Life is different now.
Every day, I make a list. At the end of every day, I find myself frustrated by all the things left on it.
Work is piling up. Mail is piling up. Emails need to be answered.
And the vegetables don’t wait. As I stand by my sink, snipping the ends off purple beans so I can blanch and freeze them for winter, I can see one of the two drainage streams in our yard. They stretch as far as I can see from my window, and they’re so overgrown with weeds that you can’t see the water in them. This is a problem, because rainy season is coming and if they’re blocked, we’re just asking for our property to flood.
Homesteading requires a ton of maintenance. There is no downtime, and we haven’t even turned our property into a homestead yet. It’s just a really big lot with a garden on it. But with my new business, the kids at 3 years and 6 months old, my husband’s overtime…it’s taking all we have to just barely keep up. And the things that need to be done? They don’t care about how hard we try. Whether we’re worn out, tired, or not in the mood, they still need to be done just the same.
The ditches are on the list. They need to be taken care of soon, and it will take an entire weekend to clear them out. But for now, I look down at my daughter with her brand new tooth, trying to perfect her downdog pose on the floor (she is so determined to crawl any minute) and I keep on snipping, trying not to look at the clock.
Because one thing at a time, mama. One thing, one day, one week at a time. You’re doing a good job, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.
In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, I’d like to share some info I was given about a great breastpump that is on sale at Target now – The First Years® Breastflow® Memory Pump. For the sake of disclosure, I will clarify that I have not used this particular pump, but I think the data storage feature could be really beneficial to lots of moms who have trouble pumping.
Read on for details!
The First Years® Breastflow® Memory Pump is designed to make breastfeeding more comfortable and efficient. It features an easy-to-use digital touch screen that automatically tracks and stores data for up to 10 sessions, automatically recording important information including the date and time, suction and speed. For a complete profile, mom can enter milk volume for each session. Plus, the unique handle allows double pumping with one hand. Breastflow Memory Pump comes with a custom designed tote bag, plus a cooler bag with removable ice pack, two 5oz. Breastflow bottles with storage lids, 2 sizes of Flexi-fit™ breast shields and a rechargeable battery pack for ultimate portability. MSRP: $179.99, now available in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com.
From Aug. 18 to Aug. 24, all The First Years products – including the new Breastflow Memory Pump – will be on sale for 10% off on Target.com
From now through Sept. 1st, Enter to win a The First Years Breastflow Memory Pump on Facebook!
*Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post.
Are you following me yet on Instagram?
If so, you probably saw a few pics from MommyCon last Sunday. If not, well head over there and do it now! (I’m wendykate99 and I’ll follow you back!)
So, MommyCon. How fun, right? There really was no question that I’d love the event. Babywearing, cloth diapering, my online idols all in one place. It was even pretty close to me – just a few hours away in Philly. Easy day trip.
And I didn’t have to go alone! For a minute I thought it would just be me and my baby girl making the trek to Philly, but then Emily from Mama Days got her hands on a ticket and we picked her up on the way. I’m so glad because I think it was much more fun as a trio! Continue reading
When it comes to parenting, there are two things I know for sure.
1. Bored kids do not equal happy kids, so when a rainy day hits, the day can go south quickly.
2. Browsing Pinterest for creative ways to fill the day can make your self-esteem as a mom go south just as quickly. I mean, we all have our genius moments, but when I’m in a hurry to occupy my kids on the spot with what I already have in my home, I don’t want something over the top. (I feel inadequate enough already because I don’t bake in mason jars.)
So, without further ado, I give you:
The Easiest and Least Pinterest-worthy Kids’ Activity Ever!
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I’m super excited (and slightly nervous) to announce that my baby girl and I will be heading to Philly for MommyCon one week from today! The excitement is for obvious reasons, and the nervousness…well, that’s just because I don’t like driving in a city I don’t know. Once my car is safely parked somewhere, I’ll be just fine.
I’m also pretty stoked to announce that I’ll be wearing my little one all day (strollers are discouraged at the event), courtesy of lillebaby! We never used a stroller much, but it was just easier for us to hold our first child, I guess. This time, babywearing is coming so much easier and I can’t believe how helpful and beneficial it is. Here’s the orange and cream beauty we’ll be sporting… Continue reading