Mid-Week Inspiration

Sometimes, all you need is some are words of wisdom to help move your day right along… If you’re having a bad day, cheer up buttercup!!!! You have the power to make or break this beautiful day!
Happy Hump Day! Xoxo

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The Eat Sheet

Honestly, I made a trip to the grocery store about once or twice a month. I’d buy a shit ton of stuff, just winging it, and end up spending $300-$350 for a family of three. I know some of you are like um, where are your coupons?! So let me fill you in on “saving” with coupons. Do you REALLY pay attention to what these people buy on those extreme coupon shows? No? It’s shit food. There’s no coupons for meat, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, dairy, etc! Obv I use coupons for toothpaste, razors, shampoo or whatever. But I am talking about FOOD! Real, healthy, food. Who the hell needs to buy 4 gallons of Hawaiian punch! Unhealthy people that’s who. And no. I’m not saying that to be ugly or judge mental! But we eat good, healthy meals the majority of the time. So how have I figured out an additional way to save a little cash?!
I’ve started going once a week. On Sundays. I sit down in the morning, with a cup of coffee, go through my cook books, and figure out what to make.
Most are 25-30 prepare time dishes because like most of you, I work. And there’s no fucking way I’m cooking for an hour and a half when I get home.
Then I make my grocery list according to the menu.
I found this awesome, free template at mommytrackd.com it has become a life saver for me. Go check it out. You will be happy you did!

Hope y’all have a fantastic weekend! Xoxo

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New Hair! Whoop whoop!

Yes! I just whoop whooped and no I’m not ashamed at all. Actually should you find me out in public with or without an adult beverage in my hand undoubtedly you will still hear a (very) high pitched WHOOP WHOOP! It’s a stable of my personality. And it has become part of Hails personality as well! Annnnnnyyyyy who, I needed a change in my life so yours truly opted for a new hair style!
So here is your before & after pic!

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Back to School!!! School Year 2013 whoop whoop!

Holy crap, where the hell did the last 2 months go?!!! Here we are, the first day of school. Again. Here’s my Hails sportin her first day outfit and hair. All smiles. Filled with excitement. And nervousness. she could barely sleep. actually she woke up before her alarm clock. She barely touched her breakfast and Mom is already bracing herself for a mental breakdown.
Nick started teaching high school kids for the first time, hails is starting a new school, and I have less than 3 weeks before my own classes begin.
Hails is repeating the 2nd grade and we felt that a new school would help ease any questions by peers. Granted its not the school I would have chosen, but the decision to not have her continue at her old one was a necessity for our families. (I say families because obv we co-parent, she stays with her dad and stepmom for a week and back to us) yes, it’s hectic! That’s a whole other post for another time.

As if this wasn’t a hectic time to deal with, my family is also coming in to town for a couple weeks. I mean the timing couldn’t be more stressful! But we will get through it, get back into a more steady routine, and I will drink myself into a fucking coma Saturday nights to take the edge off!!

Here’s to homework, school projects, open houses, morning tantrums, and football!

Hope all have an awesome first day of school 🙂

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A Parenting Dilemma.

I’m having one of those guilt trip moments that parents so frequently have. And though I’m sure most parents feel guilt over many many things, my guilt stems from my inability to stop carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders.

I’ve said many times that Hails is the driving force behind my desire to make this world better. She’s not the only reason obviously. The older I’ve gotten, the more I feel that we each have a responsibility to try and impact this world for the better. I don’t think that we should just live for ourselves. If everyone did such, then there would be no Mother Theresa or civil rights movements.

Unfortunately it seems like indifference is a disease that’s spread rapidly from coast to coast, country to country. And it makes me angry, sad, but most of all frustrated. And so I try to explain things to Hails, as best as I can, as to why mommy cares about things that go on around the world. I’ve been asked if my time spent advocating or doing volunteer work wouldn’t be better spent, spending time with my daughter. So this is where my recent guilt is coming from.

Would my time be better spent just spending time with Hailey? I’m a firm believer in you must live how you preach. You must do as you say others should do. I can tell her this is the way life should be and it’s important that we do our parts, but if she doesn’t see her mother do it, then what kind of example am I for her?

I treasure times with her especially when there’s no MMMMMMOOOOOOMMMMMM I DON’T WANNA! Moments. We read books when it’s time for bed. We snuggle. But my fav time is when she’s truly engaged in the things I’m trying to teach her. Occasionally I’m followed by I don’t care. And that comes from another side of her life. I can’t turn her into me I know. But I can try to balance out her materialistic and uncaring side, with my money can’t buy you the important things and will not make you happy version.

I work, go to school, see her every other week (her dad & I have shared custody), and do all this in between stuff, but there never seems to be enough time. So what do I do?!