Monthly Archives: December 2017

Time To … Thursday: Time to Celebrate


It’s my birthday, so I’m taking the day off… See you on the flip side!


Self-Care Saturday: Hello? Is this thing on?

Due to low traffic on the site, the fact I’m not currently at work and this is a career Mom blog, and the general hectic nature of the holidays, I will be dropping this blog back to three days a week until January 2nd.

Tentatively, the categories I plan to continue at this time are: Together Tuesdays, Flashback Friday’s, And Self-Care Saturday’s, unless inspiration strikes for any other day.

Thank you for understanding that my schedule change is for my own self-care.

Flashback Friday: My First Birthday as a Mom

I don’t remember my 30th birthday.

In fact, I dare say I remember my mother’s 30th birthday better than I remember my own. (Or at least, I remember the joke that she was “29 and holding.” I was 10.)

I had a two month old, it was nearly Christmas, and I was sleep deprived. According to my husband, we went out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants (Red Robin). If it’s the day I’m thinking of, I remember that things went fairly well up until we got our food, and then Baby Girl started fussing. The waiter was understanding, though, and we scarfed our food (my husband holding Baby Girl the entire time) and got the hell out before we disrupted the other customers anymore.

But that might have been another night. I’m only assuming that was my birthday.

I think that was also the year that it was unseasonably warm, and so we took Baby Girl to see the big light display in the park. Or that might have been last year. Not sure. We’re going again this year though, since we have a couple more unseasonably warm days forecasted.

Together Tuesday: Potluck with the Coworkers

Today we had an end of the year potluck at work and I went even though I technically didn’t really have to be at work. My staff was covering the minimal (and frankly unnecessary) hours the library was open.

I made my amazing macaroni and cheese, which was almost completely devoured and cupcakes, which I am sure everyone will eat tomorrow. There are three holiday birthdays (not including my own), so I made this batch to cover them.

Coworker cupcakes will resume in January. The 19th, I think, unless that’s a weekend – I haven’t looked yet.

I also brought my daughter to work with me, which was fun, but then I pulled a muscle which was not fun and led to me crying while trying to get her in the car seat. Fun times.

Now I need to try to do some cleaning and figure out what’s for dinner.

Savings Sunday: Coupon Cabin … Yes or No?

The verdict is in.

A little over a month ago, I signed up for Coupon Cabin in an effort to save a little bit of money.

I have done one of their % cash back coupons – and one of their “members only” deals, which was $40 back on $40+ at Children’s Place.

I am happy to report that on Friday, I received my cash back for the $40, so I essentially only paid tax on the purchase (shipping was free based on a promotion from the store that needed no additional coupon.) In all, I am pleased with the experience, but I can see where others may not be. There are a lot of rules for using the coupons, and I have seen several stores on their list that I just know I would screw up by not thinking and applying coupons that would void the Coupon Cabin deal. But, if you can be careful, you too can get cash back!

I am going to try another one of their member deals in the near future, and will report back when I get that cash back (between 30 and 90 days, depending on store return policy.)

Self-Care Saturday: Keep Your Routine

This is going to have to be short, since I’ve already failed (for today anyway) to keep my own advice. But, my lesson can be your lesson, too.

Humans are creatures of habit. You know that your kids function best in a schedule, right? Well, so do you. Yes, you are an adult and can process changes better than kids, but why waste the brain power? Do yourself a favor this hectic holiday season, and try your best to maintain your normal schedule and normal routines.

This post is brought to you by the fact we have to grocery shop today (instead of our normal Sunday) and my realization that I’m not going to have my normal weekday morning coffee for the next 6 weeks or so, unless I break out my Keurig (I usually don’t drink coffee on the weekends, so this literally just occurred to me…)

Running off to fix that coffee problem now! Ta ta for now!

Flashback Friday: A Holy Terror

Last week, we talked about the adorable newborn (well, less than 3 month old) at Christmas! Today we are going to talk about the Christmas season with a toddler! Yay!

First of all, as I mentioned yesterday, we had our Christmas tree delivered by a company I found online. It was very pricey, but I pretty much had no formal budget and spared no expense last Christmas; we had just paid off the final hospital bills and we were feeling free! (It will not be the same this year – we really need something in between the two extremes of 2015, where I counted every dime, and 2016.)

That in mind, setting up the tree was a breeze; the tree sat on the porch until Baby Girl took a nap, and then her father and I scrambled to put it up before she woke up. If I remember correctly, we even put most of the decorations up during her nap, but we did let her help with her ornaments; she has the one from my mother for her 2015 ornament and a pink, glittery rubber duckie ornament for 2016 – she was obsessed with duckies last year.

The problem came with trying to keep the curious toddler away from the tree after it was up. She was really curious about this new thing in her living room! I couldn’t really blame her for that, but it sure was frustrating. After some scolding, I went online and found a bright idea: wrap some empty boxes and put them around the tree to keep the child away!

I even weighed down the boxes with decorations from my mantle and bookcases, which gave me room to put up more decorations away from her reach!

I do not know how she is going to react to the tree this year, but I am probably going to do the same thing again. I’ve already saved a few boxes of different sizes, and I’ll be using rolls of cheap paper I picked up last year after Christmas.