MOMtor Monday – Weird and Wonderful

It’s MOMtor Monday! I’m over at Mothering From Scratch today sharing my thoughts on Laurie Wallin’s new book, Your Weirdness Is Wonderful and why the book was pretty much written just for me.

(To catch you up on my ever fascinating life…  My in laws left last Wednesday from their unexpected visit.   By Wednesday night, I knew I was sick. I spent Thursday and Friday in bed listening to my kids destroy the house in a spring-break driven haze of Legos and video games and potato chips.  

Yes, my MOMtor post is an accurate reflection of what really happens in our bedroom several nights a week.  That’s just how we roll.  The fact that he slept on the couch twice last week had nothing to do with our “discussion” OR his mom’s visit. It was entirely based on my cold.  

This morning the kids went back to school. The rains last night seem to have washed away much of the pollen that has fallen over the past week. It was bad – yellow drifts of the stuff were everywhere.  I’m left trying to catch up on laundry, restock the pantry, and corral all the minifigs back into the play room.

Remember two weeks ago when I confessed I was having crafting urges again? Right after I posted the pants of shame, I went and dug out the sewing machine again. I started AND finished a quilted table runner.  It’s sitting on my kitchen table right this very minute.  I pieced it together, quilted it, and put a binding around the edge.  Just… don’t look too close.  It came out better than the pants of shame or the now-famous zipper catastrophe, but that still leaves a lot of room for improvement.

I *might* have thrown the “table quilt” in my husband’s lap yesterday as proof that I actually DO finish things.  He may or may not have responded appropriately.)

If that last little bit puzzles you, you obviously didn’t go read my post over at Mothering From Scratch.  Go… now.  I’ll wait.

why i’m OK with being weird

Now it all makes sense, right?

You seriously need to get your hands on Laurie’s book.  You will be blessed!  Just click on my Amazon link and download your copy.


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MOMtor Monday – Look how organized I am.

Today is MOMtor Monday!  I’m guest posting over at Mothering From Scratch and I couldn’t be happier.  Today’s post is part of their “Start With One” series on overcoming the overwhelming.  This week, the topic is organization.

Y’all.  Don’t laugh.  Seriously.  Be nice to me.  You are NOT allowed to laugh at the fact that I was tasked to write a post about one thing other people could do to feel more organized. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday! I’m a hostess with the mostest!

It’s my MOMtor Monday at Mothering From Scratch.  In honor of the holiday season, I’m dishing up some words on finding your sweet spot as a hostess.

How to hostess with spirit, not stress.

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MOMtor Monday – how to focus on what matters MOST

It’s my MOMtor Monday!  I’m blessed to be writing today over at Mothering From Scratch (if they aren’t on your “blogs to read list” they should be.)  Today, I’m sharing about how to focus on what matters MOST.

Believe it or not, priorities and managing anger go hand in hand for me.  In a month-long series on managing anger as a mom, I simply HAD to talk about managing priorities and juggling interruptions.  It’s a huge part of what can drive me over the edge when I’m racing to get dinner on the table.

Focusing on what matters MOST.

Friends, I used to have a really clear set of priorities that worked.

Then I didn’t.

I struggled.

But now I think I’ve figured it out.

The most amazing thing?  It goes back to those four little words a friend shared with me.

Go check it out.  I’ll see you over at Mothering From Scratch. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Why my kids are at private school

Happy Monday morning friends!  It’s my MOMtor Monday and I’m over at Mothering From Scratch.

I’m sharing why my kids are at private school.  It’s part of a larger discussion about school, homework, and how different choices are right for different families.   I love it because it’s absolutely NOT a mommy war thing.  How refreshing is that!

So go on over and join in the conversation!

>>>>> Why my kids are at private school. <<<<< [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Cookie Dough and Self Control

It’s MOMtor Monday and I’m over at Mothering from Scratch with a guest post.

I’ve adored their series on the fruits of the spirit this summer.  I love fresh fruit in the summer time, and their series really satisfied!

Because I’m a regular contributor to Mothering from Scratch (and because they actually plan their posts out weeks in advance) I actually had this writing assignment since last May.

For three months, I’ve been staring at “self control” as a writing topic.

When I first got it, I immediately told my husband.   His response was not exactly the loving and supportive one that I was looking for! [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Kindness

It’s MOMtor Monday and I’m guest posting at Mothering From Scratch on the subject of Kindness.  It’s part of their 8 week long series on the Fruits of the Spirit.

(it’s been an awesome series, i’m secretly hoping they turn it into an ebook.  hint hint.)

Go on over – be sure and leave a comment and tell me hello.

The Healing Power of Kindness



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MOMtor Monday – Cookies and Momma Love

It’s my MOMtor Monday and I’m thrilled about it.

First, I always love guesting at Mothering From Scratch and interacting with their awesome community of ladies.

Second, This is the start of an amazing series they are doing called “A Fruity Look at Mothering.”  I can’t wait to see what they will share this summer.

spirited mom

Today I’m sharing a post titled HOW MOMMA LOVE MADE ME LOSE MY COOKIES.

Go read it.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a story of how my kids make me laugh.

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Why I’m not crafting Easter Eggs (MOMtor Monday)

no easter eggs for meI’m not planning any Easter Egg crafts with my kids this week.

We have a ton of ways that we’ll be celebrating Easter, but crafts involving bunnies, eggs, plastic grass, or colorful candy just aren’t on our list.

I adore seeing all those cute crafts on Pinterest.  There’s nothing wrong with them.  They just aren’t for me.

I’m dishing one of my deep dark secrets as a mom over at Mothering From Scratch today.

momtor monday: the art of facing reality

MOMtor MondayIf you want to know more about my non-craftiness (like the day my husband confiscated my glue gun) you’ll need to sign up for my Newsletter.

Since it’s egg week, I’ll be posting lots of eggy fun on Facebook and Twitter (and maybe Instagram too).  You seriously don’t want to miss it.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for an Easter-themed edition of “My Kids Make Me Laugh.”  I’ve been waiting for MONTHS to share this story with you!

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