Through the years my husband and I have acquired quite the stash of products–cleaning, personal hygiene, cooking, you name it. I think we must get bored easily or are easily persuaded by marketers, because it seems we have a million shower cleaners, Drano’s, lotions, soaps, etc. So, I have been working really hard to use up EVERYTHING we have before I buy new. Obviously this is frugal, and also better for the environment. I wish I had a more unique Works for me Wednesday post, but the kids are driving me CRAZY this week….I love them, but this week I don’t seem to want to be around them! Hopefully we all get back on track in the next couple of days! for more tips, go here.
Mom Friends July 28, 2009
I recently subscribed to Parenting Early Years and have really been enjoying each issue so far. I find this magazine to be not too long, not overwhelming to read, and relatively light-hearted. Just what a need for my reading material during my nursing sessions with Harper. This month there was an article titled The 6 Friends Every Mom Needs. I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed this article. I think first of all, as mommy’s we often neglect our friendships and their importance. I know I am guilty of this, as well as completely failing to nurture some friendships just out of the craziness in my life or even out of feeling like we have nothing in common anymore. This article helped me reflect on my own friends and how they fit into my life as a mom to three boys (and counting!).
1. The Mom in the Same Boat. For me this person is my friend BethAnn. Actually, I have several of these people, also my friend Emily. As the wife of a med student and now a resident, I have formed strong bonds during these years with other women who have husbands in the same position, particularly the stay at home moms who, like me, have tried to support a family on student loans and now a meager resident’s salary. We just get it. We get the financial issues, we get the time/job issues, we get the husband issues, and we get the kid issues. We connect on a very important level and are such an important social support network for one another. This is a bond that will ALWAYS be there, and I know we will always be there for each other.
2. The no-kids pal. OK, this article says that this friend is important in order to still feel connected to your life as a woman and the areas of your life that are not related to being a mommy. I have to admit that I don’t really have this friend right now. I would say the closest are a couple of my best friends from high school, however, we don’t even live remotely close to one another, find it hard to keep in touch, and probably see each other once every 2 or 3 years!
3. The Been-there, done-that mom. Probably my friend Emily here as her kids are a few months older than my kids and she had 3 before I had 3 so I use her as a sounding board for many of my parenting questions and issues. Also, BethAnn has 2 older sisters so through her I feel I get a lot of sound advice. And who can ignore my own mom!!!! Although, she is a great illustration of how rosy of a picture your memory re-paints after 28 years! I try hard to be this person to my friend Kate who just had a baby this past December. I hope I am not annoying to her….I try to offer advice only when she asks for it becuase I know how annoyed I can get when people offer me unsolicited advice.
4. The I’ll Do Anything For You Buddy. I think I am fortunate to have many of these people in my life. BethAnn would move mountains for me, Emily would do pretty much anything for me, and my friend Janeen who lives in New Mexico is a very loyal and giving friend. This article points out how important it is to return the favor in this relationship and to nurture this relationship so it is not one-sided.
5. The Slightly Glam Girlfriend. Ok, I hope I don’t offend anyone here, but I think I need this friend. First off, my general outfit is shorts and a tank top or t-shirt, sans accessories. I have never been very into fashion, mostly out of lack of money and knowledge. Maybe I should post a wanted ad for this friend…I am in great need of her! The closest I had was a sales person I frequently visited at Eddie Bauer in Michigan–she was awesome and for about a year I at least had some clothes and belts in my closet that were fashionable…..these don’t really fit now that I have since had 2 more children, and my boobs are the size of texas and my stomach is like one big marshmallow.
6. The Brutally Honest Pal. I think almost all of my girlfriends fall into this category….I truly value honesty so I have a hard time being friends with someone who can’t be honest or just tell me what they think, regardless of if I’m going to like it!
Things I Love Thursday-The ZOO!!! July 24, 2009
This past weekend was GORGEOUS here in hot mid-missouri. so, sunday morning we got up and drove 2 hours to the zoo. Oh my goodness did the boys have fun, and Harper was a trooper going along with the flow and even napping a bit in the stroller. I absolutely love the zoo. I love the animals, I love the people, I love the food, I love the overpriced stuffed animals at the gift shop! I love watching my kids love the zoo. We have not been to one in over a year because the town we moved to last year does not have its own zoo, something we are not used to! Lucas has been to many a zoo, but Avery obviously does not remember the zoo he went to in his first year of life so his eyes were just as big as saucers the entire time on Sunday. I loved watching him discover the animals. It was also such a great activity to do as a family–to get away from the lawn, the dishes, the cleaning, the laundry, the tv, the toys, the bickering, the nap schedules, everything and just get outside, enjoy nature, and enjoy each other. I cannot stress enough how great and how important that day was for all of us! So, head out to your nearest zoo, buy that funnel cake, and sit back for a sea lion show, a monkey feeding, or a tiger prowling. for more TILT, check out The Diaper Diaries.
Works for Me Wednesday-Babysitting for a friend July 22, 2009
We just got back from the park….a BEAUTIFUL day out (almost chilly), and the kids had an awesome time. It was so nice to be outside and watch them run and play without worrying about them getting dehydrated after 2 minutes! At any rate, the reason for the early morning park play day was that a friend of mine had an OB appointment. Rather than her dropping her 3 kiddos off at my house and then driving all the way back across town to her doctor, we agreed to meet at a park near her doctor’s office (along with another friend and her kids). Our other friend and I watched all the kids while they played at the park and she went to her appointment. It was fast and convenient, and honestly probably easier than watching 6 kids at my house because let’s face it, 6 kids all in my basement tends to require quite a bit of referreeing of toys and such and a lot of reminders to not get too wound up. Outside on the playground they could be as loud and wound up as they wanted (PLEASE exhaust yourselves!) and there are no toys to fight over! It worked out great, and I’m going to have to keep it in mind for next time I need someone to watch my kids for a bit! For more tips, check out We Are That Family.
A Blogging Break July 21, 2009
I took a blogging break out of laziness last week, and being in a general funk with not keeping up on the housework. Over the weekend, I did not hit the internet much at all because hubby had a rare work-free weekend. Saturday he took the boys to the park to enjoy the unusually cool and non-humid weather we were experiencing. While they played, I cleaned the house. That night, we had an AWESOME time going out with another couple to a winery and then to dinner. It was sooo nice to get out of the house without the kids and leave them with a reliable babysitter while we enjoyed adult conversation with some really fun and easygoing people. The kids were great with the babysitter and she had them all in bed by the time we got home.
Sunday, we rather randomly decided to make the 2 hour trek to the zoo. The boys had so much fun, and were so worn out by the end of the day. we probably only saw about half of the zoo partly because of the ages of our kids, partly because the entire state decided to take advantage of the unusually cool weather and go to the zoo and finally because we did not even arrive until after lunchtime. Still, it was plenty long for the kids for sure!
We are back to normal around here again and I am actually trying to keep the boys at home a couple days this week, as they all seem to be getting a little over-tired with all the summertime activities. So I’m hoping for lots of excuses to stay put for the next few days.
New Stampin Up Catalog July 14, 2009
OK, so I am uber excited about the new Stampin Up 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog. NOW I am even more excited! I got a glimpse at the upcoming mini catalog and talk about ADORABLE sets! AND to top it off, they are coming out iwth a build a bear line….we’re talking stamps, die cuts, the whole works. This is soooooo cute. The kid in me just loves Build A Bear. I have made a bear for each of my oldest 2 on their 1st birthday….really more for my benefit than their benefit. However, my creative juices are flowing on all the fun possibilities with these new products….that is if I EVER get around to working on their scrapbooks…..I know I know, I”ll have beaucoup time when they are all off in school. 🙂
It looks like many stores are beginning their back to school sales. Go here for a great run down and deal scenarios of the Staples Back to School Sale!
I plan on making a run tonight, I hope. I guess that is assuming hubby gets home at a reasonable hour. Staples is across town from where we live, but I think these deals will make it worth the drive!