Posts tagged #working mom

12 weeks to go

I'm really kinda stinking at this blogging thing lately. I've been so occupied by my capstone class and planning our first meeting as a Daisy Scout troop leader that things have fallen to the side. I will be so relieved and excited once I am finally done with school!!

12 Weeks to go!!!!

I only have 12 weeks left to complete my Bachelors degree. It seems like forever ago I was finally going back to finish up after taking a unintended 8 year break from my Associates. It's been about two and a half years since I went back and it's been non stop!

I've been a full time student through....
.... working full time
....giving birth to my second child.
....moving twice
... through 2 vacations
....being a first time home buyer and going through that agonizing process
....my husband being a full time student too

If there is one thing that I have learned through this process it's that you can't put things on hold for school and you can put school on hold because of life. If I can make it through this, anyone can.

There really isn't any excuse.

Children. Work. Buying a home. Vacation. Not ready.

These are excuses I hear everyday as I advise grown adults to complete their education. I work in the education field and I know that people hold themselves back ALL THE TIME!

Don't let doubt, fear, or lack of self confidence talk you out of it.
Go for it!
If I can get my homework done from a hotel room while on our Disney vacation then so can you! Every time you say "I'll start next semester" is just a greater chance you won't start at all. So stop holding yourself back with whatever you want to accomplish in life, not just your education.

12 weeks and the countdown begins! I'm really ready to burst!
Posted on September 29, 2014 and filed under Education.

Thursday Inspiration from Bob Marley

We've had a rough winter. The number of days below zero would account for my seasonal misery at the moment. There are many instances in our lives where we can feel this way and not just because of the weather. Things happen and we approach road blocks on a constant basis. A thing I do to keep myself going, is to hum a little song I know called Three Little Birds.....

"Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"
Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"
Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"
Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right" - I won't worry!
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, oh no!
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!
~ Bob Marley

Perhaps the humming allow is a great stress soother but there is something about these lyrics that resonates with me.. and my kiddies too. This is their night time lullaby. We also play the Legends CD softly as they go down.

With all the hats I'm juggling right now, I've found the urge to throw in the towel on many things including my education. I'm almost done with school, and yet it seems so unbearable. It's the first time I've had to think about if I really want to finish this.

Peace.

This is my Peace.

Every now and then we all need a little inspiration to get us through.

I'm looking forward to the warm weather and starting my first garden.

I'm looking forward to being done my degree.

I'm looking forward to remodeling our home.

I'm looking forward to our Disney vacation in September!

What are you looking forward to?

Posted on February 20, 2014 .

Winter Blues and Juicing

I despise the winter. I hate the cold and the life outside is so depressing. I clearly don't get a long with this season in the north. I'm sitting here, watching another real estate show in some beautiful Hawaiian location, just wishing for some warm weather and flip flops! Good thing we had our Disney Vacation last week!! Pictures are coming!!

I have been on a juicing diet. Took a break for the holiday's and starting back up full gear for the new year! I know, another resolution.. but really I am going to get healthy and fit for 2013! I will be at my goal health by the time I turn 30 in October!!!

A great way to beat the winter blues is have a extra fresh and healthy juice! I like to start my mornings with more of a fruit than veggie ratio. The sugar gives me a jump start for the morning and replaces the need for coffee! This one is a good balance!

Carrot Apple and Ginger

Yummy food used:
2 Apple
3 Carrots
1/2 inch of fresh Ginger


The Working Mom's Sunday

I saw this news special on tv not too long ago, and I was intrigued by the idea. You

can

eat healthy frozen foods! Yes, it's possible!

Sunday's are now cooking days. Since being back at work, I've had to constantly readjust my week to find out what works best with two children and a full time job with a husband who works nights....

I usually make three dishes and portion out and freeze them. Cooking healthy can be quick and easy through out the week!

Breakfast...

I baked a huge pan of scrambled eggs and cut them into individual squares. I let them cool and freezed each square individually. Later on in the week all I needed to do is pop it in the microwave for a minute and a half and with a english muffin and a piece of cheese, you have a fast breakfast sandwich! Add avocado for the creamy texture!

*Note... Make sure you allow what ever you have cooked to cool to room temp before placing in the freezer... otherwise, it will start to crystalize and freezer burn!

More ideas to come...

Posted on February 19, 2012 .

Easy Mornings

I've been back at work now for only three weeks and boy has it been a challenge! It feels like forever ago I was in a nightmare on bed rest in the hospital. Since returning to work I've realized that I needed to come up with a better solution for breakfast. I can no longer exhaust my checking account on the unhealthy drive thru options. Here are some easy recipes you can prepare a head of time to make your mornings go by a little smoother!


Blueberry muffins

These are great for the morning after a rough night!:)
Makes about 18

Ingredients
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter at room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs at room temp
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream (8 oz container)
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 pint of fresh blueberries


Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners.

In a bowl with an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 mins. with the mixer on low add the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla, sour cream and milk. In a separate bowl mix together flour baking soda, baking powder and salt.

On low speed slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. When mixed in fold in the blueberries with a spatula or wooden spoon. Scoop the batter into each muffin cup filling just over the top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the tops are a golden color.


Breakfast Burrito
My husband made this for us the other day. He made a batch of burrito filling so big it fed us the whole week.

What you need:
10 eggs
I package of Jimmy Deans breakfast sausage
I onion
I can of green chilies
Large fajita tortillas
1/2 cup milk
salt pepper and garlic salt

What you do:
First cook your sausage according to package... saute until fully cooked.
Saute the onions with a little bit of butter or olive oil. Once tender add the green chilies and saute for another minute.

Whisk together the eggs, and milk. Season with salt pepper and garlic salt.

In a large skillet add sausage, egg, and onion mixture. Scramble until eggs are no longer running.

Fill your tortilla or refrigerate the filling for another morning!

Well the last two will have to be for another day.... Its a busy week!Egg sandwich




Smoothies

I wish I had more time, to do the things I really want to do. I wish I was a stay at home mom, devoting my time to my children and family and me. But I don’t have that luxury. I work full time, sometimes odd hours and weekends At the end of the day the exhaustion kicks my butt and puts all the things I dream about during the day in the back of my head. I wish I had more time for photography, oh how I love capturing those moments in time that are so precious! I wish I had more time for crafting, creating those personal gestures that warm the heart like cocoa in the winter. I wish I was more organized and had the energy to have the picture perfect pottery barn home.

I wish I had the time and knowledge to make this bloggy mama thing work, and not just some random journal entries to vent here and there.

I can be inconsistent. Some might say this is a downfall, I think it just makes me unique. I need to keep my brain stimulated with new things. Or maybe I just enjoy so many things and want to take in and experience all it is that this messy life has to offer.

All these ideas, what seem to be great ideas, just go to waste.
I could be amazing, if I had more time.
Posted on July 26, 2011 .

Being a working Mom sucks

I'm exhausted.

I started a new job about three weeks ago. A full time job, something I haven't done in two years. Something I haven't done while being a mother. I didn't want to go back to work, it was more a matter of finances and a great opportunity. I don't like it though, being a full time working mom. I hate missing out on the pajama mornings and spending the day with my little one.

Today was Bella's first day without tears going to daycare. Daycare makes me uneasy. My Mom picked her up today, (I'm required to stay late two nights a week at my job) and she told me a lovely story about how she couldn't get into the class room because two little boys had a table propped against it and they were standing on it. When she knocked on the door, one of the little boys jumped down and began pushing the table out of the way, while the other boy was still standing on the table! I asked her if the teacher was in the room and she was. Does this seem unsafe to anyone that two year olds are allowed to do this?

1)Children shouldn't be allowed to stand on tables


2)They shouldn't be standing on tables while blocking the door


3)They shouldn't be pushing tables around while children are standing on them

I've got a headache and a million thoughts bouncing around in my head. I feel nauseous.
Posted on May 18, 2011 .

I'm going to be a working Mom

At first, I thought I was just terrified to go back to work. I got a sick feeling in my gut the days following the official offer letter. It has been two years since I worked full time in a serious career. I feared, I'd lack the drive and motivation I once had. I questioned my decision over and over and only began to doubt more when we went looking at daycares.

"Is this the right decision?" I don't know. I'm tired of worrying about money and our old cars and all the problems. I had hoped I could stay at home until all of our child(and the future children, that haven't even been born yet) was in school, but it doesn't look that way and I am disappointed.

When it comes down to it, that is what has given me the uneasy nerves. I almost feel as if I failed at "our" plan.

The funny thing is, this job opportunity is amazing and I didn't even dream of these benefits or salary they have offered me. I have been extremely lucky and blessed with this great new circumstance but my own selfishness has gotten in the way.

I'm really excited now, to start my new job on Monday! I've got my motivation back and I look forward to all the things I will be able to provide for my family. Weekends off are great too and we will have some fun quality time together.  Now we will be able to take our trip, this coming holiday season, to visit family in Arizona!



Posted on May 1, 2011 .