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15 Encouraging Books for Exhausted Women

Encouraging books for exhausted women, especially moms - These reading lists for fiction and non-fiction are full of encouragement, strength, and hope. Some include the words and truth of God and some are purely for fun and escape. Written by teachers of faith and full of truths from the heart. Lots of great book ideas here, perfect for summer reading or anytime.

I love to read, and I have for all of my days on this earth. I remember as a little kid, holing up inside my bedroom to read. My mom used to get on my case to go outside and play with my sister because she was playing, and I was laying on my bed, reading a book. I love books. Since I’ve become an exhausted working woman and mom, I haven’t had as much time for books. Gone are the days of turning pages in my bed for hours. I have a Kindle now, and LOVE IT, but I … Read more

25 Simple & Easy Habits to Make You a Happy Mom Even When Life is Hard

While this has not always been the case, I am a genuinely happy person these days. My life is stressful, don’t get me wrong: I worry daily about whether I’m doing a good enough job for my husband and children. I am battling a raging food addiction and trying unsuccessfully to work the steps in a 12-step program. My house is an embarrassing mess, and I am overcommitted. But at the end of the day, I am content with the way things are and don’t generally feel bitter or angry or resentful. I have great joy in Jesus and in … Read more

19 Days Post Bariatric Gastric Sleeve Surgery

19 days after bariatric surgery - gastric sleeve surgery results - People have been asking how I'm doing and how the surgery went, so here is my real life description of the process so far.

I am now 19 days past my bariatric gastric sleeve surgery, and physically, I am awesome. I have lost 32 pounds so far. I don’t have any pain, and I have more energy than in recent months. I’m not tired except at bedtime, and I am able to go for walks with the girls at lunchtime every day. I have had to retire some of my loose shirts because I am swimming in them. My pants, too, are way too big. Fortunately, I have lots of clothes in the basement from size 18 all the way to size 30 (where … Read more

10 Ways to Treat Yourself

10 ways to treat yourself - Some of these ideas include food and some are without food. They're all healthy and positive ways to pamper yourself and make self care a priority, especially when you're sad or stressed. Perfect for busy moms!

Every day is packed full. Full of work meetings and blog posts and emails and playing with the kids and Facebook and making dinner and sorting mail and cleaning the house and about a million other things. I know you are nodding your head right now. The days are packed full. There’s not a free half hour when I can carve away time for myself. Except there really has to be if you’re going to be a full, healthy, and happy person. Maybe the dishes can wait until the morning or your husband can put the kids to bed. Maybe … Read more

Banish Crabby Mom

Banish Crabby Mom

I have a confession to make. I struggle with being a crabby mom. That’s right, me, all beautiful messy life and live fully tattoo, and I struggle with being a grumpy mom day in and day out. I have my own things to do, you know? I have to clean the bathroom and do the laundry and tidy the dining room and sweep the floor and pick up all the toys we’ve ever owned fifteen times a day. Those things by themselves would be a challenge, but add in two small people who want me to play and read every … Read more

No One Warned Me (On Being a Stay-at-Home-Mom)

stay at home mom

When you become a parent, your life changes more dramatically than you believe is possible, and you have no comprehension of those changes before they happen. The same thing happened when I became a stay-at-home-mom, and I was just as unprepared. No one warned me that it would be the most grueling job of my life. No one warned me that I would forget the last time I took a shower. No one warned me that I would come to appreciate chicken nuggets as a healthy food. No one warned me that I’d forget to have fun. No one warned … Read more