Mariel’s Picks to keep you calm and comforted:
Yummy jammies from Bed Head. We love the new Hello Kitty line!
This stress-free herbal bath in a soothing orange scent. Ahhh…
Fun mail for your preschooler from Kiwi Crate. Keep them happy and busy, so you can take a breather!
I had 5 kids in 11 yrs, so my house was not “clean” for about 15 years, I think. I tried, Lord knows, and I sure was stressed, but finally was resigned to the fact that it could not be. But seriously, you could have quit this post right after #1 and I would’ve understood. Take it easy. And enjoy your pregnancy.
Congratulations on being normal. Thanks for showing me I’m normal too. I had this kind of day on Wednesday – minus the pregnancy. This was the day I tried Jessica’s St. Patrick’s Day Oreo Truffles. The coating on the first couple came out like crap. But I cheated and used almond bark not chips. Dumped the gunk & got the chips. Worked better & were a hit. Was so ticked off by the time I was done that I resorted to the exercise outlet before I knocked a hole in the wall. I went for a jog in the warm sunshine. Never took out frustration through excercise b/c I thought it was BS. But surprisingly it really did help!! Try going for a nice walk BY YOURSELF. Breathe & enjoy the cool air and warm sun! You can do it!!
Great post girl! I love all your ideas…. actually last night I kept cleaning and Nick finally told me to sit down and relax-THATS nice!
.caroline armelle. says
wow mariel! congrats on being prego!
i had no idea!
you’ll do great!
Congrats!! Great post! Oh, and Redeeming Love is currently in the works to become a MOVIE!!!! yippie! Once you finish the book, you’ll understand my excitement 🙂
Hired help – seriously! I’m a total perfectionist and have too too many things on my plate, and HATE admitting I need help… Moved into my hubby’s house last May when we got married & got pregnant abt a month later :). Between working full time, teaching 2 evenings a week, being sick & tired, trying to unpack & combine our lives, hubby working 2 jobs, I just got overwhelmed! (we all know the feeling)
Finally decided it was worth it to pay someone to come a couple of times a month for a couple of hours & just clean the kitchen or the bathroom or whatever needs done to help keep up. The first time they came it was amazing – I spent the time folding laundry & working on the baby’s room & $50 later I had clean kitchen & bathroom, a huge stress relief and a happy husband when he came home. SO worth it!
Congrats on the new baby!! 🙂 And great list of both stressors and stress relievers. 🙂
Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) says
I think we use that same online charter school you are talking about. Don’t be fooled, it required a lot of parental involvement. It is very worth it, though. We have 10 little boogers right now… and I cherish every moment I get with them.
Nope, not fooled. I don’t think for one second it’s not going to require lots of effort on my part. I know it will…and, like you said…I know it will be worth it! I can’t wait to release some of the guilt I feel for not spending enough time with my kids! We’re going to be spending SO much time together…hard, but worth it.
I would love to hear what you think of the program 🙂
Jen T says
Bless you! I have 4 and am Primary pres too, so I know how crazy that is. I totally agree with the reading. That helps me. That is an escape. I am also a fan of a nap! You need it! Put in a movie for the kids and catch a snooze! When you are rested and happy it makes you a better mom. It is good for everyone!
Wow! I only have 2 kids and I feel the same way you do sometimes. Funny thing, I just stumbled onto this blog during the rare occasion that both little ones are napping at the same time for a few minutes. And, I’m hooked! Great post! I loved every word. This blog will be one of my new stress-relievers. Keep up the great work!
To add to your #4, exercise… YOGA has done wonders to help me reduce stress and control my IBS. I take a ‘restorative’ class which is more about stretching and relaxation, nothing crazy. 🙂 They even have a prenatal class!
Congrats on the little one! Although I knew you were having more eventually.
I have also noticed my shower is the only “my time” I get during the day, and I lock the door and just enjoy it.
Great ideas, and it is good to hear I’m not the only one w/cobwebs, dusty blinds and all the extras.
Congrats on the pregnancy! What online charter school are you using? We are thinking of looking into something like that. Would it be nosy to ask for just a few reasons you have decided to home school?
Congratulations girl! And I really enjoyed this post. 🙂
Lovely lovely post. Excellent. I check your blog everyday. Congrats on the baby! That is SO exciting.
Just reading this post made me relax! Thanks!
It’s nice to know you’re normal my super sister-in-law. I have often wondered how you manage it all so gracefully. I have half the kids, 1/3 the house, and I feel the same way. You are an amazing mom, wife and woman. Thanks for the ideas!
Carrie Lynn says
Since daylight savings time happened (and kicked me in the face), I have been extra stressed and tired as well. My relief? Yoga, yoga, yoga! I’m a beginner, so I know that there are some great moves that ANYONE can do that can totally relax you.
Rachael H. (and Gang) says
Love your blog! I run a daycare out of my home,and have 4 kiddo’s.
If my house isn’t clean I love to light a candle and make it smell good, let in fresh air and lots OF sunlight! Then it makes me happy to be here. I get a break when I lay down all the little ones to nap. Check emails, facebook and a blog once in a while.
erin d. says
Stress has been the word of the month for me it seems like. I don’t even know why either… I’m letting myself get too worked up over unnecessary things and I need to declutter and reorganize my life and my schedule. That seems to help me. Thanks for the reminders. And congrats on the little gummy bear. I hope you are feeling okay!
Jocelyn Christensen says
Hey Mariel – Congrats on the pregnancy! I hope you are feeling well..unstressed!