All About Andolina (Psst… That’s Me)

Lessons From a Student Mom is all about you, the hardworking student mother who gets no time for herself. Keeping up with the housework, the kids, and your own sanity is a difficult task. I’ll try to make that task easier by giving you time management suggestions, study tips, meal planning options, and more.

Why would I want to help you, you ask?

As a long-term college student (grimaces to self) I have learned quite a few methods that have helped me achieve my college goals and still have time for family and for my house to be clean (almost) every single day. It is not always easy, I can’t promise a snap-your-fingers method to getting everything done, but I can help you cut some time off of your busy schedule so you can make time for yourself. I’ll even give you some self-care and relaxation activities that I enjoy.


Success is never IMPOSSIBLE
I can help you get achievements like this, all you have to do is take my advice. If you can’t find what you need, feel free to ask!


Before we begin our journey together, you must know that I am a huge mental health/mental illness advocate and there will be quite a few posts that hint at that (and some that scream). Those articles will be neatly tucked into the category Mental Health, but you may find some references to them in other posts as well.

I’ll be able to provide you with plenty of tips for cleaning, school, cooking, parenting and studying that I am sure you’ll find enjoyable and beneficial.

Posts & Categories You’ll Find Beneficial
  • Parenting
    • This category contains posts about anything parenting. I’ve got some awesomeness for you that covers budgeting, time management, and even teaching emotions and feelings to your littles!

Some top posts:

Supercharged Summer Bucket List + Free Printable

Budgeting for the Busy Mom

How to Make Your Own Fabric Spray Paint


  • Mental Health
    • This right here, this is my baby. I’ll be sharing with you plenty of mental health tips, such as self-care and symptoms to watch for. But I’m also going to share personal experiences from myself and others that will help you stay aware.

Some top posts:

How to Create an Emotions Toolbox – Teaching Kids to Manage Tough Emotions

5 Reasons You Need a Mental Health Day

Warning Signs of Childhood Mental Illness


  • College Tools for Students
    • This category includes lists of scholarships, time management, and even a super sweet semester planner to help you out with your next semester! Plus more to come as the Fall Semester comes closer.

Some top posts:

Time Management for Students & Moms + Free Printable

Prepping for Exams: How I Get Straight A’s

8 Scholarships Just for Women

A Little About Me, Andolina

I’m a stay-at-home mom of two wonderful little boys, my youngest, Austin, will be 4 on May 14 and my oldest, Aiden, will be 8 in November (oh, that’s a scary thought). To say the least, juggling these two, sporting programs for my oldest, my own hobbies, school, and housework can be a bit much some days. That is why I created this blog, to help other wonderful mothers find their way through the twisting road of getting a college education. Some of you, I’m sure, also have full-time jobs and I hope that I can help you find a way to manage it all with a smile on your face. You’re doing a great job, don’t give up.

My boys
My boys at the ball game.


Fun Facts About Me
Pictures of Me
My life
  • I very much dislike dressing up.
  • I love sweatpants and sweatshirts (hoodies are an obsession of mine).
  • I’m always cold.
  • I adore summer and I hate winter. No, I don’t like snow on Christmas.
  • I’m so happy to have met the love of my life, Kenny, at the age of 16.

I have found methods that work for me, and I’m sure they can help you too. Join us in the journey to parenting while achieving higher education. Together, we can accomplish so much. I’m here for all of you, and if I can’t personally answer a question I will do my best to get you the answer(s) you need.

The Shortest Version of Why I’ve Been a Student So Long (and don’t hold a doctoral level degree)

I’m 26 years old, although mentally I’m pretty sure I’m about 45, haha. No, seriously I find myself more comfortable around people my mother’s age. I became a mother at the age of 19, just a year and a half after starting online classes through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Shortly after my eldest son, Aiden was born I decided to leave the Art Institute and just work full-time. I just wasn’t getting the fulfillment I was previously getting from school.

From there I attempted online courses at a local college, and then I fell for a scam online college (ICDC College). Although as far as federal student aid goes, it was legitimate, I don’t want to get into that right now. So I spent a year with ICDC College and was awarded a certificate in Medical Office Management. Unfortunately, it was useless to me.

I then decided to switch to the University of Phoenix. After receiving my Associates in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, I wanted to further my education but had no idea that I was out of loan money. I am now a student at a community college, relying on minimal grant money and scholarships to fund my education.

The positive to this story is that I have been able to maintain a clean, healthy household with happy children all while earning and maintaining a high GPA.

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