Little Pea started school this week. I always gave the side-eye to moms who referred to their toddlers going to “school,” but the program she’s in kind of falls between daycare and preschool, so neither word really feels like it fits. I work from home and as my daughter’s gotten older, squeezing in work during the day has gotten harder and harder. And when you work from home, everyone’s response upon learning that is always, “That’s so great that you get to stay home with your daughter all day!” Which, yes, it is! But something tells me these people must not hang out with a lot of toddlers if they think I’m on my laptop working 8 hours a day while Little Pea plays quietly in the next room. Just knowing that’s the assumption people make made me feel even worse about putting my daughter in school—if everyone thinks this should be easy, why isn’t it? Do I just suck?
The first day was gut-wrenching, but it was such a good feeling to get so much work done in the 4 hours she was gone and then spend the afternoon with her—really with her, not replying to emails and feeling guilty while she begged for my attention. And getting more work done during the day means that when she goes to bed, I have time for hobbies again. Like this blog! The best part is, Little Pea loves school too, so it’s truly a win-win situation, which helps lessen the mom guilt significantly. Because there’s always mom guilt, right?
Things To Make
Here’s 4 magic words for you: One-Pot. Creamy. Pumpkin. Pasta. And another word: YES. I’m not a fan of goat cheese, so I love that this recipe has a vegan option.
Little Pea loves anything she can “dip dip dip,” and I already have all the ingredients for these chickpea nuggets on hand, so I’m thinking I might make them soon.
Things To Read
I keep intending to start canning, but it never happens. However! I’m totally loving the That’s My Jam series of ebooks from Love & Olive Oil.
Print this chart on how to keep a clean home and keep it on the fridge, then feel ashamed of yourself for not sweeping your floors everyday.
Things To Buy
I’m still trying to lose the baby weight and Brami lupini beans are my new favorite snack because a serving is only 35 calories, but it contains 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Is this real life? Yes, it is.