Category: Mommy blog

Have a Better Beach Day with the Kids! Tips and Tricks!

Have a better beach day¬†Summer is here! I love the summer, it means warm weather, long days, pool, and the beach! Got little kids? I do…3 of them! Here are some useful items to bring to the beach.

Baby Powder
This magical powder is not just for bums! Baby powder is great for getting sand off of hands! Towel dry your child’s hands and then sprinkle with baby powder. Have your child rub the powder all over their hands. If you have never tried this before, prepare to be amazed! Baby powder is a must have for the beach! (more…)

Weighing in on the 400 pound gorilla!

weighing in on gorillaI have taken my eyes off my children for a minute…or two…and things have happened. I lost my middle daughter when she was just 14 months old. And by lost, I mean lost…gone…heart pounding…tears streaming down my face. We were at a grand opening for a local gym facility. The place was packed…and my baby was missing. I was lucky, we found her. Did I blame myself? Yes. Did I feel like I was the¬†worst mother ever? Yes! Did I need anyone to tell me that I sucked at being a mom and that I made a mistake? No! We live in a world where people think it is okay to judge other people’s parenting. Everything, from what we feed our kids to whether or not we read to them before bed is judged. It needs to stop! (more…)

Take Back Mother’s Day

Take back Mother's Day

It’s Mother’s Day and the sun is shining…the birds are chirping…and you have just awoken from a glorious slumber. What’s that? A quiet tap on the door. “Enter” you sing sweetly as your 3 adorable children enter. Your doting husband is following closely behind carrying a tray with a single cut flower, a delicious omelette, and a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice. Your children are giggling and hiding something behind their backs. They promptly shower you with hugs and kisses and homemade cards. Once they have finished your husband tells them to “let mom have some alone time to enjoy her breakfast.” Your children leave, but not before telling you how much they love you and blowing you air kisses! You husband sits on the edge of the bed, thanks you for all you do for your family, and presents you with the necklace you have been longing for. “Take your time getting up” he whispers “I will take the kids to the park to play.” YEAH RIGHT! Sorry to ruin it for you…but this daydream is not going to happen…not in my house any how! Let me tell you how Mother’s Day really goes down! (more…)

I get by with a little help from my friends!

friends are lifesaversDear Friend,

You came over with a bottle of wine. You saw dishes in the sink and rolled up your sleeves and started to put them in the dishwasher. The best part, you smiled while doing it. Once we made our way into the living room, you scanned the room and saw 3 kids sitting on the couch that needed baths..”okay girls, bath time”. (more…)

Raising Baby Ducks

caring for ducklingsI know they are called ducklings…but it’s more fun to say baby ducks. This is our 3rd go around with baby ducks. Nature took its course the past 2 times and they ended up being dinner for wild animals. Two years ago the pond froze over so badly that the ducks were not able to escape an attack by a pack of coyotes. And last year, only 1 duckling survived a raccoon attack. After each loss, we learned. Hoping that this time, they will all survive! Our 1 year old duck, Daisy, needs some duck friends…she thinks she is a chicken!! (more…)

Breakfast for Dinner…It’s Okay!

breakfast-for-dinnerI try to make a wholesome meal for my girls every night. Being a full time working mom does not make it easy to have dinner ready when we get home! I try to hold the girls off until 5:00 PM, but sometimes they want to eat around 4:00 – 4:30! Sundays are my meal prep days. I try to get everything prepped and ready on Sunday, this way I just have to heat stuff up during the week. Well, we all know that sometimes even the perfect plan gets messed up and shit doesn’t happen the way it is supposed to! This past weekend we were busy with softball games, birthday parties, and BBQs…so meal prep did not happen! (more…)

Workout Journey…Day 10

you-can-do-itOkay, I skipped a few days. I needed a day off on Friday. I don’t know if it was mental or physical, but I knew I needed it! Saturdays and Sundays I can’t work out because of my husband’s work schedule. Last night I told my husband to set the alarm, “I am going to go to boot camp tomorrow.” He set the alarm. It’s funny how motivated I am at 9:00 PM at night! The idea of getting up in the morning didn’t seem so bad. But damn, when that alarm went off at 5:00 AM….oh the pain! But, it was like a well rehearsed dance…I was back at this morning! (more…)

Toddler Nail Painting 101

How to paint toddler nailsMy girls love having their nails and toe nails painted! Over the years we have accumulated several colors and types of nail polish. The other night, after her bath, Franki grabbed the bag of polish and said “you paint my nails pwease mommy.” She wasn’t asking…it was more like telling. But, she did say please…so what the hell! If the thought of painting your toddler’s toes or nails makes you nervous, don’t be! Over the past 5 years, I have mastered painting tiny nails! Here are some tips! (more…)

Workout Journey…Day 9

Groundhog-Day-Movie-stills-51I feel like Harold Ramis is directing my life…everyday is the same. Now I know how Bill Murray felt in Groundhog Day! Alarm goes off, get up, go pee, get dressed, grab keys, grab water bottle, and out the door. I can see how people give up and stop working out. It is so much easier to lay back down and go back to sleep instead of getting up and working out. (more…)

Workout Journey…Day 8

coffee-break-1291381The honeymoon phase is over. I was told this might happen. Today my husband woke me up at 4:58 AM and I told him “I need a day off”. There was no amount of self motivation that was getting me up today. Then, 2 minutes later, the alarm went off. I thought about the people in my boot camp class and how they are all getting up and getting ready…so I did it. I got up, went pee, got dressed, grabbed my water bottle (no bathroom sink water for me today), and I was out the door. Today I was tired…I didn’t go to bed late and I didn’t have any wine last night. All my kids are sick with a Spring cold right now…thinking I am fighting that off! (more…)