Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Before I had my daughter I told anyone that asked that I was adamant about returning to work and not becoming a stay at home mom. I even told my boss that I would only need 6 weeks off. I vowed that I would remain a strong and independent woman even though I was becoming a mother.

I ended up taking 9 weeks off and by the end of it I really wished that I didn’t have to return so soon, or ever. My daughter’s sweet baby coos and teeny tiny toes had all but crumbled my wish to return to work.

Kohl’s Jumping Beans

Last week I stopped by Kohl’s to look at their children’s line. We were in desperate need of fall and winter wear, summer came to an abrupt end and was immediately replaced with cool fall weather….even cooler than usual. Which meant that dresses and shorts needed to be replaced with sweaters and leggings, ASAP.

I stumbled across Jumping Beans a Kohl’s Exclusive Brand.

Their leggings are AMAZEBALLS. I promse you, these are the softest leggings you will ever find. I really wish they came in my size. They are fleece lined and hold up well in the wash. Make sure to look for the Fleece Lined label if you want the softest pants and sweaters.

The One Trick That ALWAYS Gets My Toddler to Take a Nap

Want to know the one trick that ALWAYS gets my toddler to take a nap?

Recently our daughter has decided she doesn’t want to go to sleep at a normal bed time, instead she prefers to stay awake to the wee hours. Wee hours being past midnight, that is way too late for this full time working mama.

Being that my daughter is still not young enough to understand a bribe compromise, I have to resort to other methods of getting her to sleep or take a nap.

I Gave Up Alcohol for 30 Days

Yes, it’s true…for thirty days I gave up drinking ALL ALCOHOL.

That meant no mimosas at brunch, no happy hour with my coworkers, no date night drinks with my spouse, no night caps after work. Zilch. Nada.

This wasn’t a decision I came to lightly. I have a healthy relationship with alcohol, but the fact that many of my social activities revolved around it got me thinking that I should put happy hour on a short sabbatical.

I’d actually been toying around with the idea to give up drinking for an extended amount of time but hadn’t decided to commit to it. What finally pushed me over the edge, was a night out with my friend that seemed innocent enough until I woke up the following morning sick to my stomach.  And the morning after that, and the morning after that.

Go to Sleep Child

Go to sleep child. NO. Please. NO. Pretty please? NO. But mommy is tired, & you’ve had your bottle already NO. Here, have some cheerios, let’s watch “Frozen”, how about a cookie….do you want to go to sleep yet. NO. Here’s Mr. Bear, and fuzzy blanket. Are you tired yet? NO.  Let’s spin around and…

Escape to the Mountains

This month I’ve been obsessively grooming my blog and working on getting my brand out there. It’s been a real eye opening as to how much work really goes into advertising this blog, so worth it, but it is exhausting. Especially with a toddler who thinks bedtime is somewhere between 10 pm and never o’clock and a full time job.

That is why a few weekends ago I asked my parents if we could go up to our cabin for a one day get away.