A Poem For Tired Moms

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Roses are red

Violets are blue

My hair is a mess

I’ve been up since two

 

The coffee needs brewing

The breakfast to be made

The floor needs sweeping

And bills need to be paid

 

It’s not even 9

The morning goes so slow

Is 10 o’clock too soon

To have a glass of merlot?

 

Laundry, dishes

It all never ends

Coffee & wine

Are my closest friends

 

When evening does come

I welcome it with a hug

For in a few short hours

I’ll be sipping coffee from my mug

 

 

 

Why Stay-At-Home Moms NEED Other “SAHM” Friends

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I like to do a lot of writing about being a stay-at-home mom, or “SAHM” for short. There is an endless supply of material to write about, and it’s something that I know well.

I’ve recently reconnected with an old friend of mine that I used to work with, and we’ve both happened to follow similar career paths: working our butts off being SAHM’s!

Our outlooks on motherhood, parenting, and life in general are very similar. We have common interests, and have similar things that make us tick. Our youngest daughters are also only months apart in age.

If I’m having a particularly rough day, something funny happened, or I just need a friend to talk to, she’s just a text message away. I should mention that her name is Megan, as well 😉

Since chatting more and more with each other over the past few weeks, it has occurred to me how nice it is having another mom to talk to who is in the same boat.

Sure, I have other friends with young children, but almost all of them work outside of the home. Talking to them about the things I talk to Megan about just wouldn’t be the same. Maybe that’s unfair of me to say, but I think it takes a SAHM to truly understand another SAHM.

Being home with Maddy all the time, I often feel overwhelmed and feel that I need a break. To say this to someone who works a regular 9-5 job, I may seem like I’m taking my situation for granted, or don’t know how lucky I am. Many people think it’s a cake-walk being a SAHM.

But Megan gets it, and often times is having a chaotic day as well. When I tell her that Maddy did such and such, she is understanding, supportive, and knows full well what it can be like.

I love all of my friends equally. That said, there is a unique bond that forms between SAHM friends. It’s not only nice to have this b0nd, but it’s important as well. SAHM’s need each other for venting, advice, and friendship.

 

Why Ezekiel Bread Is The Only Bread I’ll Eat

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The other day I was talking with a friend about my plan to cut wheat out completely from my diet. I came to this decision after reading many articles about Dr. William Davis’s book, “Wheat Belly”. The message I got was that wheat is evil and that we’ve been fooled this whole time thinking that whole grains are healthy.

Some of it is a bit confusing to me, but it seems that wheat is not what it used to be many years ago. Long story short, I tried cutting out wheat completely and lasted all of two days until I realized I was being ridiculous, and that the right kind of wheat is in fact good for you.

Then I thought back to a strange bread I had tried months earlier: ezekiel bread. I had read about it somewhere on the internet, on one those healthy eating blogs. I had tried it once but opted not to buy it again because it was a little pricier than I liked, but now I was ready to give it another chance.

So next time I went grocery shopping, I picked up a loaf…from the freezer aisle! That’s right, this mystical bread is kept in the freezer. But once I bring it home I stick it in the fridge.

Like with all new food I get, I scanned the ingredients list. Here’s what ezekiel is made of:

 “Ingredients: Organic sprouted wheat, filtered water, organic sprouted barley, organic sprouted millet, organic malted barley, organic sprouted lentils, organic sprouted soybeans, organic sprouted spelt, fresh yeast, organic wheat gluten, sea salt.” 

Unlike the whole grain bread I had been buying in the past, I can pronounce every one of the ingredients in ezekiel, and I know what they are. That is important to me.

As far as taste goes, it really is not much different than the whole grain bread I had been buying in the past. The texture is a little different though. My usual bread is soft, whereas Ezekiel has a little bit of a rougher texture. I actually like it better than my old bread!

Don’t let the fancy name “Ezekiel” fool you, it is just as versatile and sandwich-friendly as any old bread. Below you can see my lunch, which I made on Ezekiel bread, of course 😉

So, why am I willing to spend the extra dollar to buy Ezekiel when I could buy regular whole grain bread instead? Simply put, it’s simple! Ezekiel is flourless and has a very user friendly list of ingredients.

Now that i’ve switched over from regular bread, I can proudly say that I’m able to pronounce and identify every single food in my diet…and that matters!

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