Why Being On the Internet All Day Makes Me a Better Wife & Mom

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Like the many viral phenomenon that take over our feeds, fill us with emotion, and then pass just as suddenly away, I’m sure you’ve forgotten, but will instantly remember, the Dear mom on the iPhone: Let me tell you what you don’t see article. When it first came out I read it, and honestly appreciated the heart behind it, while also feeling it wasn’t getting the whole story correct. I didn’t share it, but I also didn’t feel the need to jump in with defensive comments that start bombarding my feed. (At this point in my life I’m trying to embrace this quote as full as I can):

Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment ~ Rachel Wolchin

Awhile later I ran across Don’t Let Them Remember You Like This on Pinterest–from a fellow work from home mom blogger perspective so she “gets it” and I loved all she had to share.

They both really did make me stop and think and self evaluate a little bit. But after a few months of soul searching I thought it was only fair to give a good, reasonable argument “for the other side” of why I might be peering around the screen of my new Samsung Galaxy S 4 for most of the day. I’m not trying to be a super hero mom, or be super defensive (notice the title is “better” not great–and I’m referring in comparison only to myself, not you) but I thought maybe by sharing my thoughts it could encourage those other mommies out there behind their phones right now!

I’ve mentioned before how much me Working From Home over the past five years has really, truly blessed and enriched our lives! What I haven’t really mentioned, however, is what a struggle working from home can be sometimes. Because, well, it’s work! And that means that even though I am with my little man 24/7 I need to be actually, truly working during many of those hours.

He hasn’t napped for a few years now, which was always my precious “get work done uninterrupted time, and after the kids are in bed is “hubby and me” and “me” time and for awhile it was a huge struggle to try squeeze in work somehow, somewhere. After fighting to find the perfect solution about a year ago I decided to completely ditch the Mommy Guilt and realize that I’m not here to entertain my children every minute of the day , to see how valuable my time on the internet is, and embrace how much it’s enriching our lives! So here is how I use #MyDataMyWay — and why I feel like at the end of the day it’s making me the best wife and mom I can be!!!

Just this <3

A photo posted by Nicole Elliott (@coastiewife321) on

4G data from Walmart Family Mobile means that I check my work email, and then look up to this beauty that makes my heart thump a little harder every day. It means I can actually instantly capture it and share it within seconds through Instagram, which is amazing since I am about 6 months behind in editing and uploading my “real pictures” and these little snapshots help keep Grandma and Great-Grandma’s far away up to date with how the kids are growing and the projects they’ve been working on!

It means that while my kids are frantically putting the finishing touches on their morning routine (or playing because they were on the ball and are all ready) I can follow people back with just a few clicks from our ZTE ZMAX on Twitter before heading off to the school drop off line.

Because it’s all based out of Walmart, it means I can grab groceries and a new phone during the perfect lull of the day between the morning stockers and the retired crowd (at our store that’s 9:15 a.m.) and be in and out with a week full of groceries and a new phone in 20 minutes for waaaaay cheaper than anywhere else! Which lets me spend more time doing “tickle bugs” and a lot less time standing in line during rush hour. Psstt: I know I’ve mentioned it before, but if you don’t remember/didn’t read that just take a peek at these prices–> Their service is $29.88/month(for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to a gig of 4G LTE data and/or $39.88 for 3 gigs of 4G LTE service)

  • ZTE Zinger – $29.88
  • Nokia 635 – $79.84 (was $129.88)
  • Galaxy Avant – $149.00 (was $199.99)
  • ZTE ZMAX – $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • Alcatel Fierce 2 – $119.00 (was $129.99)
  • Alcatel Evolve 2 – $39.83 (was $59.88)

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/6zxv or your local Walmart for current pricing.

It’s amazing to have a job I can do from anywhere–and yey for Walmart Family Mobile mobile hot spot!!! A photo posted by Nicole Elliott (@confidentfoundation) on

It means that I can use my Mobile Hot Spot (yes–at those crazy low prices my phone includes that!!) to work on the road to getting hubby a brand new and super amazing gift–all because I’m so often on my phone!

It means I can volunteer one day a week to help others, because my boss can google chat me and let me know at any moment if something has come up which I can quickly take care of, and then get back to helping those who need it.

But most of all, it means that when those big, important moments happen, you know, the ones like in the picture above, I have complete control of my own schedule and can put down the phone, unplug from everything, dictate my own schedule, and make sure that I never, ever EVER have to miss out on any special time–both for the big “once a year or lifetime” things and for the hour of snuggling and stories every night before bed.

Why are YOU a better wife and mom thanks to being able to be on the internet through your phone? I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know!

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