of creativity and kindness and low-stakes competition is exactly what you need.

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