This month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.
For the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.
6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.
7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.
7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)
7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.
8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)
8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.
8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.
8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.
by Erika Schmidt
Being a mother is no easy task – especially when there are little kids involved and a career. Most mothers would prefer to stay at home and work full-time being a mother than to continue with a career and leave their kids at home in the hands of a stranger or in this case, a babysitter or leaving them in child care centers. Sometimes a mother gets too focused on caring for her kids that they forget to care for themselves. As a mother, to be able to care for your kids more, it is advisable to stay healthy and fit. Although going to the gym might not be a good idea while you leave the kids at home; there are still ways where you can exercise with your kids. Read the rest of this entry
Labels. Society is obsessed with labels. More often than anything these days, my label is “twin mom.” I owned it and used it often. I mean, I do have twins. But labels really aren’t helping us any, are they? What does that even mean to be a twin mom? Does it make me more exciting than other moms? Does it mean my life is harder or more blessed or completely insane? (By the way, it doesn’t mean any of those things…)
This morning I was walking to the library, pushing my double stroller with Pink and Purple inside and yes, they are twins but honestly, they have no idea. They are of the assumption that every other child has a sister or brother or friend or whatever. They play. They fight. They think that Orange is one of them just the same. If you ask them if they look like each other, they laugh and think you are crazy. So here I am walking. I do a lot of thinking when I walk so I’m walking and thinking. Read the rest of this entry
Conversing with other moms while keeping an eye on my running-in-opposite-direction-twins is near impossible so most of our play-dates include me smiling politely at the other moms while their kids play nicely and my kids running in every direction like they’ve never left the house. We also have the fun dynamic of twin-dom which is like having a super secret club only identical look-a-likes can join. “You didn’t come from my mommy’s uterus, you can’t play with me,” seems to be their mantra.
Nonetheless I continue making the effort because one day they will in fact need to socialize with someone other than me or each other. I found a group of local moms on Meetup.com. I really like this website because it’s not on Facebook and because it has an app. It’s a nice size group that is monitored for trolls and active participation and the moms seem very friendly and like-minded. Read the rest of this entry
by Erika Schmidt
This is not just a minor issue. It is something that, if not corrected, may lead to the child’s inability to do what he is potentially capable of doing.
As a parent, it is our duty to give our child a self-esteem boost, especially if he or she is not quite confident at school. Here are four effective ways to enhance your child’s self-esteem. Read the rest of this entry
This past Spring, on May 17th, I completed my second 10k run. This one was a local event and featured runners of all different fitness levels AND it was held at night. I was a little skeptical about having enough energy in the evening but having the cooler temperatures and better shaded patches was wonderful. Princess Daddy also ran the 10k, also his second. My official time was 1:18:27. My average pace was 12:38 min/mil. This was 10 seconds faster than my average pace for my first 10k. Score! Princess Daddy also CRUSHED his personal record. I can’t recall his exact stats but he took off a good 10 minutes if I remember correctly.
At the last-minute, on the Friday before the race, Orange voiced that she really wanted to run as well. She had started to do a lot of running with us and she is a strong little thing. The event hosted a 1 mile fun run complete with a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. It was the perfect first race for Orange. Read the rest of this entry
Early this year I was invited to try out an online learning program with my children. K5 Online Learning is an after school learning tool for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. I looked around the site myself and decided to give Orange a shot at it as she is a fast learner. She was very excited about the lessons and seemed to have a great time with the website. We played around with the games over her Christmas break and into her extended time off due to multiple snow days this year. We practiced math, spelling and reading and she really caught on and loved it. Her favorite part may have been creating her own avatar but she definitely never caught on to the fact that she was learning and not just playing a game. Read the rest of this entry
Week 1 is complete! My goals for this week were:
1. Complete 1 long run. DONE
2. Complete 1 long bike ride. DONE
3. Complete 1 yoga session. DONE
4. Complete 1 combo bike/run. DONE
5. Complete power walking video once. DONE
6. Drink more water. DONE
7. Try to limit post workout snacking. DONE
I am really excited about my progress this week. I have felt better this week than I have in a long time. Princess Daddy and I have been really supporting each other and getting control of our time management to make sure we each get our workouts in. (We did the powerwalking and yoga together after the girls went to bed.)
It’s amazing to me also how this extra energy and more positive mood has come across in other aspects of our lives. The house is staying cleaner. Our patience is more apparent. Things are just… Happier!
This weeks goals are going to be very similar. Next weekend we are running in our second 10k which will take the place of a long run. I am going to only plan for a short bike ride instead of long this week so I am race ready. And same for bike/run combo. I’ll skip that for an extra day of yoga 🙂
Last month I compiled together some notes from a seminar I attended through Orange’s school district on Therapeutic Limit Setting. This is something we’ve started practicing in our home ever since I took the class. I am absolutely hooked. It has a very natural feel and has been correcting a lot of bad habits and unwanted behaviors while still keeping everyone happy inside the home. Is there anything better than that? The seminar was first recommended by Orange’s teacher. I have such great respect for her and this is just another reason why. This was a major game changer for us.
My notes turned into a wonderful blog post that I send over to Mumbling Mommy to publish. Mumbling Mommy features over a dozen moms that write on a variety of parenting and life experiences. There’s literally something for everyone over there so when you are finished reading my post, stay awhile and look around. Read the rest of this entry