Recipe Review- Cauliflower Fried Rice

By |July 31st, 2016|

I had a moment of feeling adventurous and decided to make a recipe off of Pinterest.  (Only 1,000 more pins to try, haha!) The husband loves fried rice so I […]

Top 5 Things I Saw While Driving

By |July 30th, 2016|

This morning while driving home from my hip hop class I was flabbergasted at what I saw from other drivers.  Have you ever just thought, “Wow, are they really doing […]

10 Things to Never Tell a Tomboy

By |July 29th, 2016|

Now that my little lady will be off to kindergarten in a few weeks I feel like she is turning into her own little person; no longer just a little […]

Kid Goggles

By |July 28th, 2016|

I want to start seeing the world the way my kids do.  I know they are still so young and innocent and I would do anything to be like that […]

Like a Vulture

By |July 28th, 2016|

The kids had been great, well better than expected, all morning, so I decided to pick up fast food (from their favorite chain) for lunch.  Quite frankly we were already […]

Tip of the day: Find a Hill

By |July 27th, 2016|

So it turns out all you need to entertain your kids is a huge hill.  Really, that’s all!  It’s completely free and, bonus, it tires them out!!  You cannot go […]

Everyone Needs “No Work” Friends

By |July 26th, 2016|

There are times when I see people who have a ton of friends around them, and I question why I’m not this way.  Why do I not have a hundred […]

Sidewalks vs. The Street

By |July 26th, 2016|

Now that my kids are getting a bit older it also means they are becoming more adventurous outside.  We have moved from easy push toys in the driveway, to the […]

Hip Hop Saved Me

By |July 25th, 2016|

I have never been, and swore I never would be, a group excercise kinda girl.  I did team sports growing up, but to me, that’s way different than a group […]

The Great Compromise

By |July 25th, 2016|

Recently the 5 year-old daughter moved to her new bedroom.  We felt it was time to move her into the larger guest room so she could have more space to […]

The Husband Did What?!?

By |July 24th, 2016|

Something happened today that I feel the need to share.  The husband announced at the breakfast table that he was going to have a “Daddy Date Day” to our 5 […]

2 Minutes

By |July 23rd, 2016|

Somewhere along the way I started telling my 2 year old “2 minutes” before we had to do something new.  It was like his warning to wrap up what he […]

My dog can’t jump?!

By |July 21st, 2016|

Our first baby, Carter, the 74lb boxer, has once again hurt his hind leg.  Poor guy tore his acl before he turned two… Basically I had a newborn and a […]

To the Stranger who Stopped the Meltdown

By |July 20th, 2016|

To the stranger who stopped my toddler’s meltdown,

Thank you for not just turning away (or just staring) like most people do when they see a toddler screaming and crying.  I […]

Summer Camp Happiness

By |July 20th, 2016|

The 5 year old is in summer camp this week and it’s been so refreshing for us all!!  She wakes up excited to see her friends and head off to […]

What Made my Toddler Mad?

By |July 18th, 2016|

No one ever said toddlers were rational humans, so I have no idea why I find myself being surprised at what makes my little guy mad lately.
If you haven’t gotten […]

Moms, Stop Making the Kids Cry

By |July 18th, 2016|

The 2 year old son is in a pre-preschool class through our local park district called “Puddle Jumpers.”  This class is great for the fact that it helps my little […]

How To Easily Hang Pictures

By |July 17th, 2016|

I just realized I’ve been hanging pictures on my walls all wrong for my entire adult life.  My old way seemed easy enough: eyeball where the picture would go, put […]

Boob to Belly Ratio

By |July 15th, 2016|

A good friend of mine once explained to me the difference in some women gaining 5lbs versus other women doing the same.  I feel a need to pass her wisdom […]

Tale of 2 Toddler Beds

By |July 14th, 2016|

This is a tale of two toddler beds.  Actually this is a tale of the same toddler bed but with two different toddlers sleeping in it.  Turns out the toddler […]

10 Reasons Having a Dog is NOT the Same as Having Kids

By |July 13th, 2016|

I hear it all the time… having a dog is just like having a kid.
Well, there might be a few similarities; such as you are responsible for a breathing thing, […]

Yes, I am a Car Hoarder.

By |July 12th, 2016|

We have a big family car; I drive a Honda Pilot that could potentially seat 8, but we usually leave the last row down and just have a huge trunk. […]

“Invisible” Jason

By |July 11th, 2016|

My TimeHop today reminded me about a very important pseudo family member I haven’t thought about in a long time.
Don’t worry, all my kids and dog are accounted for, I […]

My Day Off To-Do List

By |July 11th, 2016|

Yesterday was a fantastic day!
The husband had an 8 hour class to take (that’s not why… hold tight!) and the kids ended up spending the day with their grandparents.  Thank you grandparents!!  It was a last minute play date and I didn’t realize how much we all needed it.  The kids were beyond excited to spend the day outside with Grandma and Grandpa; they literally were doing a form of “happy dance” when I told them what was about to happen.  I’m pretty sure Grandma and Grandpa were also doing a “happy dance” when I dropped the kids off, and you all know I did my own form of a “happy dance” as I walked to the car alone after the drop off.

Everyone was winning yesterday!!
First stop, Costco solo.
Let me tell you, if you always shop at Costco with kids in tow, that shopping at Costco solo is like a little vacation.  I was able to just browse.  There was no fighting, no demanding samples and snacks; heck, I even was able to eat samples myself instead of having them stolen out of my hand from a miniature version of me.  It was fantastic.  The one downside to this was I might have spent a lot of money there… a little bit more than usual, but it’s a small price to pay for my freedom and happiness right?!
Next?
Of course I had to pick up lunch and of course I was going to get lunch from a restaurant, 1) without a drive thru and 2) without a kids menu.  (I have a feeling fellow stay-at-home moms would have done the same.)  I decided to take my lunch home and eat it on the couch in front of the tv.  Dream come true!!  I even was able to demolish my entire bag of bbq chips without having to share.  Best lunch ever.
I then decided it was time to conquer the train table.
Yep, my “day off” and I had to get that darn thing in working order.  The idea of train tracks thrown all over our nice table just drives me crazy.  It had to be done and the best time to do it was now; no kids were around to remove every piece after I got it into the right spot.  I felt so accomplished when I was finished!  I might have made a train and driven it around for a celebratory lap when it was complete.

After the train table it was time to clean, put away laundry, and remove a few outgrown toys.  Everyone knows you cannot get rid of a toy when the kids are around.  That toy becomes their “most favorite toy ever” and you become the “evil mom who wants to ruin their happiness.”  Toys had to go and it had to be now.  Don’t worry, I was able to blast inappropriate music while doing this so I was totally in my happy place.  It felt so nice to be able to clean and not have to worry what was happening in the other room.  I even took the garbage out for the husband and scooped dog poop.  Wife of the year for sure!!  (I might still be expecting my medal.)

When the husband returned home we went on a walk.  Just us; no kids, no dog (poor guy is having some leg issues and I knew he wouldn’t make it very far).  We had adult conversations, didn’t hear any whining, and we even made it to Starbucks for a little iced latte for the walk home.  I can’t think of a better way to end the day, can you?!
The old me, even the me with one baby or toddler in tow, would have used my free day to shop, go for a run, or even get a pedicure.
I’m okay that this new me knew to get stuff done so I wasn’t thinking of my never ending to-do list all day long.  It was so great to be able to have a day alone; I didn’t care at all that I spent it “working.”  Fingers crossed I get a few more of these days before summer ends.
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Kindness is Contagious

By |July 10th, 2016|

While shopping alone (yay!!) at Costco today, I was pulling up to the checkout lane with a crazy full cart (don’t go to Costco hungry and without kids- it’s an […]