Don’t Break The Piggy Bank! Download Your FREE Expense Tracker!

Money, money, money, money… Can’t you just hear me singing that tune 🙂 Listen, money matters. We all need it to put a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our body and a whole more. You work hard for your money, so know where you are spending it and what you’re spending it on. The collection on finances include monthly budget printables, expense and savings trackers, a 6 page packet on keeping your accounts in order and there are more resources coming soon. I’m serious about keeping track of your finances because I know how important is to your peace of mind.

Download 1 of 3 designs of the Expense Tracker Printable for FREE as part of this week’s promotion until July 7th. All you have to do is enter the Code: Money19 when you click purchase on the design you choose. You’ll receive a confirmation and your download soon after.

Don’t forget to check out the other individual printables in the Finance Collection! Visit homesweetho to subscribe for updates and promotions!

Home Sweet Home Binders Has Launched! Receive a FREE Weekly Meal Plan Download!

I am excited to finally write that Home Sweet Home Binders is finally launched! This project has been a labor of love…long and a little painful, but I’m in love with the product. I am thrilled to share these products with you. As a single mom, order and organization helps me maintain my sanity! Not to mention it affords me to do the things I love and spend time with the people I love. A Home Binder is my command central. Everything I need is at my fingertips and I wanted to share this with you

Currently, there are over 60 individual products available at seriously affordable prices. The products include, weekly meal plans, cleaning plans, kitchen inventory checklists, to do lists, monthly budgets, expense trackers, savings trackers, summer bucket lists, account management, holiday planning, travel planning checklists, spring cleaning lists, home projects and more!

Once you purchase the download it is yours forever! If I update it you get a free update automatically sent to you! The printables come in sweet and attractive designs that I think you’re going to like 🙂 Check out the meal plan below!

Every day this week I be offering a small gift in celebration of the launch! You have options! Today’s offer is a FREE Weekly Meal Plan. Just click here to purchase and then enter the code Mealplan19. This is a fun collection, so please take a look at the other items!

Hard cover binders will be available mid July and I’m also launching Bible Binders, College Binders, and more printables. I’ve worked so hard on these printable because I know they will be helpful to you as a mom and as head of your home. If you have any questions, drop me a line.

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Are You a Mary or Martha Kind of Mom?

I’m sure your daily to do list is a mile long and a big chunk of it consists of what you need to do for your kids, such as helping with homework, driving them to practices, getting lunches ready, scheduling doctor appointments, and well, you know the drill. We can get so wrapped up into the doing that we miss the opportunity to just be present. It goes back to that super single mom syndrome, of not only doing it all but doing it perfectly, because hey we got this under control, right? Well, it may appear that way, but this is an surefire way to get totally burned out. Always thinking about what you need to do robs you from the gift of being present. Sure, you made it to your kid’s recital, but if your mind is preoccupied with the new leotard, or cleats you need to buy for the kids, or the dentist appointment you forgot to schedule, or a million other things, then you are not there. Little Suzy is on stage dancing her toes off and although your eyes are watching, your mind is a million miles away.

In a blink of an eye it’s over and your onto the next thing. Listen, you show up and that’s half the battle, but if you’re going to be there, why not savor the time? You deserve better, and frankly so do your kids.

Mary and Martha were two sisters who no doubt loved Jesus and desired to honor him, they just went about it in two different ways. Martha was busy with the preparations. Can’t you can almost see her sweating over the meal she was preparing, worrying about whether it would fit for Jesus? Mary gets a bum rap, but I believe her intentions were good. She was getting it done, checking off those boxes, to ensure that things were on point for Jesus!

Mary on the other hand wasn’t so concerned about the happenings in the kitchen. The heart of her reaction to Jesus’ arrival was not in the physical preparations, but in the spiritual and emotional. She was present. She sat at his feet and gave him her undivided attention. I bet when Martha saw her sitting down, basking in the glow of Jesus, she was hot! Here she was working her fingers to the bone to prepare a meal for Jesus and there was Mary slacking off. Was Mary really just given Martha the shaft? Absolutely not! But, we can certainly understand how Martha could feel a bit annoyed. Both women were doing the right thing…they were serving Jesus. But one decided to just be while the other decided to do. Mary’s choice gave her the opportunity to be in communion with Jesus, the one thing that was needful.

I always felt bad for Martha, because I understand her heart. I know how it is getting so caught up in the preparation, trying to make everything look perfect, and then feeling as though it really isn’t appreciated. Of course Jesus appreciated Martha’s efforts, but I think he was gently saying…stop being troubled by the things that are temporary and be present for the things that are of real value.

I’m not comparing our kids with Jesus, but I think moms can easily fall into a Martha kind of parenting when we are too consumed with prioritizing our duties, and not our relationship with our kids. Both approaches have the best intentions, but there needs to be a balance.

When we our kids become another check mark on our   to do list, life as a mom starts to morph into series of routine chores. We become preoccupied with performance, not theirs but ours.  The judgment and pressure on moms to do everything, be everywhere and do it well is ridiculous! It is what society expects and it has somehow creeped into our own belief system. For example, at my daughter’s school there are room moms, but not room dads. Not only is this the norm, but the school wouldn’t dream of asking dads to do something they consider to be the mom’s role. We are expected to show up and men are not held to the same standard. When we do so no, we are made to feel guilty!

The no means we don’t care, or can’t be bothered, or aren’t involved! It is so stinking unfair! So, don’t be hard on yourself if you struggle with the performance thing, because to some degree it is what we are groomed to do. Has it helped us? No! It’s just made us burned out, stressed, and exhausted. Not to mention we hold ourselves captive to an impossible standard.

Children are not tasks, they are human beings who crave a genuine relationship with their mom and on the flipside we desire the same. When that desire isn’t being satisfied, we slip into a rabbit hole of  just going through the motions of being a mom. Look, there are seasons, when we are just happy to get through the day, with everyone fed and still breathing. That’s life, it happens and you may need to focus on the task at hand. However, if  this season is a lifestyle it’s probably time to try a different way.

I get frustrated and burned out when I feel like my only purpose is to pay bills and run errands. When I start to feel like just an Uber driver or get caught up into making sure everything is working perfectly, it makes me feel further away from my daughter. It’s like my role as mom has been diminished. If I look at her as a check box on a long list of things to do, then I’m not giving our relationship, the dignity or respect it deserves. That to do list may be filled with items that relate to her, but they are not her. I can take care of daily to do’s, but am I taking care of the person, or the relationship? This is a key question to ask ourselves. In my heart when I know that I’m putting more emphasis on the stuff than her, it makes feel awful, which in turn makes me incredibly hard on myself.

Life is too short and too uncertain to allow moments to slip away. When you are gone from this earth, your children will cherish the relationship and the memories you created. Sure, they’ll remember that mom juggled a million and things and totally rocked, but nothing will replace the memory of you being present and engaged. Give yourself permission to stray from the to do list, and spend quality time with your kids. Creating memories will last way longer than making sure dinner is on the table at precisely 6:00 pm. You may have to run a tight ship, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play hard, laugh a lot, and enjoy one another’s company. I know you’re trying to keep all the wheels turning, but don’t get run over by them! Enjoy the ride! You are a gift to each other, so make sure you take the time to unwrap all the delightful surprises that come with your family.

In my upcoming eBook, “15 Tips to Avoid Single Mom Burnout,” I’ll give you practical tips on how you can be a little less Martha and a little more Mary!