The Ebb and Flow of the Ever-present Mom Guilt

Wednesday night after work I drove to my boss' home and spent time talking, eating snacks, and drinking wine with my two friends and my boss and her husband. We sat in the basement by the fireplace, the room lit by the beautiful Christmas tree and various Christmas decorations and candles around the room. There … Continue reading The Ebb and Flow of the Ever-present Mom Guilt

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Feeling Like You're Drowning

I always try to look on the positive side. I don't enjoy being around pessimistic people who are always complaining or finding something wrong with everything. Then, unexpectedly, a wave of depression will wash over me and I will start drifting in thoughts... I feel like an imposter and will never amount to anything. If … Continue reading Feeling Like You're Drowning

Quote Jar Curator: Subscription Review # 2

Disclaimer: The subscription box I received from Quote Jar Curator was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in my post are mine only. The premise behind Quote Jar Curator is simple. You find a jar and fill it with quotes that will inspire you, comfort you, and ground you. … Continue reading Quote Jar Curator: Subscription Review # 2

New Series! Subscriptions: The Gift That Keeps on Giving – P.S. You're the Best

Disclaimer: The subscription box I received from P.S. You're the Best was gifted to me in exchange for an honest opinion. The opinions expressed in my post are those of me and my family only Subscriptions have long been a favorite gift of mine to give and to receive. As a kid, I would receive … Continue reading New Series! Subscriptions: The Gift That Keeps on Giving – P.S. You're the Best

The Great Decluttering of 2019 has Begun

"We all have a million things vying for our attention. If you tell yourself that you don’t have enough time to clear out your junk, you might be delaying the well-being and relief you could experience by tackling it. If not now, when?"Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify. I've spoken before about my anxiety … Continue reading The Great Decluttering of 2019 has Begun

It’s OK to Say No

Are you the type of person who is constantly trying to help others? Do you get asked to go somewhere at the last minute and feel bad if you don't? Do you go to get-togethers that you really don't want to go to? Do you get suckered into regularly babysitting someone else's kids? Are you … Continue reading It’s OK to Say No

Christmas gift ideas

Mommin' in the Real World's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here! I love to find or create the ideal gift for each of my family and friends, but it is not always so easy! (I'm looking at you, Dad...) If you're anything like me, it is likely you are searching for the perfect gift for at least one person on your … Continue reading Mommin' in the Real World's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

The Best Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers

Dollar Tree is a store that is relatively new to my small community. I don't shop there often, but when I do I always seem to find something great. Last Easter I was able to fill the kids' Easter baskets with lots of fun stuff from Dollar Tree without breaking the bank, so I went … Continue reading The Best Dollar Tree Stocking Stuffers

Grandma Julia’s Cranberry Salad

My grandma Julia's cranberry salad is one of my favorite fruit salads. With only five easy ingredients, it is a snap to put together. This salad is full of fiber and healthier than most Thanksgiving fare. My grandmother and I are both dump cooks, so my measurements aren't precise, but can be altered to your … Continue reading Grandma Julia’s Cranberry Salad

A Work in Progress: Building Self-love, Self-acceptance, Self-confidence, and Body Positivity

I have always had a difficult time with my own body image. There have been times when I have been happy with how strong I was. There were times when I was happy with how thin I was. There have been times when I didn't care what I weighed or how it looked because my … Continue reading A Work in Progress: Building Self-love, Self-acceptance, Self-confidence, and Body Positivity