My friends from the Bradley University Speech Team (hi, nerds!) and I have a saying: "Fake it 'til you make it." What that means is that even if you don't have your crap together, you act like you have your crap together as hard as you can. The act of holding it together when everything is a mess is 90% of the battle, in every battle. So I'm super glad I learned how to do this. Nowadays, in my washed-up hot-messy momness, I call it "mom-provising."
Earlier today I was grocery shopping when I realized I couldn't find yellow summer squash. It was used in at least two of my recipes for the week, so I was disappointed. Instead of fretting or making a second trip, I just doubled my zucchini for the week. I also considered subbing out a side for a butternut squash dish - I'm in a bit of a hurry for fall, to be honest. Was this going to be a perfect copy of the Mashup Mom weekly meal plan? No. But it's going to be ok.
Pause - Let's take a moment to recognize how much progress I've made on my anxiety in the last month. I'm in a good place. It's nice. - Unpause.
At some point this weekend, one of the sides of my kitchen sink stopped draining very efficiently. But on our budget, I still needed to cook - which meant dishes piled up faster than I could wash them. In a bit of a pinch, I picked up a few wash basins from Wal-Mart and took them into my bathroom, along with my bottle of Dawn. Dishes in the tub? Yes - and if you haven't done it yet, you either will at some point or you're super bougie. But guess what? I don't get to take a break from momming just because things aren't perfect. So dishes in the tub it is - and now we still have clean dishes!
Remember how we bought a house a few months ago? Well, I'm still putting the finishing touches on it. Curtains from Amazon finally arrived, so I took a quick trip to Lowe's to grab $18 in supplies. Electrical conduit, corner braces, nuts/bolts, and a one-hole strap = curtain rods up to ten feet in length. Spray-paintable. You're welcome. Okay, to be honest, I totally jacked this DIY hack from Pinterest - but it really works! That $18 has everything I need for every window in my little house. It works for now - today, when my just-bought-a-house budget has me questioning the $30 average decent curtain rod. (But seriously, why are those things so darn expensive?)
Growing up, I lived in the country. The nearest Wal-Mart was well over 25 minutes away. It meant that if we needed something, we had to figure it how to make it ourselves. That's a type of self-reliance that you don't learn in the suburbs, where there's always a Walgreens only five minutes away. What's the phrase? Necessity is the mother of invention. When we have to "make do", sometimes we can surprise ourselves!
What ways have you learned to mom-provise? Do you ever feel like you're faking it until you make it? Congrats! You're not alone. Me too, mama. Hope these tips help you - find more @pi3sugarpi3.