Friday, 28 September 2012

A Serious Case of Mommy-Guilt

These days, it doesn’t take much for me to be overcome with mommy-guilt.  I’m constantly worrying about if I am spending enough quality time with my kids, and feeling guilty for forgetting to put love notes into Buckaroo’s lunch box every day.  But, one short statement my son made the other day pushed my mommy-guilt into the red.

He said:
“Mommy, our house doesn’t look like Fall.”

Bullet. To. The. Heart.

What I felt like saying was “No-shit-it-doesn’t-look-like-Fall! Be-lucky-Mommy-even-knows-what-day-it-is!”  But instead I said, “Yeah, Buddy. I know.  Mommy will take care of that.”

The hectic-ness of my “new” life has made certain things–like decorating my house–take a back seat.  But, obviously it’s something the kids notice and I want them to pull up to our house and feel like they are “home”–and not for nothing, I want that feeling too.  I used to put thought into decorating my entryway, and hanging flags for each season.  I used to have all sorts of clingy decorations on the windows, and twinkling white lights outside on my porch.  Now that things are settling down around here, I think it’s about time to find that creative bone and get to it.  Because, seriously, I don’t think this is cutting it:

Today, I have landscapers here doing a major clean-up on my yard–pulling mounds of overgrown weeds, trimming trees, and sweeping leaves.  After having a “pep-talk” with a dear friend, I’ve come to terms with the fact that flowers are not my friend {or should I say, I am not theirfriend} so in a little while, I will run off to Home Goods and Lowes to find some already-dead and fake Fall decorations.

It is my goal that, this weekend, I will transform my ho-hum-house into a happy-harvest-home.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Save Your Sanity on School Mornings

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

It’s saves my sanity on school mornings.
It’s cheap and easy to use.
And it even makes me look like a superhero some mornings.

Run–don’t walk–over to Target to grab a 6-shelf hanging closet organizer, like this Michael Graves one that’s on sale this week for just $12.99.  Buy one for each of your school-aged kids and you are on your way to easy mornings, even if you don’t have the luxury of finishing your cup of coffee before the morning rush begins.

On Sunday night, I take a few minutes to check the weather for the week, and I proceed to then fill the sections with an outfit–complete with socks, underwear, and hair bows–for almost the entire week.  I leave one “free” day {usually gym or art day} where I only pack underwear and socks–because, seriously, my kids could skip those two entirely and be okay with it!  I usually call the kids in to see their outfits as a chance for them to “approve” their wardrobe for the week {at the most, mine may decide to swap days!}

They understand our system and know that there is no chance of wasting time spending an extra 15 minutes having “nothing to wear.”  And I don’t have to be bothered with fielding the whining about not liking their outfits before my coffee kicks in.

What about the free day? 
This is where I feel like a superhero.  I get to be lazy and not choose one outfit, and then I get to use that to my advantage all week!  Even though they start the week with this free spot, they need to earn to in order to keep it.  And they know that arguing with me about an outfit they “approved” on Sunday night is grounds for me taking away their free day.  My kids really enjoy having the creativity of putting together funky outfits, so taking away  this independent activity is actually a punishment that works in my house.

Even more! 
As soon as your kids come home with their class schedules, you can also label each section with the special classes they have each day so that you don’t forget when they need to wear things like sneakers for gym, or bring in their library books {my kids actually place their library books into the day of the week section when they are done reading it!}.  Another great way to save your sanity on school mornings!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

5 Back-to-School Essentials for Mom

It’s a tale of pj’s, morning hair, and pillow face–rushing your kids through their morning routine to get them to the bus in time before you even had the chance to wipe off your makeup from the day before.  Here are 5 Back-t0-School essentials that you should pick up this Fall so that you always look like a fashionable Mama at the bus stop and beyond!

1.  A Long Cardigan Sweatercoat {Pictured at H&M for $59.95}

I love the bright fall colors and length of this sweater coat.  Pull on a pair of jeans and throw it over your pajama tank for a quick trip to the bus stop.  Or, pair it with a simple v-neck tee, a long necklace and skinny jeans, and head out to the grocery store before the little ones get home from kindergarten.

2.  A new pair of shades {Pictured from H&M for $14.95}
I love the chunkiness and color-blocking of these great fall sunglasses.  They are big enough where noone will be able to see that you didn’t get 8 hours the night before, but won’t make you look like a bug face!

3.  Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo {CVS, $4.49}

I grabbed this incredible product at Getting Gorgeous in NYC last month, and I don’t know how I lived without it.  It’s not greasy, and it smells so good.  I simply spray it around my roots, let it sit for a few minutes and brush my hair.  From there, I can usually go without a ponytail or headband, and even some mornings I spray in a bit more all over the hair and scrunch it for a beachy look.

4. A Fall Lipgloss {Pictured from Victoria Secret for $9}

Even though I have a drawer full of lip gloss, I could not resist picking up this new Color Drama Lip Shine from Victoria Secret in “Rebel” for the fall.  The color is very natural, and the product isn’t sticky.  I have a thing about wearing lipgloss–I feel like all a girl needs is blush and lipgloss, and you look instantly put together.

5.  Diamond-Studded Large Hoop Earrings {Pictured from Lia Sophia for $72}

 

Am I missing something that you feel is a Back-to-School Essential for us moms?  I’d love to know! 

 

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Puppies 4 Sale?!

A quick errand to my local CVS provided me with loads of laughter yesterday.

The kids and I were busy running Back-to-School errands, one of which included picking up a prescription at the pharmacy.  Short on time, I hit up the drive-thru at CVS.  As we pulled into the drive-thru line, the car in front of us was getting a puppy handed to them from the pharmacist behind the window.

“Look mom, they are giving away puppies today!!”
“This the the best day ever!!”
“I wonder what kind of puppy they will give us?”

As we pulled up to the window, they were yelling from the back seat to the pharmacist in excitement.  I felt so bad bursting their little bubbles, even though by that time both myself and the pharmacist were hysterical laughing ourselves.  Their excitement was contagious and so genuine–it was as if they were about to receive the most perfect surprise for no reason other than we were next in the drive-thru line.

 

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