Who has time for healthy?

It will be interesting to see how long this blog post is considering the point is not one has time for it. 5 minute clock starts now.

As a human being, we try to take care of ourselves. As a human being, we are told we are supposed to take care of ourselves.  And if we do, we reap the benefits!

I am so far from having this one figured out but I do have a few recipes that I love and are good for you.  After that, I am begging for all the suggestions!

Before kids, this was difficult enough.  When it’s just you or you and a significant other, you still have to buy groceries, cook food, and work out.  You can make the time to work out enough that your late night wings and alcohol consumption doesn’t hurt the scale.

Then children.

I feel like alcohol calories should magically not count for people that have kids. (I may or may not be drinking the rest of the fancy mother’s day limosa mix that Walt put together right now)

Now grocery shopping is done with the child in tow or during time that you would gotten to sit down and just chill.  There are services that will delivery your groceries.  There are meal kit deliveries.  You will see these soon in another blog.  I have tried almost all of them, and still use some of them. This, of course, assumes that you actually know what groceries you need to buy for meals.

I’m not even going to address exercise…. I carry around my 35.4 lb two year old.  Does that count?

I will leave you with just these. Here are some of the hits in my house that are good for you and don’t take an hour to make, because who has time for that?

  • Loaded BBQ Sweet potato nachos
    • These are SOOO good! These are my favorite right now. I have forgotten to put the chicken in the crockpot every time.  You can cook the chicken however you want! We have poached, boiled and pan cooked it.
    • Find a Trader Joes! They are a gift to all people everywhere, and I would say especially parents.  Not everything there is good for you, of course, but it’s a small store so you can get in and out quickly and they have a lot of great items that are fast recipe helpers!
      • Those sweet & spicy jalapenos!!!! YUM!
      • Side note: For little ones, I don’t put the Sriracha sauce on their chicken.  It’s decently hot.
  • 20 minute Mexican burrito skillet
    • Quick, easy, delicious and I typically can make this with what I have on hand

What are the go to meals for you?

 

Hacks from you guys!

The best part about trying to figure out your life is having others along the way help! On my last blog about top items and the blog before on life hacks, there were responses from you guys that were great! My favorite part about it is that it wasn’t just working moms. As Rebekkah pointed out on Facebook where I shared the post, a lot of these hacks are important for everyone!

User Hack #1

Necessity kits

How many times have you been out to eat and something drops on your shirt? You have a whole set of things to get done that day, but you refuse to walk about in that messy of a shirt. (Real mom moment – I have gotten so used to having something on my clothing – spit up with newborns, fruit juice from a crawler, and everything under the sun with a toddler – I probably would walk into Nordstrom in that state and not think a thing of it! 😬) Two different kits were proposed – car and travel. This looks different for everyone depending on who you are and if you have kids. But here is what you guys said.

Car

  • Facial wipes
  • Moisturizer
  • 2 combs of different sizes
  • Basic makeup
  • Disposable toothbrush
  • Disposable flossers
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers

A few more I can think of:

  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Epi pen (shout out to the momma’s with allergy babies)
  • Snacks
  • Extra clothing (for you and children)

Travel

I travel about 25% of the time for my job. So maybe one or two trips a month. Somehow, I still manage to forget something each trip. Every time! One would think I would get better at this…

  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Chargers
  • Belt
  • Umbrella

A few more things I thought of:

  • RAZOR!! (This is what I forget most. Thankfully I take short trips)
  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, etc
  • Basic makeup
  • Socks/under garments

User Hack #2

Comfy clothes

Ohhh man. What a culture we live in. Princesses have babies and walk out a few hours later in heels and a dress with every hair in place to present their baby to the world. Don’t get me wrong, Kate Middleton is fierce (and had a team to help her). But if you choose (or happen) to have kids, as working moms, there is pressure to show right back up at work as soon as the dust settles. If someone can let me know what age that is supposed to happen at, I would love to know so I can plan to survive to see it!

“Stop trying to shove into clothes that were not made for being on the go!”

Finding clothes you are comfortable in is important for anyone. With this being a blog primarily targeting the working mom, I’m going to stick to that.

Nursing moms. As if a baby isn’t enough of an adjustment, you now have to figure out how to feed a child with your body. You have to drink water, rest, get up with the baby, wear weird things you never knew existed and pump if you want to have more than an hour and a half away from your child. If you have never had to hook yourself up to a pump, count your blessings. I have never understood cows more.

With all this comes the need to be able to “Mom” in public. Wearing a tank top under all clothing was the ticket for me! Then you can adjust easily to nurse without feeling exposed. Power to the mommas who aren’t concerned at all and are comfortable nursing regardless!

There is a book to be written on this but it boils down to, be comfortable! For some mommas, it’s our sanity to feel a little put together – throw on makeup and maybe even heels. I just got to the point with Eli almost two years old that it’s actually enjoyable to spend some time getting ready! Don’t feel guilty either way! Rock the “mom bun” with sweats! Throw on some cute jeans, heels and a top! Go all out and have the polished look from head to toe! Just know that the mom that chooses something different than you is in a different stage and situation. We all do the best we can in the ways that matter most to us. Regardless, stay comfy!

User hack #3

Locking toddlers down

This is probably my favorite hack! Half the battle as a parent is finding ways to safely contain your children when they are little! This does just that!

Prime-Line U 9888 Flip Action Steel Door Lock

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My favorite items

Practical. If I am nothing else, I believe I am a pretty practical person. When we moved from South Bend, I tried to sell or donate every item that we didn’t use in the two years we lived there. I’m still trying to purge my life of the things we don’t use.

There are a few things that make my life so much easier! Side note – this sat in drafts with one hack for about two months. What am I thinking trying to write a blog while trying to keep up with life?!?

Item #1

The wireless Dyson. I am all about deals so I waited until this sucker was on a GOOD sale. But it’s incredible. Light weight. Picks up the mess. I actually don’t loathe using it! Seriously, start saving and get you one.

Item/Service #2

SHIPT! I don’t use this every week but they just started in my area so I got the year membership for $50. Target just bought Shipt and they deliver whatever you need from Target or a few other stores depending on your location (Publix is typically one for my southern friends). With $35 spent, it’s free delivery and typically within 2 hours or less! On the many night we don’t have what we need for dinner and don’t have time to go to the store, this has saved us! Think diapers and wipes!

Item #3

This is another big ticket item, but guys…. I love my washer and dryer. If you are able, find one that spins when it’s done washing so when your brain is fried and you forget about laundry for 24 hours, it’s still fresh and not mildewed! Also, get one that holds your laundry detergent!!! I put detergent in my washer about once a month!! It’s awesome.

Item #4

Find a way to care for yourself. I’m horrible at this. You should see the state of my toes and feet right now. I have gotten a pedicure or cared for my own toes maybe three times since Eli was born…. He will be two on the 29th! I’m taking my own advise on this as I sit here with this incredible mask on as I type. I look forward to using this. It works wonders on your skin!

Item #5

Fresh Market Tuesday’s!!! Good chicken that’s antibiotic free and delicious is $2.99 a pound for chicken breasts. Yes, I know you can find some chicken on sale for less but I’m used to buying antibiotic free goodness around $6 a pound, which is what it typically is at Fresh Market. Check it out! You will be glad you did!

If you made it this far, what items do you love?!? I’m always looking for new ways to make life as a working mom a little easier.

What was I thinking?

The true mark of a working mom = not having time to write a blog about being a working mom! What was I thinking starting a blog?

This week has consisted of a three day work trip, little man having HFM – and therefore no day care, and my in laws coming in town this weekend (it’s a positive)!

Hack #1

Take time for yourself

Hang up #1

You never go to bed at a reasonable time

Hack #2

Cherish help and time with family!

Hang up #2

When they come from out of town, you feel the need to clean.

This one takes some work!! It’s easy to get caught up in the perfect house and schedule of events when people are coming in town. LET IT GO!

At least today included dessert waffles and those baby blues!

A Hacker’s Confession

Most days, I feel pretty good if I make it through half my “to do” list. This can be three fourths of my work “to do” list and one fourth of the home “to do” list with none of the social “to do” list, and I had a productive day. Maybe even a day I could count as a win.

Being a parent is HARD. It’s a full time gig regardless of your energy level. Staying at home with your kids is a challenge of it’s own kind! I count down the days until the weekend when I can play with Eli for more than a two hour period after day care and before bed. He wakes up around 6:30 am, we eat breakfast, play in his little house, run around chasing a ball, craft play dough masterpieces, color and by 7:45 am I’m wondering how I am going to keep him entertained the rest of the day! So hats off mommas who do that every day! During the week, it’s a quick hour in the morning for breakfast and making my 20 month old look presentable enough to get to daycare with a hopeful glance in the mirror as I back out of the garage that I at least look like a sane human being. If I didn’t work from home and had to be ready when I took Eli to daycare, I don’t know how the morning would work (oh wait…. I’m starting to go into an office in June. Thoughts to ponder later).

All this to say, there is a lot to this stage of life with a small child while you try to conquer the world in other aspects of your life. This blog is an idea that I want to give a shot because it can foster a sense of community! The goal here is to present possible “hacks” to the life of a working mom.

There are a few things you won’t find on this blog.

1) Having it all together.

Life is messy. I’m not even close!

2) Apologizing or feeling guilty

When I’m with Eli, guilt tries to creep up on the things I’m behind on for work. When I’m working, I miss my little man and want more time with him. Guilt gets you no where, so the goal is to leave it in the dust. I love my job and I choose to work. There is no guilt in that. But I am continually learning to check it at the door and be present with my son. (Even if the door is just my home office)

3) Judgement of other parents

We are all doing the best we can!

4) Just my story

My hope in this blog is that it’s a place for something much bigger than me. I want to offer this as a space to share the hacks other moms have found work well and hope to have some guest bloggers along the way! Just like every child is different, every mom is different too! What works for me may not be what works for you.

Until next time, I’ll leave you with my favorite Eli moment from today. “Cheeeeessseeeee”