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These are just a few of the things that I get excited about and want to share with others. Sometimes small and silly, sometimes big and crazy. I hope you enjoy.  Please share what you are loving!



Digital Thermometer Seriously. How did I wait so long to buy a digital thermometer?  The one I was using previously to this could take forever to give me the temperature, and sometimes It took so long that I had to stack meat to get it to heat up fast enough. I am loving the quick read out that I get from this thermometer. For some reason, this makes me feel like an official cook.

The Kitchen House I mentioned this in a different blog post, but I loved this book! I am now waiting for the sequel from the library! 


Stranger Things Oh my goodness, this show sucked us in. It was intense and kept you guessing. If you have Netflix, definitely give it a go!

Yummy Eats!
Here are some recipes that I have been loving lately. Feel free to follow me on Pinterest for other ideas.




Mango Chicken Curry via Read The Spirit
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas via The Kitchn
CurryTurkey Bites with Apricot Ginger Sauce via Nom Nom Paleo
Warm Spinach Bacon Salad with Chicken via The Lean Green Bean
Pressure Cooker Summer Italian Chicken via Nom Nom Paleo





Fun Reads.
Summer Camp Parents via A Cup of Jo
Changing what I think to change how I feel via Colibri Homestead
Race Medal Ornaments via Young House Love
50 Toddler Meal Ideas via The Lean Green Bean
Parenting in New Zealand via A Cup of Job



What are you loving right now?






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{Embracing Change}

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If you have spent any time with me over the last year, you know that I have been struggling with the decision of how to balance family and work. Last fall was a tough transition to being back at work full time. Elijah was 6 months old and for me that was a huge change compared to when I went back to work for 3 weeks when he was 3 months old. My hormones had balanced out, and I was enjoying the 6 month phase. I panicked a couple weeks before school started and had considered putting in my notice to stop working then. I started crunching numbers to see if we could make it on one income. And though the numbers worked, the fear settled in.

I felt guilty about letting my team down so close to the start of the school year, I felt guilty that we would not make progress on my student loans if I stopped working, I felt guilty about whether or not I would actually enjoy being a stay at home mom. And with the guilt, came the doubts. Would I even be good at staying at home with Elijah. Or if I leave my job now, will I ever get another counseling job?

Fear and doubt. These are the real enemies.

All year I have turned over my options. Do I stay at home full-time? Do I take a year long leave of absence from work and decide after that? Do I look to see if a job share opportunity comes open in the district? Do I look for a part-time position in a district closer to home? What would I do about daycare? Will a job share position with a friend in another district be an option? Honestly, I have been a ball of nerves, fearful that there was only one right decision to be made.

I have spent a lot of time praying. Praying that one clear option would come up and I would have peace about it. God answered my prayer in June when a part-time counselor at my school put in his notice. So for the 2016-17 school year I have the opportunity to stay at my school, work part-time, and job share with a friend. Elijah will stay at his daycare. This is was what I had hoped would happen, but was also afraid of being too hopeful.

I have had a lot of peace about this decision, and I'm not frantic as a new school year is starting. I am hoping that I am able to strike more balance in my life between family and work. I am hoping I will not be as run down and emotionally exhausted as I was last year.

Over the last 8 weeks I have also found more peace about staying at home. It finally hit me, that I will not always enjoy being at home, but generally I do, and that is okay. I am never going to be the perfect mom, but I am the mom for Elijah and I do feel like I am being equipped to be a darn good mom for him.

This is my last week of break. I am going to enjoy it and then charge into this next school year! How about you? Any big changes? Are you letting Fears or Doubts hinder you?

{July Reflections}

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July was a busy but wonderful month. I enjoy it the most because I am truly off of work for the whole month. It was busy with travel, creating memories, and spending time with friends and family.

My goals for July were to:


{Creating a Toddler Schedule}

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As the end of June was rapidly approaching, I started turning my thoughts away from wrapping up the school year and towards being a stay at home mama for 8 weeks during the summer.

I don't know about you, but it is really hard for me to switch gears and move in a completely new direction. As a mama and a full time school counselor this is exactly what happens to me during my 8 week summer break. Suddenly I go from commuting for close to 2 hours each day, doing the daycare drop off/pick ups, squeezing in meals, and of course working at my job to days that somehow feel longer, move slower, and my summer client can be quite demanding. 

{Just a few}

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I thought it would be fun to share on the blog some things that I have been loving lately. These are just a few of the things that I get excited about and want to share with others. Sometimes small and silly, sometimes big and crazy. I hope you enjoy.  Please share what you are loving!

{reset}

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Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint a specific change, it can be so gradual. At some point this year I started to feel off kilter. It started to feel as though my body was operating on empty and I was pushing through a fog. It started innocently enough with back to back sickness in April, and then continued with poor food choices. I always want to believe that I can eat whatever I want without any type of consequence.

May & June are always tough months as I wrap up a school year. The days are long and busy, there are parties and celebrations, there are meetings and evenings spent reviewing data. It is a full season, and I end up eating foods I would not normally eat, or at least in quantities that I should not eat. I knew I was in trouble one morning, after I had consumed two, TWO donuts before 8 am (after eating my regular breakfast). My energy level was non-existent and I was upping my caffeine intake to compensate. I was heading to bed by 8pm, waking up by 4:30am and never feeling rested. My workouts went out the window because I just couldn't do it. I could not drag myself out of bed any earlier. 


{June Reflections}

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Here we are, halfway through another year. It seems like the last six months have flown by. School is out for 8 weeks and I feel like I can finally breathe and slow down. I am enjoying my one job of being a stay at home mama.

I knew June would be a crazy month and so I purposefully did not set intimidating goals. And June was crazy. There is the push at work to finish student schedules for the fall, last minute work activities, wrapping up a school year, celebrating our nephew's graduation and of course daily living.