• Confess the Mess,  Featured,  Uncategorized

    5 Times Your Kids Will Do Exactly As You Say

    I’d like to boast that my kids always do as I say, the first time, Without protest or complaint, but I’d be lying. I have to repeat myself more than I’d like to admit. I’m sure we all have that one Signature phrase we find ourselves saying multiple times a day. Once the clock strikes 7 I am just about ready to nix talking all together and take a vow of silence. There are exceptions though. There are times that they do exactly as I ask and I find myself maybe wishing that they hadn’t. Here are 5 times I wish my kids were a lot less than obedient. When I’m in the shower…

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    Being Human For Halloween

    It’s amazing what we don’t know until we do. Last year around this time I was entertaining my kids and their Endless costume ideas. I never take any of their suggestions serious until a few weeks before the 31st because I know committing too soon would only Frustrate me. They finally settled on Supergirl, a ninja, Little Red Riding Hood and what I can only describe as a metallic Jabbawockee. All naive in my little bubble I had no idea what was behind all the candy they collect. All those Snickers and Reese Cups, the Kit Kats and Nestle Crunch Bars, that stash that most parents eat late night after the…

  • Confess the Mess,  Featured,  Uncategorized

    The Time I Stalked That One Woman (And The 5 Things I Learned About Shopping Craigslist As A Mama)

    My daughter’s birthday is rolling around, but I think this year I’m going to hit the chill button a bit. I usually go all out trying to make it special, from party details to the perfect cake, outfit and that one special gift that will set the memory of the entire day. What usually happens, though, is I spend all this time, money and energy and their favorite part of everything ends up being the $5 pack of balloons that they pop around at the end of the party. Talk about a let down; I’ve definitely learned to tone it down. My oldest daughter, though, can be a bit loftier than my…

  • Manage the Mess,  Uncategorized

    A Parenting Gem (The Only Piece of Advice You’ll Ever Need)

    Are you ready? This is parenting gold right here, so listen close! The only piece of parenting advice, I guarantee, you’ll ever need is this, “Stop listening to anyone but your own intuition” Your inner guidance system will never steer you wrong. All the advice you’ll ever need is sitting right there in your gut and, if you pay attention, your children will be better teachers than any suzy homemaker/mother expert you’ll ever meet. A lot of people will argue that parenting is so hard because there’s no instructions, but our kids are walking manuals. There may not be anything that makes parenting easier but if you follow their lead…

  • Dish Towel Diaries,  Uncategorized

    9am Pancakes

    Dear Dish Towel,   Don’t these look delicious, all golden and fluffy? Well tell that to my kids, because if I make these bad boys before 9 am they simply do not get eaten. Isn’t feeding your child breakfast the epitome of being a “good mom”?! How can I send them on the bus without a full belly? Why won’t they eat?! I’ll tell you why, it’s too damn early!   If you haven’t guessed here’s where I go on a simple side rant. There’s nothing wrong with getting up early, if everything is all in tune within our bodies our internal clock will actually get us up right alongside the…

  • Confess the Mess,  Featured,  Mama Drama,  Uncategorized

    “I’ve Got Glitter In My Panties” And 6 Other Phrases That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do

    “I’ve got glitter in my panties!” No, there was not a party in my pants, although, that would have made for an amusing story 10 years ago. No, there was a crafting extravaganza that went south paw and once the girls were done hashing it out, over who’s pony picture had the prettier applique of sparkle, somehow I ended up wearing the aftermath in my underwear. “I slept like a baby” I slept like MY baby; who doesn’t quite sleep at all but rather, is sound for about an hour then begins to yell, not scream, not cry, yell, something like a donkey, until he grapples my breast into submission…

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    And This Is Why I Push Myself

    The winter blues have been hitting me pretty hard these last several weeks, pretty much everything I do I’m pushing myself. I even have a tattoo of the word “PUSH”, in a place too private for a picture mind you. 😉 I try my best to live in the flow of life but the way my moods are set up sometimes that’s just not where I find myself. One thing I know, though, is that if I don’t push myself I miss out on the moments with my kids that are the most precious. I almost took the cop out and just let their dad take them so I could…

  • The Kitchen Sink,  Uncategorized

    DIY Bouncy Balls

    Make Your Own Bouncy Ball What You Need: ½ Cup Warm Water 1 Tb Borax 1 Tb of Cornstarch 2 Tb White Liquid Glue Food coloring Plastic cups Stir sticks News Paper or disposable tablecloth (Make sure to cover your work space) Disposable rubber gloves unless you’re not afraid to get messy 😉 What To Do: In a cup mix the warm water and the borax. (mix until Borax is dissolved)  In a separate cup mix the glue, cornstarch, and food coloring. (mix until the mixture looks like melted frosting) Pour the glue mixture into the water-borax cup. *LET SIT IN THE WATER FOR 20 SECONDS WITHOUT STIRRING! (the ingredients need to…

  • Manage the Mess,  Uncategorized

    Goodbye Christmas

    In a corner far far away, where a Christmas tree once stood until it needed to go away… It’s Messiful Monday, and I’m not really sure if I should #confessthemess, I took the Christmas tree down Christmas night, or talk about how I rocked #managethemess, because it made me feel a whole lot better when I did. This holiday left me feeling a little overwhelmed so I’m gonna say W for #managethemess and I’m not gonna allow myself to feel even a little bad about it 😉

  • The Kitchen Sink,  Uncategorized

    “Teacher Approved” Holiday Giftbag

    Ever wonder what to get your child’s teacher as a gift? We all want to get something thoughtful, whether it be practical, sentimental or beautiful, but let’s be honest, we all kind of want to be that mom that gives something they really enjoy and don’t just accept with a polite smile. Well here it is, the perfect Holiday Gift Bag for a teacher. How do I know it’s perfect for a teacher? Well, I may be a genius in many ways 😉 but I can’t take credit for this one. I know it’ll hit the spot, because a teacher/mama created it. Here’s what you need. -Canvas lunch bag (One…