Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Don't ask.

If one more person acts confused and has NO clue what I could do with all my "free" time....when I tell them I'm a SAHM, I might scream.

My daily schedule usually includes at least 8 of the items listed below:

*Exercise
*Grocery shop
*Clean
*Laundry
*Put away laundry
*Maybe eat
*Answer a few emails
*Organize my life one closet shelf at a time slowly
*Purge
*Drop off / pick up dry cleaning
*Book appointments (dental, dr, babysitter)
*Take out trash, recycle, and compost
*Make bed
*Possibly shower
*Blow dry and style my hair (that's a BIG day btw)

So next time you see an old friend and she tells you that she's now a SAHM, instead of asking her how she fills all that time at home - just congratulate her on her Promotion.





Thursday, February 21, 2013

Two Princesses at 3.

Recently I was sharing my baby book with M, and I discovered that my Mom had recorded what was done for each birthday for me from 1 to 7 years old.

And guess what? Just like M, I had asked for a princess 'doll' cake for my 3rd birthday too.

M had somehow discovered on youtube (don't ask) "how to make a princess cake" and that is what she wanted.

So, of course, we had to make it - and make it together. What an adventure.

So here is what developed - our Belle princess for M's Masquerade Ball at Moon Paper Tent in Seattle. I even had so much cake left over, I made an extra cake in my free time (aka midnight the night before....) I also added the little masquerade mask for Belle, of course. Yawn. And NO, I did not bake the cupcakes too. Those are gluten free for a few of the guests.


Thanks to Smitten Kitchen for the cake recipe too - the Best Birthday Cake recipe was yummy once again. 


Planner.

I have one pretty, artistic, I don't write on it calendar in our kitchen.

I have one family calendar inside our coffee cup cabinet to organize our day to day happenings.

I have a personal bag planner - pictured here.

I use COZI family calendar with my husband to share schedules online.

I love each of these calendars. I love looking at what's in store for the day, week, month, year. I love planning with a pencil and paper.

I guess you could say I'm a planner.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pinning.

I've been pinning for 12 months now (where does time go? Um, lately too much of it to Pinterest.) 

I have 31 boards - 3,600 pins - and 696 likes. I think it's time to make my 32nd board. I need to create a board of the pinned items I've done - or been inspired to take action on. Otherwise, I feel like all this pinning is causing me what I'm now referring to "non action pinning stress." 

Why is online organization of things I love or are inspired by stressing me out?! 

Off to make #32. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Describe Yourself.

As I sit in a cafe on my new laptop *um, learning curve moving from PC to Mac something I haven't played on since '96 (insert cough), I'm realizing how my life is changing again.

I'm a Mom of a 3 year old these days. Where did the time go these last 3 years? The time I missed so much I'm getting back with her in preschool 3 days a week (lots of 3s..), Saturday Soccer with Daddy, 1x nightly babysitter relief (Thank you Momma C!) and other ME moments. Now the switch is starting to happen. I'm starting to miss my 1:1 M time and realizing this is only the beginning. She's growing up so fast and needing me less and less.

So today, February 19, 2013 - how do I describe myself? Well, just this week I was asked to be the Moderator of a Mom's group I've found as a valuable resource in our community - Greenlake Moms and I'm pretty down proud of the opportunity. I'm also still a PROUD and HARDWORKING SAHM. I'm working on being a Better and more Patient Listener. I'm also rediscovering my Workout Self and Healthy Eater Self. I can also write I'm a Pinning Addict and Facebook Junkie. I'm a Water Worshipper. I'm a Wife and Lover. I'd like to re-inspire my Blogging Self.

Just another time I'm realizing that I'm rediscovering myself on a daily basis and that's pretty awesome. Here's to my new self today and every day ahead. Try it out for size - it feels good.