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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unleashing My Inner Donna Reed

On Monday I posted about my mealtime #momfail. It was sort of just a rant about the bed I've made for myself when it comes to picky eaters and getting my family to the table at mealtimes. 

But, the truth is. I want to be better at this!

I have done the whole coupon thing and meal planning in the past, but in the last couple of years I just don't feel like it. I've gotten really lazy in the area of homemaking. I still take a lot of pride in my home and family, but housekeeping, per say, has not been much of priority for me as it used to be. Granted, we've had a lot going on the last couple of years too! But, things are running smoothly with my son and I feel I have more energy to think about being me again. 

I have a fresh desire to pull it together in the housewife department...

I've been trying to collect coupons again and at least think about meals. We did in fact make it to the table on Monday night for dinner. And, we all ate at the same time. Amazing? I thought so. Coupons, of course save me money when I do it right, and they also help me plan our buying and meals. It all sort of goes together for me. 

I'm kind of all or nothing. 

I have forgotten that this is a full-time job. Put homeschooling on top that and I've got myself two full time jobs. I forget how much planning and preparation are required for my day to run smoothly and efficiently. 

Hubs isn't one to complain. But, if I'm honest with myself I know he likes to come home to a hot meal and a clean house. His peeves are evident to me, and I should be more proactive in blessing him with the things he loves. 

See how happy her man is...

Although, we live in a post feminist culture, I feel empowered embracing traditional roles. Yes, we're a team. Yes, I have a mind of my own. My man helps me and supports me. But, no amount of feminism can argue with the way my home feels when I embrace my role as a mother and wife. 

Now, I'm sure I don't have to tell you that my house isn't a disaster. It's really more of a desire I have of the heart. I just need to refocus in this area. 

This stage of life is such a blessing. I just want to embrace every part of it!

The truth is, I have an inner Donna Reed screaming to get out. 

I guess I'm just in the mood to let her come out play. 

I started the #flylady again too. She helps me. 
FlyLady cartoon

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At January 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

I often curse the women of the earlier years for making us equal to go to work. How'd I love to just stay home and have my husband work. But alas, it doesn't work that way, and I know lots of moms wouldn't like that.

But I'm with you. Mother and wife are the jobs I wish I could do full time.

At January 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Tiffany said...

There's nothing wrong with embracing your inner June Cleaver. :) Or Donna Reid.
I agree with how much time it takes to coupon and meal plan. I fell off that wagon last year and just got started doing it again.

At January 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM , Blogger jen@ living a full life said...

I was a stay at home mom of five children, while hubby worked. Although the kids are grown now; I loved the fulfillment that being mother, wife and caretaker of the home brought to me.

Whether it's tradition roles or working outside the house- or both, each woman needs to do what feels good to them.

If your feeling a bit Donna Reed,I say go for it!

At January 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM , Blogger MiMi said...

I think I'm pretty good at keeping the housework together...but the dinners...not good at all.

At January 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I wish I could have someone come get everything organized for me. I think I could keep it that way... but getting it there... I'm awful.

At January 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Funny...I'm going through the same thing right now. I am starting to redecorate (or finally decorate) our home and am going room by room, closet by closet to get our house the way I want it to represent our family. I also have been cooking ad trying to meal plan. It may be a work in practice but I am finally understanding that it is a true blessing to be able to stay at home and I should do more to show I appreciate it.
Have fun with your clean & tidy, meal planning self ;-)

At January 12, 2012 at 2:33 AM , Blogger Peeper said...

In a few months I'll be a least for a while. I worked too hard for my education to abandon it completely. But this window of time coming up shortly? Man, I can hardly wait! My inner Donna Reed is desperate for an appearance!


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