I’m That Mom

I Am That Mom

I’m that mom who is probably checking her phone while I’m “watching” my kids at their evening activities.

I’m that mom who forgets to limit her children’s screen time because honestly I’m enjoying the quiet it means for me!

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Big Cover Reveal: Marcia Kester Doyle’s Upcoming Release Who Stole My Spandex? Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILF…

I am so excited to have been asked to be a part of the big cover reveal for one of the most amazing, talented, and prolific bloggers and writers I know!

Marcia is one of my fellow contributing authors on The Mother of All Meltdowns and I have had a chance to get to know her a lot better through promoting that book.  She is a genuine, sincere, and HILARIOUS woman with a gift for humor writing like no other!   Marcia is one of the first client’s at my friend Crystal Ponti’s new company Blue Lobster Book Co.  So, since I know there are two fabulously talented women behind this book I know it will be amazing! (more…)

Let’s not forget snot

As moms we aren’t above having lengthy conversations with our friends about poops, or pee, or even puke.

The three P’s so to speak!

Among our mom friends they are now acceptable topics of conversation.  We talk about diapers we’ve changed, and when and where our children have puked–and this definitely includes on our own body!  We share potty training horrors and humorous stories. We discuss every aspect of the bodily fluid portion of parenting!  We know the frequency, the consistency and what would be considered normal or abnormal for bodily fluids for pretty much everyone in our house!  Spouse included!

Let's Not Forget the Snot!

We compare war stories, we track their appearance, we become alarmed if two of the three disappear from our lives for too long. (more…)

It’s the little things that will make you crazy

I don’t care who you are, or how long you’ve been married, or even how old your children are because the simple fact of the matter is that sharing a space with other human beings is just plain hard!  It’s not the things you think it might be that will drive you crazy, those things you’re more likely to vent about right away or point out to them how they need to do things differently.

Nope, it’s the little things that you are more likely to bite your tongue about and let get under your skin that will make you crazy!

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Ladies Only Blog Share: Perfectly Imperfect Party!

Ladies Only Blog Share

Welcome to the party!  This week’s theme is all about celebrating all the perfectly imperfect things in our lives, including ourselves!  As we were working to promote our book, The Mother of All Meltdowns we discovered something, we were not alone!  All of the moms around the world were celebrating our imperfection because they had found a sisterhood in it.  Each and every one of us is imperfect, we all fall down, we screw up, we meltdown!  The awesome part is, we get to try again tomorrow.

The truth is, if you think you know a perfect mom she’s probably hiding her imperfection better than the rest of us but she’s not any closer to perfect than you are!  She has forgotten to pick a kid up after practice, or totally botched a birthday party, or spilled the beans about Santa and the Easter Bunny!  So, link up your best post your own imperfection!  It can be new, or old, we don’t care we just want to celebrate your perfectly imperfect self! (more…)

Buttermilk Nutella Waffles

For months now my mom has been telling me she has been making pancakes using this buttermilk blend and how they’re the most delicious pancakes she’s ever had. Well, I’m pretty partial to pancakes and I’ve never really met one I didn’t like so I decided that I would try the stuff.  Only instead of trying the stuff I got the stuff and stuck it in the pantry and forgot about it.

Then I got a waffle iron for Christmas and the kids and I have had tons of fun experimenting with different types of waffle recipes.  We’ve made cinnamon sugar waffles, Belgium waffles, we’ve used regular old Bisquick mix, you name it.  Some we’ve loved, some we thought needed to go back to the drawing board.  Last weekend we decided to get really creative.  I suggested peanut butter waffles and the kids immediately raised the stakes and requested Nutella waffles.

They’re Nutella junkies so I was not all that surprised!

Buttermilk Nutella Waffles

I took a buttermilk recipe that I found on the website listed on the package for the buttermilk blend and modified it to work with the Nutella mixed in.  The results were DELICIOUS!  We made extra and put them in the freezer, the kids have been popping them in the toaster for breakfast all week long!

1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup SACO Cultured Buttermilk Blend
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup Nutella Spread

Before you start mixing the batter, turn your waffle iron in and let it get nice and hot so it’s ready when you have the batter ready!  The key to great waffles is having the waffle iron nice and hot before you add the first batch.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.  In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients except the Nutella.  Slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture and mix until combined but do not overmix (you don’t want chewy waffles) when it’s combined add the Nutella.

Pour the batter into your waffle maker and let it cook until it stops steaming.

*Makes about Nine 6-inch waffles.

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Guest Post: How To Help Your Kids Guard their Online Reputations While You Still Can

A few weeks ago I was reading an article online and was so taken by the author’s wisdom and no-nonsense style in writing about a topic I am extremely passionate about I took a leap and reached out to her asking if she would consider writing a post for my blog.  I was thrilled when she accepted!

As the mom of a teen and a tween who both spend a fair amount of time connected to their devices, as well as an online community and social media manager I know first hand how difficult and yet how important it is for parents to be involved, informed and on top of things.

CyberWise

Once upon a time, kids could be kids. They could do the silly things that kids do — make inappropriate comments, appear in and take ridiculous photos — and only their very close friends, and maybe their family, would be any the wiser. (more…)

What will my kids think when they see this?

There’s an old expression about not doing anything in public you wouldn’t want your parents to know about, people like to use it to keep teenagers in line and remind them that bad choices aren’t always kept secret.

As a blogger, and a social media professional, and a mother, I filter absolutely everything that I do on the Internet through the filter “What will my kids think when they see this?”.  The Internet is forever.  There’s no deleting a post, or a Facebook status, or a YouTube video that erases it.  It’s out there.   If you post something online that you don’t want someone specific to see, it’s pretty much guaranteed that one person will definitely see it. (Trust me, if that weren’t absolutely true I would have a LOT of stories to share about friends & family!)

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No Mother is Perfect, But Every Mother is Unique!

No Mother Is Perfect, but Every Mother is Unique!

I’ve been saying for a long time that I’m not perfect as a mother, but I am the perfect mother for my children. I’ve started giving this mantra to my fellow moms when they’re having an “oh sh!t” kind of day.  You know the kind where you’re pretty sure you’ve done every single thing wrong from the moment the doctor cut the umbilical cord through now?  Yes, we all have those moments. Even those celebrities who love to give us advice.  Even those moms who look so put together at the school parties.  Even those moms who seem to have every thing together.  Even them.

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Things Non-Creative People will Never Understand about Creative Friends

If you’re a creative person, as I have come to accept that I am, then maybe you’ve realized that your brain seems to work a little different than the rest of your friends & family.  My in-laws, for example, are very organized, very tidy, very disciplined people.  They are great at getting things done, finishing things on time, and organizing things.  Me? Not so much.  Oh sure, I can get stuff done when it comes to work, or getting my kids to their activities on time, but left with an entire day without any hard and fast deadlines, I’m pretty likely to drift aimlessly from one project to the next.

4 Things Non-Creative People Will Never Understand About Creative People

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