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raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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Kids say THE BEST stuff! And now that Cedric and Dashiell are playing together more I'm excited for more of the crazy and adorable conversations that I'll overhear between them. Here's what my boys have said lately at 4 years old and 2.5 years old ... Dashiell: An evil bad guy is badder than just bad guys. Excuse me, what planet are we on? I forgot. Excuse me, can you fall off a tightrope if there's a storm? Did you know me when I was a baby? We don't put a baby in a saber tooth tiger's mouth. Dashiell: I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at RISING*SHINING
One of my favorite ways to avoid small talk - which I kind of hate - is to ask someone if they've read any good books lately or are listening to any good podcasts. And although I'm usually behind on movies and definitely on television shows I'll happily talk about those at length instead of about the weather. So to avoid telling you about the hot, hot, humid weather, here are a few recommended reading + listening + watching from my list... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RISING*SHINING
Oh, thanks for the tip! I figured I should be able to but I guess wasn't coming across it. I'll look into that more. Thanks!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on What I spent: June 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Mmmm that tea sounds good. Now that I'm an experienced tea drinker ;) maybe I'll be adventurous and try different kinds.
Yes - I agree with you about the packaging. :( I'll have that problem with jalapeños, you can rarely buy just one there you have to get a whole bunch. So I'll grab one elsewhere. It would be lovely if they had bulk! So definitely agree and would love improvements but overall it doesn't deter me from going there. Hope you had a lovely trip to TJ!
The candles seem to come in limited quantities and go super fast! All the most reason to go every week ;) And not sure if they are distributed everywhere - ? I have always eyed those chocolate covered sunflower seeds! I think the boys would love those.
Yes! I have just started running into days with entries from 2014 (I started in in 2014 then fell out of the habit but have now picked it back up again). I just came across the day in 2014 when I wrote "First day as a one car family" and here we are three years later and still loving it! Pretty cool.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2017 on Goals - July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Haha - totally fair!! I have to laugh at the ridiculousness myself.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2017 on Goals - July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Oh I love this - I like the titling/topic idea so that rereading it you have quick guideposts. And so smart about including her age! And I love scanning and gifting a COPY. Had not thought of this but it's perfect because I'm writing about both of my boys. I'd love to give them a copy one day but also have it for myself - problem solved. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2017 on Goals - July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Oh I'm so glad, Julie! This is a good suggestion. I'll think about including that spending in the future. I think that would help us to be even better about sticking to the budget. We're doing a pretty good job but sharing my personal spending has helped me to improve and I would imagine the same thing if I shared joint spending.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2017 on What I spent: June 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Each month, Chris and I budget $100 each to spend as "personal allowance." This includes eating out/coffee/activities we do separately (we have a joint family allowance budget of $100 as well) and purchases are that wants and not needs. To keep ourselves accountable, we use Mint to monitor our spending. As an extra layer of accountability I am sharing what I spent my personal allowance on each month and whether I stayed within budget. Buying my next Get To Work Book planner this month took up the bulk of my spending this month. But it was an expense I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
I concur with Rosa! I ended up making a journal through Shutterfly which lets you create a custom photo cover but the inside are blank lined pages. I titled the book "What I want to remember" and keep it in my bedside drawer. I don't write in it every day or even week; sometimes I write more often other times less. For me I like not having an obligation, I just do it when I want to. I start on a new page and write the date and then jot down memories - what they are into, how they are behaving, etc. From the milestones to the mundane. It might just be a few lines or a few pages. It would work with any notebook and is a nice way to capture memories of both kids without having separate books.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2017 on Goals - July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
I had this post nearly ready to go when we left for Austin but never made time to post it. I'm taking that as a sign of a great and full trip. Friends! Despite temperatures near or above ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY degrees I have not melted! Surely if I have not packed my family and moved by this point I have made significant progress on embracing summers in the desert and finding the hygge in summer. July is the halfway point through the year which brings to mind my 2017 intention of choose. I said I wanted to choose... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Capturing all those thoughts and memories while they are happening will create such a treasured snapshot. Becoming a mom is like nothing else; even if you have more kids the experience will be different each time and the first time is especially tender. Even just a note here or there dashed off you'll be glad to have. And I think the writing helps me to be more present - the days are both long and a blink!
So happy you read along and also enjoyed it! On the brothers ... hmmmm! Because you sort of expect to move away and live your life. But if they knew that Christina and Al would be there it would have been nice if they were more included. Although at the same time Christina and Al never expressed an interest directly to be more included (I'm assuming). That's a great question.
I'm sure we would be so thrown off by travel. I'm such a creature of habit I not hate going to any grocery store that isn't Trader Joe's because even though we could get similar items we couldn't get the EXACT item and the intersection of price and quality would be much lower I think. But perhaps as you travel you will start to see patterns and opportunities for savings. I would imagine that it could take a bit - wishing you luck! Just being cognizant of it is an important and worthy step!
Finding a system that works for you is key - this sounds simple and most importantly that you are happy with it. High five!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2017 on Managing children's art work at RISING*SHINING
Just having a chance at that perspective is so empowering! I'm sure many people - and I am among them - have gone from suburban home to suburban home without seeing what living in significantly less space would be like. It is all trade offs for sure!
Happy that this will be helpful for you, and that you have a way to tailor it to work the best for you. It is really fun to capture what they create without dedicating an entire closet to storing it!
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2017 on Managing children's art work at RISING*SHINING
Thanks for popping over and checking out my writing! These are great tips for the plain yogurt. We tried mixing in some strawberry yogurt and it didn't seem to work but we need to experiment more. The frozen fruit is a great idea! the flour sack towels are perfect replacements for paper towels. Having a stack of towels designated to get gross is essential. Good luck!
I'm so happy to hear it - they are staples at our house for the boys and adults alike!
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Chocolate-apricot energy chunks at RISING*SHINING
Yeow - that is expensive cheese! A veggie garden sounds delightful. Even a small patch can really help offset grocery shopping. And I've found that the first step in saving is just monitoring. Once you see what you are spending you can make realistic goals to save or see where the "easy wins" are. Good luck!
Oh yay! I never miss paper towel or napkins any more so I bet you'll get there.
Oh interesting! We have just the standard side-by-side fridge and freezer so not tons of room but we try not to keep it packed, and I've been trying to make better use of freezing things. Might have to try this. Thanks for the tip!
Our grocery bill has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years. We went from feeding two people to three and now four. At the same time, we started to prioritize our savings. So even as we need to feed more people we are frequently looking at what we spend on groceries and trying to see how we can do a better job. We shop at Trader Joe's on a weekly basis and just recently bought a Costco membership after careful evaluation. Chris and I worked up a spreadsheet with every item we normally buy at Trader... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at RISING*SHINING