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Yes, Jesus wants you to get an education

A few days ago a blog post went viral, and not because it was good. I’m not going to link to it because she has already gotten enough attention over it and it’ll probably just make you as annoyed as I was. In a nutshell, she said that God doesn’t want women to get an education because 1) men don’t want to marry a woman with debt, 2) men don’t want to have babies with educated feminist heathens who haven’t been taught…

Daycare or Nanny: which one should I choose?

Raise your hand if you’d never heard of an Au Pair before having kids. Keep it up if you still don’t know what the heck that is. One of the pain points in finding childcare is figuring out what type you want use. Prior to having kids, I knew two options: daycare or nanny. I’d never heard of an Au Pair, didn’t realize there were licensed and unlicensed providers, or in-home daycares, and didn’t know that childcare swap was a thing. Then…

7 Fun Ways to Promote Lifelong Learning

Have you ever thought about how much you learn every day? Whether at work or at home with the kids, I guarantee you are learning a lot. Psychology and human development from interacting with coworkers and your child dictators. The human body and nutrition from taking care of yourself and your family. New technology from work projects and your kids. Other cultures from clients, neighbors, strangers in the grocery store, students, and your kids’ friends. And yourself as you experience new things….

Easy Grilled Veggie Gyro

This post may contain affiliate links. That means at no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission on products ordered. You know those gifts that you buy your spouse that are really for both of you? My husband got a grill for Father’s Day. We’ve wanted a grill for years, but have been doing the apartment thing while we’ve been in school and moving all over the place and usually haven’t been allowed to or had a secure place…

Why hiring a sleep consultant was the best money I’ve ever spent

Hiring a sleep consultant was hands down the best thing I’ve ever done for myself in the last seven years. Marrying my husband, becoming a mother, school, work, travel–all great things, but hiring a sleep consultant still wins. I realize that’s a bold statement l’lI hear about later, but listen. Without sleep, I can’t enjoy any of those things. I can deal with not sleeping a night or two with a sick kid, but extended sleep deprivation is miserable.

The Best Snacks to Pack for Work

This post may contain affiliate links. That means at no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission on products ordered. Raise your hand if your snack stash at work consists of a candy jar and/or chocolate drawer… Hey, I don’t judge, I totally get that. Just today I was wishing I had a chocolate drawer because a Kit Kat bar sounded real good. Like most good people, I love food. It’s a great human unifying force. There are memories…

What to look for in a great daycare

There are few things I dislike more than trying to find new childcare. We have these adorable babies, spend hours with them all day and night, love them, teach them, learn their quirks and how to handle them, and then we send them to someone else for several hours a day and hope that person will treat them with love and kindness. It is an agonizing process that has reduced me to tears more than once. Because I want my kids to…

How to survive becoming a full-time working mom

We have officially evaded the apocalypse and survived my first month as a full-time working mom! We’re not exactly going from calm to chaos at our house. More like chaos to new chaos. We’ve had a busy few years with several moves, two maternity leaves, school, and multiple jobs. Even with a history of consistent change, going from one kid and working 20 hours a week to two kids and working full-time in another new state–all within 10 months–felt like a lot….

The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding

This post may contain affiliate links. That means at no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission on products ordered. Last Fall I attended an HR-sponsored brown bag nutrition workshop about quick and healthy breakfasts. A lot of the stuff I knew and implemented already, but they demo’d how to make chia pudding and gave samples. You.guys. I have used  chia in smoothies, but how had I never tried chia pudding before?? It is so dang delicious! These little…

How to Stay Awake at Work

We lovingly refer to our children as the Demon of the Desert and the Terror of the Pacific Northwest. Even the pediatrician once referred to our baby as a terrorist. Why? Because sleep is sacred and they rarely let us have any. I’ll spare you the very sleepy details, but to give you an idea, the majority of nights in the last three years I have woken up hourly. Many of those nights have been more like every 45 minutes. My brain…

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