Awesome Apps for Moms

I love lists. I love folders. I love planners. These things make me feel successful in life. Unfortunately, they don’t always come together as easily and consistently as I’d like, and I’ve found that a lot of my old systems of doing daily business aren’t as efficient as I once thought. (You should see Ali roll her eyes when I talk about my system of bill paying and cross-checking.) As I recently made a major life change in order to spend more time with my daughter, it feels foolish to continue to spend inordinate amounts of time with paper when I could simply join the twenty-first century and use my smartphone. I’ve done my research, and I have to admit that I became more than excited when I discovered what is possible at my fingertips. I hope you find some gems in here that will free you up to spend more time enjoying the things and people you love. Without further ado, here come the apps!

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Black Bean Ranch Burgers

Not a huge fan of meat (not to mention it’s expensive!), I am forever on the search for new meatless recipes that provide a good protein punch. So, I’ve been experimenting with different types of meatless “burgers.” The great thing about meatless burgers is that the ingredients tend to come in packages that last quite awhile. I was able to experiment with lentils for a couple of batches and came up with a standard lentil burger and an Asian lentil burger, both of which were delicious and wallet-friendly. So, after the success with the lentils, I decided it was a good time to experiment with black beans. (more…)

In Hopes of Alone Time

It’s 5 am when the alarm clock rings. I grab my phone and stare at the alarm, hoping that the light and sound will help wake me. Begrudgingly, I make my way to the bathroom. There is serious work to be done, and I need to prepare myself. I look into the mirror and repeat: You can do this. Then with more force: You’ve got this. And with even more force: You. Are. Mom. (more…)