Remember when I blogged? Me, too. Barely. It’s been a loooong time (7 months…). Basically I was tired, I didn’t feel like I had much to say, and when I had extra time I wanted to use it to zone out, not write. I’m not saying this is a comeback. But for the first time I felt like I wanted to write, so I’m going with that. No promises it will become a regular “thing” again.
In case you forget what we look like…
This morning as I was getting ready I thought of a few things I/we do that have made life a little simpler, so I wanted to share them. And I’m hoping you have some ideas you can share, too!
1) Get up before your kids. Obviously losing some sleep kind of sucks, but once you’re used to the wake up time, it becomes much easier (also: turn on the light as soon as your alarm goes off and it’s much much easier to wake up). That first cup of coffee by yourself? GOLD. And Dave and I have both found that we’re much more mentally and emotionally ready to hang with the kids when we’ve started the day with some time on our own. Which leads to…
2) Trade off. First, you might have to make some tradeoffs with your life. For instance, we go to bed silly-early (about 8-9pm) because Leo is an early riser. This means we might miss out on social things at night or we’re going to pay for it the next day because we stayed up late. Second, we tradeoff with the kids. Dave does breakfast with Leo so I can run in the mornings and takes the kids for half an hour before dinner so I can cook without kids hanging on me (literally Kate hanging on my jeans crying because she knows there is fooooood).
3) Put your shoes on when you get dressed. This seems silly, but if you’re getting two kids ready to head out the door it’s so much easier if you don’t have to get your shoes on, too. In the winter there is enough stuff to tie, pull on, zip up.
4) Pick recipes that are delicious but easy. I want meals that come together in about 30 minutes. If I have to do a little prep over naptime that’s okay, but I prefer it to just be done all at once, in half an hour. Here are a couple of our favorites:
- enchilada noodles
- vegan cincinnati chili
- mexican quinoa with guac
- brown rice with kale and romesco sauce
- pizza with this no-yeast crust
There’s also the crockpot, which I’ve sorely underused lately.
5) A quick clean is better than a no-clean. So you’d love to sweeper the whole kitchen but only have time to use the handheld to get the really crumb-y spots. You don’t have time to deep-clean the bathroom but you can quick-scrub the sink and toilet. Go for it. Anything is better than nothing!
What are some of your best ideas for making life a little simpler? We need all the help we can get because…
Baby #3 is coming in late June!