Self Care in Chaos

Every little mess in the house is bothering me.

It’s maddening. I’m pissed that I’m getting pissed about something as trivial as scattered toys, shoes, book bags, and blankets. But, I look at the mess and I have a visceral reaction.

I cannot escape the chaos for one second. I sweep the floors and turn around and see dust gathering on the TV stand. I walk into the bathroom, to wipe of the toothpaste that’s dried on the counter and notice the residue in the tub. I’m tired of cleaning.

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This isn’t a new emotional roller coaster. I’ve been on this ride many times. And now, I’d like to get off.

So, I’m going to bitch about it. I’m going to put it into perspective. And I’m going to change the ride. I will have a breakdown and cry. Because that’s how I purge my emotions. And after that, I’m going to find my happiness by doing things that I enjoy.

Sure, the chaos will still be there but my energy will be clear. At least, I hope.

The Unmastered Parent

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Today. Honestly, I don’t like you. And I know that I should be appreciative but you’re kind of like that annoying hum of a fly that I can’t capture to quiet. Yeah, I’m well aware that you could be a wasp that stings me in the ass but the noise is maddening. I’m trying to find the precious moment of holding my daughter as she sleeps her first sickness away in my arms. But, all I feel is the heat trying to escape. There’s no point to dress or shower. She’s having a hard time holding things down. The boys aren’t fighting. That should bring much relief. But it’s not. They’re sick. Today, I’m not strong enough for you. I’m trying to put aside my own pain but each step becomes harder and weighed down with exhaustion as the time ticks. This is a juggling act that I still haven’t mastered. So, Today, I’m trying to understand the purpose of you. But, right now, I’m going to flip you off.

12 Days of Christmas: MOM Edition

On the first day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, a surprise classroom party.

On the second day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the third day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

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On the fourth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

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On the seventh day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, attitude about cleaning,
endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, screams meeting Santa,
attitude about cleaning,
endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, zero alone time,
screams meeting Santa,
attitude about cleaning,
endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

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On the tenth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, a splitting migraine,
zero alone time,
screams meeting Santa,
attitude about cleaning,
endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, a broken iPad charger,
a splitting migraine,
zero alone time,
screams meeting Santa,
attitude about cleaning,
endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my children gave to me, a never ending virus,
a broken iPad charger,
a splitting migraine,
zero alone time,
screams meeting Santa,
attitude about cleaning,
endless questions to avoid bedtime,
something sticky on the TV,
fights about dinner,
several broken ornaments,
pee around the toilet
and a surprise classroom party.

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What a Good Eater! English Muffin Pizzas Recipe and Review

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Life has been hectic with a newborn and cooking has hit the back burner. My children have been living off of frozen meals, soup and sandwiches. Practically, anything that I can whip up with a press of a button.

However, What a Good Eater! cookbook has saved the day.  What a Good Eater! is a cookbook of baby and toddler recipes with healthy herbs and spices to add flavor and broaden your baby’s palate. It’s a guide for parents to confidently feed their babies and toddlers wholesome, healthy, age-appropriate foods which help promote a diverse palate right from the get-go. It’s a great gift for the holidays as well as baby showers! Although, my children have outgrown the baby and toddler phase, What a Good Eater! cookbook still had plenty of recipes to pick from.

My boys (ages 8 and 5) and I browsed the recipes which was an enjoyment on it’s own. The pictures of each recipes is vibrant and mouthwatering beautiful. It was no surprise when they decided on Grandma’s English Muffin Pizzas.

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole grain English Muffins (1 package), sliced in halves
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce (use your favorite store-bought brand, or make your own large batch of sauce)
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced into thirds
  • Drizzle (approximately 1 tablespoon) of extra virgin olive oil

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  1. Preheat the over to 375.
  2. Arrange the English muffin halves in a single layer on a baking sheet (you should have 12 pieces).
  3. Spoon approximately 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of sauce onto each of the 6 English muffins, gently spreading with the spoon to cover. Top each one with approximately 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Spread 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese onto each of the remaining 6 English muffins, then top with piece of sliced tomatoes, and drizzle with olive oil. img_2699
  5. Bake the pizzas for approximately 10 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble.
  6. Switch your oven to broil mode, and broil 1-2 minutes or until the cheese starts to lightly brown. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then serve. Buon appetito!

 

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Of course, these were a hit! We will be adding these to our go-to meals. It was simple and quick (and … healthy!). I look forward to adding other ingredients (maybe some olives, peppers, and mushrooms?) to these English muffins too! Another thing that I’ve taken away with this kid friendly recipe is, it will be an awesome birthday party activity! What kid doesn’t enjoy making their own pizza?

Want to check out more of their recipes? What a Good Eater! has you covered with their Virtual Dinner Party which is sponsored by Infinity Jars and Vidalia Chop Wizard.

Infinity Jars offers the larges selection of the world’s finest airtight ultraviolet glass jars and bottles and apothecary containers, designed to preserve the freshness of your herbs, spices, and natural products.

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The Vidalia Chop Wizard is a tool that literally chops your prep time in half. And the best part? No more tears when chopping onions!

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A Life on Repeat

My head is pounding. My neck is stiff. And, my eyes are cursing at me, wondering why I am on the computer.

But here I am. I haven’t written in months (cue the record player to repeat). I feel as though I am accomplishing nothing within my life. So, I figured if I wrote then I could pat myself on the back.

I don’t know who I am anymore. Yes, a mother and a wife. But, is it bad to say I am tired of being a stay at home tumblr_m3mlscI1UN1ru4trao1_500mom? Continue reading

Winter Car Seat Safety

Sara Green

The time has come or is slowly approaching that we must bundle up our children to face the cold outside.

While it’s important to keep our children wrapped up and warm to bear the cold, it’s very important to properly keep them secure in their car seats.

Bulky coats are not safe to wear while buckled in a car seat.

The reason why bulky coats are not safe is due to the fact that it prevents the harness from properly fitting. The harness becomes to loose and can prevent from protecting our children properly during a crash and can even lead to ejection.

To test to see if a winter coat is not safe to be worn, please do the following:

  1. Place child in car seat while wearing the coat. Adjust the harness until you can no longer pinch the material.
  2. Remove the child from the car seat and do…

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