If You’re Going to Busy Yourself, Busy Yourself Well!

If You’re Going to Busy Yourself, Busy Yourself Well!

This post was inspired by a fellow blogger, but I think it’s safe to say this happens throughout life, no matter what it is you choose to busy yourself with.

I read on this particular gal’s beautiful blog that when she takes off with her family for a few days, she leaves her computer behind. She wisely doesn’t distract herself by commenting or tweeting or checking Facebook while she’s gone; she simply enjoys her family. When she returns, however, she’s completely overwhelmed with all the catch-up.

And by catch-up, she was referring to the aforementioned commenting, tweeting and Facebooking.

When I saw that, I sympathized with my fellow frazzled sister, but I also thought to myself, We choose this. This feeling of being overwhelmed by nonsense exists because we all get so wrapped up in the extras, don’t we?

There will always be things we need to do, of course:

  • paychecks aren’t handed out,
  • laundry doesn’t come clean,
  • children’s bellies aren’t filled,
  • and a house doesn’t remain in relatively decent shape without a show of effort on our part.

But let’s think of the other stuff.

The extracurriculars we sign ourselves and our children up for.

The favors we say yes to without much thought or reflection.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The committees we join in a moment of excitement without considering the time involved and how we’ll feel when the newness wears off and those responsibilities begin to affect our time, our families, and our sanity.


And let’s not forget the minutia we often say yes to—not because we truly feel connected to that event or project—but because we’re the willing go-to person for those who don’t feel like completing the tasks themselves. {Man, aren’t they great at delegating?!}

Of course, I’m not saying don’t contribute to your community or extend a helping hand to your family and friends.

Not at all. Service is very important.

What I’m saying is, for one, let’s not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by silliness.

  • Would the world end if a gal doesn’t tweet her thoughts on a random blog post? I don’t think so.
  • Will the planet stop revolving if a child doesn’t start with guitar lessons by the age of 7? Pretty sure she’d still have a shot at a life of happiness despite that tragedy.
  • Would you still be considered a good mom if you chose not to volunteer for that committee at school? Almost certain the answer is yes.

Your time is important. Your sense of well-being is important. Focus on what needs to be done, what you love to do, and in that leftover time, how you can help others in a way that feels genuine.

And don’t get caught up in all the rest.

On that note, I did something recently that felt oh-so-genuine. I spent some with my friend Susan answering questions about my life as Mama. Do you know Susan? Well, you should. She’s a beautiful soul with a fun, fantastic, and fashionable blog called Ava Grace’s Closet, and she’s the author of a wonderful feature called Mama Monday.

Click on over and visit her and see what I said about staying home with your kiddos …


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Whatchoo-Buy-When-You’re-Santa Wednesday

Whatchoo-Buy-When-You’re-Santa Wednesday

So I’ve decided that I’ll continue to showcase a fun, Polyvore-created visual each Wednesday, but it’s not always going to be clothes. Truth be told, I just don’t have so many out-of-this-world events I need to dress up for {hence the WWYWWW: Leaf-Rakin’ post}, and sometimes, well, I’ve got bigger fish to fry that I’ll need your input on.watch film Power Rangers now

Like this week, for example: I’m in full getting-ready-for-the-holidays mode.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The Boy has his own list already prepared for Santa {of 57 break-in-a-millisecond toys, to be exact … don’t worry, I do impress upon him the real meaning of the season} and surely I’ll pick out one or two of those items to make his morning magical, but for the few remaining under-the-tree pretties, I’m trying to create a list of my own {for the grandparents, aunts, and uncles} that features tried-and-true, good ol’-fashioned, quality toys. Toys that when the rush of Christmas Eve and Christmas morn and parties and family visiting is gone, my child won’t forget about.

I’m looking for things that have proven time and time again to be among Matt’s favorites, and it always comes down to the basics: things to draw with, things to build with, things to slide on, things to make him laugh. Things like this:


The Boy Gift Ideas


Okay, I added the pajamas and the Print Wacky Sentences workbook. No self-respecting 6-year-old would have those on his list. But his mother would.

Anyway, here’s where I need your help:

I’d love to know what’s proven over the years to be a reliable and fun toy in your household {for the young elementary-school crowd}? After all the  excitement  over the latest toy is over, what do your kids turn to on a rainy day?


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The Art of Everything

The Art of Everything

After Mass on Saturday night, The Man, The Boy and I decided to meet some family and head out to dinner.

Yes, dinner. On a Saturday night.

You know, when the rest of the world declares that they, too, will not cook? In other words: we decided to head to the mall to walk around for 90 minutes with a buzzer in hand {which most of the time was out of range} and eat a dinner that was way overpriced at an hour that was way too late.

To pass the time beforehand, we window-shopped. We ogled plenty we liked but not much that we needed, I finally found a few pairs of slim corduroys for The Boy, and The Man discovered a spot called The Art of Shaving and checked it out.

The Art of Shaving.

I loved the phrasing, which got me thinking.


Everything we do—if we do it well and intentionally—can be considered an art form, don’t you think?  Even things you may consider simple.


Saying your prayers: if you linger over the words and think about each one as it falls from your lips … it’s poetry.trailer film Alien: Covenant

Preparing a meal for your family: the way you cut, chop, blend, and sauté ingredients … the way their flavors combine to please and fill your children’s bellies. A symphony of sorts.


The way you care for your home and make it a place your family calls haven and friends always feel welcome: that’s magic, my friend.

I remember watching my Nonna peel an apple.

She would slowly, deliberately take that paring knife and wind it around a small piece of fruit, and in one long, unending ribbon, she’d take every bit of red off for me {why don’t kids like peels?} and hand me my delicious snack.

An act of love and a thing of beauty.

Which means that no act done with an open heart and deliberate hands is menial. No task, unimportant.

If you do it well, and with love, each has great merit.

In fact, it’s art.

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