Mommin' ain't easy and some days are harder than others. When you're in need of some quick inspiration on a particularly hectic day, or a pick-me-up as you face yet another mess, or some encouragement when you start to lose heart... these quotes are the perfect thing to read.
You've got this, mama.
At the beginning of December, our Elf on the Shelf returned with Gratitude Jars for each member of the family; for the past week, we've been feeling these jars with thankfulness, kind words, and love. (You can read all about it here!)
Now, Elfincia has some more tricks up her sleeve!
Our family isn't the greatest with time management; my husband is always late, I'm a chronic procrastinator, and the kids are always going somewhere. But with so many people in our home (my husband, me, our 2 year old, my 10 year old stepson 50% of the time, and our 15 year old niece 98% of the time) and so little time to get everything done, we had to up our time management game.
It's possible, I promise.
December is a month of celebration, of reflection, of goal-setting. One of the best ways to celebrate your successes, reflect on the past year, and set goals for the coming 12 months is to journal it out.
Here is a full week of journal prompts to help you find clarity, define your ambitions, and to meditate on what you hope to improve.
'Tis the season to spend money, fa la la la la ...
Ok, while I definitely don't believe that the reason for the season is consumerism, there is no denying that this is an expensive as heck time of year. I went from being a single girl, working as a teacher living in free housing, to hosting the holidays in our home as a wife, mom, and stepmom. My bank account still doesn't know what happened to it.
However, I've learned a strategy or two over the past few years that have helped us to save money during the holidays - check them out!
I'm sure you've heard about The Elf on the Shelf. It's a super popular Christmas toy and the gist of it is this: each family's elf (or elves) are sent from Santa Claus to watch the kids and make sure they are good, before they get presents on Christmas. The elf moves around every night and some parents have taken it to great extremes; Elf on the Shelf Shenanigans would definitely be an event in the Motherhood Olympics.
My husband bought our family (well, more specifically, me) an Elf when I was pregnant with Olivia, who is now 2. 2015 was Elfincia's first Christmas with us (yep, you get to name your elf) and we've played along with moving her about, although I've never emphasized the whole "You're being watched" thing.
This year, I wanted to do something different.