Thursday, January 15, 2015

Budget and Living Well

I have posted before about my love/hate relationship with budgeting.  I understand it is necessary.  I feel better when we follow one.  I have had to pick up the pieces more than a few times when we have gone off track. 

So, this year I am trying again.   I have found Living Well Spending Less.  Ruth has a wonderful approach to spending and LIVING.  She has a 12 Secrets of the Good Life series that I really enjoyed.  She also have a wonderful book.   I am going to begin working on the workbook that goes with the book this weekend.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This Mom Recommends Gluten Free Favorites: Part 1

Kid #1 was diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 10 years ago.  I have been trying to find him things for a long time.  Often I am asked what products and recipes we like.  Not my whole family eats GF, but we do about 80% of the time. (Kid #1 is 100%)

First bread: It has come a LONG way since I started buying it in 2003.  Our favorite store bought brand is Udi's.  We also like the mix from Bob's Red Mill in the bread machine.  I have tried a few other mixes and recipes, but my boy like these and so these are the ones I use day to day.  (And they are easy, so we both win.)  He prefers the bread machine bread.  I buy it from Amazon on auto-ship.

Next recipes: I follow a few GF bloggers on Facebook (I have not opened the gates to Pinterest yet).  We like Gluten Free Mama (We like her flour too.), Gluten Free on a Shoestring (I have all her cookbooks), and My Gluten Free Kitchen.  These are all user friendly, easy and practical. 

I hope these help some getting started.  For those of you that have been eating GF for a while, what are your recommendations?

Can wait to hear about other ideas?


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy #9 to #3!!!

I added these 2 photos because they perfectly represent my kid #3.  
She is pretty and tough, sweet and sassy, hard and soft and she is 9!
  Last year before double digits!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The First Changes

One thing became very clear at the end of 2014, my work/life balance seriously had work taking most of my time.  I mean, I am a busy working mom.  In my work life I have many irons in the fire, but I was finishing emails at night, taking work calls, planning the next days events, etc.  My husband was sending "friendly" reminders.  My kids were asking me to "just look at them".  When I think back it was kind of sad.  I am always pushing the hours I work by going in a little early or staying late.

I am not writing this to get into a working mom vs. stay at home debate.  I have been both and have found myself equally busy with things.  I am writing this to say, I had stepped over a personal line for ME.  This week I have made a few simple changes to help create the balance:

  • I have taken my work email off my phone.  
  • I have worked to create scheduled work hours.  I am writing what I work in my planner each day.  
  • I am working on saying no.  I can't sit on one more committee or attend one more meeting.  If it is not something on my list of priorities, I am saying no.  
2015 is already scheduled to be a busy year for me.  I have a master's degree to finish and a few other commitments to complete.  I need to schedule my time wisely.  I also need to maximize the time I am with my family.  It is still a work in progress.  Part of the reason I dusted off this blog is to force myself to check in and prioritize.  Hopefully, I can take the time to do that too.

Happy 2015!