Mama Monday – Pedicures Anyone?

If you are anything like me, you take care of everyone in the house first and then if, you have time and more like energy left over you do something for yourself….sound familiar?

I know and everyone tells you that you are a better mom/wife/partner/everything if you do take time for yourself, so I did just that this weekend and took a couple of delicious hours just for myself!

Ok, so I did get the car washed – but I sat in the sun by myself for 30 minutes WITH MY EYES CLOSED – can’t do that with a 13 month & 3 1/2 year old with you. I then treated myself to a juice smoothie and headed over to the nail salon for a pedicure and mini-massage. Maybe the best three hours I have had in a couple of months!

You don’t have to make a big production out of taking time for yourself – just do simple things that give you a chance to just be.

Kick your feet up everyone once in awhile….I promise, you deserve it!

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Halloween Candy Hangover

Last night was the first time my 3 1/2 year old got the “real” experience of trick or treating! Needless to say, she had a great time. I told her when I picked her up from preschool yesterday that she would be allowed to eat as much candy as she wanted tonight. She thought that she had hit the mommy jackpot…little did she know what was to come!

My little sweetie, who I “protect” from sugary and processed foods as much as possible went buckwild and practically ate every piece of candy that got dropped in her bucket.  At the end of the night – we pulled out her little pumpkin bucket and looked at all her goodies. I told her that she had the option to either eat one more piece and she could “donate” the rest and mommy and daddy would buy her a small toy or she could get one piece a day until it was gone. I think this partly worked in my favor because she was so full of candy when I gave her the choice but she also is a sucker for new toys. Luckily, my neighbors are awesome and “treated” with a lot of other items besides candy…my favorite – seaweed & Cliff bars:

and also other items, like pencils, erasers, stickers (what kid doesn’t love them) so she didn’t feel like she wasn’t keeping anything:

This plan was great for all! She was able to trick or treat and eat candy AND we got all the candy out of the office so mommy didn’t eat it for the next week :)…not so lucky for my co-workers who I “donated” the candy too!

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It’s A……

Recently, we received two very fun and unique announcements from friends sharing that they’re expecting and if it’s a baby boy or girl. And they’re just too cute not to share with you! Bonus? These expecting moms found a fun way to make their announcements fun for family and friends both near and far!

One really unique way of revealing the exciting news? (It’s delicious, too, if you live nearby!) A friend posted this on Facebook:

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And a few hours later…

 

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Love this idea? We thought you might! See below for instructions on how to make your very own “Baby Cakes”

Baby Cakes

1) Prepare a batch of your favorite cupcakes (24 count). Let cool completely.
2) Mix up the filling while cupcakes are cooling:

2 tsp. hot water
1/4 tsp. salt
1 jar marshmallow cream (7oz)
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Food coloring (Red or Blue)

3). Dissolve salt in hot water and set aside to cool.
4). Whip marshmallow cream, shortening, sugar, and vanilla until it’s fluffy.
5). Add in cooled salt water and whip well until completely combined.
6). Add drops of food coloring to filling and whip until you have your desired color.
7). Fill your cakes:

Place filling in a pastry icing bag with a #22 star tip.
Insert tip into top of cupcake and gently squeeze until a small amount of filling is in the cupcake. You can also cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake and spoon filling in if you prefer.

8). Frost your cakes with your favorite icing to cover up the colored dot on the top of the cupcakes.
9) Serve to family and friends to share the wonderful news!

 

Another friend made the announcement by combining her love of photography, design and shoes!

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Did you do anything fun or different to let your loved ones know the good news? Let us know!

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Mama Monday: Sleeping with an almost 11 month old and three year old!

I don’t think I have had a decent night’s sleep in close to four years. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but probably not. My girls are only two and half years apart. I had about six months in-between pregnancy/breastfeeding and getting pregnant again. We planned this so I knew it was happening but the funny thing about kids is that even when you plan you have no idea what you are getting yourself into!

Here is my current situation and I happily solicit any and all recommendations. The baby is still nursing throughout the night! Ok, before you judge, let me give you some background: My girls share a room and it is a lot easier to have one baby up in the middle of the night than two. So we have not tested the “cry it out” method as we did with my first daughter because of the baby possibly waking up the three year old. However, mama has just about reached her limit and if I don’t get some sleep I don’t know how I am going to continue to function. This is how a typical night goes….

Dinner/bath/bed – sounding pretty familiar I am sure.  My husband (when he is not traveling for work) usually takes the three year old for teeth/hair brushing, story and bed. Most nights she goes to sleep but sometimes I will have to lay down with her for “one minute” after I get the baby down. As my husband gets the three year old down, the baby and I lay on my bed and I nurse her to sleep. Wondering where the problem is? It starts anywhere from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am. The baby wakes up and starts crying. I drag myself down to their bedroom and retrieve her so she won’t wake her sister. I have tried to nurse her quickly and lay her back down but she always wakes up and starts crying as soon as I put her down. So now I just bring her back to bed with me…. Yes, I can hear the tongues clicking at this. I nurse her back to sleep in our bed and she falls asleep….For like, 15 minutes and then it starts again. And again. And again… This continues until the alarm goes off or our three year old comes in to wake us up.

Obviously, my quick fix solution isn’t working for anyone. I am not sleeping, the baby is not sleeping and my husband may be pretending to sleep but probably isn’t. How do I get this baby to sleep in her crib through the night?

Proof that she does sleep….

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