So today was the first day of the year, and also the first day that Jay went back to work after having him home for over a week for the holidays. We had such a blast with Olivia’s first Christmas. I have been crazy busy for the last month or so and not posted anything. […]
Mommyhood is a lot like Groundhog Day. Do you ever feel like this? I totally do. It seems like this is especially true for us stay-at-home moms that I have talked to... We easily get into this repetitive sequence everyday, and it is easy to get lost in the mundane nature of daily life caring for a tiny baby.
Motherhood while our children are small can be the most fulfilling and meaningful thing in our lives right now, but it is easy to feel isolated and sometimes bored with the redundancy. That's why I am learning it is important to be purposeful about fitting in variety into your life. This can be a challenge for me with little Olivia, and sometimes I go weeks with my head in the sand until I finally come up for air. That is when I am reminded that there is this big exciting world out there full of amazing things to see and do, and wonderful people to meet and talk to.
But somewhere along the way, our tiny world of changing diapers, feedings, naps, baths, and running interference between baby and off-limit objects, (or in some cases between baby and the poor dog) we can lose sight of the bigger picture. It occurred to me on some days that baby could use some variety maybe as much as mommy does. So I am starting to make time to get out of the house, meet friends, visit with family, go to the park or walk around at the mall. Play dates are another awesome treat. Baby gets to interact with other babies, play with someone else's super cool toys. Mommy gets a chance to have a conversation with a grown-up, and have her need for relationship met.
I have always been one of those geeky tech girls. I enjoy taking apart stuff, whether it is to replace a broken iPhone screen or upgrade my Macbook's memory and harddrive. I love messing around with software too, I jailbroke my iPhone and my AppleTv before their built in apps caught up to my high standards.
This stuff used to intimidate me, but I always felt challenged to avoid spending tons of money to pay someone else to fix my stuff for me, so I just taught myself how to do it. With all the great blog, tutorials, and how-to-videos online you can pretty much teach yourself how to do anything, even without any formal training. I am a geek and proud of it!
5 ways to build a relaxing mood in your home, after a long hard day of work.
Think of your 5 senses when getting yourself in the mood for sleep, or the weekend. After watching my daughter all day this is a treasured time for me when I can recharge, refocus, and have some much needed me time or couple time. This is important with a little one in the house because we are often so focused on her, our evenings are sometimes the first time when we can focus on each other, say hi, and talk about our day.
Yesterday I made this awesome No-Bake Oreo Layer Dessert from browneyedbaker.com for my husband's birthday dinner. My friend Karen turned me onto it (Thank You Karen). <3
I thought I would post photos of the process and share a few of the changes I made! It is made with Oreos (of course), as well as Cream Cheese, CoolWhip and Chocolate Pudding. Sounds amazing? Thats because it was!
To start, here were my ingredients. I did not have powdered sugar like the recipe called for, so I had to make my own with regular cane sugar, corn starch, and a food processor. Other than that we used Organic 2% milk, Lite CoolWhip, Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding, Double Stuf Oreos, Philadelphia 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese, and a whole stick of butter. (See recipe card at the bottom for specifics).