Homemaking, Motherhood, Travel

When You Have to Actually Clean Your Van

Finally! I can return to the blogosphere (do we still call it that?) after an interminably long hiatus. My computer sustained a terrible injury and had to be practically rebuilt… literally. The poor, wonderful, incredibly patient man who repaired it had to replace nearly every single piece of hardware in it. I’m reminded of a topic discussed at length in one of my college philosophy classes. If a ship is replaced board by board over a period of many years until eventually no original wood is left, is it still the same ship?

Rebuilt computers are not the topic of the day, though. Today I’m here to discuss my vehicle. I drive the ultimate Mom Car: a minivan. Tonight I am going out with a group of ladies to eat… together… in a restaurant… without our kids. I am very excited BUT I was also asked to drive. I knew this meant removing three car seats from the back of the van, which isn’t my favorite thing to do, but worth it this time, right?

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Marriage

Time Together

I laughed out loud at Beracah’s mention of my advice to them when they got married. “Go on a date weekly”? I don’t remember writing that and I doubt we did it at that point. Of course, we didn’t have kids, so we may have come close. I was, however, quite pregnant when they got married and maybe suffering from some sort of estrogen-induced delirium.

But now, it’s definitely not a thing. We shoot for once a month and did not achieve that for a long time. But this year for Valentine’s Day I planned out 12 dates – once a month for a year – and presented a package of envelopes to my husband laying out each one. Continue reading “Time Together”

Homemaking, Motherhood

Entertainment for the Multitasker: podcasts I love.

Last week we shared favorite TV shows and movies for kids… but what’s a mom to do for entertainment? I’m the first one to go for a great Netflix binge (usually while folding 4,589 baskets of laundry), but that’s not always an option. I also enjoy reading a good book, but the multi-tasking possibilities are drastically reduced. Confession: today, I let my kids run wild while I read the last 100 pages of a thrilling novel. When I finished, every single toy we own was out, dishes were removed from cupboards, a fort was built, and my 2-year-old had painted her own face with watercolors. #noregrets Continue reading “Entertainment for the Multitasker: podcasts I love.”

Motherhood

An Octopus in the Neighborhood (and other things we see on TV)

TV. I think it’s one of the greatest parenting conundrums; how much do you let your kids watch, when, and why? I think my kids’ pediatrician told me last month that no more than one hour a day is recommended. I’m here to tell you that sometimes we go over that limit. I try not to… but it’s just so easy. I am able to accomplish ridiculous amounts of things when my baby is sleeping, my oldest is watching TV, and my middle child is doing her little introverted thing. (At two years old, she still has no interest in TV. I consider it a mixed blessing.) BUT I strive very hard not to let it be a babysitter, and I try to carefully curate what shows he watches. Continue reading “An Octopus in the Neighborhood (and other things we see on TV)”

Homemaking, Motherhood

Life Hacks – organizing toys, labeling food, making dinner easy, and bakon.

We all need to simplify life a little bit… here are a few of the things I do to make my days a little more simple. These are helpful for anyone – mom or not – but I think they’re especially useful if you are juggling small children along with everything else going on in life. (don’t literally juggle your kids…) Continue reading “Life Hacks – organizing toys, labeling food, making dinner easy, and bakon.”

Recipes

Kombucha – Why and How You Should Make It!

One of my favorite things to do is wait until my kids are down for naps to eat my lunch. It means I can eat in silence, while reading a book, without sharing my food. Our house is usually SUPER hot by that point in the day. I have some amazing, huge windows in my kitchen that let in a LOT of natural light which I love… but they also let in a LOT of natural heat, which I do not love. There’s something about sitting down with a super cold, fizzy drink at lunch time that is so refreshing. Years ago I would have probably kept soft drinks stashed in my fridge for those occasions, but now kombucha is my go-to refreshing drink. Continue reading “Kombucha – Why and How You Should Make It!”

Motherhood

Our favorite books!

I have always hoped my kids would love reading as much as I do… so far, so good! They are always down for a trip to the library and some time on the couch with a pile of books. Not long ago my son brought an impressively high tower of books to the couch, a smirk on his face. He was obviously testing out my endurance; I am proud to say I stayed the course and read the whole tower’s worth. Continue reading “Our favorite books!”

Motherhood

When Potty Training Gets Dramatic

See that beautiful photo of a waterfall? It’s a visual representation of how potty training has gone so far for our family. A sheer rock face that is impossible to climb because you will be drowned, knocked down, or at least soaked by massive amounts of liquid coming from the other direction. Continue reading “When Potty Training Gets Dramatic”

Recipes

Iced Coffee (the efficient version)

I think I first fell down the iced coffee rabbit hole when I was working at McDonald’s in high school. I LOVED working the 5:00 am shift for a myriad of reasons, and I was also duel enrolling at the local community college. My managers would let me work the back drive through (where they take your order and your money) so that I could study in between customers. My brain felt overloaded for much of that period of my life, so I was often fueled by coffee.

Okay, not much has changed.

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Homemaking, Motherhood

These are a few of my favorite things!

It doesn’t matter if it’s huge or tiny, we all have to have our favorite things to get by. Here are my top things (some Mom-related, some not) that are getting me through a fairly stressful period of time right now!

(NONE of these are affiliate links; they are just things I genuinely love and want to share!) Continue reading “These are a few of my favorite things!”