I’m part wife, mother, nurse, runner and foodie.
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 as a registered nurse, 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.
My new topics will be:
*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.
*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.
*Travel: We enjoy going places together as a family. There is some significant adjusting to do now that we have a little one in tow…the little one is adjusting quite well!
*Misc: More things may come to mind, but the above stated are usually at the forefront of my brain.
Thanks for stopping by!