If you’re anything like me, you know how crazy and overwhelming motherhood can be. We often wear many hats, right?
Maybe you’re tired of being stretched too thin. Maybe you’re struggling with balancing all of your various responsibilities. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed with the idea of getting dinner on the table most nights. Maybe you are tired of living paycheck to paycheck. Or maybe you’re just exhausted from meeting everyone’s needs all of the time.
You’re in the right place
Here’s the thing: You’re already amazing. I know you’re here for a reason. And I know that you can create more margin in your life. We all can! Margin Making Mom is a place where you can find practical solutions for cultivating simplicity and space in the everyday (and sometimes exhausting!) craziness of motherhood.
So, pull up a chair and hang around for a bit!
How it Began
For most of my adult life, I’ve been “chronically busy.” No matter the season, it was jam-packed. As a (now recovering)perfectionist and doer, I’ve always been driven by achievement and productivity, which can be a recipe for disaster.
Having children was the catalyst that helped me realize I could not “do it all,” so I needed to make some lifestyle changes in order to give attention to my highest priorities and preserve my sanity!
Margin Making Mom is a chronicle of my ongoing quest to simplify and live life well, and also an avenue by which I can share my journey and tips with other moms who may be endeavoring to do the same in their own lives.
While I certainly have not yet arrived at my destination and will always be a work in progress, I hope you will find some inspiration and encouragement on these pages.
What to Expect
You’ll find ideas and tips for creating margin in various aspects of life, by saving money, living with intention, finding white space in your life, and easily creating tasty foods for your family. I often take the approach that “less is more.” It’s so easy to overcomplicate and overthink things, which leads to feeling overwhelmed. Simplifying life is one way we can take better care of ourselves and our families.
My husband and I are recently DEBT FREE!! It was a long journey spanning several years, but over the years I have become very passionate about the value of living within our means, paying off debt, and creating margin in our finances.
One thing is for sure: living with financial stress is not fun. So I love using my experience to help others who want to have more breathing room in their finances.
- How to Create a Budget in 6 Simple Steps (with printable budget forms)
- The 6 Most Critical Steps You Need to Implement to Get Out of Debt
- 10 Helpful Things We Did to Pay Off Over $125,000 of Debt
I don’t think it’s really possible to find a “perfect balance” in life. If one area of my life is going great, chances are I’m neglecting another. If one thing is in the sun, that means another is in the shade. What I’ve discovered is, that’s totally ok!
The key is intentionally making the decisions that allow us to invest in the areas that are of highest priority, and give ourselves permission to let go in some of the areas that are not highest priority.
Tips and tricks to help simplify life, save time, and take care of yourself can allow you to spend more time and energy in the areas that are most important to you.
- How to Successfully Meal Plan in 7 Quick & Easy Steps (with free Weekly Meal Plan printable)
- Why Small Self-Care is Important and How to Make it Happen
Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I enjoy the basic processes of combining ingredients to create simple comfort foods as well as “fancier” dishes with more complexities.
Now that I am responsible for a gaggle of little people, I don’t often have the chance to be as adventurous in the kitchen as I once was, but I still enjoy making our tried and true recipes and even including my children in the process when feasible.
When I am stressed, I often head to the kitchen. Making (and, let’s be honest, eating) delicious food is therapeutic for me. One of my love languages is feeding people. Ina Garten (who I love), aptly puts it this way: “Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.”
I love finding and sharing quick and easy meals that are frugal. Anything that makes it easier to get dinner on the table without breaking the bank is a win in my book!
I’ve also recently ventured into the world of pressure cooking, so I include some of my favorite Instant Pot recipes as well. Judging by how popular some of those posts are, many of you enjoy pressure cooking, too!
What You Won’t Find Here
This blog is not a one-size-fits-all approach to motherhood. We are all different and our families and rhythms and goals are different.
You won’t find me telling you how you should raise your kids, why you need to do more or be better, or anything else designed to make you feel guilty. The world does enough of making us feel like we aren’t good enough.
I enjoy sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned, but it’s totally ok if what worked for me doesn’t work for you!
Who Am I?
I’m Chrysti, a mom to three small kiddos, currently ages 4 and under. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for ten years. I’m also a Registered Nurse and Christ follower. I have degrees in both Biology and Nursing.
I’ve been a teacher in one form or another for years. I have taught high school Biology, educated my patients as a bedside nurse, and I’ve served as nursing faculty at a local university. So helping others learn is a passion of mine, for sure!
Other things I’m passionate about:
Creating– Finding creative outlets is a means of self-care for me!
Reading– I never get tired of learning or experiencing stories.
Traveling– There is so much value in steeping oneself in other places and cultures!
Education– Encouraging others to learn and succeed is an extremely rewarding pursuit!
Women’s Health– As a nurse and mom, I find childbirth and mother-baby bonding fascinating. I love empowering and encouraging women to make informed decisions for themselves.
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