How To Be Awesome at Monday-ing

Everyone seems to hate on Mondays and I just don’t get it. I’ve always loved Mondays! They’re still my favorite day of the week (aside from weekends, obviously), and I even love them more than Fridays.

My reasoning is simple: On Mondays I have more energy and enthusiasm and feel like I can absolutely conquer the week. By Friday I feel a bit defeated, and more often than not my to-do list is super long because everything I didn’t accomplish on the other days is piled up before the weekend.

Now, before I get to the point of this post (which is to tell you how to conquer Mondays), I should note that I’m not an especially organized person. And I am most definitely a reluctant housewife at best. SO, if I can do Mondays, you can too.

How To Have Better Monday Mornings

Here’s how to start the week off on the best foot possible:

1) Drink your coffee. Mondays are not the time to decide to give up caffeine.

2) Send your kid to school. A lot of parents send their kids to preschool on Tuesdays & Thursdays (if they’re doing a 2 day schedule for a younger child). However, I’ve chosen to send Clara to school on Mondays and Wednesdays so I can have a productive Monday morning. I consider this one of my better parenting decisions.

3) Write a to-do list for your entire week using a planner of your choosing.

4) Meal plan for the week and update your grocery list. In our house this looks a bit different than in most, probably. I meal plan and then send Tim recipes and links and he updates our Amazon Fresh grocery list. This method works best for us because I hate nothing more than grocery shopping, even online.

5) Prep a meal. I do not prep food on weekends, nor do I think I’ll be starting. Ever. In our house weekends are for adventuring and socializing and napping and running childfree errands and baking treats, and I just can’t see myself ever being able or motivated to plan ahead a week’s worth of meals. BUT, if I plan that Monday night will be a meal o’ leftovers and then prep a meal on Monday morning for Tuesday night… I’ve almost gotten through half a (work) week of dinner’s by lunchtime on Monday! WIN.

Honestly, I think that’s all you’re going to have time for on a Monday morning before your little one wakes up from her nap and your older one needs to be picked up from preschool. I also suggest listening to a few Podcasts (NPR One and The Longest Shortest Time) while accomplishing this list.

And if you’re wondering if this post is a list of what I did this morning… Yes. Yes it is. This is also the first Monday morning I’ve EVER meal prepped for the next day, but I’m really going to try to make it a habit if I can find enough recipes I can make a day ahead of time.

Notice that showering, putting on real pants, doing my makeup/hair was not on this list. I can’t do it all, friends, but there’s always hope for naptime…

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Feel free to come over and make me soup.

Over the weekend Clara blew her nose directly into my hand, so at that instant I knew it was only a matter of time before I got sick. And sick I am. Although, thankfully, I tend to only get 48 hour colds, so I’m fighting through the end of it and I have full confidence I’ll be back to full-speed tomorrow.

Hopefully. (But famous last words, right?)

Because there is nothing worse than being sick and stuck at home with an energetic toddler and a clingy baby and dishes piling up on my counter.

In other news, I wrote my last currently post about a month ago, so I’m back at it again.

Snowshoeing in March

The definition of insanity is me thinking it’s a good idea to go snowshoeing with my children. Again. More on this in a later post when I’ve recovered from the trauma.

At this moment I’m…

// Working on: Getting rid of all of the clothes and jewelry I don’t wear anymore. It’s more of a task than it should be as I decide what to sell and what to gift and what to donate. I’m probably overthinking all of this.
// Eating: Those darn Girl Scout Cookies that keep finding their way into my house.
// Drinking: Champagne. And lattes. I make one every morning and now Clara makes her own little (imaginary, obviously) lattes, too.
// Reading: I just finished “Today Will Be Different” but I prefer “Where’d You Go Bernadette” (same author).
// Wanting: My old butt back. But alas, I haven’t been in the gym enough to make that happen, so instead I finally bought a new pair of jeans in a size that will be much more flattering. Because it turns out that wearing too-big jeans with a belt just isn’t a flattering look. (I bought my new favorite jeans from ThredUp for about $30 and am in love. Use this link for $10 off your purchase!)
// Listening to: The Modern Love podcast. I love it.
// Planning: I don’t think I’m even planning anything right now! How is that possible?! Tim’s brother and his girlfriend were just in town so I planned that weekend, and now I’m relaxing my brain before thinking about the next adventure.
// Loving: How social I’ve been lately! So many playdates and a few nights out and seeing friends and family in town… I’ve loved it! I feel most like myself when I’m with loved ones. (There’s not an introverted bone in my body.)
// Feeling: A little bit sick and drained and tired of being tired. Do you know the feeling? I don’t like the unenergetic and unmotivated version of myself!
// Watching: A dang pregnant giraffe. C’mon April, you need to have this baby already.
// Looking forward to: March Madness! It’s one of my very favorite times of the year. Bring on round one!

What are you up to?!

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I’m finally able to sit down and write a blog post! Phew.

+ I’m thankful for sunshine yesterday. It’s been dreary here the past few days and everyone is talking about how it’s affecting their moods. Friday had blue skies and views of the mountains – so life is good once again. Although supposedly we’re going to see rain for the next ever soooo, yeah. PNW in the spring, I guess!

a naptime update

+ Speaking of thankful, I’m able to write this blog post because Clara and Isabelle BOTH went to bed before 9:30pm tonight! For those of you who don’t know or forgot, let me just recap that Clara has been completely resisting bedtime until about 11pm each and every night, and it has been making us crazy people. But lately, very lately she’s been going to bed earlier and earlier, as she used to a few months ago. Is my daughter “cured” from this complete sleep aversion?! Gosh do I hope so. I feel like I’ll get my whole life back if she goes to bed by 8:30pm every night!

+ Tim’s brother & his girlfriend are in town from Chicago and the girls are just loving the extra attention and I’m loving having 3 extra sets of hands! (Since Tim is taking off work while they’re here.) I can’t decide whether I want to get shit stuff done or relax. This is probably dependent on how much caffeine I drink on any given day.

+ I was so underwhelmed with this last episode of The Bachelor. I mean, of course Rachel was going to go home. She’s the next Bachelorette. Duh. And Vanessa wins the whole thing, I’m sure. Let’s move onto Bachelor In Paradise. (Also, I’m thrilled that Rachel gets to be the Bachelorette, but isn’t she too normal? I feel like the most likable people are also the most boring on TV.)

+ This week I had drinks with a girlfriend, got together for playdates, went to a marriage conference with Tim, volunteered (by doing taxes), went to MOPS, and watched The Bachelor with our old roommate. And of course, because my social life was great, the rest of my life kind of fell apart and I didn’t get anything done around the house or online. Maybe next week I’ll be a different kind of productive – or maybe not – this past week was pretty fun.

… a scattered list from an even more scattered mind. Phew. Now I’m off to bed. Before midnight! I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

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Books I Read: Jan & Feb

Over the past two months I’ve read a few books – a few of which I think you’d really enjoy!

You might want to add a few of these to your list.

Book recommendations: What I've read so far this year

Here’s what I read in January & February:

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs Adams – I knew nothing about Louisa Adams before I read this book, which is a shame because she is an historical figure worth noting. This biography was really well written and also interesting. I was especially interested in the dynamics between Louisa and (her husband) John Quincy. The notes between them are fascinating and insightful and it’s remarkable how different the world is today and also how differently women are treated! I also read Alexander Hamilton’s biography, and Mrs. Adams’ is better.  Read this one.

+ The Kitchen HouseThis goes on my list of favorite books. You should read it ASAP. I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t get enough of the characters. This isn’t necessarily a feel good book (at all), because the subject matter is more than a little deep (slavery). If you like historical fiction, read this book. Even if you don’t like historical fiction, read this book.

+ Present Over Perfect – The reminder we all need about how to live well. I’ll be honest, I think there are a lot of books on this topic and they all kind of run together in my mind. However, this was a good read and I think the subject matter is great, so if you need a little reminder about how to live your best life and to let go of some things that are probably holding you back, this is your book.

+ American Housewife – This is a collection of short stories that I enjoyed reading. I didn’t find any of them especially spectacular, but it was an interesting read and since I’m an American housewife, after all, it was a genre straight up my alley. (Although, these aren’t exactly ‘normal’ housewives.) This book was clever and enjoyable, so I’ll highly recommend it.

+ WonderRead this one. Immediately. I cried when I read this book, which is really saying something. I think it’s beautiful and relatable, with a message you won’t forget.

+ Simple Matters – I can’t get enough minimalist books, and this one is one of the better ones.  I now have goals of making my own cleaning products and replacing my ugly brooms and getting rid of all duplicates from my wardrobe. Plus, the cover of this book is beautiful and I think it would be a great coffee table book – and/or a gift to a friend. If you read (or even skim) this book, you’ll definitely get some good stuff out of it.

+ GileadI can’t recommend one. I just didn’t like it. I’m sure it’s beautifully written and actually a wonderful book (It won prizes! Big ones!) but I kept needing to fight the urge to put it down and not pick it back up again.

My library hold list is filled again and a bunch of books just came in, so wish me luck as I devour a few books in the coming weeks (before my overdue fines start compounding)!

I get all of my best recommendations from you! What do I need to read next month?

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A little coffee date chit chat

Let’s pretend you and I are on a coffee date, shall we? I could use some girl time, so this works out perfectly. Also, in this ideal scenario we don’t have our kids with us. Perfect.

coffee date thoughts

Speaking of kids… this one is getting braver and braver and is cruising all over our furniture!

On this coffee date…

+ I would confess that (and I really do feel awful for saying this) I actually kind of like it when my kids are just a little bit sick every once in a while. Like, the kind of sick where they have a fever for one day and no stomach problems and bounce back the next day. This happens to Clara every 6 months or so and it’s always a good day for me. I’M AWFUL, I KNOW. But you see, on sick days she has low energy and I feel zero guilt in allowing her to take long naps and watch Daniel Tiger all the day long. And while she’s doing that I can clean the house and write this blog post in peace! It is so good, guys. Plus, PLUS, I can get some extra snuggles in. Of course, I hope she feels better tomorrow and that this is just her little body fighting off a cold. She says she doesn’t feel sick and she’s eating fine, she’s just low on energy. Whatever, I’ll take it. But also, please don’t judge me too harshly (is what I would beg you on our coffee date). Moving on…

+ I would ask you (yet again) if you watch Scandal and if you said no I would insist that you start ASAP.

+ I would say that Isabelle is our easiest child lately and her schedule is going like clockwork, which is such a great feeling! I love a predictable child.

+ I would ask you what your favorite snack is, because I could use some healthy inspiration in that department.

+ I would ask what you’re giving up for Lent, if anything. This Lenten season I want to read the Bible every day (which I should do anyways), and I’m still deciding on whether I’m going to choose to give something up.

+ I would tell you that a few short months ago I had a toddler who was in bed by 8pm every night, but I would let you know that this same toddler is now up until 10pm every single evening and I’m wondering what the heck happened and how I can get the previous version of her back.

+ I would tell you that you should read this book (“The Boys In the Boat”) if you haven’t already.

+ I would exclaim that my baby is 10 months old! Actually, I kind of kept waiting for the day in which she would turn 10 months and missed it because February doesn’t have a 30th day – duh, Lisa.

+ I would boast that I made awesome brownies and buttercream frosting the other day and I’m definitely going to use those same recipes again in the future.

+ I would admit that I’ve been spending far too many minutes/hours/etc checking in on April the giraffe who is evidently never having her baby. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky.

+ I would ask if you watched the Oscars, because I didn’t and I’m so glad. I would not have been able to handle the secondhand embarrassment from the ending! I bet Steve Harvey was relieved that it’s not just him anymore!

+ I would admit that I’m sad that Corinne isn’t on The Bachelor anymore. I can’t wait for Bachelor in Paradise because I’m sure she’ll be on it!

+ I would say that I’m ready for spring. SO READY. But also I want to get into the mountains to play in some snow first.

coffee date thoughts

bow from Little Poppy Co.

What would you order on a coffee date? I’m still on a latte kick over here!

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