Taking care of Me

10 Reasons to Buy Wireless Headphones

10 Reasons wireless headphones saved my sanity. | Wireless headphones for moms.

Silence is golden…unless you have kids, then silence is suspicious. That is how the saying goes. Which is kind of funny because once you have kids all you want is silence! Just one minute of blissful silence. And to think I used to detest silence! I never understand why a lady at work always wanted to work in silence. Then I found out she raised five daughters. That answered that question!

But, now that my kids are older I experience that joyful moment of silence without getting suspicious. Sometimes it’s because my children are quiet, but most of the time it is because of the item that has saved my sanity: wireless headphones. read more

Family, Parenting Tips

Feeding Kids Shouldn’t be so Complicated!!

Why I no longer feel guilty about my kids eating habits!

Mom guilt about picky eaters

The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Life is really simple. We insist on making it complicated.” I’m not sure if he had any children, but I think if he was alive today he would find that we have made parenthood insanely complicated. Especially when it comes to feeding our kids.

As parents we put WAAAAAY to much pressure on ourselves in regards to our children’s eating habits. First we fret about breast vs. bottle. Then, we worry about if our toddlers are actually eating anything since most of it seems to end up on the floor. We worry about picky eaters, food aversions, and mealtime battles. We feel guilty if other kids have better appetites than our kids! I swear, the worrying never ends! read more

Activities, Homeschool

20 Picture Books for Women’s History Month

20 picture books about strong women for either Women’s History Month or all year long!

Do you love reading books where you say, "I never knew that?!" Then check out this post for 20 picture books about strong women you can read during Women's History Month!

Marge Piercy said, “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” As a girl mom, a history lover, and a homeschool teacher, I love teaching my girls about extraordinary women. But they don’t always have to be women that everyone knows.

I am a lover of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I love reading a story or a book that makes me say, “who knew?!” March is Women’s History Month and it’s a perfect time to read about new historical “who knew?!” figures. I think these stories lend themselves best to picture books so here is a list of 20 pictures books for Women’s History Month. read more

Taking care of Me

Self-Care 101 for Moms

How a car podcast produced an aha moment about me time for moms

I haven't always taking the best care of myself since I became a mom. Check out this post on how a car podcast changed my thoughts on me time for moms.

Like most moms, I have a hard time planning “me time” into my week. I know I’m supposed to get out of the house and away from the kids but it always seems more trouble than it’s worth. First I would have to decide what to do, where to go, and who to do it with. Then they would have to be available on that day and want to do the thing I want to do and go the place I want to go. It’s easier to just avoid the decision fatigue and stay home. read more

Family, Making Memories

10 Classic Games for Family Game Night

If you are looking to spend more time together as a family, try a family game night! This post includes 10 of our favorite games for family game night. Check it out!

One of my goals here at the Surly Housewife is to encourage families to spend time together. Family time does not have to be as elaborate as a family vacation. It can be as simple as a family movie night or a night at the drive-in. Simple, inexpensive, and fun!

That’s why I love family game night. Playing games together as a family is as simple as it gets. Plus it’s a great way to bond, learn, and have fun.

If you have a super competitive child, game night can be down right awful. Which is why I suggest classic board and card games. One, because they are usually quick. Even if a child loses there is plenty of time to play another round and give others a chance to win. And two, parents more than likely know how to play the game so explaining the rules is a breeze. read more