I am so very happy you are here. Thank you for stopping by and even taking time to read my about me page. It’s quite humbling, really. I mean, why would anyone want to know anything about me? I’m just a stay at home mom that on most days feels at least a little stressed out. Okay, let’s be honest. On most days I go between wanting to hide in the closet with my cup of coffee for just 5 minutes to myself and thinking that if I did actually sit down and relax for even 5 minutes I wouldn’t be able to get up again out of sheer exhaustion and overwhelm! What would I do without my morning coffee (give me all the coffee!) that I can’t seem to drink without reheating it 5 or 6 times? This mom thing is hard, don’t you think?
You might be asking yourself why stick around and read anything else on this blog since I clearly don’t have the mom thing figured out. And you’re completely right. I don’t have it all figured out. I probably don’t even have most of it figured out. And I probably never will.
But you know what, I’m increasingly okay with that because I don’t think we were ever meant to have it all figured out. All in all, I truly believe that every mom is doing the best she can. And though it can be difficult to connect as busy moms, we all need each other. We’re meant to live in community with each of us bringing our strengths and weaknesses to the table of shared togetherness. There are some things that I do really well as a mom. There are some things you do amazingly well as a a mom. Then there are some things that I know I don’t excel in, and perhaps you feel the same.
This blog is just my little contribution, however small it may be, to that table of shared togetherness. Whether you stay home with your kids, work from home or outside the home, or a little bit of both, I hope you find ideas, tips, and resources here to help make your busy mom-life just a little easier. But if not, I hope you at least feel encouraged to know that you are doing a great job and then just keep doing your amazing mom thing, Momma!
A little about me
At the moment I get to stay home with our three wonderful boys who are ages 7, 5, and 1 year. Every day is an adventure that also kind of feels like a race I’m never going to win. I find myself needing to adjust my focus throughout the day so I can enjoy the little moments without thinking too far ahead (what’s for dinner, when do I need to start dinner, what about so-and-so’s homework, have we paid that bill, I need to schedule dental cleanings, did I remember to change our air filter this month?, etc., etc., etc.). It can be a struggle.
When I decided to stay at home I did so because I wanted to spend more time with my kids. However, time and time again I found myself distracted from them by the demands of running a household. When I first got married I had no idea that keeping house is pretty much a job in and of itself! Hats off to you moms who work outside the home. Seriously. I have no idea how you do it and I can’t imagine adding a job outside the home to my mix right now.
With each addition to our family it seemed that keeping a clean, organized, beautiful home became more and more important (is that a scratch in the baseboard I see?). I’m not sure what’s up with that. You’d think it would be the opposite. I have a theory that it’s about compensating the chaos, ha! As the chaos increased, so did my need for some semblance of order. Something about having a clean, organized, and beautiful home just helps my mind function better. Yet I found it difficult to maintain such a home on our tight budget and my tight time schedule while also doing the most important part of being a stay at home mom: being a mom!
Through MUCH trial and error, prayer, and a huge dose of grace from God, I have moved toward a more resourceful balance. Certainly very, very far from perfect, but at least I think I’m moving in the right direction.
What this blog is about
Caring for a family of 5 on our single income has challenged me to find ways to maximize my time and our budget while holding onto at least a glimmer of sanity. Budgeting and frugal living help stretch our finances. Staying organized helps me to be efficient with my time. And crafting and DIY home projects are hobbies I enjoy which also help keep our home a cozy place we actually want to be in – it’s a win-win! I love finding ways to do more with less, which is I think the essence of resourcefulness. These are the things that I love sharing with other moms and the kinds of topics you will see in this blog.
You might notice that this blog seems like a “jack of all trades” site rather than a niche because that is the role I play as a stay at home mom and the only way we can afford for me to stay home. Perhaps you work outside the home but would like to figure out a way to afford to stay at home. I wish that every mom who wants to stay at home could do so! You will find tips and resources in this blog to help you work toward being able to afford to stay at home.
Or perhaps you love your job outside the home but would like to be able to save more money for vacations or college funds. This blog is also for you! Maybe you are just looking for ways to help your household function more efficiently. This blog is for you.
This blog is intended to be a resource to all you busy moms looking for ways to ease the stresses that come with motherhood (and there are so many, aren’t there?). So, busy mom, this blog is for you whether you stay at home, want to stay at home, or love your job outside the home but would love to find ways to be more resourceful.
I hope that you find the posts here helpful, but I also hope they never make you feel like you aren’t enough or doing enough as a mom. This blog is a tool box to be utilized rather than a map to follow (because, remember, I don’t have it all figured out!).
What this blog is NOT about
This blog is NOT about how to be a good mom. Let’s all be in the same page about at least one thing: you don’t have to do any of the things I feature on my blog to be a good mom. You are already a good mom! This blog is NOT about making you feel guilty or like you need to be doing certain things to be a good mom. Not all of the projects, recipes, tips, etc. found in this blog will be up your alley, and that’s okay. Don’t have a model kitchen? You are a good mom. Don’t make breakfast for your kids from scratch every morning? You’re a good mom. Don’t have sparkling clean toilets? You’re a good mom. It’s not humanly possible to do everything well.
I have every respect for all you moms out there each doing the mom thing a little differently. We are all wired uniquely and therefore approach motherhood uniquely. What makes sense for me and for our family might not for you. So take from this blog what is helpful to you, what brings you joy, what helps your day function better, what helps bring you calm, and leave the rest. We were never meant to do it all or be it all.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. As a special thank you I’ve included a link to the printable you see on the left. It is a verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:12 which says, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I know seeing that reminder everyday helps me put things in perspective and be thankful during this often-difficult season of busy motherhood. Be sure to select “actual size” in printer settings, print on white card stock, then trim along the grey lines on the sides and bottom and it’s ready to frame in an 8 x 10!
I hope this blog inspires you to do your mom thing even more resourcefully, freeing you to enjoy this season of life a little bit more. And I would love to hear from you. What things do you find yourself struggling with as a mom? What topics would you like me to write about? We need each other, we really do.
You got this, Momma!