Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday)! As a college student and mother it may not be possible to travel to a Carnival Celebration or even to New Orleans to celebrate today. However, there may be a celebration on your schools campus.
Take time in between classes to join in the celebration. Make sure that you get a piece of the “King’s Cake” that is a braided baked Danish dough topped with purple, green and gold sugar topping. In every cake there is a tiny baby and the person who receives the baby is asked to host the next King’s Cake party.

If you do get a chance to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, make sure to catch a parade. New Orleans Parade Schedule.

For family friendly Mardi Gras in New Orleans check out Family Gras.

For those who are unable to attend the parades, have a Mardi Gras Party at home to include the entire family. Make mask and head dresses and have a parade of your own.

The official colors of Mardi Gras: purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.

Did you know Mardi Gras relation to the Christmas season? Check out the Catholic roots of Mardi Gras.

Holiday… School’s out… College is In

So it’s a holiday, the banks are closed and the kids are out of school… However, colleges are still open. President’s day is tomorrow. There are several sales going on. As a woman, who loves deals, it would be great to be able to enjoy a day off to shop. However as a student, my day will be spent in school. As a mother in college I have a routine and throwing off my routine can be hazardous to me. Normally I’m dropping off the children and headed to class by 7:45, but on holidays when the schools are closed, my everyday life is altered.

Make sure to plan ahead…
-Get a sitter for the kids.
-Buy groceries… Normally my children are given lunch money, but lunches are packed on holidays.
-Stick to normal bedtime… Just knowing there is no school the next day, children like to stay up, which can throw off the parents sleep as well.

Even though you don’t get a day off like the kids, take some time to relax when you get home. Instead of making dinner, dine out, or order in. Treat yourself on this holiday.

Dinner Time on a Cold Night

So it’s that time in the semester where the assignments are pouring in and the temperature has dropped to freezing. As a mom you know that you have to prepare a meal for your family, but the last thing on your mind is cooking.

Quick and Easy White Chili

White Chili is a fairly simply recipe to follow and there are corners that you can cut with the recipe. There are several recipes for making white chili. However each calls for chicken or turkey.

If you are like me, you try to make the most out of your left overs. I slow roast a whole chicken often, so that I am able to make different meals from it. Preparing meals in advance is another way to manage time. White chili is one that I make with the chicken often. I cut corners by using salsa, which has onions, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes and other ingredients needed to make the chili.

If you have a lot to do during the day and want dinner on the table when you get home, I recommend white chili. Make sure to soak your northern beans overnight and slow cook them in the crock pot during the day with seasonings and chicken broth. When you return home, chop up the leftover chicken and throw in the salsa. Garnish with shredded cheese and sour cream and your family will think you slaved all day in the kitchen it’s so good. Plus it leaves you with plenty of time to study.

Time Management

Managing time is one of the hardest things for adults to accomplish. If you are like me, you feel that there is never enough time in the day to accomplish all that is needed for that day. So how does one manage their study time when they are a parent in school?

Take advantage of time…  Do not procrastinate!!!
-First, get organized!
-Make an activity plan: Make a list of all that needs to be done during a week’s time.
-Prioritize… Arrange your list by order of importance.
-Arrive to class and spend the few minutes before the instructor arrives, looking over notes.
-Have a set study hour set aside for the day… My time is 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Some days there may be more time available.
-Take advantage of cancelled classes.  If the class is cancelled, don’t sleep in, take the time to go to the library and study.
-If allowed at work, study while on the clock. Working on campus can save you a lot of time and it’s acceptable to study during down time.

If you find that you have spare time during the day, stay on campus. Leaving campus with the intent to study from home can lead into wasted time. Chances are you will get wrapped up in home life and school work will be placed on hold.

Remember to take time to relax… Relaxation will help your get through the week and not over stress. Get plenty of rest. The mind needs rest in order to take in all the information that you are studying.

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The Beginning

This blog is designed to help mothers as they continue their education in hopes to better their careers. I hope to illustrate ways of handling a stressful day at school followed by more stress in the house hold. I plan to show mothers a new perspective at looking at continuing their education through these stressful times. Ways to accomplish a healthy meal for the family without taking the entire evening away from studying. Also introduces new ways to include your college life with your family and children. Hopefully this blog will be able to inform you of ways to save money as a college student, so that your family finances are not compromised because of tuition, cost of books and other fees involved with college. This blog will give different perspectives from different individuals and ways that work for them. As all college students know, being in school is difficult and stressful at times, children and family obligations can make it even more difficult, but hopefully this blog will help you see things in a new light and makes you want to continue, knowing that you are not alone…