Momup! Monday: Tattoo Barbie

Mama’s to do list:

  • Morning drop off
  • Tape Power Ranger Costume (it has a huge whole on the shoulder, I really need to learn how to sew, duct taping is starting to look bad. He is going to look like a wounded Power Ranger and we can’t have that!)
  • Make the house look presentable (The in-laws are coming over for Halloween which is truly a blessing)
  • Clean out diaper bag (there is a funky smell coming from it, that is never good)
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  • Make Princess Birthday Invitations
  • Get everything ready for trick or treating

Okay, the Power Ranger costume is patched up and my four-year-old is a little upset because it looks weird. But that is what happens when you start wearing your Halloween costume four weeks before Halloween and continue to wear it practically every day leading up to Halloween. That costume owes us nothing!

I located the funky smell that was coming from the diaper bag but, unfortunately I still can’t describe exactly what it is.  If I had to guess I would say a mashed up banana with a few goldfish, and a side of play-dough, but
that is just a guess.

Finally, I have a hot cup of tea in hand (my throat is killing me) and I am ready to Momup!

This week’s topic is: Tattoo Barbie


Also, click on this link to hear what other moms are saying…..

So….what are your thoughts? Is she just a funky fashionista? If so, what image is she sending young girls? What would you tell you daughter or niece if she asked for this Barbie?



Here is to Licking the Spoon!

Here is to Licking in the Spoon!

While the kiddos were making their lunches last night my four-year-old nonchalantly expressed that the best part of a PB & J sandwich is licking the spoon.  Interesting I thought, not making the sandwich, or eating the sandwich, but licking the spoon.  Then I remembered when I was kid, and the best part of brownies was licking the spoon from the brownie mix. Then darn salmonella came into the picture and took that enjoyment out of childhood.

As I carried on with my winding down the evening routine (clean kitchen, double-check the clothes for tomorrow, GPS the book bags & folders) my little Power Ranger’s comment radiated in my mind.   Licking the spoon did bring so much joy as a child. Partially because it was a huge spoon with yummy chocolate, but also because it allowed for a brief reflection and appreciation for how far we had gotten with the brownie mix and added to the anticipation for the cooked brownies.  Just like the age-old saying, life is a journey, not a destination.  Well, in the Brownie mix bowl or PB & J sandwich that is life licking the spoon is a vital step on the journey, one that should not be skipped. Unfortunately somewhere between childhood, salmonella, and adulthood licking the spoon has been left out of life.

Moms are often the worst offenders; we get caught up in the logistics of motherhood. We are often so focused on laundry, dishes, and planning for future events both big, and small, (school lunch, trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthday Party, etc.) that we forget to slow down and lick the spoon.

So, I am declaring today the day that I lick the spoon (metaphorically speaking, salmonella is real people!). I am stopping, sitting, and sipping on some tea while I reflect on the past few weeks, appreciate the time spent with family and friends, and anticipate the future.

Here are my licks…..

We had so much fun at the zoo’s Pumpkin Path
It was really crowded but they did a great job of moving everyone along the path.
I wonder if they take timeout to lick the spoon.
Fisher Price gave these away and coupon for $10 off $50. All three of the kiddos love them!


I have enjoyed Wednesdays at the Farmer’s Market remote location.



Grabbing a snack and getting some fresh veggies, nothing like it!


Goodbye, see you in the Spring!


Story time fun at the Library


I am going to miss this, yes, even the tantrums. (No bubbles)


Anticipating the Future, Potty Training on the Go!

Moms with the holidays quickly approaching remember to take a moment to slow down and lick the spoon.


Taking On Too Much Tuesday

Taking On Too Much Tuesday

Ever feel like you have bitten off more than you can chew?  Wish you had a mommy assistant? Today is one of those days for me.  I am just praying for a level-mommy head while I complete the necessary Tuesday tasks.

This mama’s to do list:

  • Morning drop off
  • Work on maintaining my professional credentials
    (time to put on the career cap)
  • Preschool pick-up
  • Costco Stop
  • Wash costumes for Story time tomorrow
  • Assemble Daisy Girl Scout Tunic for tomorrows meeting
  • Address remaining sticker club envelopes to be mailed (ASAP)
  • Elementary Pick-up
  • Post New Book for Book Club
  • Make cupcakes for Halloween Party
  • Dinner, baths, bed(thank GOD)

And we are off……

Gotta run in and get a few necessities, eggs, milk, cream, juice boxes for meeting tomorrow, and laundry detergent.

Okay, wish me luck with the assembling. If you noticed I purchased everything as iron-on.  As my grandfather so eloquently pointed out to me yesterday the sewing gene skips a generation.  My great-grandmother was an amazing sewer and my grandmother, not so much. My mother was the mom who sewed costumes, hemmed pants in seconds, made her own tablecloths and placements, etc. The gene has skipped me; I am the mom who would use duct tape to replace buttons if I could.  Since Iron-ons don’t always stay I also purchased a package of precut adhesive that you simply add to the patch, place on tunic, and then place the tunic in the dryer. It is supposed to really hold those suckers on there, I am crossing my fingers.  Here is to hopefully not burning down the house in the process.


This is such a fun idea. My two older kiddos each received this stick club information in the mail about two weeks ago.  The problem is the sheet request that you send it within 6 days, ahhhh.  So, it has taken me a minute or two to kick it old school and get ink, paper, envelopes, and stamps.  It just occurred to me as I type this that I could have scanned it and sent it via email to the other kiddos (but that would have been too easy and cheap).  So, keep your eyes open for an envelope in the mail, chances are good your kiddos might receive one and if they don’t you could start one.

I am so looking forward to starting this book. And I think the other moms in book club share similar feelings. Our last book was a bit more serious and we need lighthearted.

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working, stay-at-home, part-time and found a surprisingly similar trend in their interviews. After enthusing about her lucky life for twenty minutes, a mother would then break down and admit that her child’s first word was “Shrek.” As one mom put it, “Am I happy? The word that describes me best is challenged.” Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of moms today . . . in their own words. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids diagnoses the craziness and offers real solutions, so that mothers can step out of the madness and learn to love motherhood as much as they love their kids.


Dinner tonight, Freaky Hot dog fingers, gives a whole new meaning to Finger Food. Granted it is not the healthiest but it is a fun treat to have around Halloween time.

I found this in a Parenting Magazine and thought the kiddos would get a kick out of it.

Hot to make:

1. Cut hot dogs in half, widthwise, and then lengthwise into quarters.

2. Open a package of crescent-roll dough and roll until very thin. Cut the dough into strips, and wrap around each piece of hot dog,
leaving a little bit of the tip uncovered. Bake as directed.


So, do you feel like you have taken on too much? Are you a serial Yes Mom? Remember the movie that Jim Carrey stared in call Yes Man?  Perhaps they should have a similar idea only focus on Moms that need to say no, they could title it No Mom?


Momup! Monday

Mama’s to do list:

  • Morning drop off
  • Change sheets
  • Vacuum
  • Clean bathroom (Soo looking forward
    to this!)
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  • Get Girls Scout tunic, troop numbers, book, etc.

Okay, the toilet is sparkling, beds all have clean sheets, most of the dog hair has been vacuumed, just made myself an iced coffee, and I am ready to momup!

So please, join me, you deserve a five-minute break (maybe even 10).

This week’s  Momup! Topic is: Little lies Moms tell their Children (for a good reason of course)

Watch the clip and comment below.

The little lies we tell our children, often times for their safety, or our own sanity?  I know I am guilty of telling a little lie or two to my kiddos.

One that comes to mind is the good old we need an appointment lie. Whenever the children say they would like to go somewhere like Chuck E. Cheese, Build-a-Bear,  Sylvania Playland, or any other child friendly and fun location that cost money, that is not in our budget, I tell them that we need to make an appointment.  I then explain that we can call and make an appointment for a future date when “they” have a time slot available. It has been doing the trick for the last 3 years.  I do worry however, our eldest is a smart cookie and one day one of her friends are going to say that they don’t require an appointment and blow the lid off my entire story.   Oh well, I will worry about that when the time comes.  Till then I am making appointments.

What little lie have you told your child or perhaps your child overheard you tell someone?

Please share.

Friday fright fun!

Mama’s to do list:

  • Empty litter box & Clean dirty diapers (I like to take care of my crap in the morning)
  • Laundry
  • Drop off lunch money at school (someone forgot their lunch money)
  • Grocery Shopping (sorry again to the gentleman behind us for the wait, I am a coupon mom)
  • Friday Fright Fun!
  • Date Night

It was a crazy somewhat hectic day today but the pay off was exceptional. I am a firm believer in the work hard play hard motto.  So after putting my time in with all the boring mommy chores it was time for some Friday fright fun!

So to start off our Friday Fright Fun we popped the Walt Disney Halloween Songs & Sounds CD into the player, the kiddos raided the make-believe basket, and we boogied.  The kiddos continued to boogie while I made us some yummy fall Carmel apple sundaes.

Carmel Apple sundaes


  • Two scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ½ a medium-sized apple (which ever you prefer though, the granny smith contrast the caramel nicely) rinse and slice apple into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp of caramel topping


Place two scoops of yogurt in the sundae dish.  Place apple pieces on top of the yogurt then drizzle the caramel over the apples. Enjoy!

After our sundaes it was onto the craft.  The craft was a trick-or-treating bag.  I underestimated how much fun it could be doing a craft with the kiddos.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I thank God for moments like these, true quality time.

Trick-or-Treat Bags

I purchased everything from Hobby Lobby on Monroe Street.  This craft is economical so there is no need to break the bank.

What you need:

How to assemble:

Have your children trace from the template.  Then have the older ones cut out the figures, you will need to help the younger children.  Then let their imaginations run wild.

I had such a fun afternoon.  The kiddos will be using their trick-or-treating bags at the pumpkin path at the zoo tomorrow.  We can’t wait!

Well I am off to try to make myself presentable, date night!

Ghost of Halloween Costumes Past

Mama’s to do list on this wet Wednesday:

  • Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
  • Drop off at school
  • Baby story time at the library
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Figure out where that weird smell is coming from
  • Go through Make-believe Basket
  • Go Buy a Wet Suit
  • Snack & Craft time

Well, it is that time of year again, time for the semi-annual review of the make-believe basket.  Our make-believe basket started four years ago when our eldest was almost two years old.  It started with her Halloween costume from that year and it has taken off and now includes over a dozen costumes and dress-ups.  Most of the make-believe clothes are from past Halloween’s but we have also accumulated a few from great deals after Halloween.  After Halloween the costumes are a steal from most of the second-hand stores.  I also like to stock up on accessories for future birthday parties examples include, tiaras, crowns, wands, pirate eye patches, masks, etc. There are often great deals on Halloween decorations too.

There is a method to this mama’s madness… I have decided to lay each costume out with accessories so that I can carefully review each for any holes, stains, missing pieces, etc. After the review each will be sent on their necessary mission, whether it be to the laundry room, rag bin(future hairball/dog puke cleaner-upper), patching place (nana’s house to be sewn), or, for those few fortunate costumes, on to next years inventory.

So, on with the show!

Holy Toledo, there was a lot of additional random stuff in this basket.  It was obviously the catch-all location for the random game pieces, legos, building blocks, ½ eaten apple (Oh dear, that must have been the smell. Alleluia! I can cross that off my to do list), my underwear (Really!?! I do not want to know), hair clips, and much more.

Mission complete! Our make-believe basket is back in top-notch condition and the kiddos now have some backup costumes should theirs fall prey to the random mud splash during the school Halloween parade or candy induced vomit fit, or whatever may attack their costumes.

Do tell, what are your kiddos going to be for Halloween? So, do you have a backup costume for your little one?

Fashion for a Cause

Mama’s to do list this past weekend:

  • Fashion for a Cause at Treo in Sylvania

I had a magnificent time at the Fashion for a Cause event that benefited Beach House Family Shelter of Toledo. Beach House has been a critical refuge for thousands of individuals at a time in their lives when they desperately needed a place to turn, providing a place to sleep, food to feed their children, and a place to begin again. Thus, offering women and families a new lease on life!

The event was held at Treo which is located downtown Sylvania and began at 11:30am with cocktails and lunch followed shortly after.  The tables were decorated in an exquisite fall theme. The food was delicious; the pumpkin soup was a fall festival for your taste buds.

While enjoying the main course the fashion show began with styles from Lady C and Juni Boutique. It was so much fun and a relaxing time to enjoy with friends.

Though none of the moms in our group won the raffle we all had a lovely time and enjoyed the fact that the event  benefited a great cause here in Toledo.

Beach House Family shelter depends on the kindness, donations and gifts from others. There are so many wonderful ways in which you can give. Hope Totes are one great way to show your support and share information about the Beach House with others whom you may come in contact with while running errand with your hot tote on your arm.

It is sure to be the hot commodity for this winter. Don’t be seen without yours! Also makes a great Christmas gift, the gift that keeps giving.  So call today and get yours!

Tip: if you are a stickler for time management, go pick up your tote and drop off donations at the same time.  For a list of items they commonly use and need click the following link,