Create It Thursday #64 (Plus Features)

Welcome to this week's Create It Thursday!

I loved the ideas y'all shared last are a few of my favorite ones!  These are on the Create It Thursday Pinterest board and Lamberts Lately Facebook page too.

A huge thanks to everyone who shared your ideas last week!  If you were featured, here's your button:

Now to this week's party!

Thoughts of a Work at Home Mom

If anybody ever asks me what I do, I always answer "stay at home mom."  Always.  It's just easier than telling people what's really going on.

But to be honest?  That's not the truth.  In all honesty, I'm a "work at home mom."  Which, in my opinion, is a completely different ballgame.

This all started years ago, before I worked at home at all.  Many of you know the story behind Sweetie Baby's Designs.  I hated the premade designs available for blogs when I started Lamberts Lately, so over the course of a couple of weeks, I learned how to design my own.  A friend saw my design and asked me to do hers as well, then another friend - and I realized I might have something here.

I opened up shop in the spring of 2009, and since, I've designed over 500 blogs.  The business has grown and evolved over the years, but it still lights that fire under me that it did when I started.  I get to express my creativity and help others share their story - who wouldn't want to do that? This blog has also grown into a job of its own too.  I talked about that a little bit more here.  It, like my blog design, has evolved.  But it, like blog design, is still a passion of mine - I absolutely adore sharing our story and things I love.

I kind of consider my lifestyle a hybrid between being a working mom and a stay at home mom.  In some ways, I get the best of both worlds.  I get to be with my daughter all day - which, by itself, makes doing all of this totally worth it.  I get to set my own schedule.  Decide what I want to do and not do.  It really is the perfect scenario for us right now.

But, I do see some of the not-so-fun parts of both worlds too.  There are definitely times that I have the mommy guilt and wife guilt of working.  I don't always pay as much attention to Emmie or Noah as I should.  It involves working some weird hours sometimes, including times that I probably should be spending quality time with my family.  Sometimes it can kind of feel like I'm never off-duty.  I don't want anybody to take this as complaining, because I'm definitely not - I wouldn't trade what I'm doing right now for anything.  But, like anything else, it's not perfect - it's life.

Over the past few months, my responsibilities for both the design shop and this blog have grown to the point where I don't think I can handle them during nap time anymore.  I typically spend 3-4 hours a day designing blogs, answering emails, maintaining the etsy shop, writing blog posts, submitting blog post drafts, and planning future posts.  It's organized chaos, I promise, but there are a lot of "behind the scenes" duties that some might not realize.  All of this doesn't leave a lot of time to cook, clean, meal plan - things I should be doing during nap time.

Thankfully, once again, the seasons of our life just kind of worked themselves out.  Emma Ramey is going to be starting a Mom's Day Out Program in the fall that will give me several mornings a week to work.  We were planning on doing this anyway to give her some time playing with other children and learning from other adults.  But, this way, I can work while she's gone and I can dedicate nap times to running our household, so I can spend nights/weekends where I should be - with my family.

I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to stay home with Emma Ramey and still provide for our family.  It really is the best scenario I could have dreamed of!  Even though it continues to grow and change, and it's not always perfect, I still love this life more than I could express.

Notes From Our Week

-I had a great birthday!

The whole family went to lunch, and my mother-in-law took Emma Ramey so I could have an afternoon off.

 I got a pedicure and cleaned my house (sounds not-so-fun, but trust's what I wanted for my birthday. :)).  Noah took me out for sushi and drinks at a couple of our favorite places that night.  It was a good time!

-Look what came out this week!

I heard that Tory Burch was coming out with a Fitbit cover awhile back, and this was the week!  I am in LOVE.  They have other covers too, but this is my favorite!

-I.Have.Been.So.Tired lately around 1-2 in the afternoon.  It takes everything I've got not to nap when Emmie's napping.  Caffeine in the afternoon always knocks my sleep schedule off, so that's a problem.  I really need to start taking iron supplements again - any other recommendations?

-Emmie and I got in a pool day Monday, because I knew it was our last day of freedom I was starting potty training Wednesday, so it would be our last chance for a little bit.  We are definitely spoiled rotten having a pool right now.

-This girl has done a great job with potty training!  I think I'm going to do a whole separate post talking about it sometime in the next couple of weeks, but put it this way - it's not nearly as bad as I expected.  I've been doling out lots of M&M's. :)

-(Before you read this - I promise I'm not pregnant.) Let's also talk about my food cravings in the afternoon.  Something about that time just makes me a completely worthless slug.  I've been texting Noah my food cravings every afternoon - one day it was hummus, yesterday it was Rotel.  Some days he even came home with the craving, since we've kind of been prisoners in our own home this week (potty training).  He's a good one, that Noah Lambert.

-I've added a few more premades to the etsy shop! (Click the images below to see.)

-My computer changes the word "premades"  to "premeds." Every single time. This doesn't make me ragey at all.

-I had serious thoughts of chopping my hair off yesterday.  Like, had to talk myself down from cutting it.  No good hair decision was ever made in 5 minutes.  But I'm seriously considering it - it just gets so long and difficult to manage.  Any cute hairstyles I need to see?
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