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Not Enough Time (Or Toilet Paper)

3 Things by Melanie Shankle, The Big Mama Blog

3 Things by Melanie Shankle, The Big Mama Blog


Here are a few truths in my life right now:

1. I desperately need to go to the grocery store if my family is going to continue to eat. And they always want to eat. And they say things like, “We need toilet paper.” They’re so high maintenance.

2. My laundry room would make you cry. Seriously. I don’t know how I’ll ever catch up.

3. I have so many deadlines right now for various projects that I’ve spent the last seven days trying to avoid my email — as if that might make them go away. Because if I don’t see them on the computer screen then maybe they cease to exist.

So I guess these things all boil down to one basic truth: I’m a bit of a hot mess right now.

I’m overwhelmed and trying to balance a million things and feeling guilty about the things that slip through the cracks. Which basically means I’m probably no different than most of you.

But here’s what I know: the most important job I have is to be the mother of my precious, precocious nine-year-old daughter, Caroline.

Especially when I remember that I have about the same number of years left with her living at home as I’ve already had. And those years have flown by.

So sometimes the laundry has to wait and we can get pizza delivered for dinner and deadlines have to be loose guidelines and I need to just play a game of Mario Kart with my girl.

However, our lack of toilet paper needs to be addressed immediately.



Given that I’ve just confessed how unorganized I tend to be most of the time, feel free to ignore this tip or dismiss it as the obvious.

But I finally figured out in the last six months that I need to keep a pad of paper on the kitchen island at all times that serves as my ever-growing grocery list. That way when I open the pantry and realize we’re out of Honey Nut Cheerios, I can immediately add it to the list and not forget the things we need from the grocery store since my short-term memory isn’t what it used to be.


I recently discovered a website called Style Up.

You create an account, answer a few questions about where you live and your general sense of fashion, and then they send you an email every night with your weather forecast and a picture of a suggested outfit you could wear the next day.

And over time you can rate outfits you really like or dislike so they continue to get a better sense of your personal style.

It is a game-changer. Totally genius.


Contributor: Melanie from The Big Mama Blog
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