Today marks three weeks as a Work At Home Mom. (I can say "Work at Home" because my business is really taking off!) I LOVE it. Love being here with the kids, being here when Jeff comes home, not driving the bypass EVERYDAY to go sit in a cubicle...
Here are a few things I've learned in my adventure thus far:
- The cartoons on PBS are really good - and really educational! We slimmed down our cable package which knocked out our previous favorites Noggin and Sprout. I was worried we'd have a three year old tyrant on our hands but he hasn't even noticed. And now instead of watching Dora and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy 24/7, we watch a few hours of PBS kids then move on to other things. Riley loves "Super Why". (My personal fav is Martha Speaks).
- Aldi's Food is really good. To be honest, Aldi's has kind of scared me in the past. Some of them can be dirty and I wasn't so trusting of the food quality. But on the forum at Hot Coupon World someone posted that her father works for a tomato processing company and that Aldi's has some of the strictest canning requirements out of many grocery stores. They buit a new Aldi's in Goshen so I gave it a try and was very impressed! The staff was incredibly nice and helpful (which is something I cannot say for other grocery stores in the area...MEIJER). It was clean, organized and easy to find stuff. I spent about $80 and came out with a ton of stuff! The meat was excellent quality, milk was really cheap ($1.88 a gallon compared to over $3 that I normally pay!!) and I could eat the frozen stir fry mixes every single day. YUM.
- Play-Dough is easier to get out of the carpet than I thought it would be. Let it dry then scrape it up. You can also dab a little laundry detergent on it and it scrubs up. Riley can play with the stuff for HOURS.
- We have too much stuff. Really looking forward to the garage sale season. They are big around my area because we live around so many subdivisions. I normally HATE garage sales, but I'm already getting stuff ready. I actually have the TIME to do it now instead of waiting until the last minute because I was always at work.
- Routines are so important. The first week or so (okay, the first three weeks...) I found that i can spend lots of time doing nothing. Then I look up and it's 2 pm. Where did my day go?? So now I'm going to try to get up, dressed and start getting things done. Right now dishes are done, one load of laundry is done and I'm showered and dressed. All this was done before noon! Success! Flylady here I come!