The Single Mom Life

Good Mothers Ask Great Questions

I’ve recently joined the masses who listen to audio books in the car. It’s not a favorite pastime of mine, but as a single mom, I don’t have much, or any, time to read, and I still do want to further my own knowledge about different subjects. More on audio books at a different time. The particular book that I am listening to now is called Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell. The premise of the book is great, and as I connect the material to my work, I also cannot help but connect it to my role as a mother. (more…)

YMCA: The Single Mom’s One-Stop-Shop for Healthy Living

We all know that exercise is good for us. And we all know how easy it can be to put off. As single moms, we have the perfect built-in excuse: I have no one to watch my child while I go to the gym. This is a perfectly legitimate excuse, and one that I’ve used myself without any guilt at all. But then I realized that if I have a heart attack or some fatal disease due to lack of exercise and proper care of my body, my daughter will be without me. I certainly couldn’t have that, so I went in search of a solution. I found it in the YMCA.

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Creating a Fire Safety Plan with Kids

Last week, my fear of fire was rekindled. A local radio station covered a news story of a two-year-old who had died the night before in a house fire one county over. It was one of those news stories that you want to turn off but the personal connection keeps you listening. The reporter was very matter-of-fact, no fluff built in to elaborate the dramatic side, but still, by the time I pulled into work, I had to wipe away tears. The reporter went on to give a couple of quick fire safety tips, one of them being to check your fire alarms once a week. Wow! Once a week? I thought that you were only supposed to check them once a year. It got me thinking. What else do I not know about fire safety? (more…)

Cleaning Products on a Budget

After my daughter was born, my cleaning routine changed. This happened for several reasons. First, cleaning products are expensive! I am always on a budget, and I resented putting money toward such things. Second, my mom and grandma were helping me with newborn Story, and they showed me a different way of cleaning. Third, the idea of having unknown chemicals so close to my daughter’s skin (on the floor when she started crawling, in the bathtub, etc.) made me break out in hives. She’s a thumbsucker! If she touched the residue of any of those toxic cleaning products, it would immediately find its way into her mouth. So I changed my ways and have been cleaning-product-related-hive-free ever since!

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Spotlight: Mommy My Way

Nikki is a single mom of one active toddler. If you haven’t been over to her blog, Mommy My WayI would strongly suggest that you head over there and check it out. If you hadn’t guessed from the name, her blog is a space where she shares her mommy way of life. It’s not advice but a perspective on things that have been successful (or not successful) for her. She mommys her way, which, really, is what we should all be doing. We’re big fans. (more…)