It occurred to me this morning as I, once again, broke a sweat just trying to wrangle my two kids out the door so they could get to school on time that motherhood is an extreme sport.
I know that the Olympics are behind us for this year, and like you I’m more than ready to move on from the talk of elite athletes and dedication to training routines. But, I do think we’ve overlooked the incredible agility, athleticism, and dedication that mothers exhibit on a daily basis. That’s okay though because really, motherhood is much more X-Games, than it is the stately and prestigious Olympics anyway. Or maybe even one of those made up sporting events you’ll catch on Cable TV at 3 a.m. when you’re awake…for absolutely no reason. (more…)
Really, they go beyond that. They’re worse than a Walmart, in a trailer park, in Redneckville, USA!
Have you visited any of these groups that are popping up on Facebook? I swear we’re this close to having a “People of Facebook Yardsale Sites” website pop up! (more…)
I was thrilled when author, Michael Fedison contacted me about helping him promote his novel, The Eye-Dancers. His book is self-published, and as regular readers know I was recently involved in a self-published book so I know how much of a labor of love this can be! I was also excited to help him promote his book because, as I told him in our first email conversation I have two children–one of which is an avid reader (like her mother) and one who doesn’t find reading interesting or entertaining. I think it’s just a matter of him finding a story that really grabs him, and this sounded like it might do the trick!
We’ve had yet another cold winter weather weekend here in the midwest which always leaves me craving comfort food! Something warm & satisfying, and ideally provides at least one meal worth of leftovers! Yesterday my daughter requested Individual Chicken Pot Pies–as this is her new favorite food on earth (she just informed me of this yesterday, good to know).
Hubby wanted something that included mashed potatoes.
Challenge accepted! (more…)
I first heard about Rebel Mouse almost a year ago when I was researching the latest tricks & methods to promote a brand I was working for which was focused on the visual web. We were looking for ways to maximize our impact on Pinterest, and Instagram, as well as get the people who followed us on those platforms to read the text media we were putting together. This was an ecommerce platform, focused exclusively on driving sales and getting member sign ups. (more…)
It’s time to party again–Ladies Only Blog Share Style that is! This week’s theme is Walking the Red Carpet in honor of the Oscars this coming Sunday. Feel free to strut your virtual stuff right along with us, and the best part is since it’s a virtual party none of us have to squeeze ourselves into a pair of Spanx just to fit into our dress! In all honesty, I’d probably rock the Oscars much more Jennifer Lawrence style than any super model, point me to the buffet line! (more…)
According to IMDB, Full House aired for 8 short years, but any parent knows that this show has never really disappeared from our air waves. Since I am several years older than my younger sister I have had the pleasure of watching this series with three separate children. I first watched it with my sister when I was a teenager, my daughter is now 15 and she definitely went through a Full House stage. My son is now 10 and watches at least one episode every night before bed “to help him fall asleep”.
Image Courtesy of IMDB
I’ve been thinking about this song a lot lately in relation to this blog and to my writing. Sometimes I write a post here and I feel so damn proud of it I want to shout it from the rooftops! I literally cannot wait for someone else to read it and hope they ‘get it’ the way I intended it to be. Sometimes that happens–and it’s amazing. Other times I hit that ‘publish’ button and nothing happens, but I’m just as proud of the work I did. Still other times I feel proud in the moment and hit ‘publish’ but later when I come back I think what I have written is garbage cluttering up the Internet. (more…)
This is not just about ADHD. It’s not just about children who don’t fit into some predetermined mold. It’s about us, as mothers, supporting one another as mothers.
It’s about having each other’s back and realizing that each child was given a unique mother for a very good reason. None of us received the children we did from God by accident. We have exactly the right children. Maybe we need to learn from them, or maybe they need to learn from us, or more likely we are learning from each other. (more…)
Every single morning when my alarm clock goes off, and it’s time to get out of bed I convince myself that if I get up and get the kids off to school I will crawl back into my warm bed when the house is quiet. (more…)
Maybe it’s because I never went to my own prom, or any other dances at school for that matter, but I am so excited to go dress shopping for my daughter when the time comes! Because of her performing all these years we’ve already had an opportunity to purchase a few gorgeous dresses, but we’ve also utilized a lot of hand-me-down dresses for these occasions to save money. When it comes to prom, we will definitely be buying her the perfect prom dress! (more…)
It’s Ladies Only Blog Share Weekend again! This time around our theme is Random Act of Kindness Week! It’s all about doing something nice for someone you think is awesome! Do you think the letter carrier deserves a medal for delivering the mail in all this d@mn snow? Do something nice for him or her! (more…)
This winter seems to be dragging on forever. Another snowstorm is battering the East Coast as we speak and here in the Midwest we’re expecting more snow tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my body is craving some warm sunlight, some green grass, and maybe to hear a bird or two chirp! (more…)
When it comes to cooking sometimes I think I get in a rut of making the same thing week after week until my family cries for mercy. This Taco Pie recipe was a victim of that a few years ago and then once I stopped making it regularly I forgot all about it! I pulled it back out of my archives (aka my memory) over the weekend and it was a huge hit again! My kids said they don’t remember me ever making it before so apparently I really did stop making it for a long time! (more…)
When I was in elementary school buying Valentine’s for the class party was a BIG DEAL! Careful lists were made, which people were my friends, and which people did I secretly like but didn’t want anyone to know, and who would I not be caught dead giving a Valentine to? When I say careful lists were made, I mean careful lists were made, checked and double checked. Who you did or did not give a Valentine to was a serious thing! Who you received and did not receive a Valentine from was a major deal! (more…)
I had my first child at the age of 30, maybe that’s part of the reason why it seems like my entire life is sectioned into before kids or after kids. There’s such a clear difference between life before and life after children, and I know that is definitely true for each and every mother! (more…)
I wrote not too long ago about how I secretly love being in my 40′s, and I truly do! I would not go back to my teens or twenties for anything. They were filled with far too much uncertainty and insecurity. I like the confidence that has come with this age of life.
I have noticed lately that there are certain qualities that I have adopted as I age, for better or for worse. (more…)
When my sister threw my bridal shower for me, back about 20 years ago (yikes, how did THAT happen?) she included a recipe card with each invitation that was sent out asking the guest to bring their favorite recipe to the shower for me to start filling my recipe box up! I loved this so much, I was a foodie even back then and loved trying out those tried and true recipes from friends & family. To this day many of those recipes are my favorites to make for my family.
Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? Even if you don’t have a special someone, it’s still an excuse to eat chocolate! That sounds like a darn fine idea to me right about now! We are going with that theme this week WE HEART VALENTINE’S DAY! Link up those romantic date night ideas, those adorable craft ideas, those recipes you’d make for that special someone–anything and everything goes! Just make sure that you HEART it! <3 (more…)
Some days it seems like everywhere you turn there’s someone eager to give you advice on how to do your job as a parent better. Sometimes this advice is welcome, or even sought out, but often it’s unsolicited and frankly, full of crap!
Here’s my officially unofficial list of people who should NOT be giving parenting advice to anyone: