Since I had my daughter, we have had a cleaning service. Both my husband and I have full-time jobs outside the home. We decided that cleaning was not something we wanted to focus on during our free time together. Paying for a cleaning service was an expense we were willing to incur. Recently, we stopped using our cleaning service. Here’s why and what happened.Continue Reading
The lights are flashing. The sound is booming. The crowd is so loud it’s hard to even hear your own thoughts. Everyone around you is waiting in a baited anticipation for the Red Wings to make their big debut in the new arena. Everyone is watching that entrance on the ice. But you have your eyes on just one person in particular.
You have your eyes on the person who had a big hand in the coordination and design of the structure everyone is standing in. You have your eyes on the person who, for over a year, knew more about the details of this arena than he would even tell his own wife. You have your eyes on the person who you are so unbelievably proud to call your own, it makes your heart pound an extra beat.Continue Reading
I get asked on a regular basis how I manage to maintain everything. People think I’m crazy that I just keep taking everything on. My husband will tell you that I partly have a problem saying ‘no’ and I like to think I can do it all. I like to think that I know how to maintain balance while attempting to do it all. But, I also noticed a few months ago, I was starting to get easily stressed. I always felt like I was holding my breath and chasing the next thing. My husband felt that too. It was time for a mindset shift so we could maintain positivity.
As a whole, we agreed we would try to become more positive people. That we would try our best to find a more positive approach than a negative one. We wanted this to help alleviate stress on us and our marriage, but also help set better examples for our kids.Continue Reading
There is so much build-up to the wedding. The engagement was perfect and now it is time to plan the perfect wedding. The wedding is impeccable. So, now it’s on to the honeymoon. It is likely the most romantic and memorable trip you will take with your now spouse.Continue Reading
Life as Mom can be overwhelming. Really overwhelming. Whether it is something in everyday life that has you consumed, or just getting a decent dinner on the table (and actually eaten), it can be a lot. So sometimes, instead of stopping to smell the roses, we dance.Continue Reading
Over the long 4th of July holiday weekend, my family was lucky enough to spend time up north in Lexington, Michigan, at the family cottage. When you are busy enjoying fun in the sun all day, you don’t want to pull yourself away for too long to spend time cooking. We also like to eliminate the amount of times we have to make the house any warmer than it needs to be.
In order to get that crucial sun/water/relaxation time, we went for minimal grocery items and low maintenance preparation time. We wanted to find different options to pair with our basic hamburgers and hot dogs.Continue Reading
Anyone who knows my family, or has ever been to my house, knows we are slightly technology obsessed. Our house talks to us, we have all the updated gadgets as soon as they come out, and if we don’t have them, we can tell you exactly why. I don’t do all the research on them, but my husband does. Believe me, he tells me all about it.
But, what do our kids love the most? Alexa, of course. We have had Alexa around for a few years now. When we first introduced her into the family, no one even knew what she was or what she could do. I referred to her as my husband’s mistress (he wasn’t so happy about that). In all honesty, she has become another family member these past few years. My son and daughter have literally grown up with her.Continue Reading
Some days we eat Pinterest worthy gourmet meals. But most nights it’s chicken nuggets or hot dogs. I’m not even sorry about it. It has a little to do with our busy lifestyle but a lot to do with the fact that it seems to be all my kids eat these days.
For a long time I held on to the fact that I wanted this beautifully balanced meal. One that was truly picture worthy. I’m sure there were times those pictures made it up on my Facebook and Instagram feeds. “Look at me, I’m a mom who can work all day, pick-up my kids, and cook at home like Martha Stewart!” Except those days were few and far between. I would be rushing home to hurry and make dinner while the kids were screaming that they were hungry as I threw some goldfish crackers at them (not literally, relax). After sweating because I almost burned something after running back and forth to stop Jack from doing something he shouldn’t for the 7th time, I would finally get dinner on the table only to get annoyed if no one ate the food or if leftovers went untouched for days. Leave it to my daughter to ask for chicken nuggets and yogurt instead of whatever fancy chicken was in front of her.Continue Reading
Shortly after deciding to leave law school, I had been working different jobs and floundering through life, trying to figure out what was next. My whole life had been geared toward one goal: become a lawyer. If you ask any of my family and closest friends, my role model in my life, and the person I looked up to most, was my older cousin, who was like a sister to me. She was a lawyer so of course I wanted to be a lawyer. When I realized the life of a lawyer wasn’t for me, it was my cousin that supported me and made me feel like it was okay. She said it was better to know and be confident in my decision to leave now than to finish and hate my job later and also be hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. She knew, being a lawyer herself, how grueling the hours could be … and she also knew being a first time mom, the struggle of work/life balance. I didn’t know it at the time, but we would come to have many conversations about this once I became a mom myself.
One day he knows he wants to be there but doesn’t know what that means.
Until that day comes fast approaching.
That stick has two lines that he can see.
He’s not quite as emotional as his partner, she seems to weep at everything.
He plans for it all; the house is ready.
Until suddenly the doctor says she’s coming.Continue Reading