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Changing Direction

April 27, 2015

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I’m not sure if very many working and/or non-working moms feel like they have a lot of free time.  I have a good balance between being a stay-at-home mom, and being a working mom. I work twice a week in an emergency department, and my shifts are usually between 8-12 hours shifts.

At the end of a 12-hour-shift, I’m done. I don’t want to cook, clean, do laundry, or anything else that requires me to muster up energy. When I come home from work, I want to spend a few a minutes with my husband and son, put little man down for bedtime, eat some ice cream and call it a day. The interesting thing is that I feel this way many times when my husband is at work also. He works 48 hours at a time, so it’s usually little man and I by ourselves, all day, for 2 days in a row (my mom has been wonderful and usually comes by once a week to watch little man if I work while my husband is also working, or just to relieve me so I can run some errands without child in hand.)

At the end of a day when I’m watching O (little man) all by myself, I’m POOPED!!! At the end of these days, sometimes I will be able to finish my ice cream, and watch half of a movie before falling asleep (especially with being almost 7 months pregnant, baby girl is starting to further deplete my energy.)

I know that I’m not the only mom that feels like her time is valuable. The more time I spend cleaning, shopping and preparing food means the less time I have to spend with my family. Since I have 5 days off a week, I want to maximize that time. This has looked a lot like: meal planning, intentional grocery shopping once to twice a week (with a specific list), making meals that take me 30 minutes or less to prepare, and preparing O’s food in bulk and freezing it. I feel like the freezer, ice cube trays, the blender, pinterest, and the crockpot have become my best friends.

I am aspiring to blog at least once a week (although I might fail every now and then). I initially started this blog as a way to keep track of our mortgage payoff. Since we paid off the mortgage of our townhome, we sold the home, and used the proceedings towards a larger, single-family home. I am no longer debt-free, but do intend to become debt-free again.

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My new topics will be:

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*Toddler food ideas: I will try to focus on things I have made for O that have been wonderful to make in bulk and freeze for a quick and healthy lunch.

*Dinner ideas: Meals that I have made that take me 40 minutes or less to prepare from start to finish.

*Camping/dutch oven meals: One thing I would like to do is make an area in my backyard where I can use my dutch oven to pretend like I’m camping. I LOVE THE DUTCH OVEN!! Not sure how much camping I will be doing in the next few years with two little ones, but excited to keep trying new recipes.

*Nursing: Whether it’s reviewing different nursing products, to personal experiences, to helpful tips I have learned…..nursing is still the most interesting and challenging job I’ve ever had.

*Entertaining/Serving others:  I love getting ideas for easy and delicious meals/snacks to make for families once they have had a baby. I also love quick dessert/snack ideas for when we host our bible studies. For either of these, it’s fun to make great food, fast.

*Marriage/child-rearing: I’ve been married for almost 6 years now, and it’s wonderful and challenging at the same time. I think it’s wonderful to have a community of people to share the seasons of marriage and raising a child. Becoming a wife and a mother are the best things that have ever happened to me.

*Finances: I will be keeping track of our mortgage payoff. It will definitely not be at the speed of which we paid off our last home, but our goal is still as soon as possible.

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*House projects/DIY: Any kinds of crafts and house projects that we are doing I will try to share. I’m lucky to have a super handy husband, we have been able to save lots of money on house renovations because of him.

*Misc: More things may come to mind, but the above stated are usually at the forefront of my brain.

I’m currently looking to self-host my blog, but I’m not quite sure where to start. Any suggestions?  What companies are easy and good for hosting. Are there shortcuts to transferring old posts to a new host?

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be back later this week with a scrubs review and discount code.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2015 5:02 pm

    I thought my wife wrote this lol… she’s reading it now. She is exhausted too and cooking, cleaning etc. is not tops on her radar especially since our son is ateething and crawling around. Great news with the blog! I went self-hosted a couple years ago. WordPress has some engineers that can help move your blog unless you know how to do it. You need to find a host (I use Bluehost.. there’s an affiliate link on my homepage) and design a blog. I paid a bit of money to get someone to do all of this for me. There’s lots of info online about this too. My friend Grayson may be able to help you out. He blogs at Debt Round Up and does blog maintenance but he doesn’t design.

    • April 27, 2015 5:12 pm

      Thanks so much for the helpful info! Do you like it better hosting your own page? Do you spend alot of money regularly to maintain and run the website (ie, hosting fees, etc.) How old is your son? Teething is the worst! I made homemade popsicles for my little man with actual fruit juice (straight from the fruit, not processed) and he loved it!!!
      Will check out your helpful links! Thanks so much!!

  2. April 27, 2015 7:04 pm

    I second Grayson if you are wanting to be self-hosted. I definitely recommend being self-hosted as well.

    Love the pictures of him. He is so cute!

  3. April 28, 2015 4:32 am

    I am so glad you’re back!!! Congratulations on everything! Your son’s 1 year birthday, your daughter coming in July and your new house purchase. What an exciting and fun year =)

    I know all too well about being busy with kids and feeling like I’m always in the kitchen, either cooking or cleaning up from meals. My two younger children are 2 years apart (the older ones are 14 and 11), my daughter is 3 and my son is 16 months. He finally hit the age where he can play with her and they get along so well. I am so happy for you! Your blog was such a great motivation for us to pay off our debt, and starting in July we will have another student loan to tackle UGH for my husbands Masters degree. I am looking forward to your mortgage payoff and all of your new topics. Totally fits with all the same things I’m going through in my life =)

    Congratulations again!!

    • May 3, 2015 11:58 am

      Thank you so much for your encouraging, kind words. It sounds like you can relate to the craziness of being a mom. I feel like this is a time when I really need a community to relate to…..some days I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

  4. Pam Acosta permalink
    April 29, 2015 6:03 pm

    I would love to pay my mortgage off as soon as possible. Any tips? My son is a little over two. Lately I’ve been so exhausted I want to give up. (Do no chores or cooking). My boyfriend travels so most weeks I’m with no daddy breaks for 4 to 5 days. I’m still working full time in the ER. It’s been so challenging lately. I do love my family and feel guilty that I’m so tired. We have a sitter and I get breaks with her. It’s just not the same as having your family together everyday. Thanks for sharing your story! It makes me feel more normal and not so alone 🙂

    • May 3, 2015 12:00 pm

      Thanks Pam! We were putting every single extra penny towards our mortgage before we had Owen. Now, we are still throwing everything extra towards the mortgage but not working quite as much since our priorities have changed. I can’t imagine how you do it with your boyfriend gone so much! You are superwoman!!

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