The holidays, as we all know, can be super stressful especially for us parents. Between buying gifts for EVERYONE; family, teachers, the mailman, the garbage men, the neighbors, the neighbor's dog and whoever else, traveling expenses if you're visiting family in Timbuktu, cooking, baking, party preparation and housing out-of-town relatives, we're dishing out money like it's the newest fad. Then making sure the fuckin' elf is moved before the kids wake up, remembering advent calendars, decorating your tree; the inside of your house; the outside of your house, your goddamn holiday bathroom towels (not here! sorry!) your kids wanting EVERYTHING even before Santa comes...seriously, no matter where you go they ALWAYS want SOMETHING). Then knowing that you have to clean out your fuckin' playroom-o'-death because there are going to be a million more toys and books and SHIT to fill it up again...And that's all on top of the normal household crap: laundry, cooking four meals each for breakfast, lunch and dinner (because of course the kids don't want what you've made them the first or second or even third time), cleaning, changing diapers, wiping asses, calming tantrums...and the list goes on. It's stressful as hell people!
Let me tell you something: my tree is half-decorated and I'll probably put my outdoor lights up the day my in-laws fly into town. My walls are unfinished with taping lines everywhere and I have carpet missing from construction we are doing in the house. I have temporary curtains up on my living room windows that look like college dorm tapestries, I have done NOT ONE BIT of shopping outside of the internet and I have a huge pile of brown boxes in the garage filled with gifts!! Why Dear, Heavenly Baby Jesus do we have to wrap all of these gifts??!!!
Fine, for the non-kid present a nicely wrapped gift is always nice to look at and open up...but over the last few years I've realized that my kids, no matter what age, have given ZERO SHITS about ripping open paper-wrapped gifts! Every Christmas I'd hear "Oh, they're not really going to care so much about the gift. But they're just going to love ripping the paper!" Um...no bitch, not the truth. I literally thought there was something wrong with my kids because they literallly didn't give a fuck about the damn paper! WTF??!
So, my mother has this adorable little tree in the den where the kids play. She put empty boxes underneath it to look like presents. Well, ya know the saying "Give 'em a toy and they'll play with the box?" That's TOTALLY my kids!! They gravitated toward these little empty christmas boxes, started putting their toys inside and carrying them around...then opening them up like it was a new gift!
After seeing so many pictures of mountains of perfectly wrapped presents (done early) on facebook, instagram and snapchat I feel like a dumbass that I don't even know where my wrapping paper is! I even bought holiday paper last year thinking I'd have it on-hand to get a "jump" on things! hahaha!
Don't get me wrong, I can wrap a damn gift like the best of 'em but like I've said many times before...I don't have my shit together! Like I REALLY DON'T!! So wrapping gifts usually happens on Christmas Eve and that fiasco lasts till at least 2 a.m. (Partly because I have so many gifts to wrap and partly because I procrastinate like a motherfucker).
I should have learned from my father-in-law who has been using the same boxes for years now...Each person having their own set of matching "nesting boxes." So this year I'm taking a cue from my father-in-law and kids and the empty boxes from my mom's little tree and taking my ass to the dollar store and getting a bunch of holiday boxes that I don't even have to put ribbons on!! And maybe I'll get a little fancy and buy some tissue paper!
I'm also planning on keeping some gifts unwrapped altogether because when the kids come out and see the unwrapped toys they freak at the instant view. (Just another thought too!)
Listen, if you don't have your gifts wrapped yet don't fret! Just say Fuck-it! And get holiday boxes. Save a ton of time, headache and a boatload of trees because they are reusable for years to come! Make sure each your family members have their own design so you can decipher whose is whose. Or just buy removable labels so they don't ruin the boxes and can be re-labeled.
PLEASE have an AMAZING Christmas and as always I hope this post eases your mind a little! Lets enjoy the holiday and hopefully now you are able to check at least one thing off of your "stress list!"
Please Like and Share the shit outta this because I'd really like to reach as many people as possible...because that's the point isn't it?
Be kind to each other and PEACE OUT!! xoxo
Whattup Humans?! It's been a while. With the kids getting sick, the holidays approaching and my hubbs preparing for an operation I have had so much shit going on that I haven't had a minute to post anything...Well, the dry-spell is over!
Before you is yet ANOTHER (sort-of) recipe...or rather "an easy tip." Go forth and embark on your journey of enjoyment and delight as this easy addition will lend a welcome boost to almost any savory dish! (Poetic, eh?)
I actually took pictures the last time I made a batch because I knew I wouldn't have time when my husband went in for surgery.
So, knowing he’d be out of commission for a while...well…I guess you could say I planned ahead (which NEVER fuckin happens…like…E-V-E-R)...I'll take the WIN on this one!!
So...here we go...Easy as fuckin pie. NO...Easier!!! And by the way who the hell coined that phrase??!! I highly doubt pie is really that easy to make. Who's with me on this one?!! Right??!!! No? OK fine...forget the pie..
Alrighty...so, since beginning my “journey” on a Keto lifestyle (a very low carb diet) I’ve had to get creative in certain ways to keep my food interesting, easy-to-make and most importantly TASTY! (NOTE: This “recipe” IS FOR EVERYONE…not just for Keto people)
I was absolutely DETERMINED to stick to this WOE (way of eating) through Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays so I had to come up with a plan. Since I was unable to have stuffing (my favorite) or sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie or any sugary dessert for that matter (all my favorite!) I had to get creative with making food that would keep my mind off of those sweet and “bready” dishes. So I made myself a dip that I found on www.ruled.me, which is an amazing site for understanding and supporting a ketogenic lifestyle.
I used the basic recipe of their Roasted Garlic and Bacon Spinach Dip (amazing and coming soon to my blog!)…but changed some things around to suit my taste. BUT what I DID NOT change was the best ingredient in the recipe (other than bacon of course)…ROASTED GARLIC.
Roasted garlic has, well...a roasted taste! Roasting it eliminates pungent taste that fresh garlic and even garlic powder has and gives any dish a mild delicious garlicky flavor. It is smooth in texture and can be spread on bread like butter or, like I did for my husband…(my mouth watered the whole damn time) spread it over a piece of buttered, sliced Italian round loaf with a little salt and pepper and put it in the oven under the broiler to toast…OMG instant garlic bread heaven.
There are tons of uses for it at the bottom of this post. And it doesn’t hurt to get creative! You can make it in bulk or one bulb at a time. I like to make a bunch and then put the peeled cloves in a mason jar in the fridge. You’ll be surprised how much you use and how quickly you run out of it! Freezing some of the batch to use at a later date is also an option.
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Peel away most of the outter layers of the garlic bulb.
3. Cut off the tops of the garlic.
4. Cluster together (cut-side on top) in parchment or aluminum.
5. Drizzle a little olive oil on top of each bulb sprinkle with salt and pepper and close the foil or tie parchment with cooking twine (I used the parchment with aluminum to close it because I couldn't find my twine! Get your shit together Dawn!!)
6. Put in oven for about 25 minutes and then check every ten minutes thereafter. You want the garlic to be nicely browned.
7. Once browned, let the garlic cool a little. Peel the cloves and put in an aitright container to store in the fridge.
8. You can store some in the freezer to use at a later date if you'd like to.
A Few Ways to Use Roasted Garlic:
As always, thank you for reading. Please post any other ideas, questions, additions in the comments below. And "Likes" and "Shares" are ALWAYS appreciated!!! Thank you and enjoy!!
So since the kids are sick and they're actually sitting quiet for a minute I wanted to share this quickly before one of them tries to crawl back into my hoo-ha.
This year, Victoria's Secret announced that they will no longer be selling clothing or swimsuits. BALLS! The one year where I FINALY found a nice one piece that didn't scream "MOM SUIT" and they fuckin bail on me!
Years ago, like probably around the year 2002...so I really mean "years ago"...when I was young and thin...like young, tight tummy skin and all, I bought a few suits from Venus.com. Now, their suits were nice (not crazy good...but they were nice) BUT their clothes were reminiscent of a "Boca Babe"...Like, Florida-living, Retired husband, rhinestone-wearing, wealthy trophy wife kinda clothes (not judging, sensitive America) they were just geared to a very specific type of person with a very specific style.
So, needless to say I never bought clothes from them and haven't bought a suit from them since '02. But as I was browsing facebook (weird) I came across an ad for VENUS. I thought..."why the hell not. Lemme just look just to see if they've stepped their game up." And I was pleasantly surprised!
Not only have they improved their clothing and swimsuit line, they also carry a bunch of new things.
Here is the link to their Holiday Gift Guide that I thought was pretty cute!
Stay healthy my friends! Thanks for reading. Much Love! xoxo
So, a favorite restaurant of mine makes the most scrumptious shrimp and grits. The shrimp are marinated in a chili sauce and the grits are blended with cheddar cheese and it's topped off with a bit of chili oil.
Seriously, when eating it you wonder...
"how on earth could something so simple be so freaking delicious?!!" Well, with some things, the simpler the better.
My mother tried to replicate the recipe and pretty much nailed it BUT because of my diet I am unable to enjoy REAL corn grits with the rest of the family.
So one day I decided to figure this shit out and here it is...beautifully easy and in all it's glory...This isn't exactly a "recipe" but more a way of preparing the "grits" (or "polenta" if you're tryin' ta get all fancy) because the possibilities of flavor combinations are endless. They can even be eaten for breakfast with some maple syrup, chia seeds, berries and so on...
So, instead of using corn meal to make the grits we are using almond meal (also known as almond flour). You can use either finely ground (creamier) or regular ground for a tad more texture. If it doesn't specify on the packaging then it's most likely regular ground.
Tonight, I made my grits using finely ground almond meal here because that's just what I had in the cabinet...and enjoyed the shit outta them after the kids went down. It was a small bowl of goodness that was SSOOO needed after these past few days of having sick babies and being a tad sick myself.
I put some shredded chicken breast that I made in the instant pot (took me only 20 minutes!)...A post on that amazingness soon!
OK, So I'm going to give you a recipe to use as a baseline for customization...but seriously anyone who is able to boil water can make this...because boiling water is pretty much what it entails...
1 cup almond flour/meal
1 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tbsp grass-fed butter (optional)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (the good kind that you find in the dairy/deli department though...not that shit you find on the dry-shelf)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese or shredded Mexican blend
OK...Let's make it:
Side note...This will be more filling than normal grits/polenta so smaller portions are recommended. It also saves pretty well so any leftovers can be stored in the fridge. If they are a little too thick/dry after reheating them just add a smidge more water. That should do the trick.
Can also be included in a Paleo diet if you eliminate the dairy.
Hope this finds you all well and that you love the shit outta this stuff like I do!
As always, it would be GREATLY appreciated if you would "share" the love with others.
Have fun and stay sweary people! Much love. xoxo
I posted my "call for help" the other night wanting to thank my few but important readers and to ask them what they wanted me to write about. I REALLY didn't expect much of a response because I didn't think it was an "educational" or super informative post..basically I thought it was going to turn readers off because of the "lameness" factor...but I was still hoping someone, ANYONE would comment. I was SSOOOO surprised and SSOOOO incredibly touched with all of the wonderful words of encouragement and input I actually received!!!
I can't begin to explain how much it all means to me. I had gotten emotional reading responses more than a few times today. This kind of feedback lights my fire and I can't WAIT to continue writing.
So, I posted this video today because after reading what you all wanted to hear about and some of your concerns, I HAD to IMMEDIATELY get my thoughts down somehow...and with only a phone on hand...well, my only way was to record my damn self...
...Aaannd got so emotional and flustered at the end that I couldn't even say the name of my website correctly!! TOTALLY EMBARRASSING! And every time I watch this video I get teary-eyed at the end (not because I eff'd up but because I'm just so damn thankful for you all)...For real...Thank you...Yes, YOU :-)
Most of my thoughts are jumbled but they're all from the heart...(my #1 priority ALWAYS)
BUT now that I'm home and the kids are asleep I can now organize my thoughts and elaborate a bit more.
You ARE a GOOD Mommy
No matter how many mistakes you make, no matter how many times you cry, no matter how many times you want to give up...you don't...because you LOVE your child(ren) and you want the best for them. You stress about tons of shit...because want the best for your children...because YOU are a good mom. You know fully well that life is not perfect and that mostly everything is out of your control especially when babies and children are involved BUT you still strive for perfection because there's always a slight chance that things will ACTUALLY go your way for once...and sometimes they do...because you don't give up...because you're a good mom! As long as you are trying and as long as you care...YOU ARE A GOOD MOM!!!
Trust your Instincts
My pediatrician said to me once that "Mommy is always right until proven wrong" when it comes to her kids especially. It's so true...We spend countless hours with our children and we know them inside and out. We have some kind of instinct, connection, radar and we must trust all of that. Whether you're a new mom or a seasoned parent...it doesn't matter...you have it...promise...
You will ABSOLUTELY love baby #2 as much as baby #1
Hey, you have a lot of shit going on right now. You're already dealing with a little a-hole who you love and adore with every fiber of your being and have gotten to know them very well since they were born... and you're going to have to do the same with the second. You know you're supposed to love this little baby that just came into the world (and you TOTALLY DO!) But you know nothing about him or her. Kind of like when you had your first (but different) except you have gotten to be best friends with #1 and you can't imagine how you could do the same with this new little creature (but it happens!!) Just be patient and give it time. Remember when you first had #1?? They were just eating, pooping, peeing, crying, sleeping (sometimes) machines! And then at around 4 to 6 months they started to interact, really show a personality and you'll REALLY start getting to know them. And it's going to be AWESOME!!! And then when the two of them are old enough to interact and play together and love each other and cuddle and kiss and sing and dance together you're going to REALLY realize you made an THE BEST decision of giving them the gift of each other...and your heart will burst a million times over! You're going to love most things they do and not-like-with-a-passion some other things they do...and remember each child is unique. So, two different sets of "likes" and "dislikes" and a unique and special love for each child that grows stronger every day...I Promise!!!
Sometimes you're gonna lose your shit and that's okay
At first you are going to feel like you're betraying #1 and then you'll feel even worse when you start to lose your patience and yell at them too...like ALL THE TIME...Just remember you're not the only one!! Again, a lot of changes are going on...for you, for child #1 and your family as a whole. Stress is at an all-time high (and if you're not stressed then kudos to you...you're superwoman) not to mention you just had a freaking baby and are recovering from that semi-traumatic thing called childbirth. So give yourself time to heal after birth, get used to the new shit-show called "your life" and give yourself some slack.
Just make shit up as you go!
Seriously, you can only read (or listen to) so many books and take so much advice from others before you f*ckin burst! You have all of this information jumbled up in your head and can't make sense of it because your brain isn't functioning and you don't know what the hell to do...Well, this is the point where you just start to make shit up...totally. You want to strive for perfection because that's ideal...but not realistic. These little human beings are unpredictable honey badgers and we become masters of improvising. And don't worry about that time you had to give child #1 a bowl of goldfish as a meal because...well, because of a lot of reasons...
ASK FOR F*CKING HELP!!!
Both first-time mommies and "seasoned" mommies...I know you need to learn all that you can about being a mom and that you want to try and do everything by yourself...You don't want to ask for help because you don't want to seem incapable or weak...(just listen to yourself...WTF??) This is craziness! You are only ONE person. Your hormones went from an all-time high to then plummeting after childbirth. Your body and mind are trying to recover from the trauma (while not being able to sleep because the baby needs to eat every freaking three hours...sometimes more often), you're probably learning how to breastfeed (which, for me was stressful as f*ck) or are feeling guilty for giving the baby formula when you just couldn't take it anymore. On top of that you may have more than one child...and child #1 may be trying to get used to his big boy bed as your colicky daughter cries for hours on end at bedtime every night! (yep, me). You MUST ask for help. You are a SUPER WOMAN...not "Superwoman"...notice what I did right there?? :-) Whether you call on family, a friend, a babysitter, or an online support group...JUST DO IT. Again, you're a good momma...And this goes for anyone with children at ANY AGE...seriously...just f*cking ask for help...do it for you, for your kids and for your husband/significant other...for your family...because your body and mind needs it (you can see how passionate I am about this one) So, do-it-to-it!!
Get the EFF Out!
This goes hand-in-hand with the whole "ask for help" bit. Get someone to watch the kid(s) and get the hell out of the damn house! Us mommas can get stir crazy and with all of the noice (or tip-toeing during nap time) we need some time to just f*cking breathe!!! When I was prego with #2 (Arya) I'd literally leave the house while my husband stayed with #1 (Gunnar), get an ice cream cone from Carvel, sit in my car and listen to an ebook...or cry...sometimes because I was happy to be alone and sometimes because I felt guilty about wanting to LEAVE...and sometimes I was just able to take a breath of relief and be super thankful I had a moment to myself and my ice cream.
Whatever it is...get out for a moment. Seriously...
I just want to reiterate the fact that I am simply a lady with a sweary vocabulary that's sharing her experiences and opinions. In no way, shape or form do I claim to be an expert in medicine, child development, relationships or the like. (Just felt the need to...well, basically to save my own ass!!)
As always, thank you for reading! Much love to all! xoxo
Since starting this blog, writing is constantly on my mind. We have started to gain momentum (and when I say "we" I mean the blog and my overall "self") and I don't want to lose it. Full steam ahead is the only way to do something like this to get my words out there...
BUT I don't want to write just for the sake of writing. I want my readers to enjoy their experience with me and know that every word that comes out of my mouth is meaningful, from the heart and completely organic. I don't want to spew bs EVER.
Every day isn't planned and when an idea speaks to me I have to type right away before that beautiful idea leaves me forever...Like now, as my daughter sits at the table eating a clementine peel and my son is "making art" (coloring with crayons) waiting for their waffles to come out of the toaster...(and they've been out already for a minute)...bad momma!
There have been many occasions that friends, acquaintances, family have called/messaged/texted me asking for my input...I don't know why...maybe they think I just know things (which I do...sort of) or they think that I actually have my shit together (which I sometimes do...sort of), but it's nice to be able to help in one way or another. AND for them to ACTUALLY LISTEN to me and my feedback (I do have a tendency to talk a lot) it means that they have some kind of trust in my experience and opinion which is SUPER SUPER freakin' flattering!!!
Which comes to the reason why I started this blog...
My mind is always going and gears are always turning. I have so many ideas about random shit (hence the name of my blog) but don't consider myself to belong to one specific niche which everyone keeps telling me that I have to do!
I don't want to be labeled as a niche blog. I just want to help people with my personal experiences and knowledge of some cool shit!!
I have pages of blog-post ideas and I read over them about every day, but until something jumps at me I don't write...I just can't force it...
So, here's where I am asking for help. Help me help you! I would love to know if there is anything that you, the reader would like to know about. If you have any questions about baby stuff, kid stuff, diapers, food, amazon products, weight loss, eating, shoes, workouts, I dunno...anything!! Please take a teeny moment to comment below or comment on Facebook and I will pick something that jumps out at me. I will also add your ideas to my list of "things to write about" so that I may write about them at a later date. It doesn't have to be now but this is just a reminder that when you think of something, PLEASE let me know...Chances are that I've been through it or I know someone that has :-)
And to be able to put your mind at ease, teach you something or give you another perspective on a subject...well, that would be a wonderful thing...
I know there aren't many of you yet...but those of you who are reading are completely crucial in the spreading word of my awesome shit! I would love to write a post directly from the demands of my few, but SPECIAL and IMPORTANT readers!
Whether you know it or not...YOU are my inspiration for writing...the fact that you are reading and following... giving me hope that i'm somehow making an impression...well, for this I am forever grateful...
Can't wait to hear from you.
Thank you! Be kind. Much Love xoxo
So, it's Thanksgiving eve and most young, cool people are either out drinking or are the ones actually serving the drinks...OR are going on an awesome freakin' vacation somewhere warm and amazing...And I'm here in my living room watching my man Harry Potter sipping on a drink of my own writing about my life and spaghetti squash...damn straight! No Place I'd rather be...(except maybe on one of those awesome vacations to someplace warm)...but that's besides the point...
The precious information I'm about to disclose will DRAMATICALLY change your eating experience for the better...I promise...
The beautiful thing about spaghetti squash is that when cooked, the flesh of the squash is reminiscent of spaghetti, hence the name.
AWESOME..So, if you're on a no-grain, low-carb, gluten free or clean eating diet but still love the idea of having spaghetti, this scrumptious gourd is a great substitute for the real thing.
BUT most people are doing it wrong!!
Wait...This is NOT the ideal way...small child-style cut spaghetti (above)
Let's stop the madness people!! I'm constantly seeing posts about delicious spaghetti squash recipes but the damn squash is cut in half length-wise and then roasted, then "forked" so the spaghetti-like flesh breaks apart...But don't you ever get pissed off at the fact that this method doesn't give you long strings that you can twirl on a fork like real pasta? The strings come out just too damn short! I used to refuse to eat this kind of squash because I felt like I was eating child-cut pasta instead of REAL twirl-able spaghetti!
Well, I'm going to teach you how to avoid the short-cut child-sized spaghetti squash strings and get long lifelike strings that make you feel like you're ACTUALLY eating REAL spaghetti...this is going change your world forever.
Thanks to my mother-in-law who's in town visiting I was able to sit down at a REAL table without a pile of clothes waiting to be folded on it and actually enjoy this tasty bowl of "yum"... And it wouldn't be complete without "King Kong" joining me over in the corner...Whoop whoop!! (now to put that laundry away...)
OK! Lets do it to it humans!
You will need:
Now, let's do the damn thing:
6. Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes (i like to flip them half way through but this is not necessary)
7. After tender, remove from oven, let cool and then fork the spaghetti-like flesh into the middle of the "ring"
8. Top with your favorite sauce or whatever you'd like and enjoy!
You can also make a bunch ahead of time and keep it in a container in the fridge which is what I like to do at least!
I know it's late but I hope this got to some of you before you started cooking for the big feast tomorrow!
Have a wonderful, happy and safe Thanksgiving...We all have something, if not MANY things to be thankful for so let us remember that!!
Be kind, thanks for reading and ENJOY!!! xoxo
Good evening and happy Saturday! So, I know this isn't a food blog...but I happen to love food and when I come across something super freakin' easy AND amazingly delicious that also has the extra benefit of being healthy then I HAVE to share!
Scope this shit out...seriously... Even if you're not a dark chocolate kinda person I feel like you'll enjoy this. It's definitely sweet enough (you can absolutely alter the sweetness to your liking)...AND the raspberries lend a sweet yet tangy fruit flavor which balances the bitterness of the dark chocolate. It's such a perfect combo... Did I mention this recipe is sugar-free?? But NOT sweetened with artificial garbage. This decadent treat is sweetened with natural sweeteners and by the taste of it you'd never know it! PLUS there's a butt-load of dietary fiber too (pun definitely intended)
Since I can't consume sugars and since I LOVE cookies and chocolates, this little bit of deliciousness satisfies my sweet tooth. I always need a little something sweet after a meal or something later in the evening and having this on hand is so helpful in sticking to this no-sugar thing I've got going' on here...
The beauty of this recipe is that it is COMPLETELY customizable. You want it sweeter? You want fruit? You want nuts? eh hem... You want just the chocolate?? You got it... It's all up to you...
A double boiler or a sauce pan and a microwave/heat safe bowl
Sheet pan lined with parchment, wax paper or aluminum foil OR chocolate molds.(you can get the fun shaped ones or you can get the break-apart bar molds which I just ordered and can't WAIT to use!
I hope you enjoy my simple recipe and the snacking experience that goes along with it! I just can't get enough of it...definitely adding more raspberries next time...and maybe some hazelnuts!
Remember, you can customize the crap outta this recipe so have fun with it!
Comments and questions are ALWAYS welcome below! I will make sure to get back to you ASAP.
As always, be effing kind to one another and have a wonderful rest of the weekend! Thanks for reading :-) xoxo
As I sit here in the ER with my husband sleeping in a hospital bed (yeah, the spinal tap saga continues. His headaches were getting so severe that they had to perform a "blood patch"...kinda cool but kinda gross if you don't have the stomach for that kind of stuff) I'm thinking...hey, why not take advantage of this time to write a little something while my hubbs got some shuteye. And this way when we get home I can finish cleaning the playroom o' death once my honey badgers go to sleep...
OK...so first of all I need to take this time to give a shoutout to my mom!!! Best woman I know. I called her this morning trying to keep it together (yeah, ok...what does "together" mean again?) ...I swear...I didn't even ask her if she was busy or anything...I just spewed out half crying "Ma, can you take Arya today and then pick Gunnar up from school and maybe feed them dinner because I don't know what time we'll be home?!" BAM..."Sure, no problem" First good moment of the morning...Thank. You. Gaga. And good thing because here I am...in the ER. Sweet...
Ya see, I may have been smiling in the messy-kitchen picture from yesterday's post...but I was literally crying inside...like overwhelmed crying...like my mind wasn't working, could barely keep my thoughts straight and I may just lay on the floor while pulling out my hair, giving up in protest kind of crying! It just sucks when you have a headache, are overwhelmed and can't think straight but you don't want to complain to your husband because he just had a freaking spinal tap and is suffering from an excruciating migraine himself...so SUCK IT UP DAWN...Nope...sorry, I couldn't...my body and mind and emotions took over and I broke down the second I heard my mom's voice! Sweet!
Ok back to the miracle product in my title: SO, remember on my homepage introduction I said that I had a SERIOUS Amazon.com addiction? Well, I have actually yet to mention Amazon once....until today. And I wanted my first recommendation to be damn good.
Looking back on when my kids were newborns/infants...which wasn't very long ago but seems like FOREVER ago somehow...There were so many different products that I used to try and make my life easier (ha!) Some worked and some didn't. And some of them I thought worked but it could have just been a total coincidence. But whatever...I'll take it!
My good friend Stefanie Cole (owner of Stefanie Cole Photography - If you're in the Fairfield/New Haven area of Connecticut you should TOTALLY check her out. She's amazing!) ok...so she and I were talking one day because she had her son Jameson at the same time I had Arya and we were having some "mommy talk" and comparing notes and got onto the topic of sleep, swaddling, and transitioning from the basinet/rock-n-play to the crib. I had used the rock-n-play for Gunnar till he was about 5 months. He never liked being swaddled and I was terrified when he'd roll onto his belly in the crib so I kept him in that thing till the last possible moment and was planning on doing the same thing with Arya until Stef told me about the Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit.
Holy hell, how did I not know about this thing??!!!! I thought I was the Amazon Queen! If it was out there I knew about it...or so I thought. This sleep suit was literally M A G I C A L. It looks like a straight jacket but it's not. It's soft, breathable and it keeps your little one on their back and if they don't like to be swaddled or are breaking out of the swaddle this is the answer. And the company is great...have any questions and they are there to answer! Their website is also very informative.
I know I know, it really does look super awkward and stiff...but I assure you it is not. These precious babies are not restricted and can move their limbs...but with babies this small they have that startle reflex which can wake them often and this sleepsuit helps calm them AND keeps their little razor-sharp baby nails away from their faces!
My family made fun of me for putting her in a "weird looking contraption" BUT I didn't give a shit...my daughter was SLEEPING...like, SLEEPING SLEEPING! It was like it flipped a switch and BAM...her flailing limbs were calmed and she was content. And did I mention that she S L E P T!!!! Woo Hoo! The transition from rock-n-play to the crib was seamless at both bedtime AND nap time. **And then once she grew out of it...I put her in the Halo Sleepsack with a seamless transition as well. One less thing (in my very large list of things) to worry about! (deep breath...sigh of relief...yyaaaaassss!!!!)
I'm sure, like everything in this world, this product won't work for everyone...but if this magical piece of cloth worked for me, who's daughter cried non-stop for the first four months of her life, the chances of it working for you are very high.
So, new parents and you preggo mommas...do yourself a favor and freakin' get this thing!
As always, be kind, take care, laugh at yourself (because you'd cry your eyes out if you didn't) and share this post because you never know who really needs it. There are plenty of mommas and daddas out there that may seem like they have it all together but are fighting a battle at home that you know nothing about. Thank you all again for reading! xoxo
So, this was us this morning...with the big blob of unfolded laundry on my dining room table that I STILL haven't gotten to!
Since my husband had his spinal tap on Friday...again, yes...I said SPINAL TAP! Things didn't go as planned. He had to spend a required 24 hours laying down and then he should have been able to go back to normal after that...WELL he's had a headache ever since so I haven't wanted to leave him just in case something (God forbid) happened. Today the doctor told him to remain laying down and that if he still has a headache tomorrow he'll have to go back in and have another procedure done to stop the headaches (don't want to get into detail...kind of gross what they have to do) SSOOOO we've been a little cooped up in the house.
The kids don't get to see him much at all during the week and when he's home he's usually super high energy and goes a little crazy with them...so I had to literally try and fend them off from trying to tackle him and from waking him while he slept. He's missed us so much during the week that he stayed out on the couch so he could be near us. Seriously, the best EVER.
BUT that means that I really didn't get much done around the house! I planned on filming this cool tutorial to make a plain tank top look freaking awesome with pictures and everything...so that went out the door...maybe tomorrow or the next day for that...
SSOOO I said to myself...what the hell am I going to post about?? I have a HUMUNGOUS list of shit that I could write about, but with all of the other unfinished business around the house and the kids going stir crazy I couldn't focus...I even forgot that I had to make dinner...
F*ck!!! What the shit am I going to make for dinner??!!!
I have been going back and forth between the kitchen and the living room and the playroom all day and just seem to keep moving things around without putting them away because someone, somewhere was always calling my name and asking for something...I DID get out to go to the gym because I started to become "sweary crazy yelling mommy" but then that little momcation was cut short because Gunnar couldn't find his "mommy brachiosaurus" dinosaur toy...Holy crap the world is going to end...and since my hubbs couldn't really stand up for long I had to rush home for the damned dino...
PS..(KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM STILL NOT CLEAN...Don't even want to get onto the subject of the playroom war zone). And it got a WHOLE LOT worse before it got better...
oh, look...a pizza box...with literally NO pizza in it...and why is it still there you ask? Because I went to throw the damn thing out a million times BUT my name was called a million and ONE times by my kids so the kids won...every, damn. time...
OK...SO BACK TO DINNER!!!!
I have had a zucchini staring at me from my kitchen counter for a few days and if I tried to feed it to Arya as a side she'd just look at me like "yeah, ok, Bitch" and then say "no" with a shit-eating grin on her face. So I didn't want to even get to that point because I just might have lost it. SOOOOO...I figured that since I know how make delicious zucchini bread I can definitely make delicious pancakes with zucchini in them that she'll eat...and THANK GOD, Arya, Gunnar AND Sean all ate the shit outta them...Seriously made my weekend...like for real...
Well, that's a freaking WIN in my book! Tasty and pretty AND easy! (sorry...they're not low carb, gluten free or paleo BUT they are high protein! Remember, I was in a rush because I almost forgot to feed my own children...)
Here it is: You'll need a medium sized zucchini, pancake mix (I used Kodiak Cakes mix), 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, a grater and a hand blender.
1. Grate the entire zucchini and squeeze as much water out as possible. You can use cheesecloth or something like that.
2. Follow the directions for the pancakes and then add in the strained zucchini, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
3. Use the hand blender to blend all ingredients together (otherwise the pancakes will have strings of zucchini in them). If you have to add a little more water or a little more pancake mix for the right consistency then do so. The consistency should be like a thicker soup.
4. Use a LITTLE bit of butter or ghee (which has a higher smoke point than butter) to coat the bottom of a non-stick pan...some good pans don't even need it. Then pour pancakes to desired size. Flip them once bubbles start to form.
** I made a bunch of them and the extras I put on a pan lined with parchment in the freezer. once frozen I put them in a ziplock bag and kept in the freezer till needed. (Tomorrow)
Hopefully you guys have success with these like I did and if you have any ideas/improvements feel free to comment!!
NOW, I need to get my ass up and FINALLY FINISH my laundry and dishes!!
As always, be kind, take care, please share and thanks for reading! xoxo