17 things for 2017

2017I’m supposed to make a list, as quickly as I can, of the 17 things I want to accomplish in 2017. The idea is to be spontaneous, write down the first thing that comes to mind and see what I come up with.

So, I give you, with no regard to order or sense –

Tired Mama’s List of 17 Things to do in 2017

  1. Figure out how to make a better blog header.
  2. Meet my writing goals.
  3. Stop doing shit I hate. (Surely someone else can do the laundry around here.)
  4. Do something FUN everyday. (Who’s with me?)
  5. Be brave. (No idea what this means, it just came up. So, there it is.)
  6. Purge all the stuff in the attic. (Bye-bye, old stuff.)
  7. Find the perfect brownie recipe.
  8. Throw out the basket of unmatched socks beside the dryer.
  9. Eat more vegetables.
  10. Figure out how to cook vegetables so they taste good.
  11. Eat more cookies.
  12. Sit and have tea with my daughters.
  13. Go for a walk with my son.
  14. Get rid of this cold that I’ve had since December.
  15. Sleep more.
  16. Sleep better.
  17. Just, sleep. (Yep, definitely a theme going on for the last three.)

What are you trying to accomplish this year?


Letting our girls go…

moana-with-mother.jpgMy daughters and I went to see the movie, Moana yesterday.

I liked the movie as it stars a strong young female protagonist who saves her family and village from destruction.

As a mother of two daughters, I have to appreciate a girl who has the strength and gumption to do that.

But, not only was the character Moana impressive, so was her mother, Sina.

Yep, finally in a Disney princess story, the mother wasn’t killed off in the first few scenes. And, Sina not only lived but she also seemed to be influential in her daughter’s growth. It was a nice change for a Disney princess film.

Even more interesting however was that in the movie, when Sina came upon her daughter packing up her stuff to go out and save the village, Sina helped her kid pack up her stuff.

Yep, the father in the movie kept telling Moana to stay home where it was safe. Her mama however, when she found her daughter preparing to sneak out, threw some fruit in a bag, hugged her only child goodbye and sent the kid out into the world alone to slay some pretty nasty monsters.

There was no helicopter parenting going on here, I tell ya.

And, as a mother who is about to send her second daughter out into the world to slay uh, whatever it is out there, I can tell you it’s not easy for a Mom to just throw a bunch of fruit in a bag and shove her kid out the door to face life’s monsters alone.

So, well done, Sina and well done, Disney.

Now, I only hope I can do as well when it’s my turn to let my youngest daughter leave home too.

I wonder what kind of fruit I should send with her.

She hates bananas…




It’s beginning to look a lot like…

christmas-wrapDo you know what you get when you take an already busy life and then you go and throw the realization that Christmas is only two weeks away on top of it?

You get a tired, grumpy mama.

Yep, that’s what you get.

Merry holiday preparation time, everyone.

I wish you peace, short line ups at the cash desks, parking spaces near the mall entrance doors, scissors that are easy to find, wrapping paper that doesn’t buckle when you fold it and sleep.

Lots and LOTS of hours of sleep.

Good luck.


I’m dreaming of sugary treats…


Turtle chocolates.

Birthday cake.

Sugar cookies.

Yep, I know it’s December because my house is full of sugar treats again.

And after only TWO days of eating small amounts of them, I have an upset stomach and a headache.

I need to eliminate more refined sugar from my diet. I know I won’t get rid of it all, but I’ve just read that the AHA recommends that women limit themselves to about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, or about 100 calories.

So, I  just went and made myself a smoothie of banana, blueberries, strawberries, almond milk and chia seeds. The Christmas baking is still sitting untouched in the kitchen today.

Yay me!

But, I really love, love, LOVE Christmas baking so I KNOW I’ll be consuming more then the recommended 6 teaspoons a day of sugar over the next month.

Eating healthy around the holidays?

That’s REALLY hard for me.

But I’ll try and most days honestly, I’ll probably fail.

Welcome to my December.

The good news however is January is looking more promising…

Happy Sugar-Free New Year?

Honestly, I doubt it – but a girl can always dream.




I can’t win…

Last night my beloved husband called as he was driving home from work and asked me if there was anything we needed from the grocery store.

He’s a good man like that.

“Milk and bananas,” I replied.

“Right!” he said cheerfully. “I’ll get them. See you in fifteen minutes.”

So, he shopped while I finished putting together dinner and a short time later my man arrived at our home whistling happily.

He then put the milk, bananas and six boxes of these, on the kitchen table.



Six boxes. Forty-eight packages.

One of my kids refers to these as my crack.

My youngest calls them, my cancer bars, because of the colour.

Yes, these are my nemesis.

In the grand scheme of things, they aren’t a terrible bad habit. They’re not alcohol, candy, smoking or coffee.

But, they do have a ton of sodium and fat in them, so I had eaten up what I had in the house and stopped buying them.

I’d given them up.

And now, on the third day of the healthy eating pact that I’d made with a group of friends, they are back in my house.

Taunting me.

And yes, my husband DID know about my plans to eat better.

He just didn’t think it meant that I was giving these up too.


I guess I’m not.