10 Things I Said I Would Never Do as a Mom

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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Before I became a mom I had a list of things that resided in my head that I swore I would never do when I had my own children. Little did I know…

After having three children (the oldest being 10) I have learned a few things. Or maybe just realized a few things. So here is my list of top ten things I said I would never do as a mom; before I actually became a mom and realized just how messy it can be.

1. Allow my children to watch TV before 2 years old: I just knew that if I let my kids watch TV before they were 2 they would be mindless idiots. Fast forward to actually having kids. I could not survive being sick, being crazy busy, or keeping my sanity without Sesame Street, Disney Channel, and YouTube Kids. They continually save me and they also have actually helped my children learn numbers, letters, and colors.


2. Allow my kids to sleep in my bed. I remember silently judging those who talked about co-sleeping. That would never by MY family. Then I brought my first child home. After countless sleepless nights I was exhausted and pulled him into bed with me one night. It was the best night’s sleep I’d had in weeks. Thus, co-sleeping began. Best parenting decision I ever made. (And, yes, that’s a picture of my daughter sleeping ON my face.)

3. Leave the house without makeup. Ha ha ha! Do I even need to explain this one? I do not, I repeat DO NOT need to look put together at all times. Because, let’s face it, I am far from put together most times. A swipe of mascara and a touch of concealer are perfect for me most days. But if I’m not feeling it? Who cares!?

4. Touch any kind of bodily fluid with my hands: Oh man. This has happened more times than I can possibly count. I have cupped my hands for vomit (better me than the couch), picked noses, cleaned ears with my fingers and so much more. I have no idea how it’s possible to be a parent and NOT do some of these things.

5. Allow my kids to eat junk food. I vowed that my kids would eat homemade baby food, lots of fruits and veggies, and only have candy for holidays. Yeah, right. I now very strongly believe in the motto of all things in moderation. We eat lots of fruits and veggies, but my kids also eat candy and junk.


6. Let my kids behave that way in public. Of course, I swore my kids would be perfectly behaved at all times when we were in public. And then, my bubble burst. A melt down happened. I don’t even remember what the first one was about. Probably candy. Or sugar cereal. But now I just walk away from said child and pretend they aren’t mine. Ha! Not really, but I want to sometimes. I have some serious tantrum stories I could tell. One of the worst includes my middle child freaking out extremely loudly in the men’s bathroom because he was covered in poo. But that’s a post for another day.

7. Allow my house to look like THAT. There was no way I would ever let my house be overtaken by toys, laundry, and little shoes thrown everywhere. Now I realize that life happens and a clean house is not always the priority. Happy kids and family? Yeah, that’s a priority.

My mother

8. Use my Mom’s words on my own kids.  I hated the phrases my mom used to say to me. Now, some days I open my mouth and my mom comes out. Maybe more than some days. I now embrace my mom phrases. They are my favorite!

9. Bribe my kids with a treat or toy. I always knew my kids would listen to me the first time I asked them to do something. Every time. I have since discovered that negotiation skills are a must in parenting. And bribery? Yeah, also a must. A pack of smarties is a small price to pay for a clean room and a happy face.

10. Talk about my kids as much as I do. When I was child-less I swore I wouldn’t talk non stop about my kids… but once I saw them I was in love… and couldn’t stop talking about them! In almost 11 years that hasn’t changed much. They are my world and complete me in a way I didn’t know was possible. So, yeah, I’m going to talk about them. A lot. Deal with it.

Bottom line: There is no parenting guide book. We are all different. We believe and feel differently. There is no once size fits all in parenting. So do what feels right to YOU. Put your children and your sanity first and, believe me, it will turn out okay.

What do you do as a mom that you said you wouldn’t?

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

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10 Simple and Low Cost Saint Patrick’s Day Ideas!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017

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One of my favorite holidays is Saint Patrick’s Day. I love that you can do as little or as much as you want and it is absolutely perfect! There is no stress or pressure like on some of the other holidays. That being said, here are some of my favorite Saint Patrick’s Day ideas, crafts, and traditions.

  1. Green food coloring: This is an absolute MUST for this holiday. You can use it for so many different things. We use it to color our milk, make green pancakes or any other food, and sometimes to color our toilet water green.
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  3. The Lucky Leprechaun Hunt: Print this hunt or make your own! It’s super easy and you can do it with stuff you already have at your house with absolutely no preparation (my favorite) or hide the items for them to find beforehand.
  4. The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day: We absolutely love The Night Before books and this one is just as good as the rest! It’s a must to read the night before.
  5. Rainbow & Pot of Gold craft: Another easy craft that is crazy cute. One of the amazing preschool teachers at my daughter’s school does this with her class and they LOVE it. Frankly, so do I. 
  6. Saint Patrick’s Day Would You Rather: Such a fun, silly way to enjoy the holiday. Answer questions like Would you rather catch a leprechaun or have a pet unicorn? Plus, it’s a FREE download.
  7. Green treats: Our family leprechaun always leaves a few green treats at our house. Usually a can of Sprite and some kind of green candy. If you don’t want sugar you can do a green apple and colored milk or something similar.
  8. Silly Leprechaun Tricks: When the leprechaun visits our house he plays silly tricks. They are never harmful or malicious and they are always easily cleaned up. Usually just things like leaving all the cupboard doors open, switching which drawer pants and socks are in, or turning couch cushions upside down. My kids think this is hilarious.
  9. Green Hair Spray: If you want to add a little extra green to your ensemble you can grab some green hair spray. Of course I grabbed it when it was on clearance after Halloween. That’s just how I roll.
  10. Set a Leprechaun trap: Who DOESN’T want to catch that silly leprechaun? It’s so fun to set a trap to see if you can catch that pesky little guy. We try to lure him in with gold or treats with some kind of spring to trap him when he picks them up. Sadly, we’ve had no luck so far. But that doesn’t mean we won’t keep trying!

Amazon: Moana Hardcover Little Golden Book Only $2.10

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017

Head over to Amazon where they have this Moana Hardcover Little Golden Book priced at only $2.10 (regularly $4.99). This book would make a great Easter Basket stuffer!

It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown DVD ONLY $5.31 on Amazon

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

Head over to Amazon and grab It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown for only $6.56. We love Charlie Brown at our house and I’m excited to add to our collection.

Dishes on a Dime: Dutch Baby or German Pancakes

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017


While I hate cooking I really enjoy baking. And my favorite meal to eat or bake for is breakfast. So these super easy German Pancakes? Yeah, I’m all over that. Plus, when eggs are on sale for a great price (77¢ at Smiths!) you want to look for ways to put them to good use. Or, at least I do.

Make sure to come back and let us know what you think after you make them.

Dutch Baby or German Pancakes


6 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 stick butter


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl beat together eggs, flour, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until well mixed.  (You can also mix it in a blender.) This is when I pull out my Nutri Ninja blender. Easier is ALWAYS better in my case.

Place butter in a 10 to 12 inch cast iron skillet (or other oven proof skillet) or in a 10 to 12 inch round baking pan. Place pan in oven for a minute or two until the butter melts. Remove pan from oven carefully.

Pour the batter into the pan and place the pan into the preheated oven.

Bake for about 35 minutes, until the edges are puffed up and golden brown. Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar.  Or fill with strawberries, raspberries, peaches, or other fruit.  Top with whipped cream or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Serve immediately.

OR …

My mom’s favorite is to make mini Dutch Babies as follows:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl beat together eggs, flour, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until well mixed.  (You can also mix it in a blender.)

Slice the butter and evenly disperse between 2 regular or 4 mini muffin pans. Put the pans in the oven for a couple minutes while it’s preheating to melt the butter, then pour some batter into each compartment in the muffin pans until each muffin compartment has about the same amount.

Bake for about 10 minutes, or until it is puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven.

Fill with strawberries, raspberries, peaches, or other fruit.  Top with whipped cream or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Serve immediately.

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2017

I laugh at the jokes. I cry at the sad parts. I smile, I oooh and awww when appropriate; usually when the girl and boy get together in the end. Yep, I am any director or producer’s perfect audience. Basically, I LOVE movies. I love getting immersed into the emotions and forgetting about whatever is going on in my life at the moment.

It has been this way for as long as I can remember. Plain and simple; I LOVE movies. As I’ve had kids I have loved being able to share that with them. I get more excited to see their reactions as to feel my own. And with the new luxury loungers at Cinemark? Yeah. That just makes the whole experience that much better. You can recline, put your feet up, and relax! No fighting over the armrest or worrying about putting your feet up and disturbing the person seated in front of you. Pure heaven, I tell you.

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

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