Mom's Running It Blog

Minimalism - The Purge

It's the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away's after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that's gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what's more important than constantly cleaning and "organizing" clutter. What remains is what we love - except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually.

We know how we like to spend our time - with each other and as unstressed as possible, playing games…

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Winter Running Tips

It's cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It's everywhere. I've only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I've also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair-weather runner …

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10 Useful Facts Every Woman Should Know

I've never understood a couple of things. One: Why don't women embrace being women. That means we aren't men, are unique and how amazing is that? Two: Why don't we support each other more? We're all women, we all go through a list of the same issues, we're all struggling in similar ways. Geez, band together and raise each other up.

10 Facts Every Woman Should Know; 

1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.
2. When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying.
3. S…

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Don't Assume That I Have It All Together

Recently on a run, a friend asked me for parenting advice. The timing was interesting since - on this particular run - I was internally decompressing about my own parenting. Having 9 teenagers in the home makes life fun and interesting, it keeps me young and ages me. People comment often: "I don't know how you do it and stay sane!", "You have such a big heart!", "You have it so together!". Bull. Who says I'm sane, have a big heart, or have anything together? People assume an awful lot. Kids don'…

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My Kind of Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

It's been almost one year since minimizing and I have yet to embrace a traditional minimalist capsule wardrobe. The packing everything up except a certain number of items hasn't worked for me and I'm OK with that. I like having all my clothes out and available and it's actually kept me more accountable and helped me streamline. Could I live with less? Of course. If I got rid of half of what I have would life be honky dory? Yup. But I found a comfort zone and that's where I'll stay for now. My cl…

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Learning to Embrace Adventures of Life

That elusive someday. Always putting off the things we "want" to do for the things we "have" to do. I recently watched the movie Paper Towns with several of the teenagers and it was a great conversation starter.

"Would you be mad if we took your car for a 2-3 day road trip without asking?" Yes, but I want you to have great adventures so that's a tough one. "Who is right? the girl or the boy?" Both. The boy plays everything safe and the girl wants all of life to be an adventure. It's great whe…

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An Unconventional Christmas

It was an unconventional Christmas for my family this year. Not what most would consider minimalistic but not entirely commercial either. We shot for a balance somewhere in between and (I think) came out well in the end. Our children are all getting older and although I wanted to take a family trip this year like we did last year, the kids asked for something different. They wanted a more "traditional" Christmas with presents, but most of the lists were practical.

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The very best thing was ha…

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There is No Best Way to Raise Kids

With eighteen kids under my belt, I can tell those of you looking for the One Best Way To Raise Kids - there IS no one best way.  Just like all of us adults have unique personalities, so do our kiddos who come wired with a personality we sometimes feel is familiar and sometimes have no clue where they came from.  Little alien's we're supposed to raise by doing all the right things the right ways.  The best way doesn't exist and neither does the manual. I'm far from perfect.  I raise my voice too…

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The Give and Take in Relationships

Anyone who said relationships are easy was either delusional or not in a relationship.  Great relationships take a lot of give and take, compromise, communication, and work.  When things are easy and the sailing is smooth, it's fun to have a partner in crime.  Rainbows and unicorns and pot of gold, skipping, euphoric kind of great.  Those times should be cherished because the seasons of change happen to all of us and weathering the storms together is a lot more difficult. 

Once you've been th…

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My Unemployment Experience

I am currently unemployed. This came as a shock, although by the time it was my last day, I'd had about six weeks to realize that it was coming. In the end, I asked to be (mercifully) fired so I could at least collect unemployment while I was looking for another job - especially during the holidays - and that's the beginning of my unemployment experience. My last day was November 17th.

I had grand plans "if ever" I had time off work. Now, I find myself with an abundance of time off, but initi…

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