As fellow moms you probably have realized what a commodity sleep is.  I don’t know that I fully appreciated sleep in my pre-baby days.  In fact in college there were many times I pulled all nighters to get projects/homework done. I am sure you were there too.  And the crazy part is that it never seemed to phase us!  Somehow we were fine with less sleep and were still able to function.

Well now, many nights occur where I am woken up by a crying toddler, or I toss and turn because I am uncomfortable due to my ever-growing pregnant belly. I never realized how important a thing a mattress is in affecting how one sleeps. Unfortunately, when my husband and I were first married we went mattress shopping and decided to go the frugal route.  In retrospect, we really regret cheaping out because it has made getting a good night’s sleep difficult. Continue reading

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While looking at my title, it looks weird. But it is the truth. Women are in a sisterhood all by themselves, but have you ever noticed how sometimes there are other women whom you have nothing in common with? I recently was with a group of women at a celebration and gravitated towards the ones who were moms.  Because even if you are totally different people, once you have those little ones at home, you have something in common. You share a bond.

mom comic strip 2It is like you walk through this doorway and your life is completely changed. People on the other side of the door just don’t get it. And of course, even when you aren’t with your little ones you spend all your time talking about them.  All kinds of discussions come up and it is usually stuff you are very interested in because it is stuff you have struggled with or have tried a bunch of different things. “What is your nap schedule like? How did you approach potty training? When did you wean? What activities/toys do you use to help keep them busy while you are getting dinner started?”  The possibilities are endless. (This happens with dad’s too! Not trying to exclude them!)cosmic-doorway

All the while those non-parents are discussing their weekends escapades, the times when they just picked up and went out of town, the different restaurants they have tried. Never knowing that our lives are totally different now. We may have been where they were at one point in life, but we have little ones who completely depend on us. Our priorities and responsibilities have shifted.

I am not trying to paint parenthood (especially motherhood), in a bleak light. I feel most like myself as a mom and having gotten to this part of my life.  I love kids and am so blessed to have some of my own. And I love having mom friends. For some reasons, once you become a mom, the friendships with other moms seem much more genuine.  Let’s face it, you don’t have time to waste and conversations are usually very meaningful.  There is a richness that comes with being a mom that only other moms can understand.

mom friends 2To you who aren’t moms (parents) yet, I am sure you will be there one day. You will walk through the doorway and finally understand that we aren’t crazy, we just love our kids and put them first. You can call us when your first little baby has a fever and you don’t know why. You can freak out about that little rash on junior’s face. We have been there, and we understand.  And when you do cross over, we will welcome you with open arms, because we are a sisterhood and we stick together. <3

 

 

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I have had many encounters with friends, colleagues, and even the occasional family member who have given me a funny look when I have talked about my daughter needing a nap/ have an early bedtime. (**It is probably not anyone who visits this site) This most frequently occurs with people who don’t actually have kids of their own. I remember a specific friend of my husband’s who, when asking us if we could hang out, gave us a response like, “Well she can just sleep at the restaurant”.  Or something to that effect. Basically, it is the mentality of, “Well, she can miss a nap/have a late bedtime. It’s no big deal. Why are you making it such a big deal? Stop playing the nap/bedtime card.” cute baby funny pic Continue reading

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When I am sitting down to meal plan for the week, I often rummage through my pantry to see what I have.  For some reason I had an unopened box of Farfalle pasta.  I decided to look online in hopes of finding a great dish to make using it.  I came across this great recipe from “The Pioneer Woman“, Ree Drummond. (Love her!) It is skillet chicken lasagna. Doesn’t that sound tasty?  I think the thing I like most about it is that it probably took me about 30 minutes to make including prep.  Way faster than any actual lasagna would take.  But it still tasted…lasagna-y. (Is that even a word?)

Please see her page for the step by step pictures.  They are gorgeous and way better than anything I could do.  I will however show you my yummy, finished product.

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So I am currently pregnant with my second child and my feet are getting more and more sore and tired each day.  The last time around I took the advice of a very good friend who was also pregnant and she told me that Crocs work wonders for pregnant, achy feet. For those of you who have been there before, you know that swollen feet and ankles are often an unfortunate symptom.pregnant

Well I purchased two pairs of Crocs during my last pregnancy and boy did they do the trick! Not only are they extremely comfortable (almost like wearing slippers), but they adjusted with the swelling, etc.  And I still used them even after baby #1 was born.

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So while green beans are still plentiful at the super market, I wanted to use them as our “fry” substitute here at home.  What I like about green bean fries is that they crunch and have lots of flavor, but are baked and quite a bit healthier. Plus they are a great snack/side to give to kids.  In fact they are something you could have your kids make with you! I got this recipe from Family Fun magazine under the “Kids in the kitchen” section.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1  1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz fresh green beans, rinsed, patted dry, and trimmed

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil.  Coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place three shallow pans (such as cake pans) in a row.  Fill the first with the flour; mix the eggs and milk in the second; and whisk together cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and salt in the third.  Place the prepared baking sheet at the end of the row.

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3.  Dredge the beans, a few at a time, in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the cheese mixture, tossing them gently to coat them completely.  Once coated, place them on the baking sheet.

4.  Bake the beans until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes.  Let them cool slightly before serving.

See recipe review here

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And if you want gluten free, simply use a little bit of milk and cheese mixture and forget the egg, flour, and panko bread crumbs!

Do you have a different recipe for green bean fries? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Once my husband and I had found out we were having our first child, there wasn’t a question that I was going to stay home with the baby.  It was something we had discussed way back when we were dating and we found we were definitely on the same page.  If we could afford it, why wouldn’t I make the choice of being there 24/7 for our daughter?  The problem is, I think there is a great deal of misinformation and misunderstanding of what the job of stay at home mom entails.  Don’t misunderstand me.  I absolutely love being home with my daughter, but I don’t think I fully understood what it meant when I decided to take on the job.  You see, to the outsider, the stay at home mom job is all roses and sunshine.  Images come to mind of twirling in a filed of daisies.  Okay, at least mine kind of was.

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These days we are so inundated with technology and things, I end up feeling like a hamster on a wheel (that is electric powered), forcing me to run constantly.  More and more I think that the simple life is the way to go. Sometime I greatly enjoy just sitting out in nature thinking, or reading a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon.     

To quote Ferris Bueller (yes, I am a product of the 80s), “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It is true though.  I keep realizing as I watch my daughter develop and grow she is watching me and what I do.  She thinks TV/computer/phones are important because her dad and I use them constantly.  I want to make a conscious effort to help her learn about other things being important like playing outside, spending time with family, playing a board game/cards, reading books (actual pages in books, no e-books). Continue reading

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