I mentally checked out of parenting yesterday afternoon. After several middle of the night wake-ups over the past few days from a stuffy-nosed three year old, I was tired, but so was she.
I want to tell you that my mama heart understood her struggle and embraced her short fuse and excessive whining with open arms, but truth be told, I was OVER IT. A threenager moment of her screaming about wanting to buckle herself while I was LETTING HER buckle herself was all the confirmation I needed that we all were craving some downtime. So by 2:00 PM we were all washed up and in pajamas. Then the kindle came out.
I don’t know exactly what they did on it, but isn’t that the purpose of buying the kid version? It’s all appropriate stuff, right? I heard something about the Odd Squad (which of course I googled) then I heard them “baking” with Strawberry Shortcake but for the most part I was running laundry back and forth while listening to the book for my women’s group, Uninvited.
Speaking of laundry…
I have to stop. I asked a friend a few weeks back to add me to a couple B/S/T boards on facebook. Don’t know what those are? Good. SAVE YOURSELF! They stand for buy/sell/trade and they are groups where moms join a B/S/T group for a brand they like and then other moms, you guessed it, buy, sell, and trade those clothes.
I am on an Eleanor Rose B/S/T and a Matilda Jane B/S/T and I can’t stop checking them. Seriously, give me ALL the Matilda Jane please! I’ve snagged a couple good deals but really, I need to step away. I wish ThredUp would process the bag I sent them already so I can use that to fill out Hailey’s fall and wardrobe and retreat from the madness.
The good laundry news, however, is that at this moment in time, my laundry hamper is empty. Like not a single thing in it. I am considering making the family walk around naked for the next day so I can enjoy having an empty hamper for at least 24 hours. It makes me that happy.
The horrendously messy cubbies on the other hand… They’re on my list to tackle at some point. I’m still on an organizing kick, especially after my mom sent me this picture of her cleaned out fridge:
Swoon! A thing of beauty, right? I don’t think she intended it to end up on the internet, but mom, you should know that everything is fair game for blog content, especially fridge shots. I will tell you her motivation came from Irma and an extended loss of power, but at least she made lemonade out of (no longer cold) lemons.
Where was I? Oh yes, confessions. So I’ve written a lot about how once upon a time I was a counter: calories, diabetic exchanges, carbs, etc. I’ve been off of that for years but a couple weeks ago I decided I wanted to try counting macros. It’s all over social media, right?
Last night’s dinner (unrelated picture but tasty nonetheless!)
Anyway, I signed up for My Fitness Pal and the whole thing lasted a whopping 5 days (not even long enough to constitute a “I tried macro counting” blog post) before I threw in the towel. It was too much to keep up with, but one thing that came out of the experience was noticing my protein intake. I found out that I don’t really get much protein. Healthy fats? I’m just dandy on those! And carbs are good, but protein? Always low. So I ordered this:
Shaklee just came out with a new line of protein that is 100% grass-fed whey so I decided to give it a try. It just showed up on my doorstep, so I can’t even report back about it yet, but I’m excited to try it.
Another rando confession? I let my kids play with a poisonous caterpillar that stings last week.
The above is not said caterpillar (this is). I had no idea until my friend called me 10 minutes after we left to share that we were basically the worst moms ever. OK, maybe those weren’t her exact words, but wow, I’m glad we lucked out in that scenario!
Whew, this has been a nice chitty-chat (and yes, I say annoying things like chitty-chat IRL), especially after I really felt like I had nothing to say today. I actually put a shout-out on instagram (stories) yesterday asking for input and what blog topics would interest you most and I’m PSYCHED about all your incredible suggestions. Posts about routines, marriage, recipes, meal planning, and finances were suggested, but there was also an overwhelming response for deeper topics: maintaining friendships, self-care, staying positive on tough days, dealing with the ache of being done having children. Lots of good, real stuff that I look forward to diving into. I’ve written them all down, and the more specific the suggestion, the better. Always feel free to comment or email your ideas to me because I LOVE THEM.
Let’s end this with one more thing I love. This owl:
He’s just so dang cute.
And with that, I’m off to snag ingredients for macarons, which Hailey decided were her birthday treat of choice to bake. LOL. Wish me luck!
Have anything you care to confess?! 🙂