Welcome!

Hello! Thanks for following me over here to the new site. And thanks for bearing with me as I struggled through some difficulties setting it up. If anyone needs any help transferring domains and figuring out what nameservers are, I know now a little more than I did before.

I will be continuing with my blog posts about my daughter, my home, and my adventures soon. If you would like me to cover something specific in a post, please use the contact form to let me know!

 

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How to Get It All Done

Baby crying, dogs barking, the UPS man knocking on the door, the washer leaking water, and the microwave incessantly beeping about the coffee I had put in there an hour ago…this is typical, right? All moms suffer through this chaos.

It’s been two months since Maggie joined us and it has been a major learning experience of how to cope around the house while toting a newborn. Many people have advised me to forget the house, to not bother with anything and to just focus on the baby. While well-intended, I can’t take the advice. It goes against my very nature to forego the laundry or vacuuming or cleaning the tub (how can it possibly get so dirty every week?!) As a semi-OCD mom, I’ve had to figure out how to do it all. The impossible.

 

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First off, I wear Maggie almost every day around the house. Whether it’s in the wrap or Ergo, its a great way to get things done with a baby who doesn’t want to be put down (AKA: Crabmeister, AKA: Maggie). I’ve even discovered some workouts that you can do while babywearing! (I suggest using a carrier of some sort…we tried Zumba in our wrap and it didn’t give me the freedom to go all out like I wanted).

 

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Second, I have a great 4Moms Mamaroo that keeps Maggie asleep or content while I vacuum or put dishes away, I normally would never be able to justify spending so much on a baby swing, but hello Christmas! I also did some digging around and found a discontinued version for only $150 ($100 off) at Albeebaby.com Score! This is by far our favorite baby item and my hubby was just about as excited as I was when it came.  Click on t

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honestly, I do it all by not doing it all at once. Some days, Maggie has a 3 hour nap in her bassinet and I clean the entire house, do two loads of laundry, and cook a 6 course meal (HA!). Most days are like today: Maggie hasn’t slept more than 30 minutes at a time because the dogs keep barking and waking her up,  she cries when I put her down (even in her swing!), and I’ve found myself doing things in 20 minute increments between feedings and her naps. I’ve found that its easier to train my dog to walk on the treadmill than try to get Maggie to sleep so I can get Leia outside or to bundle the baby up and take her into the frigid Michigan winter air.

 

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Sometimes it’s frustrating to have to work around a demanding little human, but then I see her smile or watch her curl her fingers over mine and my heart (and all my other chores) melt away.

Rest easy, Mamas. You CAN do it all. Eventually.

Clean Living

I don’t consider myself “crunchy” AKA health crazy. You could figure this out with once glance in my pantry (yikes). However, since I got pregnant, I have been more conscious of what I use in my home. Especially what I put on my body. Now that Maggie is here, I’m extra cautious about what I use around the house and on me.

 

 

It’s really hard for me to justify spending double for a natural alternative, so I am always looking for a good deal on natural cleaners. Sometimes I can find good deals on Amazon (extra off if you use the subscribe & save), but I am relentlessly scouring clearance racks and even Goodwill (who gets Target’s leftovers).

Recently, I scored big and got half off of Tom’s soap and Hello toothpaste. I’m also always on the lookout for coupons and also use the Target Cartwheel app and Meijer MPerks for extra savings.

 

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Some brands I have tried and loved include Seventh Generation dishsoap (I like feeling good about what I wash Maggie’s bottles in), Arm & Hammer Essentials deodorant (no aluminum!), BabyGanics Bubble Bath and Foaming Body Wash, and Topganics shampoo for myself.

Let me know what brands you love and maybe I will give them a try!

Dear Maggie

This is the first of what I hope to be many letters to you, my dear Maggie. I want to stay on top of what is happening in your life and I think this is the easiest way to do so. I want to capture your milestones, your tears, your overcoming of obstacles, and your happiest moments. I want to remember every little detail of you.

When I first saw you, my heart stopped. It then began to beat a new rhythm. One I had never heard before but recognized immediately as our song. It was a defining moment…my whole life had shifted into a new, wonderful, and scary adventure.

Being responsible for a tiny life is daunting and rewarding at the same time. I worry when you sleep; checking on you throughout the night, making sure you’re still breathing. I pray over your future, that your father and I will raise you to be loving, responsible, and God-honoring. I am filled with awe knowing God designed my body to perfectly create, grow, and sustain yours. I rejoice that you are healthy and developing as you should, but mourn that you will never be as little as you are now.

 

I have known you as Maggie for six weeks now, but we have actually known each other much longer than that. I am blessed to have had 9 months longer with you than anyone else has. Our time together has been wonderful, but I can sense it going quickly already. Oh, stay little! Alas, time will slow down for no mom.

 

I pray that you grow well, that your father and I raise you in God’s love, and that I slow down to soak in every precious moment with you.

All my love, sweet baby of mine.

A New Year, A New Blog

I’ve had it. After so much frustration with my old blog, I’ve decided to get serious and make a change. It’s a good as time for a change as any, I suppose. People usually make resolutions for the new year, but I’ve found that everyone seems to resolve to do the same thing…lose weight, save more money, exercise more, etc. Resolutions have become something to mindlessly claim and easily forget in February. So instead of resolving to do anything this year, I’m going to make some promises instead. Because it’s harder to break a promise than a New Year’s resolution…

My promise is to write a blog post once a week for the year. My promise is to get creative with the content; to make it inspiring and appealing. I promise to ask my husband before posting anything embarrassing (you’re welcome, Bear). I promise to use the interests and skills God has given me to spread His love to the world, including through this media. I promise to be sincere, trustworthy, kind, and humble in what I say on here.

Thanks for reading. Keep it up and I’ll keep it coming..

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