As a stay-at-hom-er, one of my struggles at the end of the day is feeling like nothing got done. I’ve found that if you want to have a successful day it all starts with the morning.
Mornings suck. I think we all know how amazing it feels to roll over and snuggle back into the covers. I am not a morning person and sleeping is my favorite pastime but when I sleep in (past 7 AM) my day proves to be less productive. So I’ve found two habits to kick start the day and almost guarantee a productive one. Get ready. You might want to sit down for this one.
It sounds awful but I feel like this post needed to be written. It pains me to admit that I’ve been there, and I’m betting that others might be there right now too. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has asked “how’s your day going?” and I reply with
“I hate being here.”
Everyone approaches parenting differently. And many feel the need to judge and ridicule when they see a style different then their own. But the truth is – There’s not just one right way to parent, there are many! And that diversity is what makes humanity so beautiful. Just give it your all, follow your gut and you’re on the right track.
That being said, I certainly can’t tell you what motherhood looks like for everyone… But here’s how I see it.
motherhood looks like this…
CC Image courtesy of Texasgurl on Flikr. Cropped from original Overwhelmed.
As you probably already know, I’m a stay at home mom. For all those moms like me, you may also know how easy it is to get into a funk. That too-hard-on-yourself, unproductive, want-to-sit-on-the-couch-and-eat-everything kinda funk. I fall into it all too easily. Why else would I be writing this post? My symptoms usually include spending way too much time on Pinterest feeling jealous over all the adorable crafts, clothes, hair and home decor ideas that I can’t pull off. Letting the kids run the house. Having no interest in cleaning the house. And contemplating spending our savings account in an extreme retail therapy session. I realize it’s not healthy to live like this and my symptoms may be borderline depression. But I’ve found ways to help me out of it. Although these might not work for everybody, my hope is that this will help someone somewhere. So for any mom that’s got the down-on-your-luck feeling and wants to get back to being herself, keep on reading. I hope this helps!
It happened a couple summers ago. The summer I gave up on two-piece bikinis and avoided going to the beach. It was a few months after the second child was born and I was letting my insecurities get the best of me. I was outside with ‘Lil Miss, tanning on the deck while Mr. Man took his nap. She played in the yard and I’d close my eyes and let the sun bleach away my mommy blues. I was in a two-piece that showed all my battle scars both pregnancies had left behind. Of the 401 questions she probably asked that day, there are two in particular that I won’t forget.
Months before the party I start dreaming of how awesome this one is going to be. I pin countless sweet ideas and my hopes are soaring high. I think …If I plan ahead far enough, I could SO pull this off... Then I start buying way too much crap, my make-your-own decorations look more like kindergarten craft time and by the day of the party I don’t end up doing half the things I planned. I do it Every. Damn. Year. Not only am I let down by the final product of the party, I also spent way too much money! This year, I’m uping my game. I’m ballin’ on a budget and I will throw two nice parties for the kids without looking like a total cheapskate.
Keep reading for my 5 simple ways to save on kid’s birthday parties …without sacrificing awesomeness!
Alright, I know I’m a little late. But the weekends tend to be family time or get-nothing-done time. But, it’s better late than never, right? Anywho… I always get excited for a new year, how about you? It gets me inspired to make changes and become a new me! I’m not a fan of the term “New Year’s resolutions” because they seem to get swept under the rug and forgotten about by February. But I am all for making goals and turning a new leaf – call it what you want. So Thursday night I sat down with the almost-seven-year-old and we talked about goals. I found some free printables (links throughout the post or just click on the pictures) and we got busy!