Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New goals for a new season

Well friends, we're almost two weeks into this new stay at home mom season and I am in love.  That said, I also can see how important it is to find some sort of routine for your family when you're at home.  I'm a list person, but I think you know that by now, so it should come as no surprise that I've made a list of new goals for this new season. 

I decided to keep the list short and manageable, but there are of course lots of other little things that fall on each day's "to-do" list, but those are simple and everyday and while they are off-shoots of these goals, I wanted my goal list to be a little bit deeper than "pick up toys" (which I only sometimes do). 

But, I really do want to embrace this new season for more than just time to sit on the couch, or scroll through social media feeds while I'm at home, so it was important for me to keep these goals in mind in my decision to stay home. 

I'd love to hear what others do each day or how you find your routine to keep the house running smoothly. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

On going back to work and then deciding to stay home

This is a big post.  You can tell it from the title.  Life is changing around here in a big time way.

I went back to work on December 14 after just over 12 weeks of staying home with the little.  We had had some great times and I was nervous to go back to work.  But, we were also thankful to have a wonderful nanny that we shared with some friends that live close by, so that made it way easier.  Like truly - if we hadn't found an awesome nanny I don't think I would have gone back period.

 But I went back.  And frankly the transition was a lot smoother than I anticipated.  There were no tears (the little did not cried one single time when I dropped him off with the nanny) and I think we both had a fun day.  I've got a great boss and terrific co-workers who all made the transition really smooth.

In all of it though, there was a little itch in the back of my head that has really always been there - way before having the little - that one day I would like to stay home.  I didn't expect to be home so soon after going back to work, but due to a few different turns of events, the hubs and I decided it was time.  And so, I'm becoming a stay at home mom.  Like, I walked out of my office for the last time on Friday.  (Except for going back on Sunday afternoon to get some of my last things and leave my key.)

Leaving is bittersweet, but also really exciting.  I really love mothering and I am beyond excited to be able to do it full time now. 

Through it all though, I'd like to share a few things that I've learned along the way.  I'm not an expert, just sharing some of my thought processes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What We Wore: Skinny jeans and wedge sandals

I have a little confession to make.  I'm tired of a lot of my clothes.  I need some help.  I need some inspiration.  It occurred to me recently - when I tried to squeeze my post-partum bod back into some old shorts of mine that while the number on the scale is finally back down to where it was pre-Little, I've got some work to do to get back into some of my old clothes still.  Then I realized that the last time I wore those shorts was the spring/summer of 2014 since last summer I was in maternity clothes that I borrowed, so I was really just living it up with my friends' style (which is awesome by the way).  So here we are.  I also realized that I used to live in dresses when I didn't know what to wear this time of year.  But I'm still breastfeeding, and frankly, that just wasn't a consideration when I purchased any of the dresses in my closet. 

I finally pulled together an outfit that I felt really good in and thought of taking some photos, then I realized that it was an almost identical outfit to a post I made back in the yester-years of the blog.  And then one of my sisters rolled up to the house for Easter lunch looking totally fab, and I had to stop myself from asking her to trade clothes with me.  Only kind of kidding.  She was looking great and wearing colored pants - which are so on trend and out of her former comfort zone so I was basically oohing and ahhing over her style these days.  And she convinced me to wear wedges with my skinny jeans, so props to her.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Homemade bbq chicken pizza

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a fun weekend!  It's cold all of a sudden around here, but our weekend was packed with fun!  My sisters spent the whole day with us on Sunday and we got to have lunch with a couple of neighbors on Saturday at a fun brunch place in town.

We're working hard to keep the posts regular over here.  Today I'm excited to share what a homemade pizza recipe that has become a staple in our meal plans these days.   I really think I love pizza more now that we make it at home and while I do still love restaurant pizza now and then, I would rather have homemade than frozen any day of the week.

One of the best things about making your pizza at home is that the options are close to limitless in terms of what you put on top.  We do pepperoni quite often because that's easy to keep in the fridge and hubs likes it.  Sometimes I add some veggies like peppers or artichokes.  And sometimes we mix it up and have another favorite: barbecue chicken pizza.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Five on Friday: back in business

Happy Friday!  I am feeling good about le blog again, friends.  I realize that the posting still isn't back up to the frequency of its prime, but I am finally feeling good about writing and remembering to take photos of things and happenings in the day to day to share here.

So today, I'm glad to finally be able to jump back into the Five on Friday game with you all to share this week's top 5 in photos and storytelling.  I'm also linking up to lots of other fun top 5 groups today.  Those links are in the bottom of the post.

Homemade pizza. We've been making pizza over here on the weekends pretty regularly these days.  We've been doing it so much so that I really prefer this to going out for pizza and it's becoming a fast go-to when I'm not sure what to cook, but need something quick.  The thing I mostly like about this is that you can really make it how you want it.  We have pepperoni a lot since it's the hub's fave, but every now and then we mix it up.  This week, it was bbq chicken pizza on the menu.  Yum in my tum  It was so delicious.  I'll have to share the details here in another post.