10 Things Motherhood Made Me Forget

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mama and baby

1. My Age

When I was growing up my brothers and sisters and I would occasionally ask my mom how old she was. She would pause and start mentally tallying, sometimes thinking for a good 5-10 seconds before replying. I thought it was so funny that she couldn’t just rattle off how old she was. All I could think was “How in the world can you forget your age?” Turns out having a kid is how. (And frankly, once you can’t count your age on your fingers or count down how many years until driving, legal drinking, etc, there’s just not a lot of incentive to keep track.) Continue reading “10 Things Motherhood Made Me Forget”

Life Lately – April 2016 Edition

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toddler walking

How is it already April? How is it already past the middle of April? Life – you move too fast sometimes.

I’m so excited that warmer weather has hit our area. I didn’t realize how much I have missed the sunshine this winter (mental note: take more Vita-D3 next winter!!). One of the things our family loves to do is take walks together. The fresh air, conversation, and gentle exercise make my soul happy!

And isn’t there something about setting foot out the front door that feels like a little adventure? There’s something about it… It makes me feel young and free. And there’s that feeling of anticipation – I never know quite what will happen. What will we find on a walk? Will it rain? Will we meet someone? Continue reading “Life Lately – April 2016 Edition”

5 Reasons Why We No Longer Take Our Cell Phones to Bed

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5 reasons we no longer take our cell phones to bed

It’s been a few weeks that our family has been trying this little adventure of no-more-cell-phones-in-the-bed. Let me give you a little background…

I have a love/hate relationship with my smart phone. As a work at home mom, I love it. I run most of my business from my cell phone. I can listen to webinars while pushing my kid in his stroller or message a client while sautéing onions or connect with my teammates on the fly. I also love that Atticus can FaceTime his PaPa in the middle of a long day (yes, we use “PaPa” instead of “Dada”… what can I say, my husband has a massive beard and “PaPa” just fits). And let’s be real, sometimes scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram is just the kind of 2-minute break I need. My phone is like a little magic window reminding me that there is life beyond my four walls. It’s a portal into other dimensions where there’s not smoothie art smeared on my cabinets or two loads of laundry piled on the couch or dirty dishes covering every inch of countertop… A place of world news, clever articles, artistic DIYs (some of which are actually doable!) and other living, breathing people who are interesting, potty-trained, and speak my language. Oh yes, I love my smart phone.

But I also hate it. Sometimes those 2-minute Insta-breaks turn into 20 minutes. Sometimes scrolling through newsfeeds becomes an autopilot type of habit that isn’t even enjoyable any more. Sometimes I catch myself and I think “Why am I doing this?” It’s like my thumb knows to keep swiping, even when there’s nothing worth reading. Too often I lay in bed, scrolling and swiping, and I spot my twice-renewed library books sitting on my dresser and I know I could have read them all by now. And I see my kid snoozing next to me… and I think “I don’t want him to remember me like this.” Continue reading “5 Reasons Why We No Longer Take Our Cell Phones to Bed”