Posts in Category: motherhood

What About “Spring Break” for Moms?

 

supermomSpring Break.  The phrase that used to be synonymous with fun, sun, and idleness.  Before I had kids.

When I didn’t work outside the home, Spring Break meant long days with my overly excited children, trying to come up with ways to occupy their time so they wouldn’t kill each other or I, them.  The words, “Spring Break” struck fear into my very heart.

Now that I’m working with GED students online, I am quite tired everyday after reviewing their test results online, so was excited about Spring Break.  I looked forward to it, marked the days until I could sleep past 5:30, stay up late blogging or watching movies, go to the spa, get a haircut, go to the zoo.

Psshht.

Here it is, Friday, the last day of Spring Break and I haven’t watched a movie.  This is the only blogging I’ve done, I’ve barely been outside the house except to take my kids to the doctor, I didn’t get a massage or a haircut, and I didn’t take my kids to the zoo.

Side note:  NEVER NEVER tell your kids you’re going to take them somewhere over Spring Break.  Trust me, you’ll regret it.  Something will come up.  A hurricane in Disney World or your sewer will back up and you’ll have to spend the Lego Land money to have feces pumped out of your yard. Instead, the night before you want to leave, let the kids stay up really late, wake them up early, give them a Benedryl, load them into the car, tell them you’re taking them to the dentist, and drive while they sleep. That way, if your engine blows up on I-95, they’re happy.  No tears or accusations on their part and you’ll be guilt free.  And if, by some miracle, you actually make it to your destination, you’re a hero!

I Remember Life Before I Was A Mom

It’s been far too long since I’ve done a “Zombie Post” so I’m doing it now.  I picked this one for no reason other than I liked it.  No rhyme or reason, it just jumped out at me.  Enjoy.

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Come along for the ride as I take my first stab at the “pretty much world famous”…

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Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle. And awaaaaaaay we go!

I’m obviously choosing prompt #2, Before I was a mom…

Before I was a mom, I wanted nothing more than to be one.  This could’ve had something to do with the short list of long term relationships I was involved in.  I tried to plan my family with a 7th grade boy, and come to find out, they don’t take kindly to that sort of thing.  Woops.

How to Avoid Vacation Stress

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Why do you go on vacation? The chances are that you want to take a break from the daily rigors of your life. You might be living a comfortable life, but at the end of the day, everyone needs to get away from the usual things.

That is one thing a vacation can give you. Whether you travel alone, with friends, or with family, a vacation can help you alleviate your stress levels. There is, however, the possibility that you will face stressful situations while on vacation.

No matter how you look at it, you are still living, and just because you are going away for a while, it doesn’t mean that you are not going to be exposed to stress. Here are some tips to ensure that your vacation will stay as stress-free as possible.

Children’s Bedroom Decor: More than Just Pretty Colors

stock-vector-children-bedroom-interior-in-cartoon-style-with-football-ball-and-toys-vector-illustration-361340270When thinking about our children’s bedroom decor we should consider other issues beyond good taste, style and pretty colors. It is also extremely important to cater for their safety and welfare. Any type of grand home decoration always requires extra care, and when it comes to our children’s bedrooms we should always ensure safety as well as fun.

The bedroom ought to be a place that exudes peace, so the child can always feel secure and protected. We can also decorate it with lots of vivid colors that add a positive vibe. Care for mother’s day? Check out this post.

The chosen colors should depend on the activities your child likes and enjoys. If he or she is an overactive child, the colors should be crisp and clear; think of pastels (blue or green) to ensure a relaxing mood. If, on the other hand, the child is too quiet, decorate it with bold and warm colors like yellows, reds and oranges. Leave aside neutral and muted colors in general.

The Quarantine Tales

Hired guns?  Are there any of you out there?

Please, if you have a single compassionate bone in your body, put me on the list.  Preferably somewhere near the top?  Thanks bunches.

Oh, and if this makes it any more appealing for you, feel free to make it as painful and torturous as possible.  Whatever you have in mind can’t effing touch what we’ve got going on in this hell hole.  I always say, “If you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right.”

Hit me with your best shot.

If you are one of those parents that send their sick children to school, please read on because this is just for you.   If you are the type to get all up in arms when someone calls you out on your bullshit, please do not hesitate to send me disgruntled emails and hateful comments.  I would love nothing more than to know who you are and what your reasoning is for spreading your misery around.

My oldest son, 17 now, has missed probably 40% of school up to this point.  Mostly because he was exhibiting some minor symptom of one thing or another and I didn’t think it would be right to risk passing something on to the other kids in his class.  Usually, it ended up being allergy or asthma related and wouldn’t have been contagious anyway, but I had the decency to put other people’s health before my 4 1/2 hours of free time.

I Suppose I Could Have Stayed Home And Baked Cookies

Do you remember during Bill Clinton’s first term, in response to a question about her past, Hillary Clinton said “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession.”

At the time, I completely supported her statement and thought the backlash from certain women’s groups was unfair. She was a strong smart woman and what she had meant was that she chose to pursue her career instead of being a home maker. What was wrong with that? Good for her I thought.

Well, now life looks a little different. In the last seven days, I’ve made at least eight dozen cookies and I love going to and having ladies teas.

What the hell happened to me? I went from being an ambitious lawyer climbing up the career ladder with both hands and both feet on fire to spending an entire afternoon making the most awesome snowman cookies EVER with my sons!

A Guide to the Shopping Districts of London

Is London Calling your name?  Well, you better listen and head off to London this holiday season and while you are there you can pick up some gifts for loved one’s and a little for yourself. 

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London is home to many a type of shop but knowing which district to shop in can be confusing.  Here’s a guide to what you’ll find and where in the capital city.

Oxford Street is one of the busiest shopping streets in the world. It has several hundred landmark department stores: Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Debenhams, among others. There’s also the music store HMV and the high street fashion store Topshop.

Near Regent Street and south of Oxford Street is Saville Row in Mayfair, famous for its exclusive tailor shops: Ozwald Boateng, Gieves & Hawkes, Henry Poole & Co and H. Huntsman & Sons, you’ll also find the flagship store of Abercrombie & Fitch.

30 Days To Fit

Two month hiatus full of training, learning and more.  March has begun my 30 days to fit.  A recharge of sorts for myself.  In my opinion, keeping your temple in order is one of the main stays of a healthy professional enterprise.  So I have embarked upon a 30 Days To Fit goal and I would just love to have some people join me to help keep one another accountable.

My goal is to burn fat and build lean muscle.  Each person will have a different goal, but we can all support one another reach those goals.

You can make very noticeable changes in 30 days. But if you have 50 pounds of fat to lose, you shouldn’t expect to lose it all in a few weeks. That’s just setting yourself up for frustration and failure. You should set big goals for yourself, whether it’s to lose 25 pounds in 12 weeks or building 20 pounds of muscle in the same time period.

But hard to reach goals are not the same as impossible goals.

11 Ways to Fit Fiber In Your Diet Everyday

FIBER IS THE NEW SKINNY

Are you finding it difficult to get rid of the few extra pounds you’ve been working forever to lose? For those of us seeking to lose weight and help our bodies operate as optimally as possible, you may find adding the daily recommended intake of 25 grams of fiber to your diet extremely helpful. Daily fiber intake initiates weight loss by creating a full feeling when you eat.  As a result your daily food intake will gradually lessen, thereby causing you to lose that extra flab that has been bothering you for quite some time. Therefore, if you find an echo of the mantra ‘fit is the new skinny’ in your mind, then a fiber supplement should be on your purchase list today.   And just in case that is not enough to convince you, here are 11 reasons why fiber should be apart of your daily diet:

Nine Networking Success Tips for Holiday Gatherings

It’s party time! You’re probably meeting a lot of new people at all those holiday events. And yes, there’s a way to make new connections without ruining the holiday spirit.

You just have to watch out for a few things, starting with the fact that — yes, it’s a party! So remember that and make a point of being social! Here is a highly effective 9-step approach for how to enjoy the party and grow your business along the way: