Category: Mommy Stuff

Link Round-up: Cleaning Tips, Recipes, DIYs, Springtime, and More

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cleaning tips, recipes, DIYs, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie gave us a recipe for cherry blossom cupcakes that celebrate spring.

Kenarry shared some tips for spring cleaning with small children.

Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make a bird feeder by recycling things you probably have around the house.

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Designed Décor shared an easy salmon dip recipe.

Purl Bee taught us how to make bunny hand puppets.

Sew 4 Home shared a tutorial for making stretchy headbands that are perfect for everything from errands to yoga.

Scary Mommy shared a funny post about feeling overwhelmed by chores around the house.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Designed Décor

Link Round-up: Recipes, Cleaning Tips, Crafts, Easter Decor, and More

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 by 4 Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, cleaning tips, crafts, and more.

Designed Décor shared her way of cleaning the microwave — the easy way.

Chocolate and Sunshine shared a recipe for chocolate lasagna.

Kenarry shared a cute Easter egg finger painting craft.

Crafts Unleashed shared some crafty ideas for using up those toilet paper rolls.

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A Beautiful Mess shared an adorable spring Easter egg display.

Chubby Hobby shared a tutorial for creating a plush ballet bunny.

Fishstick Designs taught us how to make homemade chocolate syrup.

Photo credit: Designed Décor and A Beautiful Mess

Living Between Mommy & Me

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 by 2 Comments

I woke up this morning, an hour earlier than usual. It probably  has something to do with my recent push to actually get some sleep. I was beginning to feel that sleep deprived state where you feel like you are in a fog.

Speaking of which, I awoke this morning with the remnants of a bad dream lingering on the horizon. In this dream, my husband tells me that he “likes” my friend. You know like when you are in elementary school and you “like” a boy. This is not what any woman wants to hear from her husband about her girlfriend, especially when she is your complete opposite.

Dream or not, it stabs a little bit. The laundry list of what he liked about her went on for what seemed like forever, which I suppose it would if you had to listen to your husband list why he likes another woman more than you. It was all like a horrible, cruel joke; a nightmare really.

I woke up feeling mocked, flawed and insecure. I’ve never felt so vulnerable and raw in my entire life. I’m not sure if this sleep thing is for me, if this is the side effect of sleep. I don’t like feeling so exposed.

It’s made me think hard about some things. Sometimes we spend so much of our time as Mommies powering through life that we never take the time to actually dwell on things like we did before we had kids.

That is usually a good thing because it saves us from living like lovesick teenagers; worrying about every look, glance, hidden meaning behind every word or gesture, second-guessing our relationships. But maybe sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not just Moms, who have to be strong for everyone, we are women. Living, breathing human beings who have wants and needs of our own and that’s okay.

Sometimes we need to invest some time dwelling on our relationships with our spouses and ourselves. After all, they fell in love with soft young girls, who doted on their every breath and hung on every word. My husband met me when I was 25 and in the best shape of my life, physically. I used to turn heads when I entered a room. I was vivacious and full of life.

I know we don’t have time for such niceties as lingering looks and 2-hour tub soaks everyday with the house falling down around us, kids swinging from the chandeliers, bills to be paid, and laundry to be done, but I think my dream was a reminder that I need to make more of an effort to be just me when he and I are alone. I need to look at myself as a woman and not just a mother because if I don’t, no one else will either and that can’t be good for any relationship.

Mommy mode is too high powered to remain in 24/7; if we stay on mommy mode we will burn out our motors and then we will be of no use to anyone.

How do you make time for yourself and your marriage when you have young children?

Photo Source: Ali Edwards

Link Round-up: Beauty Tips, Easter Crafts, and More

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has beauty and fragrance tips, Easter crafts, and more.

Cupcakes and Cashmere taught us the art of layering scents.

The Free People blog showed us how to make a refreshing face mist for spring.

A Subtle Revelry taught us how to make a rug from old t-shirts.

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Craftaholics Anonymous showed us how to make a crochet bunny basket.

All Things Heart and Home showed us how to make a moss topiary.

U-Create Crafts gave us a tutorial on creating an interchangeable burlap wreath.

The Magic Onions planted mini pansies in egg shells as Easter decorations.

Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere and Craftaholics Anonymous

Are You Ready to Bring a Baby Home?

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

I grew up as the oldest of seven. The next oldest sibling was almost five years younger than me and the youngest was almost 13 years younger. I admit, I regularly played a second mother role for some of the younger ones, so when I was expecting my first baby I didn’t feel the trepidation some do about impending parenthood and what to do – that is, until I actually gave birth.

All of a sudden I was holding my daughter…my responsibility. Somehow I didn’t feel as well equipped. Caring for your own child is different than babysitting because there isn’t a time when the parents will come back and relieve you so you can return to your own life. You are the parent and this is your life!

Many of us read our way through pregnancy to prepare for the big event, but once the baby arrives it becomes clear our children don’t come with an instruction manual. Every baby is an individual and, as such, offer a unique adventure in parenthood. No matter how much experience we have or how much knowledge we gather, I don’t think we are ever quite ready for the real-life adventure of parenthood.

In fact, I think the fact that babies can’t remember their infanthood is a gift from God as we muddle our way through the first weeks and months of life together. They are helpless and we are there to help. It’s a growing process for everyone.

It’s not easy, but it is one of the most rewarding roles in life and a lifelong learning experience.

Expect the first year to be kind of crazy because you’ll be tired, and probably dealing with a post-pregnancy body that’s a bit disappointing. Lots of people will be willing to give advice, but don’t feel obligated to take it all.

My experience with children helped prepare me on some levels, like dealing with poopy diapers, but having a good pediatrician made all the difference for me. He never treated me like my questions were stupid. My mom was like an anchor, too. Gather wisdom from trusted people like this and you can’t go wrong.

Photo credits: thetejon

Link Round-up: Blush Basics, Sunless Tanner, Spring Crafts, and More

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up offers blush basics, spring crafts, the perfect self tanner, and more.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared blush basics to give your face a pretty glow.

Craftaholics Anonymous showed us how to make an easy monogram lampshade.

A Subtle Revelry showed us how to make cute paper bunny fruit bags.

Handmade Charlotte shared six spring crafts inspired by nature.

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A Beautiful Mess tested several self-tanners and shared their thoughts.

U-Create Crafts showed us how to make a clothespin picture frame.

The Magic Onions taught us how to make a hummingbird’s nest.

Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Easter Treats, a Spring Wreath, Painted Jewelry, and More

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Easter treats, a spring wreath, painted jewelry, and more.

Oh Happy Day has printable mini Easter egg treat boxes to share.

The Handmade Home taught us how to make ragamuffin rabbits for Easter.

Oh My Creative made a gorgeous, unusual beaded spring wreath you might want to copy.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make Nutella with no dairy or added sugar.

Family Ever After talked about a DIY cross-stitched iPhone 5 case.

Made in a Day spray painted her jewelry and shared why it might be a good idea.

Cute Kid Ugly House made a wood grain pillow to dress up her décor without spending a lot of cash.

Photo credit: Oh Happy Day and A Beautiful Mess

Is Feminism Dead?

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 by 1 Comment

A recent Economist Poll found that 72% of American women do not consider themselves feminists. In fact, many of the women who were polled said they were more likely to view the word “feminist” as an insult than to see it as a compliment.

The survey found that Democratic women and women ages 18 to 29 were most likely to view themselves as feminists. Republican women and women over 65 were the least likely to view themselves as feminists.

I think many of us forget that feminism has made our lives better in countless ways. If there were no feminists, we’d see women being treated as property instead of human beings.

Instead of marrying for love, you’d marry for the life your husband could provide for you. If he turned out to be abusive, you’d be expected to put up with the mistreatment for the sake of your family. Feminists are the reason we have the right to vote. Without feminists, our daughters wouldn’t have access to the same educational opportunities as our sons.

However, it’s true that feminism still has a lot of work to do.

Equal pay for women in the workplace has been discussed for decades, yet women still make up the overwhelming majority of low wage workers. The United States has the worst maternity leave policies of any industrialized nation and many women who would love to breastfeed can’t do so because their employers make it impossible to pump. Reproductive rights for women, including access to contraceptives and abortion, continue to be debated on a daily basis.

How do feel about this survey? Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Link Round-up: Mobile, Green Smoothies, Cleaning Tips, and More

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a cute mobile, green smoothies, cleaning tips, and more.

Creature Comforts Blog showed us how to make a circus pals mobile.

The Ribbon Retreat shared a how-to for a DIY stroller bag.

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Creative Green Living gathered 18 delicious green smoothie recipes.

This Reading Mama showed us how to make fluency boards to help kids learn.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons made adorable Easter Bunny chicken pot pies.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor gave us a deep cleaning breakdown by zone.

I Heart Nap Time taught us how to frost perfect cupcakes.

Photo credit: Creature Comforts Blog, Creative Green Living, and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

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