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Stop and Smell the….Mess.

I don’t do this very often, but occasionally I have something on my mind regarding motherhood that I just have to get out. And hope that it will resonate with at least one other person.

I want to write about a topic in a realistic way. It’s the topic of how we spend our time.

I would venture to say that I spend 80% of my time (if not more) cleaning, cooking, telling one or both of my boys to stop aggravating each other, doing laundry or changing diapers. You know, the mundane stuff.

I’m not a perfectionist, but I find myself feeling that I have to keep the house as straight as possible, and I get in these moods where I don’t want for there to be any dirty dishes in the sink. EVER.

I think it’s a control thing, though. It’s like, if I can just keep things looking good around here, I’m in control.

Well, yesterday was one of those does, if you know what I mean. Where the boys watched way too much Spider-man while I frantically tried to keep every dish in the house clean, every toy that wasn’t being played with picked up (psycho, I know!) and every piece of laundry washed. I felt like I was running around in circles! And as the day went on, I realized that I was not spending any time really with the boys.

Fast forward to tonight. The boys are in bed, I’m exhausted from a busy day, and I see a pile. A pile of toys that were not put away and I start to feel the need to put them away.

Then it all just came to me. I really need to “stop and smell the roses.” {and since nothing in a house with 1 grown man and 2 little men smells like roses, I will just say “stop and smell the mess”}

It’s not like we, as mothers, can just sit and play Candy Land all day long with our kids every day. Let’s face it: no one would have clean underwear or food to eat!

But if you are a “busy body” like me, who frantically runs in circles all day, just remember that your children won’t remember the little messes in the house, but they will remember, love and cherish the moments you spend with them.

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Merry Christmas

This Christmas has been one of great joy….

great fun…. (as we celebrated December birthdays)…

and much deliciousness…

…but also some hard things.

Not to put a damper on Christmas, but the truth is that I spent most of the day in a hospital.  Someone in my family had to be admitted into the hospital today, and that is a hard thing.

But this has forced us to spend even more time thinking about what Christmas is truly all about.

Though Christmas is a time of celebration, joy, laughter, and beauty…it is most importantly…

A season of hope“so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life…” (Titus 3:7)

A season of peace…”I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

A season of love…”For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

May you and your family experience the hope, peace and love of Christ at Christmas and all year!!

 

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Confessions of a {real mom} dietitian

little stinker costume I have a confession to make.

My 2 year old, the Little Stinker, was adorable this year all dressed up for the Fall Festival at a local church.  So adorable that people were pointing at him and smiling and even asking where I got his costume!

Much to my surprise, he did not want to keep his costume on.  We were in a hurry to get out the door and he was screaming and pulling it off.

What was I to do?

This is where my confession comes in: I pulled out a bag of chocolate chips and poured a few in a bowl.  Yep, I did it.  I bribed him with food.

My point in making this confession is not to condone this behavior, but rather, to explain that my family has imperfect moments and imperfect foods at times.  Why?  Because we are imperfect people.

Some people reading this post are probably thinking “Yeah, that’s great. So what?”

Others are really feeling comforted to hear another mom say she gave her 2 year old chocolate chips to bribe him.  And those are the other moms, like myself, who put a lot of pressure on themselves to be “perfect.”  And when we aren’t, we really beat ourselves up!

I try to give my family foods that have health benefits and that also taste good.  This is quite a challenge in our crazy busy lives we lead, so I hope that this blog gives you some new ideas for healthy eating with some occasional “indulgences!”

These are the confessions of a real mom, who also just happens to be a dietitian.

 

 

 

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Hello, Fall.

I can’t help but think about all of the different seasons in life when I see the seasons change.

arbor with wagon We all go through different seasons, different joys, trials and challenges.

Summer brings beautiful days, full of fun, vacations, barbeques, delicious fresh fruit, green grass and homemade ice cream.

basil in jars Fall brings a break from the heat, beautiful leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything (yum!) and the anticipation of the holidays!

rose Though winter is dreary, cold and in my opinion, miserable, it makes us appreciate Spring so much!

If we always were in Summer, would we really love it?  Probably not.

gardenia I took these pictures just the other day — when it was still technically Summer.

Goodbye, beautiful Summer flowers.  See you next year, Lord-willing!

One of my favorite songs by Nicole Nordeman:

So, whatever season of life you may be in, you can confidently say “hello, fall” knowing that Spring is just around the corner!

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Simplify Your Life

I’m busy, are you?

Oh, the ever-elusive dream of perfect balance, simplicity and order.

Maybe that’s why I love the Real Simple magazine.  The cover always looks…well, simple.  All the colors match, they are organized and they all have a certain “look.”

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Calm Dinner Fail

The above picture only partially shows you what failed about my dinner tonight.

I was combining two recipes: one was a Martha Stewart Quiche and the other one was from AllRecipes.  Unfortunately, I did not see until smoke was coming out of the oven, that most of the 600 reviews on AllRecipes recipe did report a flaw in the ingredients list.

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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

…or water! 

Have you ever heard the much-used phrase “don’t cry over spilled milk?”

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