Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for a Working Mom!

I was very excited when Haley told me about the bundle that "Feast" was going to be featured in.  It seemed like a great deal just on it's own and then I got the details and couldn't believe it.  So much information for such a small price. 

 So why is an employed mother trying to sell you a "homemaking bundle"?  Because ladies, it doesn't matter where are days are spent, we're all homemakers.  We all can use some advice and helpful resources to make our homes run a little smoother.  I actually consider myself a homemaker at heart, because that's where my focus is and that's one of the ways my family wins.

 These are a few of the sections, as an employed Mom, that I'm really looking forward to:


*I am an affiliate for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and will make a portion of the sales that my particular affiliate link makes.  However, I do not blog purely for profit and do not promote anything I do no personal use or support.  I do think this is an amazing resource for any family*

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Motto of the Working Mother

 Today I'm guesting posting over at Carrots for Michaelmas about the big secret of staying family focused as a working mother.

"A perfect little house with just enough space to be comfortable and cozy.  A yard big enough for adventures and exploration.  A gaggle of smiling children.  The ability to put real, wholesome food on the table for every meal.  Hours spent living and growing in our lives together.  A comfortable existence where every need is provided for and wants are never indulged too much.   I see myself as the matriarch of this little dreamland; with enough hours in the days and no outside commitments except those we make as a family.  These are the little things I daydream about and  what my life does not look like.

In reality I am a working mother; or as I prefer an “employed” mother.  I am not a woman who finds part of her vocation in a career or path that requires paid work outside the home, but just another woman trying to do right by her family.  I am thankful for the job I have with its great benefits, understanding supervisors and non-standard schedule, but I’d rather be at home.  My heart resides in my home, where my true vocation is, no matter where I spend my time.  My focus is always on my family."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Easter Edition

Dyeing eggs the old fashioned way - Paas tablets from the grocery store.

Which apparently make pretty decent watercolors

Which, as it turns out, are a good way to distract your family while you set up the Resurrection Rolls (which failed rather spectacularly).

So instead of yummy rolls, you get instant Easter decorations.

That don't look too shabby.

Now for something completely different - a little linking up with Kendra-

1. What did you and your family wear to Mass on Easter Sunday?

Here's H. and I.  Daddy didn't have the day off.

That's no camera trick.  I really am that short and my 3 year old is that tall.

We were *that* family who sat in the front row only to have a child have an epic meltdown right before the consecration.  It was, well, epic.

2. Easter Bunny: thumbs up or thumbs down?

We do Santa and the Easter Bunny.  Plain and simple.  I don't think I'm "lying" to my kids anymore by playing along with these fantasy creatures than I do on a semi-regular basis about if there are any cookies in the house.  I think make believe is good for the mind, and we make sure that these gift-givers are closely tied into the real reason we celebrate the holidays.

In our house these are the kind of things the Easter bunny brings - religious books, wooden farm animals, outside toys and some candy.

The Easter Bunny brings fun things and hides eggs in our house and is never seen.  He does not lurk around in malls.  No creepy mall Bunny here.

3. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else's house?

If we had a big enough house to comfortably host everyone I like having people over, but we don't so they're usually at someone else's house.

4. What is your favorite kind of candy?
Like Kendra, Reese Peanut Butter Cups

5. Do you like video games?
I get bored with them easily.  I don't really see the draw to spending long amounts of time on something that doesn't really have anything to show for it.

6. Do you speak another language?
I know a little Spanish, but nothing close to fluency. 

We might have told H. that dinosaurs were going to hatch out of the broken ones....

Friday, April 18, 2014

{Postcards} Good Friday

Hot Cross Buns after dinner.
From the store, not worth getting again.  Maybe homemade next year.
Introduction to the whole story.  (Thank you Bonnie and Kendra)

First impression:
"Jesus needs some band-aids."

Lord, send your abundant blessing upon you people
who devoutly recall the death of your Son
in the sure hope of the Resurrection.
Grant us pardon; bring us comfort.
May our faith grow stronger
and our eternal salvation be assured."