Real Mom Life, Making it Work

Being mom means being the ultimate multitasker, squeezing things in whenever you can, and trying to do most things with a companion of questionable temperament.

My friend Georjie snapped this pic while she was highlighting my hair one afternoon. It’s not exactly a glamorous shot, but it’s a little peek into daily “mom life.” Me trying to get things done with a little guy at my feet.

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I’m most likely checking an Instagram post while my son plays on the floor of the salon. We were lucky that it was empty that day because he didn’t want to sit quietly and watch TV or his iPad. And I was lucky to have met someone who worked at a cute little salon in the back of a boutique who was OK with having my son scurry around while she did my hair.

We made it work. That’s what moms do. All day, every day.

I Don’t Want to do The Thing

So, this is me today:

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I keep sitting down and trying to do The Thing I’m supposed to be doing and it’s just not happening. Actually typing about not doing it is the closest I’ve gotten to doing it. And therefore, I’m almost giving myself a pat on the back for half-assly doing The Thing without trying. Good good! You wrote 61 words so far, write just a few more and we can call it good enough and press publish.

I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and think today, and in the few moments I have been able to have computer time it’s like all my thoughts just get jammed up and then come lumbering out in a weird cumbersome way. So then I just scroll through Facebook until my son realizes he hasn’t asked me for food in the last seven minutes and I have to go back into Mom/servant mode.

There are actually a TON of things I could be doing on the blog right now. Products to review, SEO to brush up, drafts to edit, photos to resize…and I just don’t feel like doing a darn thing. My fire seems to have fizzled a bit today. Life kept throwing things at me. Like if I was the fire and those things were snowballs. So one by one they piled up and now I feel sort of like a pile of unmotivated slush.

But tomorrow is a new day. Time to shake it off. Try again. See if I can catch that spark. My fire may go up and down, but everything is fine as long as I make sure that pilot light never goes out.

 

How to Use a Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser

A lot of moms these days seem to be getting into oils. I’ve been into essential oils since I was a teenager working in a hippie shop that sold oils and part of my job was to educate myself on all the different oils and their purposes. So I’ve always had a bottle of tea tree stashed away for disinfecting and a bit of lavender for soothing. I’m not new to this.

What I am new to is the nebulizing diffuser. At the shop we had a stone you put drops on, some little sticks soaked in oil, a heated lamp type thing and one that used water. I was recently sent an Ionic Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser from Utama Spice and I really like the concept! No water, no heat – just pure pressurized air is used to disperse the oil into the air so it’s not diluted or changed in structure.

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The Danau Satu has a light color wooden base and custom-blown lead-free glass top and looks great sitting next to my desk. It has a low-energy cycle with a 120 minute pump auto shut-off and fully adjustable dial to instantly fine-tune the mist intensity. It also has a pretty mood light inside the glass.

It’s very easy to use- just remove the little spout at the top and add drops in the hole. I started with 6 drops to test it out, then added more when I was sure I liked the scent. You can fill it all the way to 1/4 inch below the inner glass tubes, but you don’t want to overfill it.

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When you switch it on, you will see the glass fill up with a mist and the mist will start to come out of the directional spout. You can then adjust the amount with the dial.

The Utama Spice website has a helpful video on cleaning your diffuser, which you should do every so often to prevent build up, and when you want to switch to a new oil.

 

So that’s it! Pretty easy! Just put drops in, turn it on and go. Make sure you don’t lose the dropper things that come with the diffuser because otherwise getting liquid (after cleaning) out of the glass ball is tough. If you watch the video, you’ll see how they turn it on its side and use the dropper to suck it out.

I’m really enjoying my new aromatherapy enhanced workspace!

Happy New Year! Changes to Sponsored Posts in 2019

I know it’s only New Year’s Eve, but I haven’t written on here since Christmas so thought I would stop by and drop a little Happy New Year. Also, I woke up before my son today so a mom has to steal that time when she can.

I only started this blog about six months ago and am still unsure of exactly where I’m going with it, but I know it’s going somewhere. I already renewed the domain for another year. If you just stumbled across this one, my main blog is GeekMamas.com and I started this one as sort of a “sister site” where all the total mom stuff can go. Geek Mamas is a little more personal and humorous, so I was trying to start a more normal “mom blog” with this one. A place I could put articles that might not fit as well on my main site.

And sponsored posts of course. I was wanting to do a lot of sponsored content over here and make it a bit of a money-making machine! But a funny thing happened along the way and I found out I still don’t like dealing with a lot of the sponsored content stuff unless it’s actually something I would read. I have some sort of built-in journalistic integrity where it just gnaws at me if I post something really lame or salesy. So I have been going through and weeding out some of the earlier unpaid contributed content that has links to businesses. I’m all about linking to bloggers and helping other mom bloggers get exposure, but I started to feel like businesses were taking advantage of me asking for me to publish the article as if I had written it and sneaking links in there, all while submitting boring re-hashed articles.

I just couldn’t do it. I tried. I really tried.

So while I still plan to accept sponsored content here, (it would be nice to cover my hosting fees at least), I’m going to be more picky. There will be a small fee for businesses, it has to be introduced as a guest or sponsored post and it has to actually be something people will read. Blogger guest posts, promoting their blog, will always be free.

So I hope to write more and publish more guest posts here in 2019. I think there is a big blogging year ahead for both this site and Geek Mamas! And feel free to contact me to pitch guest or sponsored content.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

 

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