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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.

Newborn pictures

*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!

48 Comments leave one →
  1. Food Stories permalink
    June 24, 2012 6:30 am

    Thx for stopping by my site! Love the gazelle & can’t wait to see what your next post will be 🙂

  2. July 13, 2012 1:12 pm

    I’m excited to have found your blog through Truth and Cake 🙂 Looking forward to following you!

  3. miss1sue permalink
    July 13, 2012 2:03 pm

    It’s amazing you’ll be able to pay off your mortgage by next year! Dave Ramsey would be proud [I follow him too ;)] I’m a newlywed working on a budget looking forward to being debt free. I liked your post on your patients, will stop by again.
    PS. I found you through Truth and Cake

  4. eleonore mosimann permalink
    July 19, 2012 12:00 am

    Thank you for your optimism & positive energy, it’s so inspiring! 🙂 X

  5. July 23, 2012 4:09 pm

    “I’m a strong believer in Jesus.”

    That’s great to hear. Take care.

  6. July 25, 2012 7:44 am

    First timer here!! Loving it already =) Where do you live in SoCal? I’m in San Diego! Adding you to my blogroll straight away

  7. August 10, 2012 1:32 pm

    Really lovely and helpful blog. Like it.
    Thats why I am nominating you for the Reader Appreciation Award. If you choose to accept it look at the details on my blog.

  8. August 20, 2012 11:36 am

    You look like you have a really happy life! That is rarer these days. I have only seen a small portion of your bog, but it has been inspirational. FOLLOW!

  9. August 21, 2012 6:45 pm

    Awesome blog! Stumbled upon it through MMM. I also follow Mr. Ramsey’s teachings, just not as gazelle-intense as you though! Take down that Mortgage! Good luck to you and your hubby!!

  10. August 26, 2012 12:06 pm

    Eine gute Woche.

  11. August 27, 2012 9:48 pm

    Hey There! Came by to visit again. Glad i did. See you follow Dave Ramsey principles: awesome! Keep chipping at that mortgage. Do you also like Love that blog by Jon Acuff. I just read your Bora Bora post on Bucketlst. What a beautiful trip!

    • August 29, 2012 4:39 pm

      Thank you!!!! I checked out Jon Acuff’s website once and have been wanting to go back for awhile now! He’s pretty funny and a great writer! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! And yes, I LOVE Dave Ramsey.

  12. Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink
    September 4, 2012 11:02 am

    Thank you for the follow 🙂

  13. SAMANTHA LONG permalink
    September 5, 2012 7:48 am



    • September 5, 2012 8:33 pm

      Thank you!!!! We don’t have children, but we do budget for our own clothes and haircuts. We budget at the end of the month for the following month (in other words we are always living off of last months income.) We look at the calendar and see if there is any reason we need to buy clothes or if a haircut is due. We then budget accordingly for the following month for what we need. You may choose to budget money throughout the year for back to school shopping in August for your children (for example, maybe $15 a month so that when august comes around again you have $180 set aside for kids back to school shopping fund) or just save up accordingly the month prior to shopping.

  14. Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink
    September 14, 2012 10:17 am

    I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. Congratulations!

  15. Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink
    September 21, 2012 12:53 pm

    I have nominated you for the Family of Bloggers Award. Congrats!

    • October 1, 2012 11:02 pm

      Thanks so much!!! I’m so honored!!!!

      • Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink
        October 2, 2012 1:37 pm

        You’re very welcome!

  16. Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink
    September 26, 2012 8:32 pm

    You have received the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ Award. Congratulations! Keep those posts coming…
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  17. Healthy Glow Nutrition permalink
    October 1, 2012 1:50 pm

    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award! Congratulations!
    Pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:
    Have an amazing day!

  18. November 16, 2012 6:27 pm

    “goobers” ¡que chistoso! I am nominating your blog for a G$moustache award..

    • December 8, 2012 1:45 pm

      ay que bueno G$ Its such an honor G$!!!! I never thought I would see this day 😉

  19. Living Debt Free Rocks! permalink
    November 30, 2012 8:13 am

    What a great goal of paying off the mortgage! I’m enjoying reading through your blog.

  20. journeyman1977 permalink
    December 11, 2012 6:29 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog from yet another…nurse and frugal clinched the deal with me clicking the link 🙂 got the utmost respect for nurses as they saved my life numerous times and for frugality as it’s the wisest way to live 🙂 Your blog doesn’t disappoint 🙂 Have a great day over there.

  21. December 17, 2012 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the Follow. Ur blog seems quite interesting, I liked specially clearing debts by 2013 🙂

  22. miss1sue permalink
    December 21, 2012 8:54 am

    Hi! I nominated you for a blog award. Check it here

  23. December 27, 2012 9:59 am

    Can’t wait to meet you on Saturday! It’ll be fun 🙂

  24. January 15, 2013 9:04 am

    Hello from a new follower and a fellow nurse! I’m excited to have found your blog! I also have some new financial goals in 2013…I look forward to following your progress and hopefully getting some tips 🙂

  25. January 22, 2013 6:39 am

    syalom, You’ve got such a great blog..
    ilove your recipes, especially your gorilla bread…
    I find we both passionate about food even uneducated in culinary,,,
    keep up your good work, Jesus blessed you all the way!

  26. January 25, 2013 8:40 pm

    Love your blog,I wish I had my head screwed on as straight as you and your husband at the age of 27, I on the other hand, am a slow learner!! Keep your goals in site, and your head level. Your doing great!

  27. March 5, 2013 7:18 pm

    Hello! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! You can find information on my blog. Do not be concern if you do not want to formally accept it – I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your blog! Bernice

  28. March 20, 2013 2:59 pm

    Wow, love your blog!

  29. April 4, 2013 6:46 am

    already enjoying the site!. You can find my blog at

  30. Trevor permalink
    July 20, 2013 12:38 pm

    It is awesome that you can pay off your home so quickly. Isn’t real estate very expensive in Southern California?

  31. Charlotte Hayes permalink
    August 5, 2013 8:36 pm

    So happy to have found your blog! Excited to read more 🙂

    <3, Charlotte

  32. September 12, 2013 2:56 pm


    Your blog is very sweet and engaging! Very happy to be a new follower!

    And those pictures of biking around the lake- amazing! Looks like so much fun.

    Much success!

  33. crazyguyinthailand permalink
    March 18, 2014 10:39 pm

    Awesome 🙂


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