Tag - WAHM

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Eat Your Lunch!—and Other WAHM Wisdoms
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Having a good day…DISTRACTION!!
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The Motherload: Gifts For the Work-At-Home-Mom
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A Penchant For Invention
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Lisa Leftover

Eat Your Lunch!—and Other WAHM Wisdoms

  I know it’s horribly unhealthy, but some days I skip lunch. This probably explains why I voraciously attack any uneaten scraps from my kids’ lunch boxes at the end of the day. The fact is, as a time-challenged WAHM, the clock ticks so fast that I can’t always stop to make a healthy lunch. And when I don’t… a)    I’m slumped over my desk by 2:30 pm listless and useless. b)    I’m tired, grumpy and stupid by 2:36 pm. c)    I’m stuffing my face with cheese and crackers by 2:59 pm. d)    I’ve ingested the equivalent of a meal for two while making dinner. e)    All of the above. So what’s a busy WAHM to do? Other than find a Sugar Daddy so you don’t have to work at all and can spend your days lunching with the ladies at the country club. Or, you can try these tricks:  Dish out a lunch sized portion of whatever you’ve made for dinner and refrigerate to eat for lunch that week. All you have to do is heat and eat. Fast and easy, just the way we WAHMS like it. Make and take a smoothie to go. Sip while you walk[…]

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Having a good day…DISTRACTION!!

  My days are full of distractions — most of which are self generated. I have the attention span of a four year old. Working at home doesn’t help. *Studies show that 89% of distractions happen in the home. And working online doesn’t help the situation. The energy used to run the internet is fuelled by the curious websurfer’s need for constant stimulation and #instagratification. I spend about six hours a day on the web, managing social media pages and creating digital content. For those who actually work and/or venture outside the home, I thought I might give you a quick glance into a typical day of the WAHM. Wake up. Attempt to go back to sleep because dammit, I don’t commute so why get up at the crack of dawn? Attempt to get up again but decide that a shower can wait until later. It’s not like I’ll see any actual humans today anyway. Cuddle with the kids in bed until somebody (me) gets elbowed in the face. Get up and put on “uniform” — jeans, flip flops, t-shirt, ponytail, lip balm, Perform morning tasks and shuttle kids to school. Coffee. Log on to computer and vow to remain[…]

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The Motherload: Gifts For the Work-At-Home-Mom

I’m a WAHM. Not of the Careless Whisper variety, but the kind below {the first definition, though I sometimes sing “Stacy’s Mom while I work.} As woman who works at home, I’m in touch with my domestic side. And, as thrilled as I was to receive this present last Christmas *supremely sarcastic eyeroll* I would have much rather received something useful. Useful as in… something to make my office space more functional and comfortable and downright pretty. This is coming from a person who can’t sleep in an unmade bed or cook in a messy kitchen. Disorganized spaces are distracting. When my office is untidy, I don’t work as effectively. Everything needs to have a place. And if that place happens to be labelled, even better! Last week I received a basket of home office supplies from Staples. I’d been ogling several pieces from the Martha Stewart Home Office With Avery line and now I have them in my office! My now well appointed office. My co-workers seem to approve. I have to say, canines make terrific office mates. Until the door bell rings while you’re on the phone. Then I want to shoot elastics at them.   My daughter helped unpack the[…]

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A Penchant For Invention

I’m not a red head, nor do I have a Cuban husband or a best friend name Ethyl. However, I relate to how Lucille Ball relentlessly generated hair brained schemes. Lucy always had a plan and would stop at nothing to see it through to the awkward and often disastrous end. My friends and family always tease me about my “big plans.” There’s a distinct pause on the phone when I say, “I have this great idea. Want to hear it?” Invariably after they take a breath, they listen and offer words of patient encouragement (followed by a very faint snickering, which I can totally hear by the way!). Admittedly, not all of my ideas are gems. My NiftySnail Craft & Activity Kits delivered to parents and grandparents via snail mail took off with snail like speed and then died a slow and painful death (and now I’m stuck with a ridiculous email addy that I can’t seem to shake). My dry-erase freezer contents tracker system and its fancy digital version got freezed out.  The crafting empire I started with my friend Sarah took off, but only for one half of the partnership. Can you guess which half? The half who[…]

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Lisa Leftover

Do you ever feel like you’ve taken on too much? With work, or life in general? Of course you do. It’s that universal and elusive quest for work-life-balance. Some days I have it all worked out. My house is clean (relatively, as long as you don’t look closely), there’s food in the fridge and meals planned for the week and I am caught up with work assignments. Some days. Other days, I’m spinning around in circles, wondering how I got myself into this predicament.  My house looks like hell, I’m wearing the same outfit for the third consecutive day, the kids are subsisting on Goldfish crackers and grapes, I haven’t talked to family or certain friends for ages (and they’re highly unimpressed) and I’m burning the midnight oil to meet deadlines. As I cradle my head in my hands I think, “Is this it?” Sure, I’m getting by — there’s a roof over our heads, I’m working from home (because wasn’t that the plan?) and I’m taking care of my family. But to what end? At the end of the day, there’s not much left for me. I’m tired and distracted and may not have left the house (outside of[…]

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