Nothing Comes Before Coffee: Why I Became a Coffee Drinker

If you’ve been hanging with me for awhile, you may have heard me say a time or two that coffee wasn’t really my thing; I used to not drink it much and didn’t really get why people were so crazy about it. Then I decided to be home with my girls full-time and that all changed. It may sound surprising, but being home requires so much more energy than working in an office full-time did – at least for me. I’d like to say that I get more sleep now that I’m home but that doesn’t happen. So, the solution? Coffee. I don’t drink it every day but when I need coffee, I need it before I try to accomplish anything. Coffee has become my go-to, especially since there’s a McDonald’s conveniently located on the way to E’s school.

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Busy Morning Breakfast Bread

If you’ve been a reader of this little blog for awhile, you know our mornings can be a little crazy and I usually opt for convenience when it comes to breakfast for my girls. Convenience and routine, that is. The problem is that my girls are starting to get sick of the same ol’ same ol’ breakfast foods which has left me searching for options that are just as easy, just as affordable, and just as delicious. Enter, Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal Bread. As silly as it sounds, one of the things that seems to take forever for us in the mornings is waiting on the toaster (why does it feel like it takes so long?!) so one of my favorite parts of the Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal Bread is that it’s delicious without toasting since it comes in Apple Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal or Maple & Brown Sugar Swirl Oatmeal flavors. Winning!

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Mom Approved After School Snacks

Are my kids the only ones who come home starving every afternoon like they haven’t eaten in months? Just mine? I’d like to say that I give my children an I-grew-it-myself-in-the-backyard-and-we-harvested-it-together-as-a-family-and-had-a-STEM-lesson-while-doing-so-snacks but that just isn’t our reality. Reality is that I give my girls snacks that are affordable, delicious, and better-for-you than the many junky alternatives out there. I recently shared how we prepared my daughter for Pre-K and what a day in our lives look like during the school year so today I want to share some of our favorite snacks for after school.

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A Day in the Life of This Pre-K Mom

This may sound cliche, but where does the time go?! It’s crazy to think that summer is over, A has already been in Pre-K for 3 weeks and E has been in KidsPlay (our church’s Mom’s Morning Out program) for 2 weeks! This new season of our lives has come with some adjusting (mainly mine) and we’ve had to learn how to rework our days. I’ve shared what my typical days looked like when I was working full-time and what my mornings were like when I first started being home full-time, so I thought I should share what these new days look like now that we have yet another new schedule to which we have to adapt. 

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How to Deal with Being Overwhelmed

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done that you feel somewhat paralyzed and do nothing? If you saw my Instagram stories this week, you know that I was in that place. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I get super overwhelmed. I think all moms do, right? The source of this week’s anxiety stems from our stuff being returned from our house fire and needing to be put away/organized plus deadlines, appointments, emails, and regular home-keeping things such as grocery shopping and whatnot. Life is crazy sometimes, am I right?! Thankfully, my mental paralysis didn’t last long and I was able to snap out of it. I’ve teamed up with Perrier to share how I deal with being overwhelmed.

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This One Time, We Had a House Fire

I should have written this (super long) post a week ago. But life got in the way. We had a small fire. It happened on Friday, July 28 around 12:30 pm. We’re all okay and made out with minimal damage to our home.

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How We Prepared for Pre-K

There’s something about the beginning of a school year that gives me a sense of nostalgia. It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address (name that movie). I remember being a kid and getting so excited about picking out my new school supplies and outfits – carefully planning my first day of school ensemble. Needless to say, since A is heading to pre-school this year (today was her first day), I just couldn’t help myself. She’s been in preschool for 2 years but this is the first year she’s held to a school calendar and schedule. So even though she’s still at the same school, this year feels different and we’re all taking it very seriously. While she doesn’t actually need any supplies for the classroom, we wanted to be sure to have everything we need to support and reinforce her learning at home. Thankfully, Walmart.com’s everyday low prices and smart rollbacks made it convenient and affordable (I saved 15% compared to a competitor!). Here’s what we did to prep for A’s first day of Pre-K.

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Rocking Chairs & Running Out of Time

My husband has tried to convince me to get rid of the old rocking chair that sits in my 4.5 year old’s bedroom many times. He says it takes up too much space. We bought it from a yard sale group on Facebook before she was born and I have spent countless, priceless hours in it with her. We definitely got our money’s worth. That old chair doesn’t see much action these days but I just can’t part with it. Not yet. See, the moments in that chair are rare, but they’re so special. Last night was one of those rarities; one that brought me to joyful, nostalgic, bittersweet tears. I’m running out of time.

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