Fact: The second born doesn't quite get the attention and care to details that the first did.
Fact: The second born gets quite a bit of hand me downs, even if the hand-me-down isn't the "right" gender color.
Fact: The second born gets a bit more of a seasoned momma.
Fact: The second born gets more of a time-constrained and rushed momma.
Fact: This momma right here moved 5 times since finding out I was pregnant with Calum!
All of these facts = Calum's nursery is JUST NOW done in time for his 9 month birthday!
Life is so hectic that I needed a simple, clean, and functional space for the nursery. Enjoy the tour!
Hey Mommas, Friends and Family!
I've done the hard work for you! I have combed the Amazon Prime Sale (it's on now for one day only, and there is a TON to sift through), and here are some super awesome finds that help out around the house, are good for baby, are better for toddlers and are amazing for momma. Check out my short list so you don't have to spend hours perusing the sale like I did. Ain't nobody got time for that!
Just click the pictures to go directly to the item for more product details. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission.
Hand over heart - I have bought most of these items for my own personal use and for use in our home within the last year. They WORK! Or they are just so darn cute, whichever fits.
I'm heading out on vacation ASAP, so I'm going to throw in a beach vacay wish list too.
See you on the beach, friends!
As a student at the business school at Rice University, I had the opportunity to meet Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. If you follow the now 86 year old business magnate at all, the "Oracle of Omaha" was just as you might imagine - jovial, optimistic, playful, wise, and candid...
5 Things We’ve Learned In our First Year Going from Corporate Jobs to Entrepreneurs...with Family in Tow
John and I have plotted out our plan to make a jump from the corporate world to being full-time entrepreneurs. The course ahead is fraught with many, MANY unkonwns. So why would anyone willingly invite that uncertainty into their lives? Why not remain where the paycheck is a pretty sure thing, health care costs are partially covered and there is some security about the future?
For us, the certainty of a corporate job was becoming a lot less clear.
Hot momma date night alert! As moms it is easy to get into a rut, but you have to break out of the jeans and t-shirt routine and add a little seeexxxxyyy. Let's face facts - how we dress plays a big role in how we feel about ourselves, and for me I was a little uncomfortable being sexy after my first baby (now I have two!). I was tired. My hormones were shot. I generally felt like I had been hit by an overwhelming bus of things to do each day. But that doesn't bode well for a romantic relationship. Feeling beautiful and desirable is NECESSARY to maintain the romantic fires at home and just for your own confidence.
Eating clean while on the go can be difficult. The convenience of something pre-packaged and often times not so healthy is too tempting. With a little forethought and the commitment to only putting the right kind of fuel in your body, you can navigate the food world beyond your front doorstep.
Prep step 1. Make enough for leftovers.
When you do take the time to make a great meal, make enough for a couple more quick, on-the-go meals.
Prep step 2. Keep it simple.
Maybe this should even be rule #1 of clean eating. Don't make it hard on yourself. Simple fruits and veggies are really all you need. Whether you take frozen veggies and heat them up quickly or just simply have a bowl of fruit, that's all you need to have a quick meal on the go.
Prep step 3. Give yourself options (and others too!)
When a guest at someone else's get together, it can be hard to control what food options are available to you. An easy way to solve that issue AND be a rockstar guest is to bring some food! I knew I was going to an outdoor BBQ with lots of great meat options, so I brought along a fresh salad to make a meal of it.
Prep step 4. A mommy's best friend is the frozen food aisle.
If used correctly, the frozen food section of the grocery store gives you endless quick and healthy food options. Of course, it's all-too-conveniently located right next to the ice cream and other frozen goodies, so stay the course! My all-time favorite quick meal option is Organics Mediterranean Style Quinoa. It does have a bit of feta cheese, which isn't really in our clean eating meal plan, but I don't stress about that. The flavor rocks!
Share with me some of your grab and go clean eating tips! I'm always on the lookout for another quick meal to take along when I'm running out the door.
FLANK STEAK AND SALAD RECIPE
Here are some great flank steak recipes. Just season and slap on the grill! -
Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak
Dave Wendel's Flank Steak Roulade
Paleo Marinated Flank Steak
Simple salad dressing recipe (soooooo yum!)
For every 3-4 cups of salad mix-
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
Whisk in SLOWLY about 1/2 cup olive oil.
Season with a little salt and pepper.
Throw in your greens and toss to coat.
Recipe can be adjusted to your taste. Truth be told I just eyeball the amounts and adjust as I go.
What is clean eating anyway?
It can mean just about anything to anyone. For me and my little family, it's not about extreme restrictive diets or depriving yourself of treats. There's just one rule. Easy, right?
CUT THE JUNK.
Our ultimate goal is no sugar, no dairy, and no gluten. We don't get hung-up on a little of these getting into our meals, but they aren't prominent on our plates.
If you want to go balls to the wall, we base our goals on The Whole30 Program. Their motto is "Let us change your life." And that it will.
There's more below if you want to learn more about how we approach our diet and why, but let's get to the recipes!
Tragedy is a strong word. I’m not using it lightly. Maybe there is one or two of us who escape life without a tragic event occurring - one of those events that turns our world upside down in an instant. However, most of us have to deal with gut-wrenching heartbreak and loss. It’s a part of life that is sometimes hard to accept. Why must life be so seemingly unfair sometimes? Why must it open depths of hurt and sorrow we didn’t know we could possibly feel?
One Thursday evening in February, John and I were hanging around on a normal night at the house. The little one was fast asleep. Then John received a text from his father. “Where are you? I need to talk to you urgently.”
And the next phone call changed our lives forever.
There are so many demands on a mom's time these days. And if you work outside of the home in a large city that requires a lengthy commute, it's almost, strike that, it IS impossible to get it all done.
My current status: moving houses, working on a $1Bn offshore project with intense deadlines, starting a mommy blog, adjusting to a new blended family, chasing after a toddler and an almost-crawling-definitely-rolling baby, briefly checking in with friends and family to say hey, remember me?
As other moms before me have said, you feel like you are always dropping the ball on something.
As a reminder to myself and my other mommies out there on this beautiful WEEKEND in celebration of moms, here are some ways to slow down, smell the roses, and recharge...
Quick tips to make you feel like you got your spring cleaning
accomplished before spring slips away...
Check out Mommy Tools for a complete list of Spring Cleaning To Do's.
Clean Out the Coffee Pot
Because God knows we are living on coffee.
I only do this twice a year. Spring and fall. Is that gross?
Time: 10 minutes
1. Fill carafe with equal parts water and white vinegar.
2. Run the brew cycle.
3. Rinse and wash the carafe.
4. Run the brew cycle again with just the water.
5. Drink the hell out of some more coffee.
Replace Batteries in Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Stave off those beeping monsters!
And more importantly, sleep peacefully at night knowing your family is protected. SLEEP. PEACEFULLY.
Go on a tear and get your hubby to get it done! Just kidding, John (not really)
Flip Your Mattress
This is an easy one. Just do it. And then give yourself a high five for being so productive.
Freshen Up Faces
Draw up some soapy water and wipe down your cabinet faces. Grubby hands have been touching them ALL over. The grubby faces of the kids may never actually get clean, but at least your cabinets can get a freshen up!