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10 ways a Mom spends 30 minutes


  1. Debating with toddler over the nutritional value of fruit snacks versus actual fruit
  2. Searching through your Mom Purse for a tissue that isn't already used or wrapped around a giant wad of bubble gum
  3. Attempting a 5-minute phone call while your kid repeatedly calls your attention to his reenactment of today's episode of Spongebob
  4. Glaring at husband for asking if you have PMS - because you do  have PMS, so he should know better than to ask
  5. Eating crackers at the kitchen couter while you try to think of something to make for dinner
  6. Getting an amateur manicure, which boasts every color nail polish ever invented and extends from the tip of each fingernail all the way up to the second knuckle
  7. Nursing a foot injury sustained while navigating LEGO explosion littered with Barbie shoes and a broken yo-yo that your child insisted on keeping for no conceivable reason whatsoever
  8. Vacuuming glitter out of your daughter's backpack
  9. Turning socks right-side-out
  10. Watching your kids sleep, because they're so precious and angelic. And mercifully quiet. Maybe a little too  quiet. They are breathing, right? Better watch a few minutes more, just to make sure.
How do you find yourself wasting 30 minutes at a time? If you can think of ten, link up with today's Monday Listicles prompt at The Good Life: Top 10 Ways To Spend 30 Minutes!



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34 comments:

  1. 1, 5, 9 and 10 - yep. I constantly waste at least 30 minutes deciding which one of the 752 tasks on my to-do list to tackle next. Hmmm, maybe I'll just go eat some crackers instead.

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    1. Crackers are usually a safe bet, since by the time I decide which to-do thing to tackle, some other emergency (<-- sarcasm) has cropped up to deal with.

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  2. Love you list, especially glitter backpack...I think the thirty minutes I just spent on your blog was well worth it!

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    1. Thanks so much! With all the conflicting stuff demanding our attention these days, being worthy of 30 minutes is truly a high compliment! :D

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  3. Debating with toddlers is always a nice journey to hell and back. Yeah, I agree with these. I laugh at the crackers because I can totally see myself escaping into some kind of extra curricular thought zone and forget all about dinner, until I snap out of it and just go order pizza. Cooking is overrated sometimes.

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    1. "a nice journey to hell and back" - perfectly said. With the mention of spacing out into "extra curricular thought zones" (also love) and giving up on dinner, I'm starting to wonder if maybe we were separated at birth?!?

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  4. #1 - or alternating debating with yourself the nutritional value of the granola bars your kids are screaming for at 7 am versus the maternal health benefits of another 20 minutes of sleep.

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    1. 20 minutes of sleep for the win! If my kids would let me sleep 20 minutes, I'd let them have sugar-dipped donuts drizzled with chocolate crack for breakfast.

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  5. 4 and 8. 4 and 8. 4 and 8. I'm chanting these until they become a national holiday. I love you. That is all.

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    1. I love you back. And please tell me that moms celebrate that national holiday at the spa.

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  6. Great list! SO true on the socks!! Story of our lives! ;)-The Dose Girls

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    1. They just can't seem to get the hang of doing it themselves, can they?!? We keep threatening to put the clean socks in their drawers inside out, but then who do you think they'll yell for in the morning because they can't find socks that match?

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  7. I’m pretty sure I’ve done every single one of these things. Even worse, the sleep watching paranoia has even extended to my husband (silently praying that I’m not left to raise the kids on my own)!

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    1. The sleep watching paranoia always seems crazy... until it creeps in and *you* have it too!

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  8. You nailed it! Great post, as always.
    We do tempera paint nail manicures at our house. My son likes to do them before a night out at a fancy restaurant.

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    1. Thank you! And your manicure sounds divine - I'm assuming you define "fancy restaurant" the same way I do (plastic food served on a tiny plastic plate which you have to pretend is delicious as your stomach growls). ;)

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  9. My three year old stumped me today (well yesterday). She asked what was under the floor at her school. I tried the easy answers like "the ground" to which she said "Mama, there HAS to be something under the floor at my school!!". I was like, "uh, maybe daddy knows??" Debating with a toddler is FUN!
    Great list! <3 Devan

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    1. Uh oh, that's a clever one you have on your hands! The clever ones are trouble! ;)

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  10. I try not to complain when my husband takes on daily routines (bedtime), but take the damn socks off from the TOES!! It is not any more time consuming to do this way, and WAY more time consuming for me on the flipside if not done this way.

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    1. Sooo true. Ditto for pants - they rip them off like they're on fire or something.

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  11. The last one really had me giggling, because I do that all the time. I even put my hand on his chest, just to be sure. But the whole list? Stellar. I think I can say, yup, me too. To every single one! (btw, this is Jen formerly of Break the Parenting Mold, now with a whole new me :-)

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    1. So glad you could relate - and congrats on the new site!

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  12. 30 minutes is not enough , especially when it comes to debate, so many "why's " .... Uuuuffff... Sometimes I search in the Internet to find answers.... First time to ur blog n love the post... Now I know I m not alone
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    Regards
    Jaya

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    1. In so glad you stopped by, Jaya - and so glad you could relate! Thanks for being here!

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  13. Why is it whenever you only have 1 kleenex left in your purse it has a wad of gum in it!?! Well at least in my purse anyways.

    Number 4...what is wrong with men anyways! Geeezzzz...

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    1. It makes me almost wish I hadn't been so clear to my kids about not spitting gum out on the street - I miss having tissues!

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  14. OMgoodness, what a fun Listicle to read!

    I especially love #1 (laughed out loud), #2 (too funny), #4 (I glare when I'm not and he asks) and #10 (I do this with my sweetie sometimes - freaks me out until I see something move).

    Happy belated Listicle Monday!
    Yona from http://artpark78.com/blog1

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    1. I live that you're here, and that you can relate, and I especially love that it took a week before you got to read some Listicles! I have a feeling you and I have a lot in common. ;) Thanks for being here!

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  15. Thanks for the chuckle. And #10 is entirely too true! Not in a funny way, but in a really, really scary way. :)

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  16. Yes to all, but 5 and 9 is so me!!!

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  17. You always completely capture my life. Livin' the dream aren't we?

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