• Chores and Errands,  Lifestyle,  Work/Life Balance

    Motherlodes and Motherboards

    In a computer, the board all the circuits that make the computer run are mounted is called the motherboard. Go figure. It makes sense such a thing would be called the motherboard. After all, isn’t the mother the person to whom all the details of the entire household’s lives get attached to? Mom keeps track of the baby’s diaper changes, feedings, bath schedules, and bed times, Daddy’s meetings, work hours, mealtimes and downtimes, the laundry, cooking, cleaning and general chaos. If you’re a working mom there’s a whole other world that’s added to that list. No wonder a large haul of something is called a motherlode. Who else could handle it? This is why, just yesterday, when I was out running errands returning baby gates (again) and broken breastpumps (ugh) I found myself staring at an array of food in the grocery section of Target and felt my motherboard fizzle…

  • Chores and Errands,  Lifestyle,  Money Savers

    How to Get Baby Clothes Cheap

    We haven’t spent very much on Benji’s clothes. I have spent less than $300 on all his clothes so far and he has an entire wardrobe to get them through 24 month clothing. We have found a few tricks to saving money on clothes. Babies grow out of their clothes faster than you can wrestle their little squirming bodies into them. Benji is no exception. He has consistently been in clothes double or triple his age. He’s a big boy and shows no signs of slowing down his growing. All of this growing can also cause growing pains on your wallet if you’re not careful. 1- Thrift stores. I had forgotten about the treasure trove a good thrift store can be until we had Benji. My sister often finds really unique and beautiful pieces at her local thrift store and has picked up some of Benji’s clothes there too. Thrift…

  • Chores and Errands,  Lifestyle,  Work/Life Balance

    How to Find Time for Yourself as a New Mom

    Finding time for myself has been one of the most challenging things for me after Benji was born. I feel like every second of my day is consumed with taking care of him, my husband, my house, my work and not myself. By the time Ben is sleeping and I finally get a chance to sit down in the evening, I realize another thing I had forgotten to do. In fact, as I write this I am photocopying a worksheet for my classes tomorrow that I forgot to drop off with the copy lady. My work is never ending. Whenever I have errands to run after work, I feel like the clock starts ticking the moment I walk out the door. I have a limited amount of time to get back to the house before Benji needs to be fed and put to bed. That window of time has thankfully…

  • Breastfeeding,  Chores and Errands

    Surviving the DMV as a Breastfeeding Mom

    As my license is up for renewal this month, I had to make a stop in at the DMV to get it upgraded to a “Real ID” because apparently my old one was fake or something. After searching all the DMVs on Long Island with available appointments for after work, I found one DMV not too far from my work. I snagged a reservation at 3:15. I figured with the appointment it might take me an hour or so to get through the process as it usually takes a lot less time to do what you need to do when you’re not a walk-in. Wrong. I got to the DMV at 3:00. I had brought every single piece of identity they could possibly ask for. Social security card, birth certificate, marriage certificate, pay stub, sample of my DNA in a tube, family tree dating back to 1056… You name it,…

  • Breastfeeding,  Chores and Errands

    Kiinde Twist v. Tommee Tippee

    We started giving Benji a bottle when he was three weeks old out of necessity. I had to go back to work three weeks after his birth so he needed to use a bottle. We started with Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles with all the bells, whistles and inserts. I decided to go with the these bottles because in my research about giving bottles to breast-fed babies, the zero flow nipple from Tommee Tippee is one of the slowest flows on the market. I wanted Ben to have a really slow flow to prevent him from preferring the bottle to the breast and developing nipple confusion. For this, they were great. The flow was super slow for him when he was so little. We tried giving him a number one flow. It was too fast and he was choking on it. Back to the zero flow we went. For the first…

  • Chores and Errands,  Work/Life Balance

    How I Plan a Week of Meals Stress Free

    Before I got pregnant with our son, my husband and I used Sun Basket, an organic meal delivery service, and we were very happy with it. However, once pregnant, I found my tastes changed on a daily basis and I didn’t like the smell of meat cooking so our diet was anything but predictable. While pregnant, I also enjoyed being symptom free from my IBS. I was able to eat gluten and dairy for a blissful 9 months. A lot of what we ate during that time consisted of whatever I was craving and whatever I ordinarily couldn’t eat (ie: lots of ice cream). After our son was born we tried to go back to Sun Basket but I was frustrated by the choices and my dietary limitations. Planning meals became a weekly ordeal. The world famous “What do you want for dinner?” rang through our house on a daily…

  • Chores and Errands

    How Online Christmas Shopping Made My Life Easier

    I used to try to frequent physical stores in an effort to support local business but when I was pregnant and had horrible sciatica (and serious laziness) I became a big fan of online shopping. Shopping online makes it possible for me to get the things I need and do it while I sit nursing. In the few weeks after I had Benji I realized we hadn’t anticipated needing a lot of things we would need. Our little guy turned out to have reflux so the 10 or so burp cloths we had quickly were soaked through with spit up and we needed more. I was not about to get in my car and drive to BuyBuyBaby or Target to get new burp cloths when sitting down still hurt my stitches. Bumpy roads? No, thank you! So I turned to the internet. Amazon quickly became my best friend. As a…

  • Chores and Errands,  Work/Life Balance

    Prime Now Grocery Delivery Review

    Every mom knows going to the grocery store is a chore that occurs at least on a weekly basis. If you’re like me, I make a big trip to Trader Joe’s every Saturday and then stop off at the local store on my way home from work to pick up all the things I forgot at Trader Joe’s. Because, well, mommy brain. This Sunday, while planning for another grocery trip, I decided I really didn’t feel like going because I had too much other work to do. Then, I remembered that I had gotten a $5 credit for Prime Now by choosing “no rush” shipping on Amazon Prime orders I had placed for Christmas presents. Not one to turn down a coupon, I figured I’d give it a go. The Prime Now app was super easy to use. I make my own baby food for Ben so the first thing…