hit has hit the fan, people! And I’m feeling it from all sides. Everyday I wake up I feel like I’m sprinting a marathon while breathing through a straw.

It’s spring, which means we have a TON of stuff to do around the house.

Little Foot’s First Birthday was just this past week and of course I went a little overboard. I even took an extra day off work to get ready for it. Totally necessary.

Work is on overdrive. I feel like each day passes in a blur and I have no idea what happened as I’m walking to my car at the end of the day. 

I’m trying to do some things to help take the edge off of all this craziness, and keep myself grounded but I’m even finding it hard to do that! I just want to crash at the end of the day.

Little Foot and Ryan working in the garden
Little Foot watching Dad work in the garden. Springtime prep in full swing!

Unfortunately, the blog has taken a back seat. I find myself wanting to hole-up in my own little world and read instead of trying to find the energy to share. And all this craziness is the whole reason I created the blog in the first place! I wanted to share the shit-hitting-the-fan stories, not act like it doesn’t exist.

Here I am, trying to balance all the things. Or at least momentarily shift the priorities. But let’s face it, nothing is ever perfectly balanced and sometimes there are things that require more priority than others, the shift is always temporary.   

What am I doing to keep myself in check? What’s keeping me balanced? Well, I’m not. But there are a few things I’m doing that for sure help.

Yoga in the morning, although not as consistent as I want to be. My goal is for a daily practice, but it’s a work in progress.

Wine – pretty much everyday..no practice needed there.

Reading after Little Foot goes to bed – right now I’m re-reading Harry Potter. Ryan makes fun of me, but as any good aspiring Hogwarts student knows, you can’t read HP too many times.

Staying off my phone in the evenings. The biggest help? Deleting the Facebook app! I just got tired of all the bullshit, ya know? One of the best decisions I’ve made this year. Highly recommend doing this to everyone. You’re really not missing anything important!

Journaling – as cheesy as this sounds I’ve just been jotting down a few thoughts/feelings/meditations on a regular basis. Not everyday, but just when it feels needed. I’m totally into that New-Age’y stuff – ain’t no shame in my hippey game – and really think this helps me settle down some nights before going to sleep. Especially when I just can’t seem to get a handle on my anxious thoughts.

What are some of your mommy magic tricks for keeping the shit at bay and keeping yourself grounded?

– Shelby


  1. Staying off your phone in the evenings is a big yes, also I try to not look at it first thing in the morning either! If I’m feeling super stressed I don’t watch the news! It just adds to it. And I have found that doing afternoon / evening chores as soon as I get home helps because if I wait to make lunch, do the laundry, or whatever until after dinner then I really don’t have the energy. “This too shall pass…”

    • Staying off first thing in the morning is hard! There are so many things to do that help make yourself more present and I’m trying daily to incorporate some form or fashion of them. You’re right! This too shall pass!