Uncategorized October 27, 2021

Challenging Myself to Complete a Digital Reset

Admittedly I’m only 116/254 pages into Digital Minimalism and hooked. So much so that I’ve decided to do a digital reset for the entire month of November. One may assume that a digital reset is a time in which you get to escape from your phone, kind of like a vacation to a remote place in Mexico (I’ve done that, multiple times, it’s lovely, highly…

Parenthood October 25, 2021

Keeping Christmas Simple

Probably not the topic you were expecting a week before Halloween, but I’ve got the holidays on my mind and in all honesty, I’m done shopping for B. (!) As I’ve gotten older and (ahem) responsible for keeping a house somewhat decent, I’ve shifted my thoughts significantly around gift giving, shopping in general really. It’s not about what’s under the tree but who’s around it…

Reading October 22, 2021

Books B Loves: @ 15 months

Goodnight Moon – I’ve read this book to B since the week he was born, and just this last week he’s been pulling it out of the bedtime basket of books for me to read… and listening to the book in its entirety! In the middle of the night or early morning if he wakes I’ll remind him “goodnight Sun, it’s time to sleep or…

Reading October 4, 2021

Reading: Hunt, Gather, Parent

THIS BOOK. I hadn’t read the inside cover or any reviews but put it on my ‘to read’ list at the recommendation of a couple of moms in my life (aka IG moms in my life). The gist: Hunt, Gather, Parent is about a mom sets out to study Maya families in Mexico, Inuit families above the Arctic Circle, and Hadzabe families in Tanzania… with…

Reading September 20, 2021

Books B Loves: @ 14 months

I’m starting this new mini series partially because I love seeing what other people (and their kids) are reading, partially because I don’t ever want to forget these tiny details. Not that I’d forget how many times I’ve already read Llama Llama at bedtime, but I may forget that little “ohhhhh” and the headshake he does when I make the sound effects for Mama Llama…

Budgeting August 22, 2021

Saving Money on Cell Phone Service

If you’re just joining me: Hi, my name is Jona and I’m a budget believer. We have a written budget every single month and we (for the most part) stick to it. We don’t spend the month away and then tally up how much we’ve (over)spent for each category. Now that we’re down to one full-time income, we’re looking for more ways to reduce our…

Parenthood August 17, 2021

This Crazy Little Thing Called… Elimination Communication

A few hours after B was born, I remember one of our midwives asking if I had ever heard of elimination communication. “No,” I said, but in a way sounding curious. She then replied with something along the lines of, “oh, it’s this beautiful way of communicating with your baby and learning their bodily rhythms…” Honestly she lost me because it seemed too complicated and…

Uncategorized August 2, 2021

Honey, I’m home!

Back in 2009 I started a random WordPress blog called Zeelemons to document my first paid vacation (spoiler: it was a stay-cation) and I think the only viewers I had were my co-workers. But quickly it morphed into something that gained traction as life happened (read: a long-term breakup) and then continued to happen (read: a new boyfriend, training for my first marathon, becoming an…