Author Kristina Slaney

  • Kristina Slaney

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Kristina has two kids with her husband of nine years. She loves camping, canning, and cooking. She’s learning that the story God is writing for her is better than the one she could ever write for herself, which is a hard lesson to learn, because she also loves planning, security, and predictability. Kristina blogs about her family, work, and life at FamilyWorkLife.com.

 

Great Expectations

At the beginning of the month, The Washington Post published the findings of a study concluding that the majority of new parents are unprepared for motherhood and have unrealistic expectations of what it will be like. And I think most of us who are in my position {that position being the one with enough years behind me that I have some confidence and perspective but not so far removed from the newborn stage that I’m all “ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT”} would agree that it’s true. Read more...

Game Day Guac

How ‘bout those Hawks? Friends, I know…humility and all that…but honestly, I make a mean guac. It’s my signature dish, and by “my” I mean “mostly ripped off from Ina Garten.” But seriously. If you want to make an impression at your next football-watching party, try this out. Read more...

Growth Rarely Comes Without Pain

Motherhood is hard, isn’t it? Not only do you expend every last ounce of energy trying to do this job to the very best of your ability, but you’re also trying to navigate the millions of messages flying around about motherhood. You hear motherhood is enough, and then you hear that you should be more than just a mom. You hear motherhood is a high and holy calling, but it’s not who you are. You teach your children that family is the most important thing, but then wonder if you’ve made it an idol. What is the truth? Read more...

Recipe Round-Up: Five Pumpkin Entrees

You guys. You know what tomorrow is, don’t you? October! And you know what that means. Harvest parties, Halloween, costumes, leaves, corn mazes, sweaters, scarves, boots, hay rides, hot drinks, chilly fingers, and pumpkins. ALL OF THE PUMPKINS. Read more...

Making Mom Friends is Like Dating

When I was younger, I wasn’t much for dating. And now, as a married adult and mother of two, I struggle with developing close, authentic, real friendships. As I reflect on these two things I’m starting to realize that they require similar skill-sets. So today, I give you - the top ten parallels between making mom-friends and dating. Read more...

When Did I Give Up?

It was late Saturday afternoon.  My son had been invited to a birthday party so I threw on a t-shirt, put my hair in a ponytail, and packed up the kids.  I don’t need to waste time getting ready, I told myself.  I’m fine just the way I am.  I attributed my ability to head out to a public social gathering completely unkempt to be a testimony of my confidence.  I didn’t need others’ approval.  I wasn’t that shallow. Read more...

What Is Your Identity?

I’m not gonna lie. If there’s one thing I love hearing more than anything else, it’s that I’m a good mom. I work hard at it - harder than anything else I do in this life. And the recognition feels good. But you know what purpose that recognition primarily serves? Inflating my ego. When I first became a mom, I thought it was an identity. Until I realized I had lost my own, and my complete worth and value (or lack thereof) became hinged upon my success as a parent. It was stressful, especially after I came to understand that “train up a child” is a proverb, not necessarily a promise. I realized that there are no guarantees, even for the very best of parents. Read more...

Should All Kids be Two Years Apart?

I still remember the beautiful, relaxing day I was walking around the zoo with my two-year old boy. I couldn’t have possibly enjoyed that glorious, unhurried day any more. Then I took a moment and looked around. I saw other mommies doing the same, but one thing was different. Their bellies were swollen and pregnant, carrying their toddler’s highly anticipated sibling. And in that moment I felt like I had missed the bus. You know the one. The space-your-kids-two-years-apart bus. My stomach dropped and I wondered if we were doing it all wrong. Read more...

Three Uses For Broccoli Stems

Once I realized how easy it was to get a green vegetable in him, I jumped right onto that train. Over the past four years we’ve eaten a lot of broccoli in our house. A lot. And by “a lot” I mean “sometimes four nights a week.” But here’s the problem with broccoli. When you buy it at the store, they charge you by the pound. Then you go home and cut off the florets, and the stem goes in the garbage. Oh no, friends. I am cheap, and that will not do. I paid good money for that stem, and I will use it. Read more...

My Kid is Better Than Your Kid

As moms, we need to give each other those proud moments. Those victories. And stop being so wrapped up in ourselves that we instead try to steal victories from our friends. Again, myself included. This is a commitment that I will start choosing silence. I want to hear about your cute, brilliant, funny, amazing kids! :) And I won’t bore you with mine. Even though I think that he, too, is cute, brilliant, funny, and amazing. Because he’s mine. Read more...

Most Recent Comments

  1. Game Day Guac

    Kristina Slaney said "Well there's a game coming up on Sunday and I know you're a house of fanatics so...what are you waiting for? :)" More
  2. Game Day Guac

    Angela Strand said "Kristina, a good guacamole is my favorite. It's almost 11pm and now my stomach is growling! This sounds amazing!" More
  3. I’m Grateful My Mom Chose Life

    Joanne said "LOVE THAT! "If you don't care about us after we are born, then we really don't need you fighting for us before we are bo..." More