As I enter the 41st year of my life, I really had to take some time to reflect on the past year. Not so much on my accomplishments but what I have learned in the past year. I only started to reflect the last couple of years and I found it really puts things in perspective. Some of the blimps I had in the year were learning opportunities or blessing in disguise!
I’m finding more and more families are having jam packed summers with lots (or too many) events to attend. I however, believe our children need time in the summer to play freely and explore. In this blog post, I share tips on how to have a simple and enjoyable summer.
Summer is truly the best time to reconnect with friends. While it may feel like mission impossible some times, getting together doesn’t have to be planned in advance or have a really a good reason for it. We just need to keep trying to connect. This blog post shares 20 easy ways to reconnect with friends.
I used to multi-task at everything and felt very efficient during the process and at the end. After becoming a mom, I thought multi-tasking was the only way I could get more done during my day. Boy was I wrong. Not only did I have more things to do, to think about, and remember, but all of these new things hardly ever related to each other or the existing things I needed to do before I became a mom. This blog post shares what I do instead to get more done.
It is so easy to enjoy your summer and allow it pass by quickly! If you want to plan out your summer to maximize it, this blog post has two free printables to help you complete your summer goals or summer bucket list!
Our home has white walls, white cabinetry, and white furniture. It makes me extremely uncomfortable and anxious when I see things out of order and in a mess. Because one of my daughter’s favorite things to do is paint, I have since learned how to see the benefits of letting her get dirty!
As moms, we all have moments when we feel like we are not doing good enough for our families and our children. Sometimes, we might even feel like we are failing as moms. Then, out of nowhere, something happens or someone tells us something that becomes our proudest mom moment.
As moms, we take on many roles - provider, teacher, coach, mediator, cheerleader, transportation facilitator…the list goes on. Some of us are surprised we made it through the day/month/years, and then there are some that decide to add one more role to their life and day - an entrepreneur.
As a working mom, the best part of my day is when I pick up my daughter from her dayhome. I am excited to see her, hug her, and to learn about everything that happened with her day. I want to know it all. I will ask her questions about what she ate, whether she took at nap, whether she made a poop, whether she went outside, who she played with, and what they played. Sometimes, she doesn’t share the same “level” of excitement as me.
At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2019 New Years Resolutions because I wanted to be held accountable. Here is a review of how I did during the first quarter of the year. I think I did pretty good on 2/3 resolutions and excelling on the 4th resolution I added!
Does going on a road trip with your children cause you anxiety? It used to for me too. After each road trip, I learned something and was able to prepare better. This blog post shares my list of must have items for road trips with children. Some of these items I bet you would not have even thought about!
Would you agree that weekends should be for fun and play with our kids and not for chores and errands? I agree 100%
As a working mom, my weekends are the most important days to spend with my daughter. These are the days we are not tied to a routine and can go out to explore and play. The absolute last thing that I would want to do on the weekends is to run errands. Sure, I can run errands with her but it is no fun for anyone and we both prefer to do fun things. Obviously, errands have to be run and I cannot put it all on my spouse. That wouldn’t be fair to him.
Valentine’s Day celebrations have been drastically different before and after becoming parents. Prior to becoming parents, celebrations would romantic and well thought out. We would either go out for dinner or make each other dinner/dessert. There would be a real focus on showing each other that they are loved. After becoming parents, there is still some effort but I would say there is less focus on making it an incredible night of romance.
Does it spark joy for you? If you haven’t heard if this phrase from Marie Kondo, you might be living under a really big rock, or you don’t have access to Netflix. On the very first day of 2019, Netflix released an original series named Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In this series, families welcome the tidying expert, Marie Kondo, into their homes to declutter and find joy in the possessions they decide to keep.
Sometimes it is hard for us to believe our kids love us because they often don’t listen, do the opposite as they are told, and act like turds. Every since my daughter turned four years old, she has turned into a different person. A person that is argumentative, questions authority, and questions the logic in rules. Basically, she turned into a grown up overnight.
Last year’s resolutions made things definitely interesting, by doing less and not more, focusing on self care on a regular basis, and making personal relationships a priority, exciting things came my way. This year, my focus will be on things that needed to be a priority for a while but was neglected because they are plain difficult to tackle.
I almost forgot to do my yearly recap! In past years, I loved doing these because it gives me an opportunity to look back at the year I had and be truly grateful for all the wonderful things that happened! Here are this year’s highlights!
After my daughter was born, I really wanted to start some holiday traditions for her so that she would have memories of them growing up. In comparison to my spouse, I didn’t grow up with a lot of Christmas traditions. We ate a Christmas dinner and opened presents but that was the extent of Christmas.
I absolutely love Christmas time because I love buying presents for all the people I love. I really like to shop for others because giving gifts is my love language. That said, I tend to shop really early, forget that I have already bought gifts for a specific person, and overspend.
It's been a few months of packing those school lunches.....are you getting tired of it yet?! Maybe you started the year gung-ho to make Pinterest-inspired, fancy home-made lunches all year long. And most of us are over that by oh….about week 2 of school!
Whenever I hear a friend or family member’s baby announcement, I am not only super excited for them but I also jump into overdrive on what present I can give to the parents-to-be.
Prior to being a mom, the presents I gave were generally cute, admittedly not very useful, and came with a gift receipt. Eventually, I progressed to making diaper cakes as presents because I thought a handmade present is better.
I don't have a sweet tooth so it is super easy for me to take the fun out of Halloween for my daughter (and spouse.) I don't really get why they need to go out, in the cold, walk around, to get a ton of random candy from strangers. After they proudly come home with their stash, I just look at them thinking there is no chance my daughter is eating a quarter of that and then crashing like a crazier than usual preschooler.
A couple of years ago, my younger cousin asked me to help her decide what she should take in university and what career she should go for. I told her that I wasn't going to tell her what to do and it is really her journey to figure things out. That is part of the fun of becoming a grownup! You no longer "needed" your parents to tell you want to do! She then asked me what I wanted in a job when I entered university. I told her: "A very steady job where I sit for most of the day." Not very inspiring.
Recently, my partner's coworker told him that she doesn't understand why we keep our daughter so busy with going to events and learning new things. She wondered why we don't just let her be a kid. This coworker was also a mom but her daughter was younger than ours. Her comment might have been innocent and not judgmental but it still rubbed me the wrong way.
If you're a mother like I am (3 kids over here!), you're probably tired of the never-ending task of feeding your family. It can be overwhelming to find the time and motivation to plan, organize, shop, prep and clean up food. All around your kid's schedule and demands, and possibly your own long work day and commute.
Everyone gets the same amount of time each day. 24 hours is all you get. However, there are ways to get more done in a day when you learn to use your time wisely. The very first step to using your time wisely is to determine how your time is currently being used and how much time you actually have.
It is always easier to stay home than to go out, but you should still go out once in a while. It's not that I have been in a rut. Actually, I just have been super comfortable staying at home and not going out. I have created a routine for my family and the thought of disrupting any of that at any time gives me a lot of anxiety
I don't mind being a working mom because I really do enjoy my job and the people I work with. The biggest downfall is being away from my daughter. The second biggest downfall is the lack of time to do everything that needs to be done. I struggled with the latter until I realized if I use my time effectively,
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