• Motherhood

    Surprises

    I have been a parent for nine years.  I know my son inside and out.  I know that if I pack him apples in his lunch box I need to put lemon juice on them. Otherwise they turn brown and he won’t eat them, because no matter how many times I explain the oxidation process he thinks they’ve gone bad.  I know if his sister wakes up before him and gets control of the TV his entire morning will be thrown off course.  I know that he eats mustard on his bologna sandwiches but not on his hot dog.  I know everything-and then all of a sudden he will do…

  • Motherhood

    Managing from the sidelines…

    I haven’t written in close to a month.  This is because along with having a newborn and starting two kids back to school I also just had surgery! I do not have time for this. All is well and I’ve now gone four days without changing a diaper. Which is kind of cool, but I’m also realizing that after my “break” is over (1-6 weeks recovery time!) I’m going to have one hell of a mess to clean up.  Chaos Dad is rocking life while working from home and caring for all of us but I see the laundry starting to pile up in the corner and it is so…

  • Recipes

    Tortilla Soup

    September is here! I’m not a crazy pumpkin spice person (gasp!) but I do love the crunchy leaves, sweatshirt weather and making warm cozy meals for my family.  I decided to do another freezer meal stash before school started (I promise that post is coming at some point!) and wanted to include a soup.  I asked the kiddos what they wanted and tortilla soup was the clear winner. Then it turned into a 95 degree day with 100% humidity. Mmmmmm nice warm soup sounded…awful!  I made it anyway and then we had ice cream before dinner to cool our souls back down and have one last hurrah before first and…

  • Recipes

    Breakfast Nachos

    Over the course of my dinner planning I’ve noticed we have a Mexican dish at least once a week. Even my picky daughter seems to love anything to do with tortillas and cheese!  So when I found a recipe for breakfast nachos on https://emeals.com/ (no affiliation) I knew I had to give it a try. It couldn’t have been easier (I made half of it with a baby strapped to me) and it was a huge hit with everyone…which as you know, doesn’t happen often. Step 1) Brown sausage, onion & green peppers As you can see there is no trace of peppers in that picture. I’ve come a long way but…

  • Organization

    Meal Planning

    Meal planning. Blech. I feel like meals, specifically dinners are the bane of most people’s existence.  Over the years I’ve come up with a few strategies to make this process a little more manageable or at least routine and not quite as difficult. Freezer meals I cannot say enough about taking an afternoon and bustin’ out some freezer meals (…so stay tuned…).  One of my favorite go to recipes is this easy & tasty bolognese sauce.  One batch of sauce can be used for many different meals-spaghetti, meatball subs or casserole, chicken Parmesan…the possibilities are endless.  I also enjoy baking muffins and freezing them two at a time for an easy…

  • Activities

    Our first fail…

    One of the first projects we attempted this summer was Chalk Rockets.  Sounds awesome, right? Well, in my typical fashion I crossed all of my t’s on this experiment but forgot to dot the i’s.  Let me explain… I found this activity on Growing a Jeweled Rose, their version and successes can be seen here. The idea is to make homemade chalk, load a film canister with it, add an Alka-Seltzer and blast off-messy, colorful chalk rockets! The first step is to add corn starch to water. My messy girl was all about this, my not so messy boy took photos since I was covered in the Oobleck. (If you…

  • Organization

    The Summer Game Plan

    I’ve been a working mom since day 1.  This means I’ve never enjoyed (endured) a summer break with my kids.  They’ve always been in day camps or at home with family…until this year.  Knowing this time I would be the day camp and knowing my kids don’t function without a schedule, I used my four months of bed rest to concoct a game plan. Step 1: Printing off a calendar for each month of summer break.  I used these,  I figured I should have one focused activity for each day and a theme for each week.  I planned a field trip and special snack every week as well. Step 2: Hit…

  • Motherhood

    Motherhood

    This was not going to be my first post-in fact I’ve been trying to come up with my first post for a few days now.  I wanted something that would define what I hoped this blog to be about, something that really explains who I am.  Then, this morning, on my second day solo with three kids this post found me.  Its 9 AM and I’ve been peed on, spat up on, blown out on and argued about poop emojis…and I’m fairly unfazed.  Pretty sure there’s pee on my carpet and possibly my robe…and I don’t care.  Welcome to Motherhood people, it’s a messy, smelly, lonely place. My husband went…