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Exhausted

I’m exhausted and I’m not even sure why. I spent most of the morning at a coffee shop returning emails, updating some things on my blog, and adding a product to my sales page. Which was actually a lot of work! I came home around 11am and made a cute shirt for myself, then spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning and doing dishes. How can there always be soooo many dishes?? And I didn’t even touch the laundry today… My new spiralizer arrived by UPS, so lunch was super yummy! Oh, and in case you are wondering, I do not get paid by Amazon to post links. Honest to God, I don’t get paid by anyone 🙂 But I do love this spiralizer. I used the flat cut on a yellow squash, threw in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parmesan and tossed it in at 400 degrees for 10 mins. Way good!

I also got this potty training step stool. I’d post the link, but honestly, I’m thinking this one is kind of crappy. It doesn’t feel sturdy, seems to slide around on the toilet seat a lot. Does anyone have something like this they love?? I’m looking for any and all options to make Nora more self-sufficient in the bathroom!

 

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And just like that it’s time to get the little ladies from school 🙂

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Sweet Little Pumpkin Onesie

I’m so excited for Halloween. I know, I little early, but my Sweet Little Pumpkin Onesies are so adorable! Clink the link below to order, available in newborn through 12 months. I pre-shrink them, so I’d recommend ordering a size up perhaps, unless you’re familiar with how Carter’s Brand onesies shrink with drying. Use the coupon code PUMPKIN10 to save 10% off your order!

(P.S. Let me know if you have any issues with the order process, as I’m still setting up my store. Email stefscrazylife@gmail.com)

Click here to order

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Monday Monday

It’s another week, another Monday. Weekend went fast, Eric is back in Ft. Dodge today, he left last night. Thankfully the girls slept through the night. Lots of random thoughts in my head today as I sip a sugar-free almond milk latte before meeting with my therapist. I’m not actually sure she’s helping me in any way, but she is lovely to chat with weekly.

Still attempting the Keto diet, but honestly, not sure my body is actually in ketosis, as I cheat from time to time. Yesterday I think I had 28g of net carbs. Possibly low enough for ketosis, but again, not sure I’m always consistent enough for my body to stay in such a state. Regardless, I’m eating soooo much healthier than I was before. In the picture below you can see I’ve lost 7.2 pounds in the past 30 days on the diet. I don’t expect to keep losing this fast, as you may know with Keto, carbs hold a lot of water, so most of my loss is that. The gray line though is fat, so nice to see that is somewhat down. I haven’t worked out in a while, but hopefully going back today after my therapy meeting.

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I was putting Nora’s laundry away yesterday and it struck me… I was putting her underwear in the drawer which used to hold burp clothes. Time really does fly!

Speaking of, Nadia will be two in ten days! And I have NOTHING planned. Well, except a t-shirt I randomly picked up at Target that says, It’s My Birthday. Eric will be away on-call for her birthday and my mom’s club has a mom’s coffee meeting that morning. Should I skip that and keep Nadia home from school and hang out with her? I’d like to somehow make the day special, but how does one do that when it’s just you and the two year-old? Who doesn’t even know it’s her birthday… I mean, of course we will have a party with family on another day, as soon as I get to planning it!

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Daycare Update

I have no idea where I left off with my daycare updates…

We received the report back from DHS basically stating what we thought, that the abuse was founded since it was admitted by the workers before they were fired and walked out of the center. The report did bring to light other issues regarding the center, which weren’t previously on my radar… like ratio and food portion issues.

In the mean time, last week I think, I received a note in the mail the daycare would be closed for three days so the teachers could prepare for the school-year. Keep in mind that although this facility teaches pre-k and kindergarten, they also take babies 6 weeks and up. I personally found it ridiculous to close a full-time daycare center for three days to prepare for the school year. So… as I was frustrated by so much with the center, I posted on my personal Facebook page something to the effect of, I’m annoyed my daycare center is closing for three days when it’s a full-time daycare as well as a school. I was blowing off steam, I had so much about the center in general on my mind. If it wasn’t for the DHS mess, I probably wouldn’t have cared as much about the three-day closure. I received this from the director, in a text… and I’m now wondering which teacher I’m ‘friends’ with on Facebook ratted me out.

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I was livid… I mean, granted, I was ranting about the center, but I didn’t technically say anything that wasn’t true. Just that the center was going to be closed for three days and that I was annoyed. If I were to actually write a formal review, spilling everthing, even the DHS mess, would she ask me to remove that as well? Shouldn’t other prospective parents have the right to know the truth? Its not slander if it’s true, right?

So as you can see from the text, a meeting was set for Monday, which was yesterday. I made a list of my concerns and notated her responses in red below. Many, many of her comments were heartfelt, but there were also a lot of excuses as well. My overall impression of the director is that she means well, but simply doesn’t have the skills and experience necessary to run two fairly good-sized day cares/schools. She doesn’t delegate well, works too much behind the scenes on tasks lower-level employees should handle. If she is even working as many hours on these tasks as she claims…

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Eric and I did look at another center yesterday morning, before we even met with our current director. I was super impressed with the new facility and thus we put the girls on the wait list. But it might be 6 months or more until we get in. I guess in the meantime I’ll still look at some other centers in the area.

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Carbs

I’m struggling here. I’ll admit, I like carbs. I miss carbs. Eating this week wasn’t fun. Can’t there be a happy medium? I mean, now that I haven’t had many, I don’t crave them as much. But I still want to enjoy eating… Am I missing the big picture here? There is my summary from today…