Monday Mom Confession – Christmas Card Edition

Monday Mom ConfessionEvery week I do a Monday Mom Confession because while we all want the very best for our children, it’s impossible to do everything right all the time.  Admitting that is freeing – and it’s also encouraging to other moms in the midst of intense seasons.  I’d love for you to join me – share a link to your own confession post in the comments, or just make your confession here!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here!

We send Christmas cards every year.  I try hard to make sure it’s of the non-braggy variety but I’m sure every year has a different feel – based upon the state of both the writer AND the reader.

Every year there’s also a photo.  This was ours this year:

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Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers: DIY Spice Blends

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers

This is totally not a guilt trip.  If you don’t give holiday gifts to your co-workers, that’s totally fine with me.  I never did, either, until this year when I got a little breathing room in my schedule.

See, my love language isn’t gifts.  And I think Dr. Chapman said that you expend a lot of your own energy naturally focusing on trying to speak your own love language to others because that’s just the way you were made.  So since my love language isn’t receiving gifts, gift-giving isn’t necessarily my strong suit, and when cute little packages or envelopes or chocolates show up on my desk on that final working day before the holiday reprieve, I usually think, “Oh, crap.  I’m so thoughtless.  I can’t believe I didn’t do anything this year, either.

So just in case you want to pull a little something off for your co-workers, here’s a simple, inexpensive, and practical idea that you can throw together this weekend – just in time to give them out next week. Continue reading


Surviving Dinner: Christmas Baking Edition – Christmas Tuxedo Pretzels

Christmas Tuxedo Pretzels Baking With Kids

You know I’m all about cooking with my kids, but I’ll freely admit that the biggest drawback is that it often ends up looking like this.

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Working mamas, I know you’re busy and starting to get stressed.  Christmas is about a week away and you’ve still got cookies to bake and memories to make.  But who’s got the time?

Here’s a quick, easy, low-mess “baking” recipe that even my not-quite-two toddler helped with.  And by “helped” I actually mean “helped“!  It really is that simple!  This is so effortless that you can even do it after work on a weeknight.  BOOM.  Holiday saved. Continue reading


Monday Mom Confession

Monday Mom ConfessionDoing a Monday Mom Confession a few weeks ago was so fun and freeing that I’m going start doing it weekly, at least until I’m out of ideas to share.  I’d love for you to join me – share a link to your own confession post in the comments, or just make your confession here!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here.

We have the smallest cable package you can possibly have without quitting cable altogether.  The good thing is that our viewing options are limited so we’re not sucked into TV (which happens to us far too easily).

The bad thing, though, is that our viewing options are limited.

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Book Review: The Prodigal God

prodigalgodThis year has been a bit of an unexpected spiritual rollercoaster for me.  While I was never at a crisis point that made me ready to walk away from my faith, I will admit to becoming disillusioned with certain aspects of Christian culture.  Lately it’s felt very inward-focused, exclusive, and self-serving.  Add that to the general view of Christians as hateful, hypocritical, and judgmental and I started to feel like something wasn’t right.  How can Christians, saved by abounding love and immeasurable grace, not be known for exuding the same to unbelievers?

Let me be clear, I’m not making sweeping statements about the character of Christian people.  I’m speaking specifically about the religious culture and the unfortunate reputation it’s garnered.

These days it feels like so much of life is “us” vs. “them.”  Differing political views, socioeconomic status, racial and cultural identity, religious affiliation.  And to be honest, I’m tired of it. Continue reading


Monday Mom Confession

Monday Mom ConfessionDoing a Monday Mom Confession a few weeks ago was so fun and freeing that I’m going start doing it weekly, at least until I’m out of ideas to share.  I’d love for you to join me – share a link to your own confession post in the comments, or just make your confession here!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here.

I am perfectly aware that children are not supposed to watch TV until they’re 2 years old – going even longer is better.  It’s not great for their little brains.  I get it.

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Monday Mom Confession

Monday Mom ConfessionDoing a Monday Mom Confession a few weeks ago was so fun and freeing that I’m going start doing it weekly, at least until I’m out of ideas to share.  I’d love for you to join me – there’s a link-up below so feel free to jump on board, or just share your own confession in the comments!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here.

As much as Conlan adored his sister when we brought her home from the hospital, I never had any sort of fantasy that we’d never struggle with sibling bickering.  I knew it would show up eventually.

In reality, it held off longer than I expected but now it’s in full swing in the Slaney house.  Let’s be honest.  Toddlers are irrational, difficult to deal with, and kind of annoying to adults.  How do you think it feels to a five-year-old? Continue reading


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