Monday, May 23, 2016

Things I Miss as a Busy Mom

Ins't this clip art great? While my breastfeeding days are far behind me, I am pulled in twenty different directions each day. Here are some things I've really been missing lately:

  • Time to read. I used to read every night. Now I am lucky to finish one book every few months.
  • Time to blog. My blogs are being abandoned, which kills me because I worked so hard to grow them. 
  • Time to write. I can't remember the last time I sat at my desk to write a few lines. 
  • Time to cook. It used to be home-cooked meals around here seven days a week. Now I'm lucky to make a meal once a week. Not only that, I have been eating lunch out more lately too.
  • Time to clean. Doesn't that sound silly? I'm just sick and tired of my house always being a mess. 
What I feel I am doing right is making time for the kids despite how busy I am. The Lil' Diva will be 15 this August and the Lil' Princess is turning 13 in November. Time is short to take advantage of them being home and I plan to spend every moment with the girls that I can.

What are some things you miss as a busy mom?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mailbox Monday - May 9

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

As always, it's busy around here. Lots of work and a little bit of play. I was blogging about motherhood and the passage of time Friday at Christian Children's Authors. You can check it out here.

I hope all of my fellow moms had a lovely Mother's Day. This year was especially hectic around here because the hubby's birthday was Saturday. Two celebrations in one weekend--yikes!

After treating Paddy (that's what the girls call him) to a nice dinner and his own extra large cupcake, we gave him a Bruins mug (his old ice coffee mug got cracked last year) and a picture frame for his office with the quote, "To the world you are a dad, but to us you are the world."

Sunday we started out with the Lil' Princess making me breakfast. Then we went to church and Paddy taught Sunday school so I could sit down and hear the message. The family got me a cute little plaque that says "Good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens, and happy kids" and a lovely necklace with my initial on it. I goofed off and played lots of Cookie Jam and read a book. Then we picked up pizza for supper and went over to the in-laws' house to celebrate Mother's Day with Yia-Yia.

Last week was also our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, where I picked up these four audio books for only $1.

Totally unexpected came this book from Hatchette Book Group. It sounds interesting, but at this point, I rarely read books sent to me without my permission--way too busy.

What was in your mailbox? 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Remember Mom: 62 Ways to Express Your Gratitude From FTD

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th. It's the day we do our best to let our moms know how much we appreciate all they do for us. If you're looking for ways to express your gratitude, check out this recent post from FTD Fresh titled, "Thank You Mom: 62 Ways to Express Your Gratitude." Numbers 10, 19, 40 and 60 are my favorites. What are some of your favorites from this list?

Wishing all my fellow busy moms a wonderful Mother's Day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mailbox Monday - May 2

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

It's been a while. How is everyone? Life is one crazy mess right now. Simply overwhelmed with work, family, and trying to fit in a bit of me time.

Two clients closed on their homes this past week, which is always sweet. Four more between now and the end of May, so not sure how much I will be around but I'll do my best.

I picked up a copy of this one after reviewing another of the author's books. It was a freebie when I grabbed it. I've been reading it here and there between other things. It's interesting. 

What was in your mailbox last week?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Napping 101 Infographic from Casper

For busy moms, tired and stressed are two words that follow us around forever. Especially now– April is Stress Awareness Month. It seems like just a part of life, but stress can have some pretty serious effects on our health. The good news is, there are some simple ways to help reduce stress one day at a time. One of the best is to take a healthy, long overdue nap. It might seem straightforward, but there's a lot that goes into taking the PERFECT nap. The sleep experts at Casper have spent years figuring out ways to help people sleep better– that's why they created their latex mattress, but they've also put together this Napping 101 guide with tips how to take a refreshingly healthy nap. Check it out, and be sure to find time in your busy life to catch some well-deserved Zs!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Vacation Week Antics

School is out! The Lil' Diva and the Lil' Princess have happily been on vacation this week. With Dad in London on business, that means the girls and I are hanging out and getting into all kinds of trouble.

We started the week off at church. It was lovely outside, so we had our Sunday school lesson in the yard. 

Then the Lil' Diva attempted to show me how to take a proper selfie. Most of her shots are with half a face, but I don't see why anyone would want to see half of me. 

The great thing about school vacation is we treat ourselves to eating out. This usually leads to more picture taking.

The Lil' Princess decided to buy herself a new toy. Check out her trampoline! The girls and their friends worked hard to put it together. I had to help with the safety net and tying the net down, but everything else they handled. Notice the Lil' Diva acting as the supervisor.

We had plenty of sleepovers. This afternoon we met up with family and my sister-in-law took the Lil' Princess home with her. She'll have fun at their place until Saturday entertaining the Lil' Nephew.

It's also been a work week for me. I kept my schedule light so I could concentrate on the girls, but I'm still out showing houses. Tomorrow will be my busiest day. 

Thankfully, Dad will be home from London tomorrow night. We've missed him. 

What are some of the fun things you do on vacation?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Book Review: The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht

Busy moms know the key to getting it all done is putting systems and schedules in place. Oh, and getting enough rest is a big help too.

The Productivity Book by Michael Brecht is a helpful resource for those who wish to become more productive by learning how to work smarter, not harder. Brecht is the CEO of Doodle, an online scheduling tool.

After a brief introduction by the author, numerous interviews appear with a variety of productivity and time management experts. The book is rounded out with an engaging Afterword and Conclusion.

It's definitely interesting to learn how experts plans their days, what Apps they use, and what their predictions are for the future. As someone who hasn't always used a ton of Apps, I am glad to have a list of new ones to consider to increase my productivity. My slight criticism is that the interviews coming one after the other makes for some monotonous--though easy--reading. I would have liked to have seen more of the author's thoughts interspersed between the interviews. As CEO of an online scheduling tool he must have a wealth of his own information to share.

The Productivity Book is loaded with great information, so it's definitely worth reading. The low cost of the book makes purchasing it a no-brainer. Pick it up and see what a difference it can make for you.

File Size: 5800 KB
Print Length: 206 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Doodle AG (November 16, 2015)
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01844YLP8

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author through Goddess Fish Promotions. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.