Category: Mommy Stuff

Link Round-up: DIY Solid Perfume, New Year’s Eve, and More

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has DIY solid perfume, a New Year’s Eve treat, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make cute Grinch grape snack bags.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make your own solid perfume.

Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make raspberry walnut baked brie.

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Kenarry shared a recipe for Oreo cookie balls that will be perfect for New Year’s Eve.

The Thrifty Couple showed us how to create a wrapping station from a kitchen stool.

Tastes Better from Scratch taught us how to make rocky road fudge.

Sunny Simple Life shared a quick tip on how to make the faucet sparkle.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Kenarry

Beyonce Pregnancy Rumors Still Buzzing

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

Beyonce had the opportunity to meet the royal couple, Kate Middleton and Prince William, when they visited New York. And what was the focus of many articles covering the event as far as Beyonce is concerned? That she may be sporting a baby bump.

Every time the media starts focusing on what they think might be a baby bump, I cringe. People think just because someone wears lose or baggy clothing it is evidence that they are trying to hide something. What if they are just dressing comfortably?

The meet with the royal couple wasn’t the start of this particular gossip thread. These rumors started circulating back in September.

I’m not saying that we don’t all go through the thought process of thinking someone might be pregnant when we see little clues. But most of those clues aren’t observable unless you are with the person on a regular basis. I mean, things like morning sickness aren’t going to be picked up by a camera.

With that said, I read one article that offered 10 reasons that pointed to Beyonce being pregnant, but it was all speculation.

The thing I don’t like is when headlines tell a woman she looks pregnant when she might not be. The woman may just be wearing something baggy.

And if they are pregnant, people have various reasons why they may want to hide a pregnancy for a little time. In fact, since the risk of miscarriage is highest during the first trimester, many moms-to-be choose to wait to share their big news until at least 10 to 12 weeks.

I personally didn’t enjoy people commenting on how I looked while I was pregnant. Yes, I was “big as a house” with my second child, but I didn’t really need to hear others say it. I already felt like I needed a crane to get out of a chair by the eighth month.

If you were a sexy celebrity, like Beyonce, would you announce to the world that you were expecting early on? I certainly wouldn’t. The media already makes a baby bump out of nothing.

Photo credits: Lehren Hollywood

Link Round-up: Holiday Food Ideas, Ornaments, and More

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features holiday food ideas, ornaments, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make clothespin snowflake ornaments.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a dollhouse pillow.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a cute snowman mashed potatoes idea.

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Kenarry shared a fun holiday recipe featuring peanut butter and graham crackers.

Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to create vintage stripe aged galvanized buckets.

Musings of a SAHM showed us how to make peppermint pots de crème.

Stockpiling Moms showed us how to make buckeye dip.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Kenarry

Carrie Underwood Serenades Her Unborn Baby

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 by No Comments

I’ve been a fan of Carrie Underwood since her American Idol days. It’s like she’s grown up in the public eye since then, but happily she’s retained her sweetness. I

n 2009 she was engaged to hockey player Mike Fisher, and they were married in 2010. Now at 31, I’m happy to see that she’s expecting her first baby…a boy.

The couple broke the news in September, shortly following their fourth wedding anniversary. A week later, her baby bump made its debut at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois.

This week, she appeared on the Tonight Show recently with Jimmy Fallon and talked about her pregnancy. During the exchange, she mentioned that she performs for her unborn son and feels pressure to make it “good.”

It amazes me that she feels that way. Not just pressure to be good, but that she still doesn’t realize how good she really is. That’s one of the things I appreciate about her.

She went on to admit that she feels like she has to sing good all the time, like even if she’s just driving in the car, because the baby is listening. When I heard that, all I could think was “as if she could sing bad.”

Fallon himself is a new dad, and he asked about how her family took the news. She said her parents have a lot of grandkids. “I have lots of nieces and nephews so my parents were obviously very happy, but they’ve heard it all before. They have great grandchildren. I’m slow.”

But on Mike’s side of the family, she said, “Mike’s mom shed a few tears…. She was that kind of happy.”

Carrie is looking great. She’s taking steps to stay healthy on the inside and out with exercise and diet and has been working with Erin Oprea as her personal trainer. It shows!

Photo credits: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Link Round-up: Organizing Leftovers, Sweets, a Gift Guide, and More

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has chalkboard Pyrex dishes, sweets, a gift guide, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us a good idea for keeping the leftovers organized in the fridge.

A Beautiful Mess showed us five DIY holiday garlands.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared a holiday gift guide for babies and toddlers.

This Silly Girl’s Life shared a recipe for cherry cheesecake snowman cookies.

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Kenarry shared a recipe for cranberry white chocolate chip cookies.

Wheel n Deal Mama showed us how to make chocolate covered spoons for a hot chocolate bar.

Save More Spend Less with Heidi taught us how to make a cinnamon votive candle holder.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Chicken Pot Pie, Elf on the Shelf Kissing Booth, a Gift Idea, and More

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up shows us how to make quick chicken pot pie, create an Elf on the Shelf kissing booth, make a gift for a busy woman, and more.

The Socialite’s Closet taught us how to make a pampering gift for a busy woman.

A Mom’s Take showed us how to make a quick chicken pot pie.

This Mama Loves showed us how to make an Elf on the Shelf kissing booth.

Keep It Simple Sweetie shared a chocolate Guinness cupcakes recipe.

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A Cedar Spoon taught us how to make delicious honey glazed carrots.

Organized 31 gave us an idea of something to do with all those leftover laundry scoops.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a woodland plaid winter wreath.

Photo credit: The Socialite’s Closet and A Cedar Spoon

Boys Buried in Snow Fort Rescued Thanksgiving Morning

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Kids love to build forts. Whether it’s blankets draped from furniture, building a tree fort, or making a fort from snow, they provide timeless hours of fun.

Growing up north of Chicago, snow forts and snowball fights were part of childhood, and part of snow forts for us were safety hatches we called trapdoors. They were placed strategically in case of accidental collapse. From time to time they were actually needed, but it didn’t seem like any big deal at the time.

On the day before Thanksgiving, two boys were building a snow fort in Newburgh, New York, in a parking lot near their homes. The thing is, they were building it in an existing snowbank and while they were inside their fort a snow plow came along to clear six inches of newly fallen snow.

The driver decided to dump it onto an existing snow bank. The very snow bank where the boys, ages 9 and 11, were playing. They were trapped inside.

The snowplow driver had no idea they were there. I don’t even think an escape hatch could have helped because it wasn’t a typical collapse. It was more like a mini avalanche which buried the boys. And no one knew where they were.

They weren’t reported missing for several hours. By 10:00 p.m. the families grew concerned and hit the streets searching the neighborhood. When they saw no sign of them they called the police almost two hours later.

When they learned the boys had been building a fort in the parking lot, nine officers and a police dog responded and searched the area in the pre-dawn hours on Thanksgiving morning.

One officer “found a shovel that was half-buried” and started digging into the bank. He spotted a small boot and a frantic rescue followed. Police said, “Officers, family members, community members, and mobile ambulance personnel assisted in digging out the boys with shovels and with their hands.”

At 2:10 a.m., the boys were pulled from snow alive and well. Sgt. Aaron Weaver told WCBS News that, “They were probably in about five feet of snow, but however it fell, there was, like, a dome around their heads, so there was air in there, like space for them.”

The boys were taken to the hospital for observation, and both were in good condition. Needless to say for those families, neighbors, and emergency personnel, it started Thanksgiving Day with a an extra measure of thankfulness.

Photo credits: MOMOKOY

Link Round-up: Hanging Dish Towel Tutorial, Holiday Crafts, and More

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a hanging dish towel tutorial, a look at going back to work vs. staying home, an ornament, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make snowmen out of plastic spoons.

Kids’ Activities Blog took a look at going back to work versus staying at home.

My Very Educated Mother showed us how to make a clothespin ballerina ornament.

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Our Secondhand House showed us how to make a hanging dish towel.

Cupcakes and Crowbars shared the best savory bread recipes.

Scary Mommy took a look at the thanklessness of motherhood.

Domestic Mommyhood shared a kids’ activity that uses acorns.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Our Secondhand House

Snooki Down to 99 Pounds 7 Weeks After Giving Birth

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 by 1 Comment

Jersey Shore star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made news last year when she dropped 50 pounds. Then we learned she was expecting her second child.

For many of us, pregnancy means weight gain and unwanted pounds we have to battle after the baby is born. But Snooki is down to 99 pounds just 7 weeks after giving birth to her second child, and a week from walking down the aisle.

Before you get upset at her low weight, let me remind you that she is only 4’8″ and for her, 99 pounds is a perfectly healthy weight according to the 26-year-old star’s trainer, Anthony Michael.

Her initial weight loss was due, in part, to coming to the realization that alcohol is full of empty calories and that she could end up consuming up to 2,000 calories in a single night with tasty drinks.

But along with cutting those calories, Snooki’s trainer says her diet includes decreasing her carbs and “reducing calorie intake” overall. Plus she’s exercising. No matter who we are, that’s the secret to weight loss.

According to her trainer, they are “…hitting the gym hardcore, doing high intensity interval training.”

Since her daughter was born, right now her fitness routine is geared toward weight loss. And it has paid off. She fit into her jeans just 12 days after giving birth, which tells me she watched her weight during her pregnancy. I’m glad to hear she has a trainer helping her to do it right, though.

According to that trainer, once she gets married she’ll be focusing on building lean muscle mass. Right now, she just wanted to make sure she looks great in her dress. Looking at her recent pics, I’d say she’s on target to meet that goal. The wedding will take place Nov. 29, with a Great-Gatsby theme to Johnny LaValle.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has come a long way since her Jersey Shores days. She’s taken some healthy turns and it shows. She’s got two beautiful children with her fiancé Jionni LaValle, is about to get married, and is a successful entrepreneur.

Photo credits: Instagram