5 Skills Needed to Parent a Toddler

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You know all those baby classes you dutifully attended when you were expecting, the ones where you showed up with your sharpened #2 and 3-ring binder? They were so helpful, right? How to birth, bathe, rock, swaddle, feed the baby. Invaluable lessons for a first-time (or second- or third-time) parent. Well, where the hell is my toddler class?? Seriously! I think I need some classes to learn a few skills that would be helpful when raising a toddler. Read on for some suggested talents that you mommas-to-be should consider brushing up on. 1. Alligator wrestler - Ever wrestle an alligator? Try diapering an obstinate toddler. Lately I've had to learn how to put a diaper on backwards as my 20 month old screams and tries to crawl away from … [Continue reading]

Spring into Action: Five Things You’ll Want to Add to Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved Spring cleaning. Call me crazy, but I kinda love it. The breeze blowing through the open windows, the lemony-fresh scent of cleaning solution in the air, and no more dust bunnies under the couch. (I could hear them scurrying around under there all winter!) In our house, “Spring Cleaning 2016” went a little something like this: I tackle the living room and bedrooms while my hubby works hard on the bathroom, garage and landscaping (that’s some of his handiwork above). How you divide up the work in your home is up to you, but remember this: a good cleaning can actually save … [Continue reading]

I LOVE YOU, GOOD NIGHT

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When I was a few months pregnant with my daughter, my husband bought I Love You, Good Night for me. He would read it to my belly every night and it has become one of our daughter's favorite books since. It's a sweet book where a momma tells her baby all the ways in which she loves him. And there's lots of food references - would you have expected anything less from my foodie husband? I was able to reach out to the author, Susan Schade, for a short interview. Ms. Schade works alongside her husband, Jon Buller. She writes. He illustrates. Thankfully they met that one fateful summer when she was a waitress on Martha’s Vineyard. After getting a BFA from Cornell University, the husband and wife team traveled to California and New Mexico, and … [Continue reading]

WHEN ZOMBIE WIVES ATTACK

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A conversation with my zombie-obsessed husband after I shared the following gem from the New York Times. Me: Whoa!! "Aim for the head" The husband: Awesome. I sooooo want there to be a zombie outbreak. If you get bitten, I'll shoot you in the head before you turn into a zombie. Because I love you, baby. Me: How are you going to shoot me in the head after I bite your face off?   … [Continue reading]

SANITY SAVERS: I’D RATHER EAT GLASS

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Grocery shopping is like amusement park bumper cars, a bad family reunion, and a visit to the dentist all rolled into one. There’s the woman who parks her cart right in the middle of the aisle. The Fertile Myrtle with her seven children running up and down the aisles screaming and wreaking havoc everywhere. There are those that rule the road and you better move or lose a toe. There’s the store clerks with a one-track mind who couldn’t care less that you need a bag of potatoes: must.unload.onions. And then there’s you. Cautiously you weave up down the aisles, dodging sticky fingers and toe murderers. You check both ways before exiting an aisle, lest a toddler terror runs out in front of you or speedy comes barreling through. You’re trying … [Continue reading]

Back on Track: How to Catch Your Breath After a Crazy Holiday Season

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of PPL Electric Utilities. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own. #ProjectEnvolve #GetEnvolved   I’ve finally caught my breath. Not, I’m not talking about chasing my five-year-old through a crowded department store at the height of holiday shopping season (although that did happen). I’m talking about finally getting back on track after the holidays. If you find yourself still struggling to catch your post-holiday breath — and save electricity — today’s blog entry is for you. As always, this entry and the valuable tips it includes is brought to you by the folks at Project Envolve, which is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. CATCH YOUR BUDGET BREATH No doubt about … [Continue reading]

How Having Children is Like Living in a Frat House

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Ray Romano said it best - having children is like living in a frat house. I have to say, you were spot on, Ray! But you're missing a few points. No worries. Four years of college provided me with a lot of expertise in areas such as consoling a crying drunk person, convincing your annoying friend that jumping off "that" isn't safe, and learning to always breathe through your mouth. Somewhere between donning my cap and gown and watching the word "pregnant" pop up on that little white stick, these things became less fun. But alas, every day is now like being at a permanent frat party, which makes me more than qualified to expand on Mr. Romano's list, don't ya think? Here are 10 more ways in which living with a toddler is like living in a … [Continue reading]

Write from the Heart

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So, you want to be a writer, huh? I know what you’re saying: “No, I want to be a blogger.” Well, guess what? In a world in which Wordpress is the new Random House, it’s pretty much the same thing. In fact, some would argue that it’s harder to create a successful blog than it is to publish a book. And maintaining a really successful blog? That’s like penning a New York Times bestseller. A person could write 100 different blog entries, each packed with different blog writing tips, but the tip I’m going to focus on today is writing from the heart. That’s because the most successful blogs don’t just cover a specific topic, they form relationships between the blog readers and the blog writer. And the strongest relationships come from the … [Continue reading]

KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN O’BRYANT

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Ketchup is a vegetable. It’s true. Really. Robin O’Bryant says so (or at least us mommas like to tell ourselves that it counts). In her book Ketchup Is A Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, Robin bares it all in this no-holds-barred look into her life as a wife and mom of three. With chapters entitled “Boob Sweat” and “Eff the PTA and Their Effin Carpool Line,” you’ll get a hysterically honest look at motherhood. Now, I know all you new moms to be out there don’t want your perfect little dream shattered – you know the one, where you bring your pink, bouncing baby home to a life filled with sparkly rainbows and sweet coos all the time. You might see the rainbows but that’s only because you’ve slept a total of three hours in the … [Continue reading]

Recipe: When is a Lasagna Not a Lasagna? (When It’s Lasagna Roll-Ups!)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RecipeTwist #CollectiveBias If it were up to my husband and daughter, we’d eat lasagna three or four times a week. While I do enjoy a good lasagna now and again, I’m more of a once a week kind of woman (they’re a lot of work!). To satisfy their hunger for cheesy pasta mixed with tomato sauce and other goodies, I’ve discovered a few recipes designed to put a different spin on the traditional Italian favorite. One of those recipes is the tasty lasagna roll-ups I’ll share with you today. I picked up all the ingredients I need for my roll-ups during a recent trip to Walmart, where I also bought some Christmas wrapping paper. … [Continue reading]