Hand Me Downs Are a MAJOR Disappointment!

Hand me downs are a MAJOR disappointment. Before you think I’m fancy, let me elaborate.

I grew up with hand me downs, some of my favorite clothes were handed down from friends and neighbors.

My favorite pair of shorts in middle school was bright yellow with citrus fruits (it was the late 90’s)… they were hand me downs.

I’m not against hand me downs, I love everything about the  hand me down concept.

I love saving money, skipping shopping, and reducing the amount of stuff brought into our already cluttered house.

But here’s the thing, hand me downs only sort of work in practice.

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Embracing the “Authentic” You


Lately I’ve been hearing the phrase “be authentic”.

My first reaction is to quote Princess Bride “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means”, but once I got passed that I started thinking.

I want people to have the impression that I have my life (mostly) together.

Actually, scratch that, I actually want to have my life together.

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Cleaning for Control

I’m a control freak. It’s ok, I’m old enough that I can admit it. I like to be in control, but I have three small children, so control isn’t something that I have a lot of.

I find myself looking for little things I can control, things like how clean the kitchen floor is.

I use these little things as a way to make up for the control I don’t have over other areas of my life… like how long it takes to leave the house.

Mr. Spreadsheets will tell you, that in addition to being a control freak, I’m also a clean freak.

I can’t sleep with dishes in the sink, I start cleaning the kitchen before everyone is finished with dinner, messes make me anxious… that’s why I avert my eyes when I walk upstairs in an effort to avoid seeing the playroom disaster.

I hate hate hate mess.

If you came to my house, you’d be shocked I feel this way.

Finding control in cleanliness isn’t a new thing for me. I’ve always looked to cleaning as a way to calm down and “fix” a frustrating situation.

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The Spreadsheets Eat Out


The little Spreadsheets have been to plenty of restaurants.

They love In’N’Out, Chick Fil-A, Firehouse Subs (for the drinks), Rosa’s, and sometimes Phil’s Ice House.

All of these places have one thing in common- no waiters.

On the off chance that we go somewhere with a waiter, the little Spreadsheets are both confused and annoyed.

They cannot understand why we have to wait to pick out food, wait for the food to be brought to us,  and then wait for the check at the end.

To be honest, the way they whine and complain you’d think that In’N’Out had slow service, so you can only imagine their frustration at the waiter concept.

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Losing Yourself in Life

There are days when I think I’ve lost myself in motherhood.

I hear other moms echo the same sentiment.

We joke about how we look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person that we see, or that our husband’s wonder what happened to the girl they married.

I love being a mother, but I think that somewhere along the way I lost track of myself.

Before my kids came along I had a set of things I wanted to accomplish. I may not have been positive about how I was going to do that, but I had the beginning of a plan.

Now I don’t even have a “pla” (thank you Phoebe).

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