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14 Habits of Very Happy Moms

14 awesome habits of very happy moms - how to be content in your role as a working or stay at home mom. Tips, wisdom, and suggestions on how to be a happier mom in every day life. Includes morning and evening routines and self care needs. Inspiration, encouragement, and things to do to improve your mood and attitude toward your kids and family.

  Friend, are you happy, right now, today? Do you greet each new day with joy and wonder or do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, grumpy and miserable? Does time with your kids make you feel great or bring out the worst in you? Would your husband describe you as cheerful and content or irritable and short-tempered? I don’t ask these questions to make you feel bad about yourself, truly. I just want to start off by taking the temperature of your outlook on life as it is today. I have gone through seasons of my … 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

God’s Plans and My New Job

Hello my dear readers! It has been a very long time since I wrote a post from my heart to yours (without a numbered list, ha!), but I thought it was time for that, for an update on my life like I used to post back in the days when this was a personal blog. In February of this year, I lost my job at AboutOne. The company downsized, and everyone who was part-time was laid off. I was devastated, and I prayed harder than I’ve ever prayed. Thanks to the goodness of God, I had a new job in less than … Read more

Working Utopia

working utopia

I homeschool, mother, and do housework in the daytime while Joe works. Joe fathers, cooks, and does housework in the evenings while I work. From a chair in the living room. It’s crazy and hectic. Most of the time, I love working from home, but it has a whole slew of challenges. My job – my consulting, my blogging, and my work at AboutOne – relies entirely on my having a reliable internet connection. No internet, no work. Late yesterday morning, my internet connection went out. I rebooted and massaged {read shook, jarred, and tapped} my wireless router. Nothing. I called … Read more

My New Schedule featuring Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

A few weeks ago, I talked about my time management struggles. There’s no doubt that my time management woes were partly caused by the bipolar disorder with which I would soon be diagnosed. However. I can’t blame it all on being bipolar. I am the queen of procrastination. I’ve done a stellar job of putting off organizing my time.  No schedule, no routine, no organization to our days beyond eating when we’re hungry. I asked some girlfriends who work from home with little kids how they do it. I thought about organizing my time. I printed out Tell Your Time … Read more

How Do You Manage Your Time as a Work-At-Home-Mom?

I have been overwhelmed by my life lately. I’m not sure if it’s PPD lingering or if it’s overcommitment or a combination, but I am struggling with my new role as a full-time work-at-home-mom of two. Struggling is the tip of the iceberg, to tell you the truth. I feel like a fraud. I have been getting emails from other moms asking how I do it. They say things like, I feel like such a failure. I wish I knew how you manage to keep it all together! You’re doing so many things, and you’re so successful! How do you … Read more