A Mom’s Balancing Act

Being a good, attentive mom is hard. Being a good wife is hard. Being good to yourself is hard. Keeping your house clean is hard. Being a working mom is hard. I’m about to throw in taking a class into this mix…hard! Trying to do all of these things all at once…how do all of you super moms do it?!

After a busy summer of weddings, bridal showers, weekends at the lake, travelling, going back to work and spending time with family, I am happy to finally have some time at home on weekends to get back in a routine. To me, that means getting back to being active, spending quality time with my boys, eating healthy and staying sane.

Here are a few ways that I am planning to do it all – maybe some of this will help you new moms who are struggling to create balance in this new crazy life we call motherhood.

  1. Make a list!
    I love to make lists, and just this past year have become a day-timer addict. I cannot function without having things laid out for me (can you say mom-brain?). I have all of my activities (work, school, etc), my husbands activities, and my sons activities logged into my day-timer and my cell phone calendar in hopes that I won’t forget something. This also allows me to see where I have some free time for family, friends, and of course myself.I also like to make a list of all the things I *hope* to get done the upcoming week – cleaning, laundry, cooking, blog posts, small projects, etc. I LOVE being able to cross things off that list as the week progresses. If i don’t get it done, it becomes top priority the week after.
  2. Meal Plan & Prep
    I like to sit down on Sunday mornings and make a weekly meal plan. Then I hit the grocery store to get what I need for the week, and try to prep anything I can Sunday afternoons while Rory is napping. ¬†Since I work until 6 pm 3 days a week, by the time I pick up Rory from day care and get home, I need to have a dinner that’s fast (less than 30 minutes) to whip together, or already have it cooked as he goes to bed at 7:15. Meal planning also saves me a ton of money¬†because I’m not running to the grocery store every day, getting things I really don’t need in the end. What are your favourite quick weeknight meals?
  3. Schedule a workout
    This is something I have been seriously lacking in. I did great in the spring and was able to lose about 10 pounds from meal planning, working out 30 minutes a day and just being active. I had more energy and felt great about myself. I am making this a priority in October to be active 30 minutes a day, as I am a better wife and mom when I take this time for myself.
  4. Book Date Night/Day
    My husband and I have tried to make a monthly date night or day a priority since having Rory last August. We have been pretty good about it, but this summer we really had a hard time doing this with all of the summer weddings and activities we had. I really believe that making time for your marriage is so important, even if its just 1 hour at a pub having a cold beer, or if it’s a full blow night out, make it happen!

Tell me – what are some ways you have found balance with your work life, school life, family life?

Brianna

 

 

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A new found love – hiking!

Here in Alberta (and British Columbia), there are so many places that you can explore within a few hours of home, and my husband and I decided we want to start doing more of this. Not only is camping and hiking fun, but it’s inexpensive – when you’re on a new family budget, that is important!

This past month we’ve done two hikes and have loved it. We weren’t sure how Rory would do in the hiking backpack, as he hates to sit still or be contained for long, but to be honest he was a champ! Obviously we took a few more breaks than if it was just us so we could feed him snacks and drinks, but that is part of the fun.

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The first hike we did was up to the Lake Agnes Tea House, in Lake Louise, Alberta. It was 3.5 km up to the tea house through the forest, a very busy trail, but beautiful views on the way up. Once at the top, you can order yourself some tea, sandwiches, and snacks (if you didn’t pack your own), and enjoy the view and take a rest. Rory slept the whole way down in the backpack!

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This past weekend on our way to our condo in BC, we stopped for a hike at Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park. This hike was about 8.5 km round trip, so a bit longer than our first. Again, we were testing Rory to see how he did with a bit of a longer hike. He rocked it! We sang songs, he danced away, pointed at everything he saw. The view at the top was amazing! It is September and the weather was a bit cooler, so we had a quick lunch and boogied back down to our car so we could all warm up and get on our way.

We’ve been renting a backpack from Mountain Equipment Co-op and have quite enjoyed the process, being able to test out the hiking backpack before spending a fortune on one. If you haven’t tried renting equipment from them, I’d highly suggest it!

What are some of your favourite trails and hikes to do with kids?