Afternoon Coffee

Today was Take Your Child To Work Day. A day my children look forward to all year. This year, Emma went to school with me and Olivia went to church with Mike.

Emma decided she liked helping the cute kids in kindergarten (I’m an aid for 1 hr every morning) and she liked being a recess teacher (especially the whistle) but her most favorite part?

The dessert bar in the teachers lounge.

See, this year, TYCTWD coincided with staff appreciation at my school. She now thinks there is always a dessert bar in our teachers lounge. I can just hear the playground conversations with her friends tomorrow.  “They get dessert whenever they want. There were brownies, lemon bars, chocolate, jelly beans. Yes, teachers lounges are awesome! I’m so going to be a recess teacher when I grow up, all you can eat dessert and all day recess.”

So, this afternoon, I’m especially wiped out after 1 hour of kindergarten and 4 hours on the playground (12,000 steps according to my app), and resisting a dessert bar, so to perk myself up I made some iced coffee.



Day 6: Am I cultivating a weed?

It’s day six of my 21 days.

I’m beginning to have more authentic real life fave to face conversations and am thinking less in terms of status  updates. A couple of nights ago,  I had a great visit with my brother,  I think it’s the first time we’ve really talked as adults.  Last night,  I was playing tether ball with Emma and her friends.  One of the friends dad and I had a nice chat.  I would have missed that before.  I think I’m liking this change.

It is still weird to take a picture and not immediately share it on Facebook.

And I really want to ask my smart gardening friends what plant this is,  or am I cultivating a weed?


National Park Week

Did you know that it’s 
National Park Week?!?
That means fees for national parks are waived to encourage people to visit these amazing sites, get  active, and enjoy family time.

My family lives within hours of several national parks.  Today,  we chose to visit Mount St Helens. 

We packed a lunch,  piled into the subaru,  and an hour later we were treated to this:


Pretty,  isn’t it?
We also enjoyed visiting a Bigfoot store (I believe,  do you?) as well as a short hike to a beeeerautiful lake.  We ended  the day at an adorable old fashioned ice cream shop where I enjoyed an ice cream brownie sundae for a nutritious dinner.

Emma captured some additional pictures of me!



Ugh, went did I think ice cream for dinner was a good idea? Back to healthy eating tomorrow!
Hopefully this inspires you to get out and enjoy nature!

Day Two of 21

OK, so don’t get used to daily updates on the whole no Facebook  My 21 Day Experiment thing. It’s new and exciting right now, so it’s on my mind.


Things I “magically” had time for yesterday and this morning:

  1. Laundry. Like wash, dry, fold and put away.
  2. I read several chapters in a book.
  3. I researched camping trips for the family to take this summer.
  4. My house is like crazy-clean.
  5. I enjoyed watching pouring rain from my comfy chair.
  6. I worked (ok, I do that even when I’m not on a fb break)
  7. I’m already on my 2nd cup of coffee.
  8. I’ve written this fabulous blog post!

I’m excited to see what this weekend brings. Maybe the garage will get organized. A girl can dream.

Have a marvelous Friday!

My 21 Day Experiment

In keeping with my commitment to be an honest blogger, I have a confession to make.


I’m hooked on facebook.


That’s right, a 30-something year old grown a** woman is acting like a 13 year old junior high girl and constantly checking her phone to see if she has more likes or comments. Like my self esteem depends on it.

Ugh, my self esteem might depend on it.

So, to break this addiction. And after a convicting sermon about social media and hashtags (I go to a really cool church), I’ve decided the only way to break the addiction is to go cold turkey.

I know from all my healthy eating tries (I’m being super successful right now, I’ll share more in another post) one thing I’ve learned is that it takes 21 days to break a habit.

So…..I’m off facebook for 21 days.

Yesterday I deleted the app on my phone. And I posted one of those super annoying “OK friends, I’m missing out on real life because my face is stuck on my phone” posts. Just because last time I took a break from the facebook was based on a bet between the Hubs and me and my last post for a month was “Going on a date with my sweet love”. Which prompted a few texts from friends when they realized they hadn’t seen me on fb for a few days. I’m glad I have friends who care about my safety.

So, here goes… one of breaking the habit.

Usually, I wake up  I drag my (un)happy butt out of bed at 7am (only because Emma has to get up then to get ready for school, I NEED my beauty sleep, people), stumble downstairs, make coffee, and sit down with my phone to check up on facebook. I do take a shower, get dressed, make my bed (most the time) and do general mommy things (like yelling: I SAID BRUSH YOUR HAIR AND TEETH) . But people, I leave for work at 10am, and I realize I’ve effectively wasted the better part of three hours on the fb.

Three hours friends.

UGH. The shame of admitting that.

So, this morning I found myself with some extra time.

I thought, hmmm, I’ve always meant to be better about blogging. But I haven’t updated my last blog since September (I think). And I don’t remember my password to the blog or the email I set up specifically for the blog. Again, the shame.

So, I thought I’d start a new blog, but do things differently this time. First I thought I’d do a blog to chronicle my 21 days w/out fb. But I didn’t want to lock myslef into consistently blogging every single day for 21 whole days. So I thought to myself I have other interesting things about me that people are obviously dying to read about, so I’ll start a new blog that’s just generally about me, not locking me into a pigeonhole.

So far, it’s going really well, and I’ve already spent less time on it that I typically spend on FB each morning.

I’ve found myself having an inner dialogue about how to fb status update various parts of my day. Then I wonder, have I been doing this for awhile? Maybe I’m super annoying (Olivia, 13, would toats agree). Maybe I’m going to break a few bad habits.

How ’bout you? What habit should you probably give up?



happy birthday

Oh, a sidenote: Happy Happy Birthday to one of the best friends out there. (Because I can’t post on FB) (I guess I could text her)



Hello from Heidi Jo


I’m about halfway into my first cup of coffee, so I’m almost human. You’ll get to know me more as I write more, but I thought I’d share my goals for this blog.

  1. To share my thoughts while keeping things mostly light and fun.
  2. To develop good blogging habits such as not letting six months go by without a post.
  3. To violate grammar rules unintentionally. (Seriously, if you can’t handle my way of writing like I speak, I’m not your cup of coffee)

So, pour a cup, sit back and enjoy this journey with me!

Things I think I’ll write about in this blog:

  1. My love of making lists.
  2. Parenting a ‘teens and tweens. Both girls.
  3. Housekeeping hits and misses
  4. Home décor on a budget
  5. Recipes that interest me
  6. My weight journey (loss, gain, loss)
  7. Marriage
  8. Navigating friendship as an adult
  9. Being a working mom and stay home mom (I’ve done both)20160411_092957.jpg