Right now Mr. M2C is outside with the kids washing my car. When I say washing, I mean the outside AND the inside. That means no more stale popcorn kernels between the car seats or the kids stepping over months of “can I bring this with me” toys. It’s going to be CLEAN! All the while I am in the house working…in silence. It was wonderful until about 5 minutes ago. That is when mom guilt set in.
You know how this feels, right?…Of course you do! You get 5 minutes to yourself and you spend the first 2 1/2 minutes deciding between the dishes and an episode of Real Housewives. You have a glimpse of selfishness so you plop on the couch but a few minutes later you start feeling like you should be more productive. Pretty soon you aren’t even enjoying that cat fight on the beach because you are thinking of all the things you “should” be doing.
Dishes, laundry, budget, grocery list, scrub the toilets…no, scratch that last one…yuck. I know that when Mr. M2C comes inside, he is going to take a nice long hot shower then grab his ipad and flop on the couch. He won’t feel guilty because he washed the cars with the kids. That is when my “free” time will be over and I will resume my “post” at the sink. That is what I call it…my “post”. It seems that when I move away from it, the house is chaotic but as long as I am standing in front of it, things run as smoothly as they can.
Why is it so hard to take time for yourself when you are a mom? It gets to the point where I would rather not try to take time for me because I just don’t want to feel guilty. It’s not worth it and makes whatever I’m trying to do not enjoyable.
Maybe I should add “More Guilt Free Me Time” to my list of goals for 2012…but how to beat the mom guilt?
How do you beat your mom guilt?? For the record, I have tried large amounts of chocolate but this surprisingly just leads to more guilt so I don’t recommend you trying that at home…
2012 is here. I love the start of a new year. The air is always buzzing with change and the promise of great things lingers on even after the last glass of champagne is consumed.
This year I want to focus on financial and health goals. We have already made some changes that will put us in a better financial light by next year. Cutting satellite and downsizing phone plans are among the steps we have already taken. It’s amazing how much money we are already saving.
As far as health goals, we of course have the standard “lose some weight” resolution but this year I want to focus on all around health. I would like to pledge that I will not eat another cupcake but trying to start a dessert catering company and giving up sweets is a recipe for failure all around!
Mommies2cents.com has some resolutions too! In 2011, I saw amazing growth and it was all because of my wonderful readers. In 2012, the sky is the limit!
So here is the breakdown:
Get rid of Satellite TV
Downsize our cell phone bills (no more smart phone, but I have my ipad *swoon*)
Keep up with my coupon shopping
Take more baths
Go on more walks with Holly
NEVER go to bed without washing my face (Thanks for the inspiration Trisha!)
Schedule my time more efficiently (I love blogging but not at 3 am)
Make sure I see my dentist and regular physician for check-ups
Pour my heart and soul into this blog because almost nothing makes me happier than writing.
What are your resolutions this year? Tell me! Be sure to stop by next week because I have lots of great giveaways to help you reach all of your 2012 goals!
I don’t like to take my kids shopping. Actually I hate it. I have one in the top of the cart and one who is supposed to be walking right beside me but of course every time she passes anything shiny enough to see her reflection, she veers off course. The worst is when I have to take the kids shopping and see that dog food is on the list. Ugh! If I heave the gigantic bag of dog food into the cart first then I have no room for anything else. If I add it last, I risk demolishing the eggs. If I actually manage to get it out of the store, I usually leave it in the back of the car until Mr. M2C gets home and lugs it out. In the meantime, Holly eats leftover crackers and bits of cookies.
When I heard about MrChewy.com, the first thing I thought was “another site for prescription pet food”. That would be great but Holly is on good ol’ Beneful. It’s actually the only thing she will eat (besides everything that any one of us has on our plates!). I searched the site and found Beneful! I was so excited. If they had food for Holly, I wondered if they had food for Mary. There it was, Friskies! They carry over 70 different brands as well as flea medication and treats. One stop shopping and it’s delivered straight to your door!
I ordered the biggest bag of each, got free shipping with my $49 purchase and a short time later received an email stating that my order had shipped. Ordered the Friday before Christmas and it arrived on Wednesday. How easy!
MrChewy.com is a couple dollars more than I would pay with a high value coupon and hours of store hunting but the ease of shopping for pet food more than makes up for that. The boxes came neatly packed and arrived safely. Both Holly and Mary came to the door to examine their giant bags of food.
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***I received store credit to mrchewy.com to review their product and service. All experiences and opinions are 100% my own!
My mother passed on a lot of things to me. The mole on her cheek, an affinity for things that match and a complex for going completly overboard with everything. There are 4 people in my family and two of them are under the age of 5 yet I buy the BIGGEST ham I can find. At Thanksgiving, I bought a 21 lbs turkey! I will always buy big and have more left overs than we can possibly stomach.
This year was no different but the kids were getting tired of looking at the same food. I had to think of a cute way to jazz up the leftovers. Leftover bites were born!
Holiday Leftover Bites
1-2 Refridgerated Pie Crust
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Unroll your pie dough and use the rim of a small glass to cut out circles. Add a small amount of filling to each one. Here are some ideas: Mashed potato and ham, Ham and Cheese or Cranberry sauce. Once you have added the filling, fold over and pinch closed. I used the tines of a fork to make decorative edges and seal the pockets. Poke the tops with the fork twice and place on the cookie sheet. I lightly brushed the tops with butter to get a golden brown color. Cook for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
The kids absolutely flipped for them! They are hand held and had variety. They especially like the one with cranberry sauce. They turned out like little pie bites. It was a great use of all the holiday leftovers and the clean up was easy. There were no pots and pans to wash!
If you are looking for some way to jazz up your leftovers for the kids, try these! You won’t be disappointed!
Christmas is over and we had a fabulous time. We bought too much stuff for the kids…no I mean really. Once we broke down all of the boxes and hauled them out to the curb we could really see just how much we stimulated the economy. I’m pretty sure the people driving by we wondering how we fit 17 people in our 3 bedroom home.
Why yes…that is a 3 ft mountain of Barbie’s. I know, I know…some of you are thinking we are crazy, some are thinking we spoiled them. Actually, both are true! I am crazy for the holidays and I never feel like the kids have enough. I want them to carry the magic of Christmas through the whole year and the memories their whole life. They have fun with the toys but really it’s more for me. I love watching them so excited. I spend most of the morning on the couch just enjoying the view.
I am not usually a toy buyer throughout the year so Christmas is my one time to go crazy. I know in a few short years they will be out of dolls, trains and playdoh. They will be asking for computers, music players and cell phones. I try to take in these moments because they are so fleeting.
I remember all of the Christmas’ Mr. M2C and I spent with a tiny tree in our tiny apartments giving each other IOU’s. Hoping that one of our families would give us a gift card so we could buy groceries and stop feeding us and our dog tortillas for dinner. We have worked so hard to get the beautiful life we have now. We have come more than a long way…
So do I go overboard during the holidays…YES! Would I change it for the world…No Way!
I hope your holiday was as amazing as ours. Did you give or get an awesome gift? What were your holiday hits this year?
I was looking for something to jazz up my holiday gift boxes this year. I wanted something unique and I found it! This is an adapted Martha Stewart recipe and sometimes she is a little intimidating. I decided to tackle it and I’m so glad I did. They turned out amazing! If you are looking for something unique that will capture all of the ooohs and ahhhs…this is it!
Vegetable-oil cooking spray
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
4 packages (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons red food coloring
Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray; line bottom with parchment paper. Coat the parchment with cooking spray, and set pan aside. Put sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring; let mixture come to a boil. Raise heat to medium-high; cook until mixture registers 260 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl; let stand 5 minutes to soften. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat, and stir in extract; set aside.
Beat egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture; with mixer running, gradually add to egg whites. Mix on high speed until very thick, 12 to 15 minutes.
Pour mixture into lined pan. Working quickly, drop dots of red food coloring across surface of marshmallow. Using a toothpick, swirl food coloring into marshmallow to create a marbleized effect. Let marshmallow stand, uncovered, at room temperature until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and toss in powdered sugar.