My friend Sarah introduced me to Emily and her monthly link-up about what we’ve learned this month. Sarah took it a step further and sends weekly newsletter releases about what she’s learned this week, and if you aren’t subscribed you totally should do it right now. If I’m honest, I’m always learning things from Sarah so I’m more than happy to share her wealth of information with you. So anyway this month, I decided that I wanted to participate in a meaningful way. What did I learn this month?
I learned that it’s possible to be a busy mom and to feel like I have a life. I learned to prioritize my life and to make my day to day easier. I also learned that Alexa is my saving grace on days when I #canteven remember my first name. Seriously! I know you feel me. What did you learn this month?
1. I’m capable of getting more done in 4 hours than I thought.
Listen, guys, I’m kind of scatterbrain sometimes. I mean I’m not the kind of scatterbrain who is never on time or fails at valuing other people’s time, but I am sort of the worst with my memory lately. This means I scheduled a class for the second day we’d normally have the nanny here. This means I literally get 4 hours a week to do ALL THE WORK! I managed pretty well last week, though. I did 7 blog posts in one day. I created social media for all those blog posts. Now there were still a few little things to do during nap time, but it was significantly easier on my plate. It also allows me time to change my editorial calendar if something more timely comes up.
2. Using Alexa to make a grocery list both my husband and I can see is AMAZING!
Seriously, I love my Amazon Echo. It’s a great tool for my house. I can just call out for Sweet Baby J’s favorite song to start playing when he’s in a bad mood. I can tell her things I want to put on the grocery list, and it goes to both my and my husband’s phones. It is perfect. This means that either of us can go to the store without worrying about forgetting something. She also has some other really cool apps that I’m loving such as playing Jeopardy daily. I love useless trivia. The grocery list, to-do list, and calendar functions are really the best though for a mom with her hands full.
3. Dancing makes everyone happier.
I have a child who can often be very strong-willed. I love this about him, but it can sometimes be frustrating. I’ve learned the #1 way to distract him is to put on a song, typically one of his favorites, and start to dance. He will bounce up and down on his knees, begin to clap or snap along, or just laugh cause mommy looks like a goofball. It has seriously been an amazing thing to watch him react to music. He sings with the Echo all the time. It helps us having golden moments outside of Music Together class.
4. I need interaction with people outside of my home.
It’s true. I need it. I’m an introvert by nature, but I need other people to keep me sane too. Sweet Baby J was sick for 2 weeks straight meaning that we missed out on storytime and Music Together class. I missed it more than my son. Although he loves it as well. It’s the only times of the week that he really gets to hang out with other babies.
5. Making my to-do list the night before is brilliant
I don’t know why I didn’t do this before. It helps me to wind down in the evening, and it helps me to be more productive during the day. It is perfect. I’ve done it for about a month now, and I notice a huge difference between the days where I do and the ones where I don’t. I think I truly just need to be able to mark things off the list to feel productive.
6. Weight Watchers is the best way for me to lose weight.
I tried other ways. I tried tracking calories, and it just wasn’t working for me. I needed the points system to be there. I needed to know what portion I could have, and I have seen excellent results. I’m down 5lbs already. I know that after my body gets used to the new system of eating I’ll plateau in the loss department, but I’m fine with that. I need to lose 1lb a week, and I’ll be happy. I’m pleased as punch to have found a plan that works for me, and I’m excited to get down to my goal weight before we start trying for Baby #2.