What’s Working

In between this dodging this crazy spring weather, with work, school, and home life echoing Mother Nature, we are managing to do a few things that bring us peace and joy. Here’s a short list:

Have you listened to the Goop podcast? The opening episode features Oprah, talking about Maya Angelou among other things. This is excellent food for a good, long walk or car commute.

Eating more good vegetables. If there’s one great thing about spring in the south, it is shelves full of excellent produce in March, making it easier to sustain a “protein plus three” diet. It isn’t local, but it won’t be long before we can get much of this at our farmer’s market, and this pleases me so very much.  Eating the rainbow has helped me miss the flu and other viruses that have been passed around too much the past few months.

Spring Cleaning- I ordered both a clean out bag and a donation bag from Thredup, and tring to sort through 6 bags (!) of clothes that the girls and I purged cleaning our closets these last few months. When we shop this year, I will remember these piles of clothes and try to make more responsible purchases.

What is working for you this month?




Anger, Frustration, Hopelessness, Sadness, Fear, or Joy?

Share your feelings with someone today. Listen to someone today. Empathize today. And try again tomorrow. Teach your children to do this by modeling love.


What’s Working

Whether at church or with my neighborhood friends, something that I’m always keen to talk about is best practices- best mom practices especially. While everyone has different kids and different circumstances, there are always commonalities shared that sparks inspiration for me. Why reinvent the wheel?
Sometimes you’ll find a mom with some kids that are about 5 years ahead of you, and her mom best practices are truly little golden nuggets. And other times, you can help a mom with younger children find the perfect sippy cup, share your perfect bedtime routine, or just in general gain some perspective and appreciate that not every phase lasts forever.
Motherhood is a marathon, not a sprint, and just like a running buddy will help encourage you to finish the race- your mom tribe will also!

These are the top 5 things that are working for me right now:

  1. Getting up earlier than my kids. It sounds so simple, but in that 30 mins or hour, I can take a long walk, enjoy some coffee and devotional time, and be ready to give my kids attention to get them to school on time and start my day more peacefully.
  2. Using a bullet journal to write down my goals and create action steps to complete them. I journal my weekly progress, as well as success/fails of the week. I love making lists, so this works well for how my brain works, but it also lets me see big picture progress which helps me in turn be more realistic.
  3. The Think Dirty app is helping me to be choose greener beauty and household products. For many years now, I’ve tried to keep a greener home, both for my family’s health and to be a better steward of our world’s resources. I use many of the Norwex cleaning cloths and my laundry routine is probably as green as I can make it, but my makeup and beauty products need an overhaul. My current rating on the app is a 6. This app helps me identify my biggest offenders (my mascara, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, & body wash) so that when it comes time to replace them, I can make a better choice.
  4. Choosing to unsubscribe from so many retail e-blasts. With budgeting continuing to be a top priority for our family, I have found it easier to spend less by unsubscribing from so many eblasts that prompted that “oh, I need that” reaction.
  5. Activating the “move” function of my Garmin. I don’t want to be bossed around by my watch, but I work a 9-5 office job and sitting all day long is deadly. Keeping water at my desk helps too, then I’m forced by my bladder to move, haha. You could set an alarm on your phone too. Thankfully I work from home, so that I can dance to Timberlake for a few minutes in the privacy of my own office.

I would love to hear what is working for you too! Let’s lift each other up so that this motherhood journey is a little easier!



Every year, I try to set goals for myself. While they almost always include losing 15 pounds and eating more vegetables, I try to include something creative that pushes me.

Last year was no picnic, but it was made easier because I had a plan. Our family stuck to a budget and accomplished some important financial goals. I ran a half marathon without injury. And I strongly believe I was a more patient wife and mother.
This is what I am pushing myself toward in 2018:

More knitting. Stretch myself and knit something impressive, and find the inspiration to design something unique. I know this sounds vague but I don’t want to put too many limits on this one just yet.

More reading. Putting a number out there makes it sound like I am going for quantity over quality, so I want to stay away from that. But I read 72 books in 2017, and many were magnificent. I would like to read more magnificent stories, and you need to listen to many voices to do that.

Tackle some home projects. The interior needs to be painted, and the patio and backyard needs a makeover. Veggies seem to always fail me, so this year will have a flower focus.

Cook with the kids more. We stopped our kid night cooking because of our busy schedule last year and I want to restart this. I don’t think it is realistic for me to do this every week with each girl, but I think we can do it once a month. (And if it broadens our horizon with new food choices, it would be welcomed with open arms. Mac and cheese, I’m talking to you!)

With everything, I want to fit within the frame of family-first. Whether it is here for the blog, at work, or for play, I want to make sure my decisions are building up my relationship with my husband and girls.

Staying real and sharing the success and failure is what connects us together. What are you planning for 2018?

The Sound of Silence

Something is happening in my life now that is equally as peaceful as it is disturbing. If you haven’t been reading long, you might not know that I am a mother of two girls. And one of my jobs as the mother of said children, ages 7 and 11, is to chauffer them around town, to school, to church, for food, to dance, etc.
Now in the 11 years that I’ve had this job, there has been little peace. Oh, sometimes they fall asleep or they get really intent in a movie, but for the most part there’s always, always been some drama in the back seat. Being in this small, unescapable place that is my car has not always brought out the best in my girls. Fights over who looks out what window, who is making mouth noises, who chooses the music, who really knows the words to the music, drama over nosebleeds, sickness, and who can see the moon.
It’s not always bad drama, sometimes there’s good drama, like sharing the day’s joy, funny jokes they can’t wait to tell their dad, new people they met, and crazy things that happened that week at school. The bottom line is there’s always background noise.
But lately, after I drop off the 7 year old at school and begin my trek to the middle school, the strangest thing happens. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking about silence. She looks out whatever window she wants, with no drama, or studies her school notes, or brings her own music and headphones, or sketches in her journal, and there is zero noise. She isn’t mad, I’m sure of it.
I’ve spent 11 years knowing every thought that came to her mind, and now she’s developed a filter. Peaceful, and disturbing.

Cookie Day

My love language is food, and it is easy to see why when you spend time with my family. There is rarely a gathering that doesn’t center around delicious food, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas.


One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is Cookie Day. We gather at my aunt’s house and make a ton of cookies that we pass on to neighbors, coworkers, teachers and friends. It is always a fun day filled with laughter, sugar, and reliving fun memories.


What are your favorite holiday traditions?



New Recipes

These colder days bring a renewed energy to get creative in the kitchen for me, but this energy is tempered by my kids -especially because they aren’t always open to new flavors.

Not sure if this resonates, but I need familiar ingredients that are filling- comfort food at its most basic! (eggs, potato, cheese, pork, pie dough), and it needs to be simple enough that it can be made on a weeknight. The kids love to help and I want to encourage it.

I am going to search through these cookbooks that are new at my library for inspiration to try to get some ideas for next month. Tonight, we scrapped the idea on my calendar in favor of breakfast for dinner, which is so comforting on this chilly and damp day!