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Working Mom of Two

I still cannot it has been 3.5 months since I ventured back into working. It feels like weeks, not months. I found going back this time very different than after Avery. After Avery, it was a world of unknowns, a scary one at that but as the days passed we fell into a new groove and life that we all enjoyed a lot. After Chloe I knew what to expect going back to work and it made the whole transition so much easier. But with working full time, being a Mom, a Wife, this blog, running & training for races plus everything else that falls my way there has to be some sacrifices too.

By nature, I am a type A person so letting things “fall to the wayside” is much easier said that done. Those dishes in the sink? Yeah, they do not need to be done, but for my sanity, they actually do and probably right now so the whole letting those little things go in order for me to still have time for my family is hard some days. But with a little work, a whole lot of planning and an awesome side-kick it is all very possible.

So what have I learned in this past few months?

1 – I cannot plan enough. True story. Meal planning, workouts, my lunch hours, grocery shopping…and more. I find planning these things and times to do these things helps us get it all done.

2- I have an awesome husband. I knew this already but without Chad I could not do what I do.

3 – Some days I am too busy to even notice “those dishes in the sink” or whatever might have driven me crazy before. This helps me to let those little things slide πŸ˜‰

4 – Two kids is not twice the work. More like 100x – HA. But I would not change it for the world.

5- Flexibility is key – all the time. Kids get sick, they nap at the wrong hour, they get cranky, life gets busy and so on. I am such a planner that sometimes these last minute changes can really get to me but I am learning to roll with it more as life rarely goes as planned.

6 – Downtime is so important. I try and reserve the last hour of the night to just hang out with Chad, no blogging, no working out, just hanging out which these days means watching TV πŸ˜‰ Hopefully this summer it means sitting outside with a cold drink πŸ˜‰

7 – I am tired… a lot. But that is life right now so I do not dwell on it.

8 – It really does take a village. From my job being flexible, our great dayhome, family and friends. I could not do it without everyone.

I am the first to admit that our days are usually crazy and hectic but I also love them 98% of the time and would not change it for anything. After all, these two little faces make everything worth it:

 

Lindsey

Weekend Recap

Currently we have snow – again. I am hoping this means we are going to skip straight to summer πŸ˜‰ Spring we miss you!

Friday

At lunch I went to a thrift store and found some books for the girls. I am trying to focus on more lesson based books for them now, and found some great ones. Avery has always loved books:

We had a movie night and watched the (old) Disney Beauty and the Beast.

Saturday

We had plans to go to an outdoor event for Earth Day and even though it was not too nice for it Chloe’s favourite place to play – Avery’s bed:

We had a quiet afternoon, I did housework and made muffins while Chloe napped and Avery played. We ran some errands after Chloe’s nap and that was our day!

This girl is so crazy at meal times, well all the time πŸ˜‰

Later we had friends over to watch the hockey game πŸ™‚

Sunday

Like every week I said I was going to run outside and then did not…

6 miles on the treadmill instead.

You all should be VERY jealous of this girl’s hair these days..HA

After I tamed it:

Chad had a work thing all afternoon so the girls and I hung out at home, Chloe napped then we headed to the library.

Lunch snack plates are the best:

And I set up these files for the girls to organize artwork and anything I want to keep – all the way up to grade 12! I am such a nerd πŸ˜‰

One of the things I miss about being at home – frequent library trips!

And like that the weekend was over – only a week until May!

Lindsey

 

 

Foodie Friday

Have I ever said I really love short work weeks??

Monday I had off with the girls, my only wish was the weather was nicer. We had a coffee date with a friend and her baby, played with Play-Doh, read books, went for a walk and to the park.

Tuesday I really do not remember – HA. Wednesday we played outside (in the sun!!) after work then I went to spin after supper.

Oh and I got Chloe’s Mixbook baby book!

More after work play time Thursday:

I took two outfit photos of the week:

Story time in our house is crazy time these days, a certain one year old thinks it means time to try and rip books and wrestle her sister…

Besides that I planned to get another blog post done this week and that just did not happen – maybe next week πŸ˜‰

Onto meal planning:

Saturday – Turkey Meatballs & quinoa pasta

Sunday – BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls – Budget Bytes

MondayΒ  – Chicken Smokies & Mango, Black Bean Quinoa Salad –Together as a Family

Tuesday – Apple, cheddar and turkey panini sandwiches & soup

Wednesday –Β Easy Veggie and Chickpea Stir Fry – Two Peas & Their Pod

Thursday – Β Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo & Rice – The Lemon Bowl

FridayΒ – French toast, turkey bacon and fruit salad

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Lindsey

Inside My (Mom) Bag…

A few months ago when I returned to work I was on the hunt for a bag that would easily transition me between work and evenings and weekends at home. No matter whether it is going to work for the day or running weekend errands with the kids I no longer can use a cute little purse.

I happened to meet up with a friend one day and saw her bag and knew it was what I had to have. While it is no longer available it is the Lululemon Yin Time bag in black. This bag is a organization freak’s dream, it has 14 different compartments for everything you might need to carry.

On a work day i am typically bringing a lunch, possibly workout/yoga clothes, my water bottle on top of the usual purse “things” so I need a large enough bag that also has a ton of organization.

Now to see what those “usual purse things” are:

Lip gloss, lip chap, lotion and hand sanitizer because lip gloss instantly makes you feel better (right?!) and the others are just necessities.

Wipes – with kids these are a must! Kid activities, you never know when you might have to wait that 5 extra minutes that in a kid’s life is hours crayons, activity books, a small toy or whatever always comes in handy.

Snacks. I always have a snack or two…or three in my purse and one is always a protein bar. With 30g of protein Premier Protein bars are the perfect snack for me to have handy in my purse at all times. As a busy Mom I do sometimes forget to eat (something I never thought would happen!) so knowing that I can keep my belly happy until I do have a meal is key. Nobody wants a hungry Momma πŸ˜‰

These bars are also gluten free and come in three flavours:

My favourite is the dark chocolate mint since that combo always wins in my world! These bars are available at Costco stores throughout Canada.

Along with snacks is water, I never go anywhere without my Swell water bottle!

Lindsey

What is in your bag?

Disclosure: I received the Premier protein bars free of charge in exchange for this blog posts and social media shares. However, all thoughts and options are my own.

Easter Weekend Recap

Growing up Easter was almost as exciting as Christmas to me. My Mo would do a egg hunt around the house then my grandparents would do one in the backyard with a breakfast on the deck. So now that I can do this for the girls I get way too excited πŸ˜‰ Mother Nature did not cooperate for the outside part but that was fine.

Friday

It was an ugly day out so we stayed at home, worked out, Becky and Liam came over for a bit then my Mom came for supper.

Oh and we enjoyed Easter cupcakes – bought since I slacked on baking this year πŸ˜‰

Later, we watched some Big Brother and called it a night.

Saturday

We woke up to snow! We ran errands in the morning then had some visitors in the afternoon, Chad’s Dad and Step-Mom and my brother and his girlfriend. We also attempted Easter photos…

My brother’s girlfriend gave Avery this ukulele and she is obsessed:

 

That night we went out for supper with my family for my brother and Chloe’s belated birthday suppers.

I played Easter bunny once the girls were in bed and finished up the teepee. I bought a pattern 18 months ago for this teepee and finally my Mom helped (aka did it all) me finish it. And if you are wondering, it would have been easier to buy one!

Sunday

The girls were up just before 7am and Avery forgot it was Easter at first but soon was very excited at the “mess” the Easter bunny left. Chloe could have cared less but loves the teepee and the food that as in her Easter basket.

Since we have hosted a lot lately, we passed on doing Easter and instead my Mom, one brother and us went for brunch.

We had a quiet afternoon while both girls napped & I finally started my book club book. After they were up we headed out to find Chad and Avery new jeans. The jeans I loved for Avery got discontinued (Levi jeggings) but we found others she liked on sale.

And that wrapped up our long weekend! I am off today with the girls so hopefully the weather is nice and we can get outside more.

Lindsey