How Do You Balance Blogging and Family Life?

Happy St. Patties day!

So, how does a mom go to school, parent, wife, and blog?

As you all know, I did take a well deserved break from blogging, but now I am back at it, fresher and more inclined to type than ever. How do I manage to do all of this?

The best answer is I write when I do homework, or wait for Baby Chewy since we go to school on the same property. I have about 3 hours between class and when it’s time to pick up Baby Chewy, so I use that time to research, type, put the pictures together and post some writing. Then I go get Baby Chewy, and if I decide to, I write some more for an hour or 2 when I get home while or right after I get homework done. During this time, Baby Chewy is in his room, Playing with toys until I am ready to make dinner.

 

This means I go about 4 or 5 hours a day putting time into each and every blog post you guys see. Usually if I am home or it’s a break, Big Chewy and Mother-In-Love help too, so that I can spend equal amounts of time researching, writing and posting. Blogging as much as you can about parenting or your life is far from easy, luckily I have support from my family, or my household, when it comes to the blogging life, because it’s something I truly love, and they respect me for that. It’s almost like Big Chewy with his Twitch streaming. If he was wanting to go back to the and make videos, then that’s up to him and as husband and wife, we will make it work.

It may not seem like it, but I do put a lot into each post, and that’s why I needed my break. Taking 2 English classes at once put a lot of stress on me, and I couldn’t let my grades suffer. The funny thing is that it happened anyway. Now that I am close to the end of the quarter, I am glad that I am back to writing my heart out about topics that I like. It’s something I’ve missed all quarter. ❤

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What Does Financial Freedom Look Like to You?

Financial freedom sounds like such an amazing thing, and is something I definitely strive for not only yearly but daily as well. I always look for that coupon or bargain that would make my family happy and help as well. However, for me, financial freedom isn’t just about saving money. It’s about one day not needing to worry if i decide to buy the $10 toilet paper.

Financial freedom means not having to count bills. I currently do what I can to count to the very last dollar when it  comes to bills, and usually if Big Chewy and I have $35 after phone, storage, rent, Netflix and Hulu and electric bills, it means we had a really, really good month. I’m working on prepaying some bills with my financial aid, since I go to school.

 

Financial freedom means giving Baby Chewy the best. I would love to send Baby Chewy to private school when he gets to high school so that he can have the best education, and by then the goal is that he would have had enough time for us all to work with the A.D.H.D. he has been diagnosed with so that he could operate in an environment like that. With this I am hoping he can be in karate and some other fun activities that we are going to try and get him involved in this year so that he has that outlet that an A.D.H.D. child needs.

 

The freedom to have a car. Here’s a funny story. We don’t have a vehicle. The end. Okay, maybe it’s not that funny, but it’s way true. We do not have a car. I can’t drive due to some PTSD things that my family claims is nonexistent, but we also can’t afford a vehicle, or gas for said vehicle. So, instead, we take the bus. Luckily we are saving the planet by doing this, but it still sucks all the same.

What Do We Eat?

For National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be appropriate to show and explain how my household has changed their way of eating so that we could all be healthy and think about what we put into our bodies and how that effects us. With my Mother-In-Love having diabeties and being overweight, along with the fact Big Chewy and I are just plain overweight, we need to be well aware of the positives and negatives of what is being put in a used. Granted, it is far from perfect right now, but it’s getting better.

 

The first thing we did was stop eating bread. Now, we didn’t 100% stop having carbs, but we are on minimal carbs, as my mother-in-love shouldn’t have them. We’ve done this before and the result was her A1C going down, so that’s the goal this time as well. It also fills you less so you can do the “mini meals throughout the day.” I know this isn’t always possible, as many humans are too busy to do it, but if you pack something small, like a couple grapes or tomatoes, I think it could work well for you.

 

Dinner consists of meat and a veggie, sometimes two. I  used to always make sure that there was a potato with dinner, sometimes fried and sometimes baked. I am very proud to say that we haven’t had potatoes in our house in a long, long time. Instead, I kinda go overboard on the veggies. I’ll make like…steak with some salad and some spinach. Don’t let anyone say this isn’t okay though, because it is. It works well for my family.

 

Finally, we eat consistently.  Before, when we would eat, it was kinda sporadic and mostly junk food. Now we are on a more straight forward time and pretty consistent with time and with the mindfulness that we eat, which I think has also been helping a lot.

What to Expect for Blogmas

If I haven’t said it enough, Blogmas has started, indeed. I have a couple decent ideas, but they are subjected to change.

My goal is of course blogging every day (given) but I am also starting to be able to open up, so you might be seeing more personal things from me. Not that I can say anyone would or wouldn’t be interested in that, but it’s worth a try.

Cold

The winter season is upon us, and it has finally become unbearable.

Yesterday I went to help my aunt with her shed, we also blessed some moms that needed help. Two with a tree, one with a bed, and one for something else I couldn’t remember. Whatever it was, it meant something to all of the moms, and I am so glad we were able to help.

However, yesterday ALL DAY it did nothing but pour. It wasn’t too bad, but it was bad enough where I was soaked from head to toe, but the end of the 6 hours we spent going through this pod, I was basically a sloshing puddle of water and mud.

Today I wore a dress because I was interviewing and observing in a class, and it feels much, much worse than yesterday. I feel like it’s colder, more dreary. Thank God I don’t have to wake up and go out this morning. Baby Chewy can just come cuddle me and that will be our morning. Only two more weeks until his schools out, exactly a week until mine is out. Just gotta take it day by day.

Did I mention I am from Florida? Floridians don’t do winter. Sometimes I wonder why I moved to what seems like one of the coldest, rainiest places in the U.S.

Plus Size Winter Dresses

Looking for plus sized modest looks?? Look no further. Here’s a list of some gorgeous dresses I liked, and maybe you will too!

 

 

1

This dress you can find on: Rosegal.com

It is: $20.96 (40% off)

It comes in sizes: XL-5X

 

2

 

You can find this on: DressLily.com

It is: $17.13

It comes in: 3X-6x

3

 

You can find this on: Torrid.com

It is: $56.17

It comes in: Size 6, you might be able to find sizes 1-5 in store.

 

4

 

You can find this on: DressLily.com

It is: 29.00

It comes in: Sizes XL and 3X, though they may have more soon.

 

I hope you guys liked this. These dresses are too super cute, and I tried to locate ones that would be wallet friendly. Although the one from Torrid isn’t really, I love their clothing because of what awesome materials they have. I have never had a problem with their clothes.

Christmas List of a Momma

Do you ever get asked what you want for Christmas? It might be the most wracking question for a parent. The mature side of you wants to say “nothing”, but then the less mature portion might have a huge list of items.

Partly a joke, partly true, here is a mommas Wish List:

-Bills paid

-Monetary Stability

-Paid Spa Treatment

-An hour alone. Not even a whole day.

-Breakfast in bed

-Movie day

-Date night

-Chocolates

-Dinner made

-An hour to do whatever they want for enjoyment

 

What else would you want to put on this list?