Gifts to give that wont be trashed, or outgrown

So, I blinked, and it's November 28th, and that means we have less than 30 days to Christmas, ya'll. Now, it's the mad dash to figure out a whole lot of stuff in a short period of time, and NOT get completely overwhelmed. I don't know about all of you, but trying to make sure the kids aren't disappointed in the stuff they do/get over the holidays is my number one stressor. We all know we don't want to get them a ton of stuff they won't use, but we don't want their Christmas to be ridiculous and empty. Sigh... I know I walk the toy aisle shelves, and see toys and games, and etc and start doing the math in my head. $25 here, $30 there, $5 here. Next thing you know, you are at $250 per kid, and up. THEN, you start to do the depreciation math. $3 sold a garage sale here, $5 for a video game trade in there, and next thing you know, you freaking spent about $500 and maybe got $20 back for it all after you sell it one day or give it to Goodwill. Just like every year, I'm trying to focus on … [Read more...]

What is your missing piece in life?

Everyone has a huge gap between where they are, and where they want to be, but they cannot quite figure out how to get from point A to point B. There is that missing piece. Sometimes you know the missing piece. It can be a degree. It might be more personal motivation. It might be more information about a topic. It might be money. It could be a baby. You may want to own a home. The ability to travel more. It could be better relationships with those you love or a deeper relationship with God. It most cases, we have identified the piece, but we either lack the resources, time, energy to reach it. Because, honestly, if we all had the missing pieces, we would all be super happy, right?   So, we can't figure out how to get the missing piece that will lead us to that place, and THEN, we get sad because we feel we are running out of time to get the piece. Also, some of of find what we think looks like the piece, but it's only a close replica. I mean, how many times have you … [Read more...]

Gym, School, Work – The Mom Bermuda Triangle

Ah, summer. You are rapidly coming to a close, and all of your easy, laid back days, and late nights, is coming to a rapid close. Now, it's time for people to go back to work, back to school, back to the true grind. So, that usually means, something has got to give, and something we love to do is going to go. Summer, 2015, we will miss you so. For the past 10 months, I have been working out pretty steadily, but things hit a frenzied rush in the summer. We could take later classes because there were later bedtimes. Kids didn't have homework during my coveted Monday 4:30pm Circuit class. Long workouts followed by a sauna, a dip in the pool, and a long leisurely chat with friends. All of that is about to change, and as I was chatting with some friends today, I realized that we are all about to get royally screwed with the new school year back in session. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know this is time management 101, and you can make time to work out, or do whatever it is that brings you … [Read more...]