Author Archives: Amy Bellgardt
The holiday season is off to a fantastic start, and the busyness of the season is really kicking in! During the holidays, I focus on making sure my family is enjoying each moment, but like many moms, I often forget to consider my own desires.
The holiday season is all about gathering as a family, making memories, and sharing meaningful moments with the ones we love — and let’s not forget, eating a delicious meal together! However, for all of this to happen, there’s much planning and hard work to be done.
Every weeknight at 5:00, my husband and I have the dreaded discussion – WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER. Why is it the dreaded discussion? Well, both of us are tired from a long day of work and neither one of us want to think about preparing and cooking dinner.
Halloween is just around the corner, and with it, an influx of candy and sweets from parties, trick-or-treating, and other fun events. But do we really want all that candy to end up in in our children’s bellies?
Years ago, I cleaned homes for a living. One of my responsibilities as a housekeeper was to provide my own cleaning supplies. I soon learned that it was not only terribly expensive to purchase pre-made cleaning supplies, but most of my clients didn’t enjoy the fumes that came along with them. Heck, I didn’t like them for my own family, either. So, I researched other options: i.e. I looked online and asked my grandma.
As a busy mother, between raising kids, working for yourself, and taking care of a home, it can be difficult to slow down and enjoy the present. If you’re anything like me, you find your mind wandering to the next needs-to-get-done task on your list, always rushing, planning, calculating, and trying to stay one step ahead.
Something happened to me after the birth of my second child five years ago. I am not sure why or how, but I became more aware of the waste my family was creating. (Perhaps it had something to do with the multiple dirty diapers I was changing, who knows?)
Last week, my family traveled downtown to watch a holiday parade. Though the weather was somewhat mild in the high 80’s, I still became quite dehydrated and had to head home earlier than planned. I was so concerned about keeping the kids hydrated that I failed to do so myself, which ruined our family plans for the day. Lesson learned!
Every year, my kids and I look forward to the long summer break from school. Perks like sleeping in late, daily swims in the pool and traveling to new destinations all add up to a fun, memorable summer. So, why do I always get the summertime blues come August?
I can hardly believe that my kids will be back in school in a few weeks! I know that I say this every year, but where did the summer go? It’s time to start thinking about back to school supplies, new clothes and getting us all back on a strict schedule. I have to admit that I’m not quite ready for it.