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Julia
Austin, TX
wife & mama
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Great tips! I think meeting at a neutral location is huge. My book club is entirely comprised of my mom friends-- nobody needs the added stress of having to make sure the house is clean or figuring out a plan B if a kid gets sick or a husband gets stuck at work. We meet at Whole Foods, which works perfect since there's a lot of food options plus wine or beer!
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2016 on Tips for an awesome book club at RISING*SHINING
oh man, a book club retreat sounds awesome! I started a book club with some friends back in January and it might be the best thing I've done this year. What books has your group read recently that you really enjoyed?
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2016 on Goals - June 2016 at RISING*SHINING
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I burned out on posting my time diary daily, but I did keep up with my work at home mom time diary in my Midori. Here's how the rest of the week shaped up: Wednesday Tuesday night was rough, sleep-wise, probably the worst we've had in a solid 6 months.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at In the Afternoon
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More time logging today. I'm really curious to see how many of my 168 hours this week will be spent sleeping or working (probably not enough for either). Tuesday started early. I had a disturbing dream in the wee hours (it might have been 6 am, I couldn't read the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at In the Afternoon
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Laura Vanderkam is running a 7-day time tracking challenge this week and I'm playing along. I've tracked my time before but have never really done anything with the information, so I was interested in giving it another go. Plus, sharing a work at home mom time diary could be useful... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at In the Afternoon
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In my last post, I mentioned my desire to keep my home smelling like lemons. That's become considerably easier to do once I started availing myself of ePantry's services: they ship fantastic natural cleaning products to my doorstep each month. I've been using ePantry since June and I am a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at In the Afternoon
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Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was swell. I, for one, am glad to be back in our usual routine though this first week has felt exceptionally long. As previously mentioned, I am a huge fan of setting New Year's resolutions and goals. And while I have plenty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at In the Afternoon
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The really awesome blogger behind Creating Really Awesome Free Things, Jamie Dorobek, recently published her first book. Like her blog, it's called C.R.A.F.T., and it features over 100 Seriously Fun, Super-Easy Projects for Kids. Jamie was kind enough to send over a copy for E and me to review, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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Having a baby is a lot like being thrown to a pack of wolves: pure survival mode. Everything is uncharted territory while you get to know this tiny human you're tasked with keeping alive, and your daily to-do list is reduced to the bare minimum of eating, sleeping, and making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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I hate being cold (I know, I know, I live in Austin, but basically every time it gets below 60 degrees I can no longer feel my hands) but I do love this time of year. There's a lot going on and life is full, but there's also the pull... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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Looking for a good book to share with your baby or toddler this holiday season? I've got you covered with this list of 5 Christmas board books for little ones, all heartily approved by my own toddler. Where is Baby's Christmas Present? by Karen Katz: E is obsessed with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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I'm excited to try an activity-based advent calendar with E this year. I had thought about it doing it last year but didn't because I hadn't fully recovered from the first year of his life. And I didn't think he would get too much out of it, anyway. He's able... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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I feel like it's practically December already, but I didn't want that to stop me from sharing what I read in October! I feel like it was a slow month, reading wise, with nothing terribly remarkable in the stack, but there were a few good titles you might be interested... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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A couple of Saturdays ago I spent the day at MomCom 2015, a conference that aspires to bring the community together to discuss the social, political, economic and cultural matters of motherhood. The deeper I get into this motherhood gig, the more I find these types of discussions fascinating. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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One thing I've realized over the last few months is that I really, really like being a work-at-home mom and can't really see myself being "just" a stay-at-home mom. No one knows better than me that being a SAHM is truly hard work, but maintaining a freelance career as well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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Happy Halloween! Between multiple trips to pumpkin patches, a fall festival, and Halloween parties at preschool and with Stroller Strides, I feel like we've been celebrating Halloween for a month! I'm a little bored with it, to be honest! We'll be trick-or-treating tonight if the weather holds out, and then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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I've been doing Stitch Fix for awhile and thought it was time I shared my box here. Stitch Fix has been working out a lot better for me since they started carrying petite items. Also, now they have shoes! This was Fix #11 for me. Full disclosure: I know my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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Friends. September was a very, very long month. E's backpack It started out well enough. E went back to preschool 2 days a week. I love the program we found for him (so much that I joined the board). I love seeing how much he's learning, I love the artwork... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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If you've ever wondered exactly what your brain is doing as you go about your everyday life, this is the book for you. Your Daily Brain "collects science's best understandings of how to maximize the use of your brain, generally organized by the situations in your day when you're likely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at In the Afternoon
ooh, I don't know. It definitely seems to read more for someone in their 20s or 30s. She writes some about having young children, questioning her career, etc. You should probably just keep it for yourself ; )
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2015 on What I Read: July 2015 at In the Afternoon
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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume: oh, man. What can I say about this? It's Judy Blume and it's good. In Elizabeth, New Jersey in the 1950s, three planes crashed over the course of two months. Naturally, the town was thrown into turmoil, and Blume uses her exceptional storytelling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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We spent the last week of June in Port Aransas, Texas. It's our favorite little spot on the coast and we're always excited to head down there. My husband grew up vacationing there, and we made the trip a couple of times together before E joined us. This last trip... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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E started a Mother's Day Out program at the beginning of June (more on that later), and having two mornings a week "off" has been a refreshing change of pace for me! I realized the other day, however, that while the summer session of MDO ends in July, the fall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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This is the book I wish I had had when E was starting solids, oh so many months ago. I wanted to make homemade baby food but found it difficult to actually do when I had an infant to take care of. The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book by Lisa... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at In the Afternoon
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If you love to read, chances are you've posted a book review on your blog. Did you know you can get free books to review on your blog? It's pretty easy and a lot of fun. It's worth noting that there's not a lot of money in book blogging. Most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at In the Afternoon