Thrive Momma Weekly Round Up (004)

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For community:

Continuing with the theme of connecting with ThriveCommunity a little bit each week:

ThriveFamily made it through the week with no visits to urgent care!  Crushing it!

I’m nearing the end of a big deadline at work and the work life balance thing is a little rough.  As a result, mom guilt/wife guilt is on overdrive. The mornings have been early and the nights have been late.  I haven’t had the quality time I’d like with ThriveToddler and ThriveDaddy has taken on most of the domestic load this week.  (Thank heavens for Freshly Folded! See For family time section below).

It’s easy to talk the talk when it comes to avoiding Mom Guilt but super hard to walk the walk.  ThriveMomma is open to any and all tips/encouragement! Leave a comment! It’s week’s like this that ThriveDaddy has to remind me of what my career provides for our family and I have to remind myself that the benefits of hard work are best taught to children via example.  

Since we’re talking about Mom Guilt – Check out this great post from guest blogger Kallie Culver, “Three ways you let mom guilt win

“A dear friend and mentor shared some wisdom with me just after I had my son. She told me that the temptation would be great as a mother to constantly look ahead or look back and lament about where all the time had gone. She instead told me to do my best to focus on the present and enjoy each stage my son experienced. In short she concluded, “Be a mom that knows where the time went.”

For parenting:

ICYMI – Tuesday concluded the midterm elections.  Whether you’re stoked about the results, down about the results or indifferent about the results, one things is certain – the midterms were groundbreaking for women.  Before I get to that, here are some highlights:

  1. The D’s took control of the House and the R’s maintained control of the Senate playing out pretty much how everyone anticipated.
  2. Ted Cruz (R) beat Beto O’Rourke (D) in the Texas Senate race – many pundits are still calling this a win for Beto and the D’s though.  Keep an eye on Beto and the momentum he has. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him.
  3. Florida – The chads are hanging again in FL.  Ok so not exactly; that system got nixed after the debacle of 2000 but the State has ordered recounts for three races:  the Governor’s race, the Senate race and the Agriculture Commissioner race. It’s pretty embarrassing for the State and I’m allowed to say that because I lived there for awhile (and by “awhile” I mean approx. the first 26 years of my life).  
  4. This exchange between our Tweeting Prez and Andrew Gillum (D running for Governor):  

twitter convo trump and gillum


Now, the good stuff:  Women and minorities were major winners in the midterms.

  1. A record number of women (more than 100) were elected to House
  2. First Times:  
    • Two Native American women, Charice Davids and Deb Haaland, were elected to Congress
    • Two Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, were elected to Congress
    • Tennessee elected its first woman to the Senate
  3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman to be elected to Congress (29)

A picture is worth a thousand words:

women of congress

For fixing:

deadliest shooting in america in the last 11 days

Shooting in Thousand Oaks.  Is there anything left to say?  I felt like it couldn’t go unmentioned but I’m also speechless at this point.  

My perspective:

The frequency for which these shootings take place tells me the system is broken – this is just me, as a moderately informed citizen, applying some rational thought to a situation.  (DO NOT say “mental health”.  We are NOT the only country with mental health problems).  I am not so naive as to think that there is a single piece of legislation that will fix this problem. There are too many people with too many differing perspectives and the “go big or go home” mantra has left us “going home” for far too long.  

What do we need?  Band-aids. A series of band-aids to plug the holes in a broken system.  Take Parkland for example – three weeks after the shooting, Florida signed into law the Majority Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.  Did it fix Florida’s gun issues? Probably not.  However, it did raise the age to purchase a gun, ban bump stocks and allow law enforcement, with the approval of a judge, to bar a person deemed dangerous due to mental illness from owning guns for up to a year.  

This isn’t Mom related or working woman related; its people related and about creating a safe future for our children.

On a lighter note —

For family time:

Can I get an “AMEN!” for outsourcing those time consuming tasks that detract from that precious hard to find family time?  Check out this tip on outsourcing your way to more family time! 

P.S. Includes a major discount code!!

For wellness:  

This immunity roll on mixture was recommended to me by Erin McInerney, a mom of two boys under two and essential oil guru!  

  1. Lemon
  2. Thieves
  3. Frankincense
  4. Oregano
  5. Thyme

“It’s that time of year . . . everyone is getting sick.  While I believe volatile weather + people who have to commute and come in contact with 8 million other people a day are definitely more susceptible to picking up germs – I have a very simple, preventative trick you can use to ensure your immunity.  In a 10 ml roller combine 10 drops of Young Living Essential Oils lemon, thieves + frank (all 3 found in the Premium Starter Kit) and for a boost add in 10 drops of oregano + thyme, fill the rest with carrier oil. Roll down spine and on bottoms of the feet twice daily to prevent illness. We use this immunity roller in our house daily, especially on Bryson (diluted for kids) and it’s just part of our everyday routine. Save yourself a trip to the doctor.  DM me to start using this little oily magic to reduce your sickness this cold + flu season.”

Message Erin here to essential oil your way to doctor’s office avoidance.  

Also, Erin has an AWESOME guest blog for us next week so stay tuned!

Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:

Airman mom of 2 pumps breast milk while completing Ironman 70.3 – Will stop complaining about all things pumping approximately right now.

Science says your happy marriage is making you fat – Fat and happy is, according to science, a real phenomenon.

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