Guest Post: BalancingMama’s Happy List

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I’m thrilled to be guest posting today on Typical Suburban Family! For those of you who don’t know me, they call me Balancing Mama (aka, Julie) and I blog over at I began blogging 13 months ago. My spunky almost 3-year-old princess is my inspiration. She is beautiful, smart, and sassy. She keeps me on my toes, but keeps me laughing too.


Mommyhood is rewarding, but also very hard work. Keeping up with a preschooler is physically and emotionally draining. Add work, chores, and blogging to the mix and you get one busy mama! Some days, I barely make it. I climb into my comfy bed as soon as Daddy takes over the bedtime routine for our girl. Some days, I lose my patience and I forget to focus on the happy things in life.

So today, I’m going to share…
BalancingMama’s Happy List
(How I turn my frown upside down)

1.) C12H22O11
Oh yeah… SUGAR! This mama has one heck of a sweet tooth. Specifically an iffinity for chocolate. Give me a giant, warm, gooey, dark chocolate cookie and watch my tension float away. For a few indulgent minutes, anyway.

2. A funny song.
I love cheesy one-hit-wonders. The 90s were full of them. How can you not crack a little grin for the Macarena? Tubthumper? I’m Too Sexy? Baby Got Back? Even Mmm Bop makes me chuckle. I can always count on

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the 90s Music Choice channel to bring back the memories – and a few smiles – within minutes.

3. When my husband comes home early.
Granted, this is rare. Maybe one in 150 work days. If even. But my heart still does a little flip when I’m startled by the sound of his garage door opening. I smile, knowing for sure that on this day, his girls came first.

4. The photo of Amelia on our mantel.
This photo is like no school photo I’ve ever seen. The photographer caught a genuine, non-posed laugh. And managed to capture the twinkle in Amelia’s amazing blue eyes.


5. The Toyota Sienna “Swagger Wagon” Video.
If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out. Maybe it’ll get old eventually, but I’ve watched this a gazillion times and it still makes me laugh. They’ve even released some sequel videos recently. All pretty darn funny.

6. Hearing from my real-life friends.
I have lots of acquaintance friends on Facebook, and now those I’ve met via blogging. Everyone is important and appreciated. But no one can take the place of those true friends who really care. Social media is awesome, and we’re all more popular than ever. But I think it also helps to highlight the relationships that are so important outside the computer.

7. Babysitters.
Time away from my job as mom. Time to do whatever I want. Time to relax at a restaurant without worrying about when my kid is going to crawl under the table or throw her food. Time for my husband and I to put aside the play-doh, school, and potty conversations and pay attention to the “us” again.

8. Pajamas.
I’m not a fashionista. I’ll pass on those to-die-for heels for some

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cozy fuzzy socks any day. And I love soft, silky pajamas. I’ve been known to work in said pajamas. It’s a good thing I work from home.

9. Llamas.
I would also say manatees, but I don’t see those very often in my land-locked part of Georgia. There is a nearby home farm with several cute and furry creatures. Amelia and I try to drive by there a couple times a week and play “spot the animal.” Just thinking about those llamas makes me happy. They are so quiet and cute!

10. When I get to play the baby.
Sometimes, when I need to lay down for a minute and chill out, my daughter comes over to me, covers me with a blanket, pats me, and says “Shh, Mommy. It’s okay Mommy. Have a nice rest.” Sometimes she can be a terror. A hurricane in a 34-pound package. But one moment later, she can pour on the tenderness. It melts my worries away and makes me smile. How can a mommy resist?

What would you include on your happy list?

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  1. They would love the post and all that could be the best mama and all this happy list and all.

  2. I’d include a glass of chardonnay and some goat cheese bruschetta! I’m loving your list too though 🙂

  3. Hi Julie,
    I like your happy list…happy mom = happy kids right? I guess for my list, I would have to include “passes”…I get a pass on folding laundry, or straightening up constantly to do something non-mom after the kids go to bed….usually its blogging or social networking! It keeps me happy!

I would LOVE to hear from you!

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