Yesterday I actually made it out for a MORNING run. My SECOND run of the week, in fact. I know – that probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. But things have not been going as planned with my training. Finding the time to get in my miles with two littles to take care of has been way more difficult than I was expecting, and I was expecting it to be pretty hard!
It is HARD to make Date Night happen when you’ve got kids and no money. BUT (and we all know this) it is so incredibly important to make time with your partner a priority. I love my husband, and I want to stay connected. I don’t want to lose who we are as a couple in the process of figuring out who we are as parents. So…
IDEAS FOR FREE DATE NIGHTS
I did some brainstorming with my people and came up with a list of 10 date nights that are 100% free. (Any food used could easily come from the week’s grocery trip without straining your budget.)
We’re well aware that, aside from Christmas, summer is the season for gifting. With all its weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and graduation parties, summer can get quite pricey. Since David and I are in a season of budgeting and general financial messiness, I thought I’d put together a list of cheap gift ideas for those of you who might also be in a money in-between. These are ideas we’ve used ourselves as well as links to other sites with tons of awesome options.
I constantly feel in between staying at home and working. It’s terrible. It’s like I still haven’t given myself permission to be at home, not to work, to raise my babies. It feels selfish, somehow, when David’s killing himself to provide for us. I know being a stay-at-home mom is a job and a sacrifice, too. But, in my brain, it feels like the opposite for some reason.
We all know momming is NOT easy. It’s an endless sea of worries and in-betweens and joys and routines. It’s a privilege that carries great power and responsibility. Think about all of the things you teach your kids. At birth, they literally know nothing besides their most basic instincts. We teach them everything – what things are, what feelings are, how to love, how to learn, who to trust – the list is endless. It’s a little scary, honestly. But it’s also pretty awesome.
In honor of my mama’s birthday, I thought I’d share some of the things she’s taught me.
I don’t know about you, but I often feel stuck when it comes to ideas for summer activities. I get caught in between all the busyness and our regular routines. I went to Pinterest for some brainstorming and found 10 great sites and ideas that I wanted to share with you!
I find traveling with littles to be a bit tricky. It requires planning and frequent breaks and a lot of stuff. Oh, the stuff. I always feel like I have to bring half the house with me when we take a trip, especially now that there are two babies.
I have been avoiding writing about the battle in my brain. Just thinking about it ALMOST turns me into a raving lunatic. And I want to be honest here but also positive and encouraging, so I haven’t written about it. But it’s such a huge in-between for me and for my family right now. Also, I’m sure everyone can relate on some level.
This past year, Lily fell in love with Sesame Street. She loves all the characters, stories, and songs. She has learned so much from that show. It brings her such joy that it seemed the perfect theme for her second birthday party.
When Lily and I are looking for books, I try to keep a few things in mind: Is the story cute? Can she learn something? Can we talk about the pictures together? These books for 2-year-olds have much to offer. She has learned something from each one, and she keeps going back for more. You can probably find most of these at your local library. I have linked them to Amazon, though, in case you’re looking to buy! (These are affiliate links.)