My 2019 Phrase of the Year

I am a total dud on New Years. We were in bed at 10 p.m. and it was lovely.

When your kids are up at 5 more often than not, midnight is nothing special to stay up for.

But I do love New Years.

I love taking down Christmas and realizing that my home is 5x bigger than it felt like with the tree up. I love reflecting on the year and imagining what is coming up in the next. I love the feeling of a fresh start.

And I’ve just got a good feeling about 2019. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like we’re going to be moving forward with some of our plans and creating better habits for our future. A few things that I have in mind for this year are: Continue reading

A Mom in Grad School: What Really Helped the First Semester

I cried a little when I saw my grades from this semester.

Surprise, surprise, right?

It’s not like I haven’t had all A’s before. I did well in undergrad and would’ve gotten into grad school before if I had continued on the route that I had originally wanted.

But it was way different this time. Now I’m married with two kids and work full-time. We haven’t gone more than two weeks without someone in our house being sick. My daughter had another set of PE tubes put in, a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, with an absolutely heinous recovery, and started play therapy to help with some resulting behavioral issues. We were at an awful daycare that stressed me out every day for five months until we could get into a wonderful new one. We flew out to Arizona for a wedding at a bad time in the semester. Some sleep regression for the baby and many sleepless nights for us. I was never on time for work.

It was crazy. With everything going on, I didn’t do my readings for probably the last three or four weeks of classes. And that Thanksgiving week flu really put me in a bind at the end of the semester. I turned my final paper in 5 minutes before it was due. But I loved what I was learning and felt like school helped me to stay somewhat grounded, even though it added more to my to-do list.

So when I saw that I ended up with an A in my hardest class, of course I cried. While I know that I could have done better and have some plans for improvement next semester, I’m pretty proud of myself. Here are a few things that helped me to have a successful first semester and what I’m going to work on for the next.

What helped me have a successful first semester of grad school as a #workingmom. Continue reading

19 Awesome Gifts for the Working Moms in your Life

Can you believe Christmas is next month?!?

It still feels like we just moved to Utah, but this will be our second Christmas here. My baby will be 18 months old, we’ll have a 3 ½ year old, they’re practically in college already and it’s all going by so fast.

That’s why I like the holiday season, it gives some time to slow down and focus on things that are meaningful to us. Jesus, hot chocolate by the tree, and paid time off family time.

I’ve never done a gift guide before, but I’ve had several friends tell me they want one for working moms. And I aim to please.

So, if you’re looking for a gift for the working moms in your life, or you’d like to give some hints to people shopping for you–this one’s for you.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Working Moms #workingmom #christmas Continue reading

Monday High-Five, week 14

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Okay, so this morning was one of those Mondays. But I’m a pretty #blessed woman, and have been reminded of that a lot today. I’m still trying to figure out a blogging schedule that’ll work with school, but I wanted to get in a Monday High Five since it has been a while and my Mondays have been lame lately. Let’s get the gratitude flowing!

Making mondays better with some gratitude! #workingmom #mondayhighfive Continue reading

How to prioritize when you have no time

With everything I have going on, my current priorities seem pretty simple.

  1. Spend time with my family
  2. Do well in school
  3. Don’t suck at my job
  4. Don’t neglect my needs (physical, mental, spiritual)

When I put them at those basic levels, that seems pretty easy.

But then reality hits and there are a million things clamoring for attention.

Textbooks. Church. Meal planning. Grocery shopping. Exercise. Work events. Community events. Date night. One-on-one with each kid. Call mom. Call grandma. Text my siblings back. Clean the house. Sleep. Study. Group projects. Family scripture study. Holidays are coming! Instagram. Program events. Friends. My daughter would love to be in dance lessons. Get the kids outside to play. Hike before it’s too snowy. Make sure kids FaceTime with out-of-state family. Blog sometime.  Planning for the future. Family prayer. Doctor appointments. Continue reading