Working Like Crazy

Lately, I have been working like crazy. I have so many projects going, I almost feel guilty for taking the time to write a blog post! I have literally been going non-stop for maybe two weeks now. So what has me so busy? Aside from raising a baby and taking care of household chores, I […]

Mommy Wars

PumpvsFormula

Before I became a mom, I had no inkling just how controversial every single aspect of child rearing could be. I got my first glimpse of it while I was pregnant with RT. I was a member of several pregnancy forums, and I began seeing women argue viciously over hot-button topics such as natural vs. medicated births, diet and exercise, and supplements. Once the little ones were born, still more polarizing disputes emerged. New mothers were attacking one another over decisions like co-sleeping, crying it out (CIO), vaccination schedules, breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, and staying at home vs. working. I was appalled that these women, who had come together to support one another during a universally stressful time, would turn on each other so suddenly and violently. This was my introduction to the “Mommy Wars.” […]

How To Save Money as a New or Expecting Mom

When you have a baby on the way, you are absolutely inundated with information about the latest and “best” products for little ones. It can be hard to filter through everything and figure out what you really need for a newborn/infant, and what you can skip in order to save money. The truth is, babies […]

Building Yourself Up

Let’s face it, as a homemaker or stay-at-home parent, it can be so easy to lose yourself while tending to your home and children. Everyone and everything else seems to come first. However, you can’t give your best without being your best. It is absolutely essential to find time to work on yourself. I’ve always […]

The Value of Nutrition

NinjaBlender

If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you know that I’m doing a lot more home-cooked meals. I’m not trying to turn into a fitness and nutrition fanatic, but the way I was eating and living in general was not great for my health. I don’t want this to become an obsession that takes over my life, but everyone needs to practice self-care to be at their best, and I am no exception. If I don’t take care of myself, there’s no way I can continue to take care of my family without burning out. The changes I’m making are necessary and sustainable ones, rather than drastic ones. […]

A New Year

LoadedSpinachSalad

New Year’s Eve has come and gone. It’s now 2016. For many people, that means turning over a new leaf. This is a time to reassess where you are in life and what you’re doing, as well as make changes to improve yourself or your situation. Some people are capable of doing this year-round, but many of us need the reminder that time is passing to get our lives back on track.

I’m the type of person who requires some sort of deadline in order to make major changes, so a new year holds a lot of significance for me. This year, I want to start focusing more on my health. Since I found out that I was pregnant, my life has been all about RT and her environment. I did take care of myself during the pregnancy, but that was about her, not me. After she was born, I picked back up some of my less-desirable habits, as well as some new ones that weren’t great for me. I started smoking again, and my diet became horrendous. […]

Healthier Living

With so much going on in my life, sometimes it’s extra difficult to find time to do the things I need to in order to stay healthy. At the end of a long day, it’s just so much faster and easier to make Mac & Cheese or a microwavable meal for dinner than it is […]

Old Dog, New Tricks

George is a very good dog, and a much-loved member of our family. His personality is amazing, which is what makes him such a perfect fit for our household. He’s laid-back, but goofy. He loves everyone he meets, and is absolutely exceptional with babies and small children. Despite his enormous size, he’s very gentle. However, like humans, dogs are not born perfect, and they need lots of practice to be the best that they can be.

When we adopted him, he was already house-trained, and saying his name would get his attention. He knew basic commands like “sit,” “lie down,” and “come here.” Still, he had some behavioral issues that needed to be ironed out, as is the case with all animals, but especially rescues. Training is also something that should be a life-long process. Even the best behaved canine can benefit from ongoing training because it provides them with intellectual stimulation. This is the story of how we teach George. […]

Decluttering

KitchenClutter

When my husband and I were moving into our home, I was amazed at how much space we had. Before, we had been living in a one-bedroom apartment, so an entire house with three bedrooms and a full basement seemed so massive. I am now astounded at how quickly we’ve grown into the place. In addition to the master bedroom, one of the bedrooms is used as my studio, also known as the “chaos room.” The third bedroom is RT’s nursery. The rest of the house is just full of stuff. […]

Crunch Time

EntrelacExperiment

I am always so busy this time of year. My fiber arts business booms in the colder weather, and with the holidays approaching. I also set aside quite a bit of time to make presents for my friends and family. Handcrafted gifts are, in my opinion, much better than anything you could find mass produced in a store. They have a personal touch and a sense of devotion that you just can’t find anywhere else.

This year, I was especially strapped for time, despite giving myself a head start on creating presents. First of all, RT has started teething, making her one unhappy baby. As anyone with kids will already know, every endeavor becomes more difficult and time-consuming when there’s a little one screaming. […]