Thursday, March 12, 2015

I Can Sum up Parenting in These 13 LOL Texts From my Kids

As a mom to 6 kiddos, I've been there, done that, and have the T-shirt to prove it. On the surface, I may seem like an expert. I've given advice on breastfeeding, potty training, and temper tantrums. I've shared my knowledge on raising tweens and how much freedom is enough (and creative punishments when they push the boundaries of your well thought-out freedom parameters.)


Friday, March 6, 2015

9 Horrifying Photos of Stuff My Kids Destroyed (Including Themselves)

I have six kids. They’re creative. They’re artistic. They’re expressive. I love their talent. I do not, however, love their choice of medium when they’re creating their masterpieces. I remember losing my mind over some of my kids’ um, “artwork.” I mean, seriously losing my mind! I thought my head would explode when I’d walk into a room and see diaper cream smeared all over every surface, or the dog’s fur covered in blue yogurt, or maple syrup painted on the dining room wall.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jewelry in a Candle

When I first heard about Jewelry in a Candle I thought it was kind of odd. Jewelry? In a candle? Weird. But I like jewelry. And I like candles. So why not mix the two? (In fact, I think there may be a market for Wine in a Candle or Lipgloss in a Candle too!)

Anyway, when my friend Cherokee asked me if I'd like to check out these candles, I happily agreed. I chose a coconut candle

because coconut is my all-time favorite! The candle has the absolute best coconut scent ever! My house filled with the smell of the tropics in no time. Mmmmmm. Because I knew there was jewelry hidden somewhere in the candle, I burned it for hours on end, anxiously awaiting the moment when the jewelry would be revealed. My kids and I kept looking at the candle, trying to catch a glimpse of the jewelry being uncovered as the wax melted. Luckily, we didn't have to wait long as the beautiful ring was tucked into the top 2 inches or so of the candle.

Cherokee has set up a party for me and you'll reap the rewards. At the end of this party (March 22), I'll choose a random winner to receive the hostess rewards (with Jewelry in Candles, a hostess receives 10% of the total party sales in product credit.) If the party reaches $500 in sales, the hostess also receives the Exclusively Yours candle with her choice in jewelry. This candle can not be bought, only earned through parties

In addition, all customers who make a purchase during the month of March, or any other month, are automatically entered into her monthly raffle. Each product purchased is 1 entry into the raffle. Featured specials are here. 

When you order through this party link, you'll save 15% on your FIRST order, by using coupon code Springtime at checkout.
If you wish to order a second time, use coupon code GoGreen for 10% off of that order.

Thanks for checking it out!

Friday, February 20, 2015

This is What Poverty Really Looks Like

I recently read an article by Babble blogger Alice Gomstyn about Sonya Romero-Smith, a kindergarten teacher in Albuquerque who helps her students that are living in poverty. The first questions she asks them each morning are: “Did you eat?” and “Are you clean?” It shocked a lot of people — but not me.

I happen to be one of those educators, working in a title 1 middle school in a very high-poverty area. When I say “poverty” here, I’m not talking about a family whose dad has been laid off from his job or a family going through divorce or sickness. I’m not talking about a sudden, temporary, or even long-term shortage of money. I’m talking about families who have lived in poverty for generations. Families who don’t know anything but poverty. Generational poverty is very different from families experiencing hard times  — mainly because they often view education as a stressor, and school a place they do not belong, making it extremely difficult to end the cycle.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

7 Reasons Not to Wait too Long to Start Dating After Divorce

I’ve been divorced for five years and I only recently started dating again. Now that I have, I’ve come to the realization that I waited too long. 
I think it’s important to take time to heal from divorce. People need time to adjust to the major changes that divorce brings: different living situations, moving, financial struggles, and having to share time with your kids. Divorce is a death of sorts. It’s the death of your hopes, dreams, and beliefs that you will spend the rest of your life with your spouse. It takes time to go through the grieving process. It’s wise to wait a year or so, so that you can evaluate your life, take inventory of who you are, change the things about you that you don’t like, and discover what exactly you’re looking for in a partner. 
However, if you wait too long, some things happen that make dating more difficult.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

15 Things to Do on Dreaded Snow Days

My sister told me that her kids’ school was canceled last week because of the extreme weather. They were having their third snow day in a row and she sounded a little twitchy on the phone. It almost made me reluctant to rub in the fact that I live in Orlando where the temperature was a balmy 75. Almost. But I lived in Chicagoland for 41 years before moving to Florida so I remember firsthand how taxing it can be to entertain the kids when they’re stuck in the house 24/7 because of the snow and/or freezing temperatures.


Monday, February 2, 2015

10 Things Parents Do to Prove We're Still Young

Yesterday, while filling out a form online, I was asked for my birthdate. I entered the month, the day, and then moved my mouse over the year. My birth year was nowhere to be found. I hit the down arrow and started scrolling. I scrolled. And I scrolled. And I scrolled some more until I found the ancient, prehistoric year of 1970. I took this as an irrefutable sign that I am OLD. I lamented to my friends that I do not like this whole “scrolling to get to your birth year” business. We agreed that we are officially old, but we refuse to admit it to the world. These are the lengths we go to in order to prove we’re young parents (even though we know the truth!) …


Thursday, January 29, 2015

10 Things I Learned About Love The Second Time Around

Reentering the dating world in your 40s is a scary, scary thing. It mostly makes me want to give up and get a cat. Things have changed since the last time I dated (in high school!). Online dating makes me hyperventilate. The couple of times I tried it, I was certain I’d encounter some psycho who wants to make a suit of my skin. (“It puts the lotion in the basket,” anyone?) But as scary as it is, there are some benefits of entering the dating pool at an older age. Most of us “middle-aged” daters have learned a thing or two along the way. We’re older, wiser, and not so caught up in the superficial garbage of our younger years. We know ourselves and what we want, and we’re not willing to settle for anything less. Here are 10 things I’ve learned about love the second time as supported by evidence from my absolute favorite movie genre — the romantic comedy.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Scattered Brain Syndrome: It's a Real Thing

I used to be put together. I knew what needed to be done and I did it. I remembered details. People came to me for advice because I was strong, capable, and intelligent. Now I have a hard time remembering my kids' names, let alone the 30,000 tasks on my to-do list at any given time. I walk into a room and forget why I'm there. I get out of the shower and start dressing only to realize I never rinsed the shampoo out of my hair. Yeah. I'm that person now. I blame it on SBS (Scattered Brain Syndrome.) SBS may not be in medical annals (yet), but I’m certain it’s a real thing. I’m not a doctor, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night so I’m pretty sure I’m onto something here.


Scattered Brain Syndrome, better known as SBS, is a debilitating affliction characterized by the inability to finish one task before being distracted by another, failure to remember the simplest of jobs, and being too overwhelmed by the details of daily existence to adequately and accurately perform the most menial chores. SBS can affect anyone, but women are nearly two times more likely to develop SBS than men. Its symptoms vary widely, largely depending on external factors such as number of children the patient has. There is no known cure for SBS. Treatment generally aims at alleviating some of the symptoms.


Signs and symptoms of SBS vary, depending on the levels of stress in the individual. Most people with SBS experience a gradual onset and steady progression of signs and symptoms which may include:

• Walking into a room and forgetting why you’ve gone there
• Forgetting your children’s names or running through a list of disjointed syllables while trying to call them, ex. Ausavjacksclaytonjackson!
• Inability to remember things like dentist appointments
• Leaving the house, only to circle the block and return home because you forgot your purse, phone, lunch, shoes . . .
• Getting to work before realizing you’re wearing two different shoes
• Shaving one leg in the shower, but completely forgetting about the other one until you’re in bed that night.
• Jaw pain from grinding your teeth at night due to the stress of having to handle everything during the day
• Consumption of massive quantities of caffeine
• Consumption of massive quantities of alcohol
• Consumption of massive quantities of chocolate
• Problems keeping up with homework, laundry, cooking, shopping, bill paying, work, life.
• Watching TV shows about a cartoon platypus. And enjoying them.


Most people with SBS have a course that gradually gets worse, with more symptoms developing over time, although it is common for symptoms to improve and worsen over the course of days and months. About 75-80 percent of people with SBS eventually give up on ever leaving the house without forgetting something. 90 percent develop a dependence on Chardonnay.


The cause of Scattered Brain Syndrome is unknown. It's believed to be a disease, in which the patient’s own children attack the brain cells by incessant whining, and demands on time and resources. It isn't clear why SBS develops in some people and not others. A combination of factors, ranging from genetics to number of children, helpfulness of spouse, and demands of job play a part in the development of Scattered Brain Syndrome.


These factors may increase your risk of developing Scattered Brain Syndrome:

• Age. SBS can occur at any age, but most commonly affects people between the ages of 20 and 50.
• Sex. Women are about twice as likely as men are to develop SBS.
• Many children. If you have more than two kids, you are at a higher risk of developing the disease.
• Mutiples. If you have even a single set of twins, your risk increases.
• Divorce. If you are a single parent by choice, by divorce, or by other circumstances, your chances of developing SBS increase three-fold.


People with SBS may also:

• lose their jobs after missing work because they misplaced their car keys in the refrigerator one too many times
• Develop a dependency on tequila, rum, and/or Pinot Noir
• Have dozens of half-finished projects


There are no specific tests for SBS. The diagnosis relies on ruling out other conditions that might produce similar signs and symptoms. ADD produces similar symptoms, but in diagnosing SBS, your doctor will determine if your distracted behavior is all-encompassing or if it is isolated to “mom type tasks.” For example, if you start to make your child a sandwich, but have to stop to break up a fight between your toddlers over a red crayon, and before you can get back to the sandwich, you clean the offending red crayon off the dining room wall, and then when you go to put the cleaning cloth in the laundry room, you remember you have to fold a load of clothes, and then the phone rings because your 5th grader is calling to ask you to bring him his homework that he left sitting in the bathtub for some reason, and when you go to grab the homework, you remember that you really need to clean the bathroom . . .


There is no cure for Scattered Brain Syndrome although studies have shown a drastic lessoning of symptoms once the children move out of the house. Treatment typically focuses on managing symptoms. The following have been found to provide temporary respite from symptoms in many patients:

• Regular consumption of alcoholic beverages
• Girls nights out
• Massages, manicure, and pedicures
• Binge watching episodes of Impractical Jokers
• Shopping
• Sending the kids back to school
• A maid


Living with any chronic illness can be difficult. To manage the stress of living with SBS, consider these suggestions:

• Hire a babysitter and get out of the house without kids, enjoy a nice dinner that doesn’t have the word “nuggets” in the title.
Read Because I Said So and your other favorite mom blogs for the assurance that you're not alone.
Maintain a membership at a gym because the endorphins that come with exercise make you feel better
• Maintain a membership at a wine-of-the-month club because who needs endorphins when you have fermented grapes?
• Discuss your feelings and concerns about living with SBS on Facebook to see what other parents are doing to cope.
• Create a countdown calendar – Days Until They Leave for College

Winner of Netflix Streaming

I loved reading all your comments about your favorite moments on Friends! So funny!

Here is the randomly selected winner of the free year of Netflix streaming!

Blogger Anissa said...
I laughed the hardest at Phoebe's chicken pox episode.
January 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM


Thursday, January 22, 2015

I Asked My 6 Kids For Dating Advice And LOL, Best. Answers. Ever.

"He should have a good accent, like an Australian accent."

For the first time ever, I talked to my kids about dating without lecturing them about dating. This time was different because I was asking for dating advice for me, their mom. I have 6 kids, 3 girls and 3 boys, aged 8 to 20 so as you can imagine, their answers were quite...varied. I've been divorced for about 5 years now and always just assumed my kids wouldn't want me to date. I was surprised to learn that wasn't the case at all.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Friends on Netflix & a Streaming Giveaway

What better way to start off the new year, than to binge watch all 10 seasons of Friends on Netflix! Friends is my all-time favorite sitcom and I cannot adequately express how excited I am about this! (I know, I know, that's how sad my life is.) My older teens and I are loving every episode. It's great because now they "get it" when I say random things like:

How you doin'?
It's a moo point.
Big, fat goalie!
Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding  you?
It's a Goldfish cracker!
We're fashioning a very long poking device.

So, in the spirit of all things Friends, here's a site with dozens of Friends quizzes. Have you seen every episode? Do you know everything there is to know about Friends? Can you quote the friends with the best of them? Test your knowledge here.

FRIENDS quizzes

And while you're watching all your favorite episodes (like Joey speaking French - Phoebe: Je m'appelle Claude. Joey: Je te flouppe Fli) enjoy a nice cuppa joe from Central Perk!


 4 cups milk
 4 T. sugar
 4 T. pumpkin puree
 4 t. pumpkin pie spice
 2 t. vanilla
 1 c. espresso

1.  Whisk milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
2.  Add espresso and whisk until foamy. Pour into 4 mugs.


6 ozs. Irish cream liqueur

6 ozs. Irish whiskey
4 c. brewed coffee
4 T. whipped cream
dash nutmeg

Combine Irish cream and Irish whiskey and divide among 4 coffee mugs. Fill mugs with coffee. Top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.

AND . . . to start the new year off right, I'm giving away a gift card good for one-year of Netflix streaming! Just tell me your favorite Friends moment, quote, character, or episode in the comments for a chance to win. (Make sure you leave contact information!) I'll randomly choose a winner on Friday, January 23rd. Good luck!

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