I’m a Mom…What’s Your Superpower

This September our daughter will be two and my hubby and I will be married for three years. As a new mom and new wife I’m still learning to balance work, family church and all the little in between things that can suck up your time.

I recently attended my first ever women’s conference at Ridgecrest in Black Mountain, North Carolina where the theme was Super Women. It was three days of absolute empowerment. I learned so much about myself and who I am as a Christian woman, a mother and friend.

Some of the workshop sessions were about discovering your kryptonite, using the word to tap into power, and unleashing the superpower within. I heard so many wonderful testimonies from other women who have really overcome some situations that would cripple non-superwomen.

I recently attended a women’s conference at Ridge Crest in Black Mountain, NC. It was awesome.
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So before the conference I was starting to feel that I was failing as a wife, a working mom and sister. I was trying to be the perfect wife, the perfect mommy, perfect matron of honor that I thought my sister needed me to be. As mothers, as women we have a tendency to want everything to be perfect and it’s just an unrealistic expectation.

I think I have this mentality that “I don’t want to seem like I can’t manage the household, be a good wife, take care of baby girl, help get my sister down the aisle, do church work, and maintain all of the responsibilities at the job in which I get paid to focus on work.”

If I’m honest with myself, like most moms we don’t want to admit that sometimes we just can’t get it all done today. Sometimes there are days that require a lot of juggling just to accomplish a fraction of your massive to-do list.

But as a busy moms we have to remember that we are capable of thriving in may facets of our lives.

Instead of focusing on what I wasn’t accomplishing, I began to look at what all I had accomplished. My child was healthy, happy, fed and clothed. My husband had a home cooked meal 6 nights out of the week (shoot even Jesus Christ rested on the 7th day).

So I only got through with 4 stories that day at work instead of 6 (If you don’t know I’m a reporter for a daily newspaper). Ok I only drank 4 glasses of water and I ate chocolate before dinner. Ok I left dishes in the sink, but at least my family ate a great meal.

We as women put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be supermom more than anyone ever expects us to be.

I’ve come to realize that I manage to get a lot done before most people arrive for work.

Look at all I’ve managed to accomplish.

So I say to any mother who is doubting her abilities and questioning whether she is doing a good job — you are a good mother. If someone says oh you’re a mom as if it’s a bad thing look them straight in the eye and say: I’m a mom what’s your superpower?

I’m a Supermom….What’s your superpower?
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If you’re a supermom I want to hear about it. Share your stories of being a superwoman or knowing a superwoman in the comments below or share a superwoman photo via instagram or twitter or facebook.

It’s My Blogiversary

This month 2 years ago I began blogging. I took a hiatus but I’m baaaaaaacccckk.

What was supposed to be a holiday time off became a four and a half month break, but what can I say, but life got hectic. It still is, but I missed blogging and hope that with a regular one day a week post that I can still make time for family, church, work and give you a great quality blog.

I’m hoping to do more DIYs, recipes, mommy stuff. That said I’ve got some exciting blogs planned. But for now here’s a few of my favorite blog posts from the past 2 years.

I’m always on the go for either work, family, church and have to really maximize my time. So I had an idea that there are probably things that all moms and some dads do to manage their time. I created a list of 10 things this busy mom does.

Moms and dads are always juggling something. Here you’ll find some tips to streamline your load.
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I love a good slice or three of pizza. We have our favorites and have quickly added our own at-home pizza to this list. It’s such an easy way to add everybody’s favorite ingredients and heck make it healthy and do all veggies.

The post I created in October was the first time we made our own pizza and we have since then perfected our recipe and tried different ingredients. But if you are looking for an easy at-home pizza recipe then look now further.

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza.
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When my Bath & Body Works Peach Bellini foam soap ran out this DIY Diva had to create her own. I had so much fun creating this for my Tip Tuesday series. I did try other “soaps” first like the original blue Dawn, but the Olay Hand Renewal version left my hands clean and soft and isn’t that the point. It only required like two “ingredients” — Dawn liquid soap and water. That’s it. Pour in water, mix in a few squirts of the soap and you have DIY Foam Hand Soap.

A little Dawn dish soap, water and a reused foam soap dispenser is all you need to make your own.
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The last post I thoroughly enjoyed and still love is the last one before my break — Relax….it’s the Holidays. In that December post I talked about how holidays can be stressful, duh. So instead of holiday food recipes or Christmas decorating tips, I shared how to relax. Yasss, girl.

I created, with the help of the Internet, three detox bath recipes. I’ve always been a bath person and when I was pregnant bath time was such a relaxing way to end my day. So without any further discussion here’s my favorite detox bath recipe. Check the blog post for more.

epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil make for simple and relaxing detox bath.
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If you are a follower of the House That Walker Built and have a favorite post, please comment below. Or share with me on any our socials if you’ve re-created or used any of my blog tips via instagram, twitter or facebook.

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10 Things Busy Moms Do

Let’s face it. Moms are always on call. Whether it’s to wipe snotty noses, go grocery shopping or scrub toilets. I’m sure there’s moms and dads who can testify to having a lot to do with little time to do it. I’ve only been a mom for eight months, but I’ve learned now more than ever that my time is very valuable. How I use my time can make a huge difference.
I’ve always thought of myself as a multi-tasker, but nothing beats juggling mommy-wife-job duties.
Along my mommy journey I have developed some habits that help to streamline my day so that I can have more time with my hubby and my daughter. I work full time and my day usually starts about 5 am or earlier and doesn’t end until 11 or after midnight.  In no particular order of importance I’ve created a list of things us busy moms (and dads) can do to get more done in the day.

1. Electronic circular/reward programs

I downloaded the app flipp so that I don’t have to collect so many sale papers and the places I shop most often will let me know when there’s a sale. I’ve also downloaded the Pampers app because since our daughter’s NICU days she’s been using Pampers. It’s the brand we prefer, but by no means not the only good brand out there. On every pack of wipes and diapers there are these codes and a certain number of points are assigned based on your child’s diaper size. Once you’ve collected so many then you can trade those points in for a reward. The rewards include totes, diaper related merchandise and an opportunity to make a contribution to some wonderful foundations.
Flipp is a source for flyers, coupons and deals at all of your favorite stores. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Flipp is a source for flyers, coupons and deals at all of your favorite stores.
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2. Pay bills online

I write all of our recurring bills in a calendar on the date it is due and how much. We sit down and determine what bills will be paid from which check and pay them all at once. That way you don’t have that unpaid bill hanging over your head. I go back to my calendar and mark it paid.
We write all of our bills in a calendar, how much and when they are do and denote when it's been paid. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

We write all of our bills in a calendar, how much and when they are do and denote when it’s been paid.
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3. Grocery shop once a week

It can be hard, but on a good week I run all of my errands on Saturday and before lunch time I’m done. I wake up around 7am, finalize my menu for the next week and my grocery list. Then I hit my circle — produce market, aldi, dollar tree, food lion. It may seem like a lot, but each store meets different needs. I get fresh fruits and vegetables from the produce market; pasta, canned veggies, snacks, sauces from Aldi; cleaning supplies and wellness supplies from Dollar Tree and the occasional makeup product and meats and other grocery items from Food Lion.

4. Do double duty

While you’re making dinner throw a load of clothes in wash and/or if you have time before getting the kids up or after they go to bed. I mean let’s be honest, laundry is one of those things that requires little action from you — put the clothes and laundry detergent in and start it up, that’s it. You can fold the clothes after dinner.

Wash dirty dishes while you make dinner. Why wait until after doing dishes. Why not clean mixing bowls and pots as you are cooking that way it cuts down on the time you have to wash afterward.
Why not wash clothes while your family eats dinner. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Why not wash clothes while your family eats dinner. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

5. Pack a second diaper bag.

Leave it in the car or if you have older kids pack a ‘to-go’ bag. In this bag you can put car games like the license plate game or spot the car (for preschoolers pack a pad and pencil and when while driving let kids write down license plate numbers or spot the type of vehicle. You can even create a check list of vehicle types ahead of time and when the kid spots one let them place a sticker over the word) or hangman  —pack bottled water or CapriSuns or snacks like dried fruit. Also include a blanket, pillow, a change of clothes because just because they are older doesn’t mean they will have accidents.

6. Make a list.

I make lists of everything, from groceries to blog ideas. I write every thing down b/c these days there’s so much going on that I just don’t trust myself to remember it. So when you’re on the elevator heading to the office take a few seconds to add to your grocery list or if you’re in the car do a voice memo and make a shopping list.
While I have downtime I create a grocery list on my phone and then on the weekends we shop. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

While I have downtime I create a grocery list on my phone and then on the weekends we shop.
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7. Prep meals

I admire those moms who prep their meals weeks ahead, but when you have a picky eater (hubby) I can’t really go that far out. I prep my meals at least two days ahead. Sometimes my husband says he’s not in the mood for chicken and or just wants veggies so creating meals for the week just doesn’t work in our house. But what I do is include him in on the meal planning that way he knows what meals are upcoming. Oftentimes we may have nachos one night and I’ll take the extra ground beef and make spaghetti for the next day.

8. Quick clean

While at the red light or before you get out of the car why not take a baby wipe and clean the steering wheel, armrest, door handle and crevices near your gearshift. Put a small trash bag or even a recycled grocery store bag and take out the trash. Empty the trash when you get out. Shake the floor mats out when you don’t have time to vacuum. Use hand sanitizer on spills or ink stains.
Why not quickly clean the interior of your car with some baby wipes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Why not quickly clean the interior of your car with some baby wipes.
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9. Mommy’s day out

Hire a babysitter or get nana and grandpa to watch the little one so you and hubby can clean the house. At least once a month we get my mother-in-law or sister-in-law to watch our daughter so we can give the house a deep clean without having to entertain her. We can devote our attention solely on the business of cleaning.

10. Snackin’

We created a snack drawer for my stepson. We always have fresh fruit and of course chips, but we put extra snacks in a height appropriate drawer that has pudding, fruit snacks and other things he likes to eat. This way kids know this is THEIR drawer and can have a role in picking out the snacks that go inside and keeping the drawer organized.
*Bonus
When we run low on products I add it to a master list on the fridge during the week and it cuts down on the amount of time it takes me to create a shopping list on the weekends.
What are some of the ways you save time as a busy mom or dad, share with us via instagram, twitter or just comment below.