Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lunches

They're BACK!  Yep, pictures of lunch.  Yep, she still eats it.  Pesky little things, aren't they :)

strawberries + carrots + turkey dog + cheese + crackers

she reqeusted a Lunchable one day, oh the things they learn at school.  This is my version:
yogurt + strawberries + fruit snack + crackers + cheese + lunch meat

"trail mix" + applesauce + spaghetti + string cheese

mac and cheese + turkey dog + raspberries + yogurt

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Date with myself

Last week after work I went on a date with myself.  Sounds kinda weird, but it was just what I needed.  I have been working a lot and have had no time for myself to just not think about things and do what I wanted to do.  The thing about being a working Mom is that you are always "on".  The only time I really have when I am not tending to someones needs or cleaning up or getting ready for the next day is during my commute and that is not exactly relaxing.


So I asked The Husband to take H on a date (another post for another day, but I really believe in daddy daughter dates) and after work I went and did some shopping and just generally was accountable to no one.  It was great.

It did come with a little guilt, but I also think its good for me to be self aware enough to know that I need a little alone time.  My book club has recently disbanded, so I really wasn't getting any time out of the house at night.  The Husband asked what I did, any really I just wandered around and shopped and ran errands.  I went to a couple of my favorite consignment stores (found some ankle booties and a plaid button down), Marshall's, DSW, etc.

I think I am going to make it a monthly or every-other-month activity.  I was home in time to tug H into bed, and she didn't even miss me.  Plus, B did some of the dishes that were piling up.  Win, win!



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Don't sweat the small stuff

I've been thinking a lot about working mom stuff lately.  I've had a few friends without kids (yet) ask me about how hard it is.  And I had a friend go back to work after staying home since before her daughter was born, and she says it hasn't been easy.

I don't claim to have a magic formula or anything, but I think I do a pretty good job of balancing work + family without being too stressed and I realized there are a couple of things that really make a big difference for me.

1.  Preparation + think ahead
Coming home from work and making dinner from start to finish can seem like a huge task - IF you don't prepare ahead of time.  On Sundays I roughly plan meals, grocery shop and do some meal and snack prepping that makes the week days easier.  Its also the day I do laundry - 3 or 4 loads is all I need to do on Sunday for the whole week.  1 for H, 1 for The Husband's dirty work clothes, 1 for me and 1 sheets/towels/other.  I might be crazy but I get a special high from getting a ton of stuff done on Sundays and it makes me start the week off right.

2.  Don't try to do too much
Call me selfish, but I really only care about a few things.  My family, work and a small handful of friends.  I don't like to feel stressed so I don't over commit myself.  No Junior League for me.  I would love to have more time to volunteer/do girls nights/etc, but I also don't like feeling stressed so I have committed my time to just the things that matter.  Its OK to say no and be selfish for your family.

3.  Keep it in perspective
I wanted to call this #whitepeopleproblems but that sounds bad :).  But really, The Husband and I tell ourselves this all the time.  We lead incredible fortunate lives, part of that due to our families, but an equal part due to hard work.  If the biggest decision I am facing at the moment is what flight/how am I going to get to NYC on an upcoming trip, then I'm doing pretty good.  Be grateful for what you have.

I'm going to a presentation at the end of the month about mindful based stress reduction.  Sounds new-agey, I know.  But I am really interested to learn more about it, I assume I already do some of the techniques, I just don't know it.  But I will be sure to share the details and what I learned!



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Being an Outgoing Introvert

If I take a test, I easily fall on both sides of the introvert/extrovert spectrum.  Which would probably surprise most people (besides my Dad b/c he knows how I am).  I can be very social and outgoing if I want to.  I don't really fear public or business speaking but I don't like speaking in front of people I know really well.  I will strike up a conversation with strangers if they interest me.  But I LOVE me some alone time.  Nothing is better to me than an afternoon to myself where I can putz around Marshalls and the mall and don't have to talk to anyone.  It doesn't bother me at all when The Husband goes out of town

I came across this article the other day, and I am stealing some text b/c almost all of them apply to me and it really put into words how I feel sometimes.  It also made me understand some of my choices better, like the part about having a small group of friends.

1. You’re not anti-social, you’re selectively social.
2. At any given point, you have one (maybe two) best friends who are your entire life. You’re not a “group of friends” person. You can’t keep up with all that.
3. Social gatherings that are supposed to be “rites of passage” like prom and dances and other such typical nonsense is just… not for you. You don’t understand it. You want nothing to do with it.
4. When you do choose to grace a party with your presence, you are the life of it. You’re dancing on the table and doing body shots until 3 a.m.
5. … You then retreat into three days of complete solitude to recover.
6. You go out of your way to avoid people, but when you inevitably have to interact with them, you make it seem like there’s nothing in the world you’d rather be doing.
7. Dating is weird, because you’re smiling and laughing and talkative at dinner, and then you don’t want to answer their texts for four days, because like, you just want to be left alone…
8. You’re accused of being flirty with everybody, which is hilarious, because in reality, you can only tolerate like four people.
9. You retain an air of mysteriousness about you, completely unintentionally. (There’s no mystery. You just feel no need to update the social sphere on what’s going on in your life every two hours.)
10. Not to mention the fact that you either have days in which you’re tweeting and status updating every five minutes… or you delete your accounts for a month.
11. You become unintentionally awkward because you at once feel the need to be a social life jacket for other people, though you’re just as uncomfortable yourself.
12. You’ve never really understood the whole “introvert vs. extrovert” dichotomy (can we call it that?) Because you’re… both…
13. You’re always run through the ringer because people think you’re best suited to be the one who gives the presentation, confronts the boss, gives the speech, etc. Meanwhile, you’re practically throwing up over the thought of it.
14. You ebb and flow between wanting to be noticed for your hard work, reveling in the attention and achievement you receive, to sinking and panicking over the thought of somebody else paying more than 30 seconds of attention to you.
15. The entirety of your being is a conundrum, so needless to say, indecisiveness is your Achilles’ Heel.
16. You’re at your happiest in places like coffee shops and caf├ęs: surrounded by people, but still closed off and keeping to yourself.
17. You prefer to travel alone, but meet up with people once you’re there, on your own terms and at your own speed.
18. It’s taken you years to figure out that you’re different than many introverts you know. Literal years.
19. While we were chastised as children for daydreaming, we do so deliberately as adultsas our inner lives are rich, fertile, and sustain us.

via here

Friday, August 29, 2014

Confession

I have a big one this week.  I think I am finally ready to admit that my blog might be dead.

There, i said it.

I started this blog over 5 years ago as a way to promote my paintings.  I knew a little bit about SEO and I knew that relevant articles on nursery design would help drive traffic to my blog, thus selling more paintings.  Pinterest was not a thing back then, so people would google search for ideas for their nursery, and a lot of it was coming to my little blog.  I was the #1 listing when someone searched "nursery art".

After I had H and stopped painting, this blog became a way for me to share some of my thoughts and tips as a first time Mom.  My friends in real life will tell you that I always tell it like it is, and I enjoyed being able to share things that I thought other people had just glossed over.

But i started to get more busy at work and with life in general, so I stopped having time for creative DIY projects and interesting articles.  I started taking pictures of H's lunch, which I still do.  But I'm sure you are not that interested in what an average Mom feeds her kid everyday.

There are things that I want to write about and would love to share anonymously.  But this is not an anonymous platform.  People in my personal and professional life actually read it (ok like 60 of you still do) and there are somethings I don't want everyone to know about.  Things like my decision to have an only child, what it feels like when friendships change as an adult and Mom.

So I don't really know how often I will be posting here anymore.  Now that H is older I don't feel as good about documenting her life on the Internet.  And I still do interesting things and DIY projects at home, but I just don't have time to take pictures and document them.  There are people that are much better at that then me, and there is Pinterest.

So there, that is out.  And I feel better.  Any small time bloggers feel the same way?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Confession Friday

-I confess that on Wednesday when H has swimming lessons, I count that as a bath.  And she only gets a bath every other day.



-I confess that I have been so unbelievable hungry all the time lately.  I ate a whole chicken finger basket from Cane's by myself the other night.  Husband was sad when he got home late and there was no chicken.  Opps.  And no, I am not pregnant.



-I confess that my extreme hunger is doing nothing for my operation-get-skinny-in-a-week plan.  We are going with some friends to the lake for Labor Day, and my lack of fake boobs + time to work out + fact that nobody else has had a kid is making me feel like I need a spray tan and some muscles NOW.



-I confess that 3 of my 6 friends here in Austin have recently moved and it is leaving me friend-poor.  My book club is no more, so I think I am going to start having monthly dates with myself.  After work I will go shopping, run errands, slowly push my cart through Target.....while The Husband take H out for a date.  I am always working or driving or mothering or cleaning and never have time to just not think.  Monthly self dates will be great for me.



-I confess that I really want a new purse.  And I don't mean any purse, I mean an expensive one.  So I have been selling stuff on ebay and CL to raise funds.  I often do that when I want something that is totally not justifiable, I sell stuff to raise some $.  I have resorted to selling some good coupons I wasn't using (think Pottery Barn, Best Buy) and I have officially hit an all time low in my hustle-for-bags game.


linking up with A Blonde Ambition Blog


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pottery Barn Sweet Lambie Art for Sale

I recently completed an order for a couple of my Sweet Lambie pictures.  Since they are the most popular request, I made a few extra.  I will be listing them for sale on etsy soon, but if anyone is interested I have 2 available.  Size is 16x20", acrylic on canvas.  The background is currently blank, and I am ready to fill in with your choice of verse.  Price is $80 including shipping.

Finished product will look like this

I can add a name, pink or blue accents, or leave as is.  Popular verse options include:



The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1


I prayed for this child
and the Lord has granted
me what I ask of him
1 Samuel 1:27

email me at customnurseryart (at) gmail.com if you are interested