I mean, I start off looking for the answer to a simple question, like, where did that White Rabbit go? Or a perfectly logical home-making query like, Hmm... I wonder if my homemade pancake mix will waffle well? It's made from fresh-milled flour, and some recipes go crazy wrong when you throw in real flour...
And Next Thing You're Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Maybe It's How Alice Felt: Standing There Holding a Flamingo and Trying to Play Croquet...
Yup. I had just, sort-of gone off the deep-end. Twenty minutes on Pinterest, and suddenly it seemed silly to have this appliance in my cozy kitchen that could only make waffles.
And there was this waffle book, promising it would give me some ideas and maybe add a little fun to the kitchen routine.
It actually did both, so in the spirit of self-justification, here's my pros & cons for Will It Waffle?
One of my favorite things to do with the waffle iron now is have everyone gather in the kitchen and create their favorite sandwich. I stand at the iron and throw each of them in, one at a time for two minutes. No, it's not a sit-down-everyone-together type meal, but it is novel and fun.
The chicken parmesan and waffled french toast are pretty awesome, too. I doubt I would have thought to try either of those in the waffle iron if I hadn't taken that trip through Wonderland.
What Was Your Latest Rabbit Hole?
Seriously people, I know I'm not the only one who goes from Pinterest to Amazon and ends up waffling chicken parmesan!
What was the last thing you found when Wonderland sucked you in? Was it a total win or a total disaster? Do share!
Okay. Life with littles is one big series of interruptions. You can't mute your kids, but you can cut out one of the major distractions in your life!
I recently turned off my email notifications. I mean, really, do I really need to know the exact moment someone sends me an email? Couldn't I just check my email once or twice a day and be done with it?
I could not believe the difference it made! It was like muting an annoying person who is always dropping in and trying to sell you things.
I was so much less distracted, it felt like my IQ had gone up a couple points! Since then I've been cutting out other notifications as the apps try to interrupt my life and my brainwaves.
Want Your Brain Back?
Even shutting off one really pushy app can bring you a lot of peace. I challenge you to go into your phone's settings and turn off the app that interrupts you the most. And don't worry: you can always turn it back on if the silence drives you nuts.
I'm ready to share my Pinterest Board for Book Three! I'm a very visual writer. I sit here, staring into space, watching my scenes play out until I'm ready to write them or clean them up. It's really fun for me to go through Pinterest and search for images that make me shout: YAY! See? I'm not crazy! That's totally it!
Plus it will give you a little peek into what's coming for Nani, Tai, and their friends.
Also, I want to try and get a quick author update up here every month. Either goals or something I'm struggling with. In truth, this is because writing books is super, but, dang, it is hard work! I figure it will both encourage others, and myself, because I will be able to look back and see how I've grown.
Goals for September:
Pregnancy can be so overwhelming! But in truth, you can keep it simple! This is my fifth time around, so here are my nine tips for a happy nine months...
1. Find Prenatal Care You Trust
I once asked an OB why she had chosen obstetrics. Her answer: "Men are terrible patients. Women carrying babies will do anything they are told."
Yeah... I'm one of the weirdos who likes to think for herself and make informed decisions (call me crazy). I pretty much ran out of there and never went back.
We all have different comfort levels. Finding a doctor or midwife that you are comfortable with is essential. Yes, you have to work within your limitations and insurance, but God can do amazing things. Ask around. Talk to other mamas. Pray. Interview them. It is not a waste of time! Keep searching until you find someone you can trust.
2. Clean Out Your Closet
You will be much happier if every look into your closet does not remind you of all the things you can't wear anymore! Get a box or bin, label it "Skinny Mama," put in whatever you can, and put that thing away.
3. Start with Comfortable Undies
4. Find Clothes You Love
5. Drink Clear to Think Clear
Your brain and body work better when you are hydrated. During pregnancy it's especially important! Water is wonderful and red raspberry leaf tea strengthens your womb! Drink up!
6. Repeat After Me: Just Say No-Tifications
Pregnancy leaves a mama feeling SO scatterbrained. Your brain is full of baby thoughts and decisions, and it is so easy to get distracted. Your kids are constantly interrupting your train of thought, and let's face it: so is your phone.
I recently turned off all the notifications on my phone, and I couldn't believe the difference that made! I had no idea how often my phone was interrupting me to let me know I had an email until I told it to shush!
Try it for 24 hours, I dare you! You can always turn the notifications back on if you can't stand the lack of interruption.
7. Don't Try to Run On Empty
8. Don't Forget the Kids You Already Have!
A baby doesn't have to divide your family. With intention, a baby can draw your family closer together.
Encourage your other kids to look forward to the baby:
9. Find A Baby Registry That Makes Life Easier
The way we relate to people has changed so much! If your friends and family are scattered all over, I recommend using the Amazon Baby Registry. You don't have to worry if the store you registered with exists where everyone lives. No one has to find a registry machine and print out a list and wander around looking for stuff.
With Amazon's Baby Registry, you can share the link to your registry online, and then your friends and family just click and purchase. You can even add things from other sites and earn things like free diapers!
What About You?
Well these are the things that I thrive on during pregnancy, but what about you? What one thing would you tell an expecting mama she should never be without? Leave a comment!
Have you enjoyed your summer? I have. I love the chance to slow down a little, and live quietly.
This year it was really good timing, because I had a real need to slow down. The Lord has blessed us with another child, and my body and brain put on the brakes! Slow down, Mama! they demanded, and slow down I did.
But August is here, and even though the seasons don't turn in this land of "endless summer," my calendar says it's time to start gathering the troops for a new school year.
I consider myself a Homeschooling Minimalist (the lovely Salty Tribe made that term up, and I'm so glad she did!). As such, I thought I would share just a small, bite-sized piece of what we do for school (rather than blasting you with it all in one over-whelming go!).
What is Minimalist History?
How to Get Started...
History doesn't have to be boring! Record and explore. Follow your guide, but don't be afraid to abandon it if you and your kids want to take a break and study something else. That's the beauty of journaling: if you have a chance to take a history detour, you have the freedom to do so!