I found a great Blog called Mom vs.The Boys You can see why I was attracted to it!
I am joining her band wagon and starting Wordless Wednesdays! I love it link up so here goes! Each Wednesday I will post a pick that needs no words! To see her’s check out http://momvstheboys.com/category/wordless-wednesday/
You can do the same here just add your pic to the comments! I just love photos and love the immediate reaction your soul has to a snap shot in time. I will share mine and can’t wait to see yours!
My first Wordless Entry… Ok, I realize there are words in this post but there wont be next week!0
I have no time to can these days. With a busy life, new baby, and just a general sense of crazy that surrounds my life I am a little short on time. However when I saw these amazing strawberries on sale I had to grab them up. Of course I had high hopes of turning them into a fabulous batch of jelly for my family to enjoy, then like a brick to the head reality set in and I realized I had no time to do so.
Since I had already purchased the berries (where was that reality reminder in the produce isle) I was simply going to have to find a way to save them for later.
I am only making Jam so they don’t have to hold their shape or anything so I did a basic water freeze to save for a later date. I usually pack my frozen fruit in juice for eating a baking but I am turning these into jam so I didn’t want any extra sugar to start the process of the berry’s letting their natural juices out in defrost. I wanted to save that for later.
So all you have to do is simply wash, chop, add a bit of h2o and freeze flat in a freezer zip lock.
Ok so there are a few pics that are not related above! They include our beautiful son sharing the best thing to do with the left overs! And my favorite apron because it rocks!
If you have any questions please let me know!
1. You Never Get Enough Sleep
Of course we hear all about how little sleep you get and in our glowing pregnancy days some of us even romanticize spending wonderful times up with our babies watching I love Lucy marathons at 2am. I actually remember that warm fantasy all back lit with warm light and snuggly soft. Fast forward three kids two jobs, a side gig , laundry, house work, a husband that didn’t get less needy and well you get reality!
Image credit parenting.com
That warm fuzzy fantasy all but fades into a buzz of chaos filled days and nights where the mere sound of your baby waking is fallowed by a groan from you. You stumble out of bed, down the hall half eyed and half effort try to get them back to sleep. Knowing each minute you are awake is another ounce of caffeine you will have to ingest tomorrow.
Of course there are those naps that you get to “sneak in” aka you accidentally fall asleep at 10am while getting your toddler to sit still long enough to watch a full episode of Elmo. Hey it counts!
2. Things Will Never Be Clean Again
No NEVER get use to it or go CRAZY! In my early parenting days I kept my house immaculate and just couldn’t seem to understand how other mothers couldn’t do it. Imagine my shock and dismay when I realized I only had one child, no out of the home work, and a small house of course I could get it all done. I wasn’t super mom I just didn’t really have all that much to do.
It was a hard lesson to learn that sometimes the snuggles and mess are just more important than the dishes. Of Course this all sounds good on paper but I have to admit every time I invited anyone over and they saw my fingerprinted walls and messy toys I cringed. I felt like I wasn’t a good mom or wife. They must be thinking eww every time they come over.
I won’t pretend that I am OK with all the destruction that boys and dogs can do, but my daily prayer is “please Lord let me be ok with the mess, don’t let it over take me.” You see recently I have started to notice that I get so wrapped up in trying to make things the way I WANT them that I end up a crouchy old hag. I yell out at one of my boys every time I see a big mess they have made and very quickly moved on from. I feel like in our home I have the tendency to take the fun out of just about everything trying to be perfect for other people. But who is more important to be perfect for than your family?
This is Wyatt after he DESTROYED the back yard with mud!
So the #2 biggest thing that I am STILL learning is that it’s ok to be messy and things will never be clean again EVER. That is ok and you just have to live with it, or at least find a happy medium with it. If they are able to run and play and be messy with out a care in the world you are doing a good job mom!
3 They Wont Be Little Forever
These words can bring you feelings of great saddness and great joy. Or in my case a little of both. For me this means that they won’t be gross forever, they wont wine forever, they wont pee on the floor forever. But it also means that they wont need me forever, they wont want to snuggle forever, I wont be their favorite girl forever.
They have all outgrown the outfits they were wearing in this picture taken five months ago. They have all reached new milestones since this photo was taken and they are all at least 1″ taller. Man that happens fast!
So take it all in. Hold on to the great stuff because it is fleeting and it wont last. let go of the hard stuff knowing it wont last.
Mothering is hard, it’s messy, it’s not pretty at times. It is also the greatest reward and most fulfilling job you can ever have. So carry on moms carry on!
One more point ….
It almost never goes how you planned it!0
No one wants the cheesy studio pic anymore. Candid is where it’s at for sure. Those crazy, funny moments that capture the essence of your family are the ones that make this mama’s heart sing. Conveying the special quarks of all your family members onto film however can be a tall order. Here are some great ideas you can share with your photographer for your next family photo session!0
Video Credit : Life Time Moms
Wonderful Video from Angela Chee of Lifetime Moms on how to balance working from home!
Guess what we are not alone, and other mothers get distracted too.I am constantly shushing someone during a conference call or trying to balance the choice of getting up early or staying up late. I am far from figuring it all out, but some how just the knowledge that others are in my crazy boat amply names the SS TRYING TO DO IT ALL makes me feel less stranded on a messy deserted island.
What are some of your tips for working from home?0
Of course I am a fan of moms and now that I am a mom of a girl I realize how important a strong Mom role model is to a young girl. Naturally when I heard of this contest to celebrate mentoring moms I shouted for joy, and nominated all the wonderful moms I know.
Only 9% of Canadian girls (ages 10-17) are comfortable using the word “beautiful” to describe themselves. However, when girls feel they have a role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back.Dove is committed to inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential. That’s why we want you to nominate amazing women who deserve to be celebrated.
Four inspiring Role Models from across Canada* will win $2,500 for herself and $2,500 will be donated to the charity of her choice.0
My boys and I snuggled in this evening after baths and teeth to read a few books on the couch as is customary in our home around this time. It had been a long day and to be honest I was spent and still had at least two hours worth of work hanging over my head. I got all the wriggly bunch of boy tamed long enough to crack open a library book. I hadn’t even looked at the title now or when I tossed it into the library bag last week. Gone are the days of lingering and here are the days of just get it done so this is normally thank God I belong to a good library and stay in the kid section otherwise I might have read them some horror book due to my absent minded book selections. Give me a break at least I am reading to them right….
Any way back to the couch. We opened the book with a cute family of five pigs on it. Thinking back this is probably the exact reason I chose it.
As I got about 2 pages in I started to snap out of my half engaged fog and realized this book was about my family and could have been written by anyone visiting my house on any given day. The cute little family of pigs has a dad that works away from home and a mom that cares for her three piglets and works from her home office . Of course this is a children’s book so it is full of cuteness and tender words. Francine Bassede must be or know a work from home mom because she hit the nail right on the head with this one.
This book was so cute and really captured just what it is that us mums work from the house have to go through. Even my oldest son stopped and said “wow this sounds like us mom”
Don’t take my word for it. Go get it and read it and tell me what you think! What is it like in your work from home house now I am curious is it just me and Mrs. Bellyflop that share the same story or are there more of us out there!
It’s no secret I have a hungry busy brood to feed. I am also now very health concise as my husband has high cholesterol and I have active boys that need proper nutrition to keep up with all their activities. So I go for lean cuts of meat paired with salads or veggies most of the time.But it wasn’t always this way.
After my husband was diagnosed with High cholesterol I departed from my original steak, potato’s, & a beer cooking. All I knew to cook that was healthy and low in fat was chicken & rice. Well let me tell you that got old real fast. So I went searching for what I could feed my family including myself who was pregnant at the time. What was my solution you ask…BEEF! Whaaat you say. Yes ladies the healthy, nutrition packed, satisfy even the craziest mommy craving choice in my house is BEEF.
But wait a minute, back up the chuckwagon what about that husband with high cholesterol? Did you know that just about any round or loin cut is a lean cut of beef? I can hear the collective” really” now. Yup it is, and I had no idea either until I visited www.beefinfo.org
I found this wonderful buying guide that helped me understand the best cuts to buy for my family, and what to do with them.
There is also an amazing Nutrition Counter to break down exactly whats in beef & which cuts are the best source for key nutrients.
That’s not all either. The recipes I found have changed the way I cook much to the delight of my kids & hubby. The Grilled Flank Steak with Olive Oil Vinaigrett has become a weekly staple. We even enjoy the Mini Burgers for a Friday night treat!
There are tons of recipes there that are so flavorful & nutrition packed I am still trying new ones and adding in our favorites to the weekly menu.
I especially adore the beef 101 page which is where I go with all my burning questions.
And I totally signed up for the RSS on their great Blog
Of course I have also fallen in love with the beef families profiled there It is so wonderful to get to know where your beef is coming from. These are hard working amazing families bringing us quality beef with love.
To sum it up this site is an wonderful source for all things Canadian Beef. If you want to get to know your beef, where it comes from, and what to do with this amazing super food. Than check them out. I plan to bring you lots of their recipes on this blog in the weeks to come because I am so head over heels in love with this site! But for heaven sakes don’t wait on me go there now & see for yourself.
~Juggling Beef Loving Mama0
I cannot stand paying $20+ per pillow when you can make them for $5 so here are my favorite pillow tutorials for whipping up cute flower pillows for my rooms. I have made all of these so if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Enjoy your thrifty cuteness!
Shabby Flower Pillow by burlap+blue
Alisaburke Recycled Roses
Moda Bake Shop Ruffled Rosette
So there you have them mama’s now go make a cute flower pillow for free from fabric you have on hand and on old pillow or buy new for under $5 and still be money and style ahead.
I would like to take this time to say a very Happy Birthday to my sweet Wyatt! He is FIVE! Wow I cannot even believe I am typing that right now! I thought maybe typing it would be less weird than saying it but, nope it’s just as strange to use the big FIVE before his name here!
Since I just had baby & am like crazy busy this one kind of snuck up on me…GASP you say! Yeah yeah yeah It happens. So I had to pull something together quick, and on the cheap! Thanks to the inspiration from a scrap of fabric which later became the theme to my party I was able to do a totally DIY Boys Birthday party ! Here’s what we did!
Of course we started out with a Birthday Breakfast complete with candles and singing which is customary in our home.
I had invited several of his friends via Facebook & email! Thank God for this digital time we live in. I would have so failed as a mom that had to mail out everything via post mark. That would take real planning.
Any way we planned it at the park where I simply had cupcakes & games and candy! DONE!
Everything pictured I made from what I had around the house! A fabric banner with his name, decorations, & I reused streamers & balloons from other parties. I put candy in my canisters I keep on my counter & just made cute signs, An ice tub with juice boxes just decorated up, & my favorite thing…My hubys tools for center pieces! I picked several colors and mashed them together so I could use more of what I had. I recommend this so you can be more flexible with your decorations!
Wyatt told me it was the best birthday EVER!
See they don’t need much. I loved this party. It was super easy to put together, so I was less stressed and able to enjoy the party more. I had fun doing it & I can only judge by the look on his face in some of these pics that Wyatt did too!
*If you would like more detailed instructions on anything you see here I would be happy to post them, just leave a comment as to which ones you need!
Happy Juggling Mamas