Author Stephanie OFarrell

  • Stephanie OFarrell

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Stephanie is a full time working mom of two kids’ ages four (boy) and one (girl). Her first child is a 12 year old dachshund (aka wiener dog) named Tucker. She is immune to caffeine but still addicted to Starbucks, loves working out and, in turn, enjoys eating. She can leave the house without make up on but cannot stand the thought of going anywhere without her iPhone.

 

Love Thy Neighbor

I have lived in the same house since 2009. Taking my two small kids trick or treating this year around our cul-de-sac, a neighbor asked if we had just moved in. I guess in five years I hadn’t had time to meet someone who lived on the same street as me?! That following Sunday at church, our message was on The Art of Neighboring. Ever have those moments when you are like, ok God, I get it! That’s what happened to me. Read more...

Stephanie's Be Still Challenge

My days are filled with noise. Kids, co-workers, phone notifications, my own noises as I type email after email after email. Have you ever thought about just how noise filled your day is? Think about it the next time you have a moment of silence before the kids hop into the car from school or you finally lay in bed after another long day. Those moments we have come to think about as silent are actually filled with noise. Quiet moments end up with our heads spinning as we think about what we are making for dinner, how stressed we are that the kids are going to be late to soccer practice, that deadline looming over us. Read more...

Three Moves to Keep Fit

Was anyone else excited to see that Starbucks now has their holiday cups and holiday drinks like eggnog and peppermint mocha? It also makes me realize all the extra holiday temptations that are just around the corner…as if Halloween candy wasn’t enough! Let's start a fitness journey together that gives us the ability to have that treat now and then but also keeps us fit! Read more...

The Imbalancing Act

Often in the middle of a particularly hectic week, I’ll take a moment to think about what my life would be like if I didn’t have a full time career. I fantasize about a weekday that isn’t filled with waking up early in an attempt to make it to work without hitting that sheet of red lights we call 405, juggling meetings and project deadlines and those “hey do you have a minute?” requests. I fantasize about not rushing to make it to Pre-K and daycare pick up at a reasonable hour only to then dash home, possibly start dinner, get in quality time with the kids and then get motivated to fit in a workout. Read more...

The Easiest Craft/Treat You Will Ever Make

Since my kids are little and I am far from a crafty mom, easy and non-messy are key for me when I put together fun family activities. So, here we go...an EASY craft/treat (yes, a two for one. I'm efficient too). Shout out to my MIL for introducing me to this idea. Read more...

Mommy, Can You Hold My Booger?

Stay at home mom, working mom, or somewhere in between, we can all agree that motherhood is full of challenge, patience, frustration, love…and a whole lot of humor. If we don’t laugh then we could very well go crazy from the things our children do and say. Here are some of my “favorite” glamorous mom moments. Read more...

Morning Glory Muffins

Do you have time to make and eat a well-balanced breakfast every morning before rushing off to school drop off and that morning meeting you have to present at? Neither do I! Every time I swing through Starbucks for a warmed up blueberry scone (um, yes they are amazing), I typically wish I had saved the money and calories and just been a bit more prepared. This recipe is easy, yummy and healthy (well at least better than that blueberry scone). Make a batch or two on Sunday and you will have them for the whole family that week. Read more...

Hello Football, Goodbye Husband

My husband and I started dating a few months before the infamous Super Bowl of 2006. I’ll never forget that day I don’t remember details of the game to be honest or even what commercials premiered (typically my favorite part). I do remember this, my husband cried a little that day. Actual tears. I recall not really knowing what to do in that moment. Considering my passion for football is about the same as his passion for shoe shopping, I decided I was not the person he needed right then. I instead allowed him and his friends to get through that moment together. Tears and all. Read more...

I Keep Praying Anyway

How often have you prayed to make the green light at the intersection, for a meeting to end early or for those vanity pounds to just fall off? I do this daily. But even though I would categorize it as a small prayer, I don’t put blame on God when I end up missing the light or staying late at work. It gets me thinking of all the times I have blamed God for bigger prayers that felt unanswered. Read more...

Grocery Shopping ALONE = Refreshment

Remember the days where you would get off work and the world was your oyster? Happy hours, workouts, perhaps some couch time? Now it’s daycare/school pick up, picking up or cooking dinner, baths, bed…repeat. By the time you sit down at 9pm, your body is done. Even if you have a desk job, you still feel like it’s been all day since you have sat down. Sitting at a desk (or a car transporting kids or in a classroom as a parent volunteer) is not exactly relaxing. An easy solution? Hit the spa every weekend for some much needed down time. Oh wait, we don’t have an endless income AND we have to parent on the weekends too. Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 11-27-2014

    Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Read More
  • Hope In The Midst Of The Holidays

    I was originally thinking about writing about how grateful I am, heading into this holiday season, that my family and I have been so incredibly blessed in so many ways. We have been, and I am. But my friend’s situation got me thinking about how the sting of suffering, whether it’s physical, relational, or psychological, can be even more acute in a season when we have a cultural expectation of joy and happiness. Read More

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