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I Got a Promotion

I Got a Promotion



Thanksgiving- ran 6 miles on the treadmill

20 minutes on the elliptical


Today- ran 14 miles

The first 5 on the treadmill, last 9 outside with a few AT intervals thrown in there. I still need to tell you all about my coach, don’t I? Next post. Um, and can I just say, it was not a very fun run the day after Thanksgiving with all of my indulging in adult beverages and fat and dairy laden desserts last night. Oops.

I did happen to find a dime though.

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I also happened to get a blood stain on my shoe. That’s not good.


Oh, and really quick I just made the easiest little dressing for my salad out of these three things.


Equal parts apple cider vinegar and Trader Joe’s Hot and Sweet Mustard wit some crushed red pepper. It was perfect for some leftover turkey on a salad.


It was closely followed by some roasted kabocha squash with PB2 and a nuun kona cola drink.



How was your Thanksgiving yesterday?

It flew by didn’t it? It’s so crazy how the holidays just come and go like that. Holy Smokes.

I have just a couple of picture from our festivities yesterday. I was good and tried to keep the camera away most of the time. I did get a shot of our martinis.


His and hers- a dirty martini for Andrew and a cosmo for me.

Papap wasn’t only the bartender yesterday, he was the turkey carver also.


My brother and I usually play the “watch Dad and count how many times he licks his fingers while cutting the turkey” game, but it didn’t go over too well since there were too many people watching this time.


We tried the whole family picture thing, but it didn’t work out too well either. This one makes me laugh though.


What do you think? Christmas card worthy?

After many failed attempts I finally got a decent picture of STUFT Daddy and I.

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Gotta love self portraits.

We made it to Tutu’s house after dinner to visit with Andrew’s family for a bit. Um and yeah, my brother-in-law’s dog and I were obviously fast friends.


He he.


So, you want to hear about my promotion?

I’m super excited about it. It was more of an “ah ha” moment that happened recently. See, I think this job opportunity has been just waiting for me for awhile now. I’ve told STUFT Daddy time and time again that I want it, but just hadn’t taken the steps to really go for it. I’ve actually known I wanted needed it for some time.

Well, today I got it. I embraced it. I’m going for it. I couldn’t be happier and more excited.


It’s a lot less pay,

a lot more work,

a lot less time by the computer,

a lot more living in the moment,

a lot more focusing on priorities,

a lot more cleaning and keeping things organized,

a lot more planning family meals, events, etc.

and hopefully a heck of a lot more rewarding for my family.


I’m switching my main job to being the “mama” at home that I really want to be.


I’ve been so busy trying to make a career for myself, being selfish and worrying about money and the future, that I’ve been putting a lot on hold. Reality is, I want being a mom to be my “career” and have everything else just be the extra stuff. I’ve been scared to let go and let it happen.

Well, that little change is happening today.

I’m still going to blog, run and train like crazy, teach classes, etc., but I’m trading in some of my “office hours” for some “mommy hours”. It’s time. It’s also time to finally find that balance in life that I was in search of when I started this little bloggy blog a year and a half ago.



not that you all care, but I just wanted to share my news. I feel like today is a new beginning.

Maybe you have some tips for me and my new job?

So far, my first day of work has been a breeze. I’m easing into it. I made some gourmet green pancakes this morning for the boys.

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My supervisors were impressed.

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I froze all the leftover pancakes for some easy breakfasts next week and whipped up a quick breakfast STUFTwich for myself before my run.

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So STUFT Daddy has the boys at Tutus while I get comfortable with my new job. I’m tackling the messy office, some serious laundry, closet organization and making my priority lists in my notebooks to fit my new job description.

I’ve also got some good reads to help me find my way a bit.


Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso


One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp


Love and Logic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay



this little guy that was given to me from Mom.


The Elf on a Shelf

I’m new to this little Elf thing. When do I start? What do I do?



it all comes with the job I guess. He’s pretty cute, but it’d be way cooler if he was a sock monkey or something.



Okay, I better get moving. I want to impress my “supervisors” with how much I can get done when I’m by myself. I need to knock their socks off.


Just in case you’re doing any Black Friday shopping I got some emails about some deals I wanted to pass along.

Mizuno has a free shipping offer today.


Check out their Top 10 Holiday Gifts (I have almost all of them and love them).


Although I’m not sure if I’ll be buying any Vitatops right now (on a budget with my new job and all), Vitalicious has a BOGO sale.


Pro Compression also has calf sleeves on sale for $30 (I’m wearing my pink ones right now) and free shipping and all their trainer low socks are 20% off with the coupon code TL20.


I just got my first couple pairs of these low trainer socks this past week actually and love them.


Have a good one!

How was Thanksgiving?

Is anyone shopping?

Any job changes recently?

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  1. 1
    Emily Butler says:

    Good for you! I have to remind myself everyday that being a mom comes first, I haven’t blogged in forever, but I’ve been really enjoying focusing on my kiddos first and just reading a few of my favorite blogs daily! I miss blogging, but I’m sure someday maybe I’ll get back into it again (a new camera would help to, ha)

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yes, saying it is one thing, but actually doing it on a daily basis is another. I need to remember that the blog will always be there, these precious toddler moments will not. Hope you get that camera- maybe Santa??? 🙂

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    Tess Moore says:

    Congratulations on your promotion. Best move you can ever make. The “stuft” will always be there…..the boys will grow and you want to capture every moment for memories that are irreplacble. You and Stuft daddy will share the memories together forever!

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    Rhonda says:

    Congratulations on your promotion. Remember that you are not just the best suited person for the job, you are irreplaceable! And with supervisors who pay you with hugs & kisses, how can you go wrong?

    Also, I definitely think you have found your Christmas card shot… LOVE IT! 🙂

  4. 4

    Ohhhhh thanks for the mizuno code. I just bought my first pair last week. I’m so happy for you and your career choice. It’s nice to be able to do what makes you happiest.

  5. 5

    Love your promotion! I’m sure you will love your mama hours even more than those office hours!

  6. 6

    Oh Kristin. I’m so so very happy for you! The mommy hours really are the best and there definitely needs to be more of them. It’s definitely a great promotion. And that family picture? LOVE it!!

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    Megan S. says:

    Congrats! 🙂 It will be great!!

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    Kim Hodges says:

    Congrats on the super promotion! There is no better job in the world! I love it!
    Elf on the Shelf is so much fun too! Start now! Just place him in crazy places causing mischief. Don’t let the kids touch him! He will “lose his magic”. There are lots of ideas on the Internet. My grands love when their elf, Nello, shows up every year at Thanksgiving. 🙂
    Have fun!!!!

  9. 9

    I absolutely love your new job title! I hope someday I can have the same job as you… for now, I’m a nanny for 23 month old twin boys. Their mom read the book “Raising Boys” and highly recommends it! I hope you love the paleo cook book (I love paleo).

    Best of luck on your new journey! Better sure your going to rock 🙂

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    Amanda @runtithefinish says:

    Technically when I left my full time job to write that was a promotion too 🙂 living our priorities takes practice and I think it’s always evolving. Kudos to you

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    Anna W. says:

    This is really great news! I’m so happy for you! Hooray for MAMAS!!!!

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    lindsay says:

    best promotion ever! so happy for you. you’ll get paid in lots of kisses and cuddles. hehe. Corny Cotter here!

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    Sara Grambusch says:

    I’m so happy for you!! And Elf on a Shelf is super fun!

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    Samantha says:

    Ha! Yes, I believe you have found your Christmas card…it suits your promotion well. 🙂 LOL. You have an awesome job and I know you will have fun cherishing it. 🙂

  15. 15

    Really happy for you, Kristin!!

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    Angie says:

    Good for you for putting your family first. I don’t know how you fit it all in!

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    Kathy says:

    Ohhh, as with all promotions I am sure you will be a little nervous or scared at first….what will the fellow co-workers think right??? I am thinking these boys will LOVE YA and don’t be nervous YOU WILL BE GREAT!

    Take your time to find your priorities and the rest of the STuFt will find its appropriate place. (Our pastor said that last weekend and its sooo true. And he added make God your #1 priority b/c all the rest is just STUFF and should find its rightful place after God…..when God is the main one is your life it will all fall into place)

    • 17.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Kathy- I NEEDED to hear this tonight. I need to let it take some time and put God first- YES!!!!!!! I can’t figure it out on my own and it will take time. Thanks so much for the reminder! HUGS!!!!

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    Sherry says:

    Congratulations on your new job! Best decision ever!

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    Joy says:

    Congratulations on your promotion! I’m so happy for you. I hope it brings you all the happiness in the world!

    I can’t wait to hear about your coach.

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    Heather says:

    Thrilled to hear about your change in focus. Life is fragile. It is a precious blessing. Enjoy those boys, and the rest of your holiday weekend.

    • 21.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thank you Heather. It was time to refocus a bit. Now I just have to be patient and let God lead to way to figuring it all out. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  22. 22

    I have been in the SAME boat so feel free to email me whenever you need. I am a big fan of the designated “office hours” and I also have a to-do list in a Google doc that I leave open every day. I have the KEY things in one column and other things in the other. I focuse on the key things first during my planned work times and then if I have time, do the other extras. If not, then I don’t and allow myself the grace to not worry about it. I even have timers. When the timer goes off…my work time is done. It’s tough to always want to do more…but it’s worth it to scale back and make it work. Being a mom really is the best job.

    • 22.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Tina- It’s so great to hear that you’ve been in the same boat. Good idea for ‘key” items and the timers. I need just one notebook instead of like 5 unorganized ones. Ha. Watch out, you might just be getting way too many emails from me. 🙂

  23. 23

    So happy for you and your family! Cannot wait to see how tackle your new “promotion”! Thanksgiving was a blast and still eating leftovers, but in moderation. I love all the flavors, so I add them here and there at meals. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  24. 24

    That’s awesome Kristin! I love this post so much and think moms have THE MOST IMPORTANT, CHALLENGING “job” in the world! Your boys are so blessed to have you–very selfless decision! Hugs!

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    Sarah L says:

    Congratulations on your promotion! So happy for you as you transition some of your office hours. 🙂
    I’m reading One Thousand Gifts right now… it’s a game changer. I feel like I’m sitting down with a friend every time I open it up. Love it!

  26. 26

    staying home is the greatest gift any mom could ask for. you don’t need any tips – God made you perfectly suited for this job.

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    Beth Petrassi says:

    I have been a “Mom” for almost 17 years now – never had a “real” job, and I always say that I would live without a lot to get to do this low paying job. The time and relationships I have with my kids could never have been bought – no matter how much money I could have made. No regrets – I have had the most important and wonderful job for my whole career…

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    Janet says:


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    Elizabeth says:

    Best (and most challenging) job ever!! Mine are 13 and 16…and let me tell you, the time flies by! By the way, 1000 gifts = LIFE CHANGING!!! Really, it’s one of those books you need a highlighter close by, so good. Also, love and logic is awesome! We have just about all of the CD’s.

    So glad you will be continuing the blog! I love your recipes, videos etc…

    • 29.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! Yes, I need a highlighter. I got the devotional too so am so excited to do that along with the book. And those Love and Logic books- I NEED to make time with my new job to really read those and try them out. 🙂

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    Austin says:

    Congratulations on your new job!!!

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    CONGRATS!! I am so happy for you! I think you will do just fine being a stuft mama because you are already amazing at it!

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    Rachel says:

    Staying home is the best. Congrats!

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    Carli says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll be very happy.

    I just pinned the funniest comic regarding Elf on the Shelf on Pinterest and now this is totally cracking me up. I’ll have to share it later.

  34. 34

    I love this!! This is the best kind of promotion. God will reward your decision and selflessness! You are an amazing mom friend!

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    Lisa says:

    I’m SO happy for you Kristin on making this change! The boys will be so excited about it I’m sure! I think that this is a beautiful promotion and your priorities sound like they are in a really good place! You are already an absolutely fantastic mama, but I’m just happy to hear you’ve wanted to make the change and have finally declared it’s happening! Yay for you and your beautiful family!

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    Tameika says:

    Congratulations on the new promotion and I wish you the very best!! Moms are truly the best!

  37. 37

    Congrats on your promotion! Being a full time mama is gonna be rewarding and challenging:) I get challenged in the patience department everyday! I have Everyday Paleo and it has some great recipes! I love Sara Fragrasos blog too! So many ideas for Paleo cooking.

  38. 38

    Congrats on your promotion! I love being home full-time with my son, but it is hard to let some things go. But, it is the best decision I have ever made; I have absolutely no regrets!

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    Sara says:

    Good for you, Kristin! Enjoy your new job. It sounds fabulous 🙂

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    Courtney says:

    so proud of you for deciding to be a mom first! my “tip” (NOT an expert…just working on all the same things as you!) would be to keep boundaries (i.e. exactly WHEN you will be on the computer, WHEN you will exercise) otherwise, you will slip and a “few more minutes” becomes an hour and….

    finding the perfect balance will never happen, but i think we can get pretty close!

    oh! and one thousand gifts is such an amazing book! i can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    • 40.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Good idea for boundaries. I was thinking of making a schedule in writing for “office hours” etc. Yes, it’s so easy to say I need a couple more minutes while the boys play. Not okay. Working on it……..

      I can’t wait to read the book. I got the devotional too. 🙂

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    Hilary says:

    SOOO HAPPY for you! I was a “SAHM” for 14 years and just started working last year, but I WISH I could’ve waited the extra 1.5 yrs ’til my youngest started school. Probably the best decision you will ever make. YOU are giving your boys something that no one else can. Take LOTS of pictures and savor every moment. It goes WAAAAY too quickly! (My oldest will be leaving in 4 yrs! So not ready for that. Scary!)

    • 41.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Hilary. I’ve actually been home since the boys were born and working part time, but it’s more of a priority thing for me. Not trying to make a career for myself right now and just trying to be “mom”. 🙂 Your oldest is leaving in 4 years???? What??? 🙂

  42. 42

    I love this. Congratulations on the promotion, mama =) I think you are SO smart…do what feels right to you…I’ve been grappling with this for a year now…it’s a pendulum for me – I move in one direction for a few weeks, then feel the other side pulling so spend more time with the other…You’ll find the balance that feels right to you!!
    Love you!! xoxo

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    Laura says:

    Just came across this from your post today. I can definitely relate! It’s hard to find that balance… I feel like I’m a better mom with both in my life, but I definitely don’t want career/nutrition school/blogging etc to push out time with my daughter. And she tends to let me know when it does!

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    sandra says:

    I think your hubby has a long lost twin; Jimmy Kimmel! 🙂

    Luv your blog!


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