Archive | December, 2016

It’s Showtime!

25 Dec

After weeks of preparation and planning it finally comes down to the last night. My last chance to conquer the Christmas Empire. Little did it know, I have a few secret weapons. 

Just because I don’t have a knack for decorating doesn’t mean I have to settle for subpar trimmings. I happen to have a mother that can take drab to glam in minutes. Take a look at my mantle.

Before my mother’s involvement…

After my mother’s involvement…

The presents are wrapped, the cookies are baked, the memories are waiting to be made. But even though I had high expectations for perfection, many blemishes emerged. Burnt caramel corn, Christmas cards that never made it to the mailbox, errands that I forgot to complete. It might look to some that I failed miserably in my quest to create a memorable Christmas in spite of the fact that I work and have three kids. But you would be wrong! I have one last secret weapon that will trump all my errors. Behold the best Christmas present ever!

Happy Holidays to everyone and I hope that your day is filled with beautiful imperfections and surprises 🙂 Peace to you all!


Twinkle Lights

3 Dec

I never even considered the idea of putting up Christmas lights prior to yesterday. The absurdity of the idea was almost laughable. There was barely enough time with little ones to put up a tree and stockings and still make time to do the daily tasks of parenthood. Now my kids are a little older and I feel as though I can take on those extra tasks, like eating sitting down and showering regularly and putting up lights! Well, at least I thought I had time. Here was what yesterday looked like. 

So the lights went up. But I underestimated them. They were wily and uncooperative. Luckily my husband let me use his industrial stapler so I was able to muscle them into submission. They don’t resemble icicles. But while I was wrestling the lights some other things didn’t get done…

Compost bin did not get emptied. 

Recycling bins overflow

Mount Laundry is looking ever so majestic. 

So I will be playing a little catch up today. And my kids will probably be doing a few more chores than usual, but I’m ok with that. We all have to sacrifice for my great quest to create the perfect winter wonderland…which may end up smelling a little like my compost bin. 

Me Vs. Christmas: The Tools

2 Dec

Yesterday I declared a state of war with Christmas. I will not except anything less than a perfect holiday and refuse to be that “working Mom” that can’t get it together. Call me delusional, call me overzealous, but I prefer “Mrs. Claus”. I’ve decided to share some of the weapons I gathered for the month of December and I share them with you below.


One cup limit, be damned! I will drink as much as necessary to keep my heart rate at a steady 108. Coffee will be my drink of choice in the AM and throughout the day. Sleep will be limited until December 26th so I need to make sure that my tank is fully loaded.


Calendar. This is usually blank, filled with doodles or three months behind. But not this month! I will be organized and keep this thing current. I will check nightly what is going on the next day, and I will get things arranged for those activities. ACK! Looking at this just reminded me that I have no childcare for the last 2 weeks of December. See?!? Killing it.

Wine. Check. Hot glue Gun. Check. Real Simple Magazine Holiday Edition. Check. Target Coupons. Check. Just as Coffee will be my fuel for day time, wine will be my fuel for night! Glue guns for all the sweet crafts and decorating I will be doing (note to self, must by glue). And of course my Target Coupons. This month I will not only be organized, but thrifty as well.

Do you think I have a chance?

Dear Reader, please send me good vibes. Love, Rachael.


The Perfect Christmas

2 Dec

I know in the past I have written about how difficult it is to be a working parent. I encouraged everyone to have balance and to let go of perfection. For some reason, this Christmas, I am having a very hard time doing that. Instead of following my own advice, I plan on setting unrealistic expectorations for myself. 

I am going to go full throttle and take my Christmas game to the next level, and I invite you to watch as I self-implode. Yes, for the month of December I am going to be the craftiest, most organized, thoughtful, PA Mama around. I will bake, I will wrap, I will create cozy memories and then I will crash and burn.  

Why, you ask? Maybe it’s because there is a slight chance that it is possible. Maybe, even though unlikely, I can pull it off. I just want, for one month, to feel like I can get my shit together. Do you feel me?

The end of the story seems obvious because I’ve done this before, as you probably have too! Maybe this time the underdog will win. Maybe the Universe will look kindly at me and finally let me be the best mom and wife EVER while still killing it at my job. I plan to keep you updated on this journey through hosting dinner, sending Christmas cards and finding the perfect gift for my quirky kids, all while managing to see twenty patients with varied complaints during an Urgent Care shift.

Holiday Season, I’m gonna win this year!

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