Mommy Melt Downs: How Do You Muscle Through?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014


Mommy Melt Downs: they are real. Like really real.

Yesterday I had a meltdown. A serious mommy melt down. My amazingly beautiful, sweet, miracle of a daughter has decided within the last couple of days that she would prefer not to sleep longer than two hours at a time. And while she is awake she thinks it’s super fun to scream if I’m not holding her. Or not looking at her. Or not feeding her. Or sometimes just because it sounds fun. And it’s not your typical baby scream. It’s this high pitched “you will listen and pay attention to me now” type of scream. Okay, maybe that’s a regular baby scream. But in my sleep deprived state it feels a bit like it’s in the supernaturally high realm of screaming.

So what did I do to try to deal with the screaming? I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Didn’t work. So I closed my eyes again and started to count to ten very S.L.O.W.L.Y. But before I got to 3 my eardrums felt as if they were bleeding. At which point my 7 year old (that’s right, SEVEN) decided to let me know he had done a number two in his underwear. And then took the underwear off, dropped a surprise from said underwear on the bathroom floor, and left both objects there to find later.


I took another deep breath. Still nothin’. So I grabbed my cherub of a daughter and deposited her in her crib and shut the door. I turned the shower on for my 7 year old, then I sat down on the couch and started bawling. I messaged my amazing friend, Hillary (who thankfully had my 5 year old at her house) and told her about the loveliness that was happening over at my house. Thank heavens for good friends!! She repeatedly asked what she could do, sent some Italian Ice over to soothe my bleeding ears, er…my wounded heart, and helped me to calm down just a bit. I also messaged my sister (who is my best friend in the entire world). She promptly called me and told me to take a deep breath (ha!) and to look at the bigger picture. Then she made some reference to me being a horrible mom that was totally ridiculous and made me laugh out loud. I can always count on my sister, Becky to make me laugh.

After a few minutes of crying, chatting, crying some more, and eating (because. duh. eating makes everything better) I scooped up my daughter from her crib, checked on my showering son, and wiped my tears. My daughter had those sad sobs in her throat and her arms clinging to my neck. And all was back to being right in the world. Because nothing can melt my heart faster than my children showing me they need me.

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Ultimately, there was no magic trick to help me through my meltdown. Good friends were by far the best helper for me. But I did get through it. And remembered just how much I love my children. And, really, how amazing they are. Because they are. And I don’t just say that because I’m their mom. Plus, they are stinkin’ adorable when they are asleep.

So what I really want to know is, how do YOU muscle through when you have reached your limit? Do you have a meltdown or do you have a trick to stop it in it’s tracks?

Giveaway: Win a Doc McStuffins All Better Game

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013


About the Doc McStuffins All Better Game:

Make the boo-boos go away like Doc McStuffins with the Disney Doc McStuffins All Better Role Play Game! Each slap bracelet bandage is a different mystery ouchie. Take turns trying to figure out which doctor tool will make things all better! It’s a fun game of pretending and playful problem solving that kids love!

  • Designed for 2 or more players
  • Encourages creative thinking and imagination
  • Enhances matching and memory skills
  • Develops physical dexterity and problem solving skills
  • Includes 1 storage bag, 6 slap bracelet bandages, 6 foam tools, 8 scoring tiles, 1 spinner and 1 rules manual


My girls, ages 4 & 6, adore this game! It’s a bit of twist on the classic memory game. Instead of just flipping tiles, players spin the spinner and take turns placing bandages (slap bracelets! My girls loved this detail!) on each other. Each bandage has a tool pictured on the bottom. When you spin a tool on the spinner you get to pick a tool and try to remember who has the matching bracelet so you can “fix” their boo-boo and collect a tile if they match. Whoever has the most tiles at the end wins.

I found the game timing to be almost perfect. I played with them the first time to help them understand the game. And then they played alone a couple more times immediately afterwards. The game is not so long that it seems to take forever or they get bored. But it’s also long enough to keep them busy and engaged (so I could make dinner!). The pieces all fit nicely in the doctor’s bag that’s included making storage easy.

My girls loved it! This would be a very fun gift to find under the tree on Christmas morning.

Buy It:

Doc McStuffins All Better Game can be found at most major retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Amazon, among others. It’s retails for around $24.99. Watch for sales and/or coupons!

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Munchkin Radio Haunted House

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

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If you’re in the Salt Lake City area and looking for a fun Halloween activity suitable for kids (and at a price that can’t be beat!) then you should definitely check out the Munchkin Radio Haunted House for Kids. My three kids (ages 4,6, and 9) had the opportunity to check this Haunted House out recently and we had such a good time that we went through twice!

Munchkin Radio Haunted House

Here are the details:

Munchkin Radio presents their 2nd annual Munchkin Radio Haunted House for Kids.

Haunted House Hours:
Thursday, Oct. 17th (7pm-9pm)
Friday, Oct 18th (7pm-9pm)
Saturday, Oct 19th (7pm-9pm)
Friday, Oct. 25th (7pm-9pm)
Saturday Oct. 26th (7pm-9pm)

14734 Cedar Knoll Circle (type in “Kanoll” for street if using Google Maps)
                                                             Herriman, UT 84096

Cost:  $3.00 per child, Parents are free with their children.

We know that Utahan’s LOVE Halloween! We also know that most Haunted Houses in the Salt Lake area are NOT appropriate for kids. They’re just too darn scary. So Munchkin Radio offers a Kid Friendly Haunted House for the second year. Owner of Munchkin Radio, Mike Peer, says, “You won’t have to worry about anyone chasing you with a pitchfork or chainsaw in the Munchkin Radio Haunted House. We make it so that it’s a little bit cutesy and a little bit scary… after all it is a Haunted House, so it has to be a bit scary.” After last year’s launch, most families walked out saying that it was the PERFECT first Haunted House for my kids.

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Munchkin Radio also offers ALL Halloween Music During the Month of Oct. for listeners. “Let’s face it, Halloween is a Holiday for KIDS. So we just give them what they want: fun Halloween Music”, says owner Mike Peer. “Most radio stations are able to play a handful of Halloween Music as the Holiday gets closer. But there’s really only 3-4 that adults even want to hear for Halloween: “Thriller“, “Ghostbusters“, “Monster Mash“, and maybe an Oingo Boingo song or two. For the kids, we have hundreds of songs to play for Halloween, basically due to the fact that every cartoon character on the planet has a Halloween special with plenty of music for us to choose from.” Halloween Music starts on Oct. 1st. is Utah’s only radio station for kids 10 years old and under. We stream 24/7 and have plenty of fun kids music, cool contests, and fun events just for the kids. Munchkin Radio has been around for 4 years now and continues to grow each year and terrestrial radio numbers continues to decline.

Lil’ Rider Wiggle Car $29.99

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013

Wiggle Car

Today (September 11) only get a Lil’ Rider Wiggle Car for only $29.99 from Kids Woot.

You can choose from Red Rescue Fire Fighter, State Police Captain Blue, or Ambulance Green Responder. These are selling for $60 on Amazon right now.

  • The Lil’ Rider Rescue Wiggle Ride-On Car works on the principle of science
  • All it needs is a rider and a smooth, flat surface
  • The wiggle car makes use of kid-power by harnessing the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity and friction
  • It provides kids with plenty of exercise
  • Helps develop motor skills
  • Features a steering wheel and extra decals
  • Rugged and durable

Free Goodnight Moon & Avengers Apps – Limited Time

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013

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goodnight moon free appFor a limited time you can get a FREE Goodnight Moon interactive story app in the App Store (it doesn’t look like it’s currently free for Android). Not sure how long this will be free for. This book has always been a favorite at our house! Between me and my three kids it’s probably been read thousands of times.

free avengers appI also saw an Avengers interactive story app from the same developer that’s FREE. I’m not sure if it’s always free or if it’s also just for a limited time so I suggest downloading it now if you want it.

Free Apple App for Kids

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013

free apps for kids

Get the Stella and Sam Story Pack for FREE for iPad or iPhone (regularly $6.99) for a limited time.

(Thanks Smart Apps for Kids!)

Amazon: Kids DVDs for under $5!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

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Amazon currently has some children’s DVDs for under $5:

Catch Proof of Santa!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own home. is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos.

In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus or Rudolph and print it as proof… or share it via Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making a great gift idea even if you don’t have kids yourself.

And for even more holiday magic, is giving away 2 iPads! No purchase necessary. Enter here:

Our readers get 25% off your entire order at Use the following Promo Code at checkout SANTA2012 to instantly save: #icaughtsanta

My personal experience:

For the last few years I’ve been providing my children with proof that Santa really visited our house. They love it! It’s become such a fun tradition. They always scour the tree Christmas morning (because that’s where Santa leaves it at our house) to find it. It would also be lots of fun to “set up” your camera before bed to see if you can catch him during the night. makes it incredibly easy. You just need to upload a picture from your house and choose your Santa. Then you can size him and move him to fit perfectly in the picture. Then all you have to do is either print out the picture or what I do is do it a day or two early (like today!) and send it online to Walgreens’ or Walmart’s one-hour photo (for less than $1) and pick up my print. Love it!

Free Personalized Phone Call from Santa, a Tracker, and much more

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012

santa tracker

Make sure to check out Google’s Santa Tracker. Right now it’s a countdown until Santa leaves. And you can scroll through the little village and find personalized phone calls from Santa, games, peeks into how things run at the North Pole, and more. And then in a few days when Santa takes off for his annual flight it will track him on his journey using Google Maps. Way cute!

(Thanks Michelle from Enjoy Utah!)

Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar just $9.99

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012

Amazon has a cute Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar for only $9.99.
Remember that Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Plus, get FREE shipping with Amazon Student, or Amazon Prime, or Super Saver Shipping (when you spend $25).