Temp housing, at least the hotel apartment types I have stayed in, are not very well stocked for intensive food prep.  However, if you are in temp housing for 1-2 months, you can’t very well put off eating decently for that long, especially if you are a neurotic mom like me.  So, here is a meal plan that requires minimal pots/pans/tools, along with a pack list.  It balances healthy-enough eating with sanity preservation, because moving is hard.  The meal plan avoids needing an oven or…Continue Reading “Temp Housing Simple Meal Plan”

So yeah, I am basically the little pig below, but dancing to the refrain: fail fail fail fail fail. Because I am failing still, but I continue to feel great about my progress. It’s really weird. Maybe at the end of this year, I will no longer feel so positive, and I will deem the entire effort a big, huge failure, but I doubt it, because even if I only keep up with a few of the cards, it is still better than how I…Continue Reading “Cards 14-18: Fixing Cards 1-13 (Ha.)”

I am a naughty mommy, according to Kiddo 1. This charge is generally leveled at me when she has received a reasonable consequence after multiple, completely fair warnings. There are some definite ways I suck as a mom (as per the definition I have created in my head as a result of reading too many well-intentioned blogs and Facebook memes).  (Don’t you dare argue with me and tell me I’m a great mom; you aren’t my child, so how would you know?) 1.  I lose…Continue Reading “Cards 10-13: Can I Be A Better Mom?”

Wondering how I updated my wardrobe as I moved from no-dress-code Singapore to the Muslim United Arab Emirates?  Here is the article I wrote for Sassy Mama Dubai about it.   As the song goes, you’ll see many women in Dubai covering their heads, shoulders, knees (and toes?), but this is not required for non-Muslim women – regardless of what many people think before visiting! However, it is respectful to cover your shoulders and knees when going out in public. This doesn’t apply at the beach,…Continue Reading “What To Wear In Dubai”

February is almost here!!! And I am actually ready for it.  By March, I will be asleep on time, (nearly) every night, and I will feel awesome.  Watch out people!  I might actually be peppy!  Who knows?!?! So yeah.  I am trying out a habit stack.  The idea is that you take a small, finite action and tack it onto a current habit.  It can more quickly become habitual in this way.  I have to do dishes every day, and it is usually the last thing I…Continue Reading “Cards 5-9: A Habit Stack”

Card 2:  Potty Time = Facebook Time We all know that social media is a time drain, but for many of us, we just can’t quit.  FB is like your annoying little brother: he pisses you off and makes you feel insecure, but is also freaking hilarious, and because he is family you just can’t drop him like a bag of rocks.  I am not related to FB, but everyone I am related to is on there.  Because I live on the other side of…Continue Reading “Cards 2, 3, & 4”

The main idea behind the 52 Cards Experiment is to create lasting change through habit formation. BUT. This is hard.  Changing up your life can create a lot of stress because you have to think about it.  Normally, most of our daily habits are on autopilot and require zero thought.  So, for new changes to last, you have to deal with the mental stress of an action that is not on autopilot, at least long enough for it to become a habit that can be done automatically….Continue Reading “100+ Glorious Ideas For Incremental Life Improvements”

Food The same foods have a variety of names in Singapore due to the three main cultures in residence:  Chinese, Malay, and Indian. A vegetable you are looking for may have several names. Thank goodness for smartphones; you can show a photo to a store clerk to ask its location. Grocery stores in Singapore stock so many wonderful types of produce. There is incredible variety in the wet markets, especially the large markets, like Tekka Market in Little India, which are located in the public…Continue Reading “Things To Know About Singapore Before You Move There”

Progress Charting for Week 1: The Day Before:  Okay!  So I embark on this journey tomorrow. I am EXTREMELY excited. And very hopeful. I have been crabby for a very long time, and I truly think that these small changes I am going to make in my life this year will become habits that will great improve my outlook on life, along with my self-esteem. I believe these improvements will make me a better mother, which is my ultimate goal in all of this. I…Continue Reading “Card 1: Make your bed look pretty every day.”

To remind you, the basic premise behind the 52 Cards Experiment is this: Get a deck of cards. Write one tiny, incremental, bit of life change on each card. Draw one new card each week and focus intensely for that week on trying to make that one, tiny change. Daily (or as often as you have time) flip through the cards from the past weeks and see if you are keeping up with those previous changes. Or fill in the 52-cards-checklist-form so you can tick a box…Continue Reading “Let’s Get Started”