Most Improved Reader

Normally, I tell stories about my little monster since I am home with her all day. I can see my oldest in the future upset that I didn’t talk about her much, so today it is all about my crazy monkey.

Every since my crazy monkey was little she loved books. From the day she started walking she has been bringing me books to read. We would sit on the floor, just the two of us, and read Elmo books for hours. It was tiring for me but she loved it and my life wasn’t as busy back then. More

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Spare Time

As a mom have you ever had someone ask you “What do you do in your spare time?”

Whenever I am asked this question (which is usually at the beginning of each semester) I think to myself, what the hell is spare time? I barely have time to take a shower during the day let alone have spare time – I have growing to-do lists, screaming kids, a messy house, unpaid bills, and homework (I’m sure there is more but I can’t remember right now). More

Our weekend getaway

We went out of town this weekend to Lake Tahoe, CA with my husband’s family and I wanted to be able to write about the wonderful time we had and the importance of weekend getaways.  Unfortunately, that’s not what I will be writing about. More

Got Lemons? Make Cake

On Christmas a friend gave me a bag of lemons.  I put them in a bowl on the counter and have been staring at them ever since.  Today, I figured out what I was going to do with them – make zesty lemon pound cake! So, I got out the recipe, the ingredients, and suited up my helpers. 

As we were making the cake I started to think about all of the other “lemons” that life can give to moms and how we can deal with these sour problems to turn them into delicious cake instead.  More

Don’t do this to your friends

Driving home from school one night last week I got a text from my husband “Don’t freak out, child is cleaning a big mess.”  “Okay” I respond, trying to figure out what happened but not brave enough to ask. I do some mental preparations as I continue my drive home telling myself that it will be okay, it can’t be that bad. Then I walk in the door.

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Mom’s Way of Using Time Wisely

In my opinion everyone has different takes on what it means to use time wisely.  For me as a mom, using my time wisely means knowing what I can do with my kids around and what I have to put off until they are asleep or out of the house with Daddy or some other brave soul who has offered to babysit.    

Little Monster asleep during dinner

It took me a while to figure out which activities I could do with the kids and which I could not.  At first I tried to do everything with the kids around and I found myself extremely frustrated and ready to pull my hair out.  I decided to try something different and I would wait until nap time to attempt certain tasks on my to-do list and my stress level started to decrease.  Through trial and error I have finally figured out the best uses of my time with and without the kids.

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