• #wifelife,  life

    New Mom, New Me

    I have a terrible haircut right now thanks to postpartum breakage. My baby is 7 months old and I still can’t fit into any of my old, regular-sized clothes. I quit my job, but my house isn’t always clean, dinner isn’t always done. Who am I right now? Racked with anxiety and reclusive tendencies, I can clearly see I am not the same person. I used to be so shiny and ambitious. I used to be mad at my husband because he wasn’t as eager to please me as I was him. Now going above and beyond on anything doesn’t cross my mind. Instead, I exist in the relentless cycle…

  • social

    Host a Killer Cookout

    Hosting a cookout is opening the arms of your space to a bunch of your friends. The premise is that there will be food and people, but there are several factors in the middle that impact outcome. A BBQ is a great way to get people together and avoid making a 20-minute drive or ride home, or if you are like me, it is a great way to exercise the skill of being a host. Beyond the food and the people, the atmosphere is what really makes the event. Generally, people are happy when they get to eat and get to hang out with their friends, so the goal is…

  • Wellness

    Stop Feeling Silly in the Gym

    Many people who embark on exercise as adults find going to the gym intimidating. Being among others who are possibly way farther along in their fitness journeys and around equipment that isn’t obvious to use can make a newbie self-conscious. Knowing that people have trouble feeling comfortable in that new environment, I have jotted some notes that I think will help prospective exerciser feel empowered at the gym. First, I have a confession: I don’t like working out that much. I even dislike walking long distances, like at a festival. I work out because I want to look good, and second because I like being strong, but certainly not because…

  • #wifelife

    4 Easy Steps to Learning to Cook

    When asked if you can cook is your answer “yes?”? That was me three and a half years ago! Now I am comfortable cooking for guests. If you can’t confidently say “yes,” you can’t really cook, by the way, but you can learn! A better question is, “Do you have skill in cooking?” Before teaching myself to cook, I was insecure about the process of learning. For many this stops them from trying, but I have outlined the basic steps for improving your proficiency in the kitchen. If I knew what it took to be confident in cooking, I would have been more eager to teach myself before I spent…