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Amazon Prime Day – Worth The Hype?

Is it Black Friday or the middle of July?  With Amazon Prime Day and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale it feels a bit like the holidays, no?  I must admit I got sucked into Amazon Prime Day.  Truth be told, Amazon has been my saving grace as a busy woman.  Diapers, wipes, detergent, shoes, you name it – I’ve bought it with the click of a button.

Working full-time got in the way of too much Amazon Priming.  Is that a real word, I don’t think so.  Anyways, I did manage to snag a few deals and let a few others pass by.  I’ll start with the big one I didn’t get.

Instant Pot – This thing has a cult-like following with some of my mom friends.  It seems you either love it or you don’t.  It’s application is ridiculously convenient especially for someone like me who forgets to thaw most everything.  My reason for not getting one is somewhat silly or perhaps paranoid.  I just couldn’t do it for safety reasons.  I know, I know.  There are safeguards in-place, but my brain couldn’t do it.

iRobot Roomba Vacuum – With a 70 lb lab dog at home the struggle with pet hair is REAL.  I’ve used a Swiffer, Dustbuster, and the beloved Dyson Animal vacuum.  I’m sick of spending so much time cleaning pet hair; hence the Roomba purchase.  The reviews left me uncertain this was the right choice but I went for it anyways.  Figure with Amazon’s great return policy I couldn’t go wrong.

Greenies Dental Dog Chews – It appears my dog was the focus, eh?  Amazon’s hype was worth it for this purchase.  These dental chews are painfully expensive.  I think I scored them 40% off.  I do love a good deal.

Kids Bento Box – This is the deal that got away from me.  I really, really wanted to snag a few of these during the Prime sale, but alas real life got in the way.  By the time I checked there was a waitlist for ’em.  Hoping they’ll run more deals on Black Friday.

Overall I think Prime Day is worth the hype with one caveat – you have to be available to check when new deals are released.  I’m not able to be glued to my phone all day which made it difficult to snag the popular deals.  First world problems, my friends.

Working Motherhood

Career Progression for the Working Mom

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Over the last 5 years I’ve encountered forks in my career path.  Places where I knew a left turn would take me off the path for X, Y or Z promotion or job.  Perhaps only in the short-term but a big decision for a mother and ambitious woman.  A few months into being back to work with my oldest I was offered and ultimately turned down a promotion.  It was a decision I struggled with as I had been working towards that promotion for years.  The job would have been challenging, engaging, and downright exciting.  BUT it would have meant abnormally late and irregular work hours.  Not exactly compatible with having a newborn at home.

Today I have a job offer that’s not a promotion but a step towards an eventual promotion.  It’s what I should do within my career field.  And deep down it’s what I want to do.  While my current position has afforded me the opportunity to have more family time, I’m self-aware enough to know it’s time to move on to something more challenging.  Why am I struggling then?  Our oldest is dealing with his own issues and obstacles since we moved to our forever home.  Since I believe in protecting my children’s privacy as much as possible, especially on the internet, I’ll leave it at that.  As his mother I want to be there for him as much as humanly possible.

But I also have things I want for myself, in addition to my family life, that are also a factor.  We, as mothers, aren’t often encouraged to admit those goals or dreams but they’re within all of us somewhere.  Whether it’s spending more time on a hobby you enjoy or joining a community organization or working outside the home, we’re all pulled in competing directions.  Time and energy being so finite makes these trade-offs all the more difficult.  Tonight I sleep on it.  Tonight I give myself time and space to make the decision.  History has taught me to trust my gut.  Hopefully I wake up with the answer to the fork in the road.

 

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Women & Self-care

Motivation

Earlier this week I had a moment of self-induced shame.  Women in a moms-of-multiples FB group I follow were discussing postpartum weight loss.  Unlike me these were relatively new moms venting about how hard it can be to lose the baby weight.  I chimed in that I’m 4-years postpartum and not only haven’t I lost the weight but I actually gained some.  Not a proud moment.

I’ve kick-started my weight loss countless times the last 4 years.  From Weight Watchers to yoga to hiring a trainer to using MyFitnessPal, I’ve tried different things.  Yet here I am today – sick and tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin.  Besides vanity reasons, I notice very real health issues from being 35-40 lbs overweight.  Low energy levels plague me each and every day.  At the end of the day, after taking care of everything and everyone but my own needs, I simply want to crash.

While not a ‘style’ issue per se, I’m going to try to use the blog for accountability.  Every week I’ll check-in with what weight was lost, what worked well, what didn’t work so well, and how I’m feeling.

Weight loss:  0 lbs

Good:  Recognizing (again!) that something has to change

Bad:  Recognizing I’m at the same weight I was at delivery of my first child (sigh…)

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Workwear Wednesday

Another lengthy pause on kick starting the blog.  Truth be told, the only way I’ll stick with blogging is if I operate on a schedule.  So today I’m kicking off Workwear Wednesday.  It is Wednesday, right?  This holiday week has me all confused.  

The point of Workwear Wednesday is to highlight what I wore to work.  Groundbreaking, I know.  Most days I can get away with business casual attire.  In my new job it’s rare I need to wear a business suit.  While I’m more comfortable in business casual workwear, I struggle with what’s appropriate (i.e. Nice enough to look polished and professional).  Men can get away with a collared shirt, slacks, and call ‘er done.  

Lately I’ve been a bit cardigan obsessed.  My preference is to wear a bright colored cardigan in honor of summer.  Paired with a pretty printed shirt it looks polished while business casual.  And without further adieu…

Sources:

Yellow cardi – Jcrew Factory (similar but more mustard color)

Printed halter – Banana Republic Factory (similar halter top)