Day in the Life of a Working Mom: Photo Edition

Mar 2, 2015 by

Wake up at 5am (6am on weekends) and check sleep tracker. College Jenn would not believe how Mom Jenn can survive on such terrible sleep.

Wake up at 5am (6am on weekends!) and check sleep tracker. College Jenn would not believe how Mom Jenn can survive on such terrible sleep (5x awake and 16x restless).

Try to catch a few extra Z's by bringing the kids into our bed.

Try to catch a few extra Z’s by bringing the kids into our bed.

After getting up at 5am, take a shower, put last night's dishes away, feed the dog, make breakfast, get dressed, wake the kids up at 6am, get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, potty and out the door by 6:45am. Feel like you've run a marathon by 7am. Breakfast in the car!

Take a shower, put last night’s dishes away, feed the dog, make breakfast, do the dishes, get dressed, wake the kids up at 6am, get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, potty and out the door. Feel like you’ve run a marathon by 7am. Breakfast in the car! Half hour commute singing in the car with the girls.

Drop the kids off at school as quickly as possible without pushing them out of the car at the curb. Running late for work AGAIN.

Drop the kids off at school as quickly as possible without pushing them out of the car at the curb. Running late for work AGAIN.

Spend eight hours at a job I love having lots of grown up conversations. Choose when and where to eat lunch and who I want to eat it with. Eat lunch in complete silence if I choose.

Spend eight hours at a job I love having lots of grown up conversations. Choose when and where to eat lunch and who I want to eat it with. Eat lunch in complete silence if I choose.

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What Makes Me Happy This Week

Feb 16, 2015 by

I’m a big fan of a good old list, so this week I’m cutting myself a break from deep thoughts (yeah, right) and making a gratitude list. I’m theming it a bit – it will be things that make my crazy life feel just a little bit easier and joy filled. Here goes nothing.

  • Grocery pickup. I’m a little too cheap for grocery delivery, because you have to pay the delivery fee and then the tip on top of that, but grocery pickup is under $5 (no tips allowed!) and you don’t have to get the kids out of the car. I seriously wish I could do all my errands via drive through. You have to think that you’ll save at least the fee by not going in and deviating from the list. The produce might not be exactly what you’d choose and you’ll surely stump them with canned coconut milk, but it’s worth a try on a particularly nutso week.
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Embrace the Madness

Feb 12, 2015 by

My day starts like this; wake up, make lunches, spend time with hubby while he gets ready for work knowing that I won’t see him again for 13 hours, encourage son to make his breakfast/eat his breakfast/get dressed/walk the dog/remember his gym clothes or instrument, text carpool, shower, dress, remember what I need for the day (do I need to stop at CVS? buy a birthday gift? call my mother? check in with a friend? go to the grocery store? what about dinner!!??!!), feed the dog, take hubby to the train station, drive carpool and/or drive to the office.  That’s the first hour and a half of my day.

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3 easy recipes for the busy, stressed, and uninspired (like me!)

Jan 26, 2015 by

I’m actually not a bad cook, but you wouldn’t know that if you came into my kitchen on a typical weekday night.  Embarrassing as it is, most nights we eat frozen stuff or pasta.  And Friday nights we get takeout.  And Saturday we eat takeout leftovers.  Before we had our daughter, I experimented with cooking a lot, but now I’m just so TIRED.  And going to the grocery store with my little girl is such a PAIN.  And planning ahead for Peapod is just so LOGICAL.  I know you know what I mean.

This past week, I was really proud of myself – I actually found a couple recipes that were doable and pretty delicious, so I thought I would share with everyone out there who I know feels my pain.

The Perfect Baked Potato

I have adapted this from Alton Brown’s recipe.

You will need:

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A Lesson in Being Brave: My Defining Parenthood Moment

Jan 19, 2015 by

My defining moment as a mom doesn’t have much to do with my daughter.  Of course, she is peripherally involved in the story, but actually, if someone had taken a picture of this moment, it would be of me with big fat tears rolling down my face and a giant bag of M&Ms.

Let’s back up.

I am a school psychologist.  It’s not exactly one of those careers that anyone starts to dream of as a small child.  I didn’t decide to follow this path until well after college, and by the time I finished the long, tumultuous process of grad school and internship, I was 29 – on the older side for a first-year educator.  I couldn’t believe my luck when, with zero years of experience, a wonderful school district decided to take a chance on me.

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