In a perfect world, this is what I would get for Mothers Day. Not Necessarily in that order.
Being a mom has become the most special thing in my life. I honestly always knew I wanted a child (read, child, not children as I will shortly be blessed with) but I never realized how incredibly fulfilling it would ultimately be.
I realize we have had moments like ….oh…..this:
And, oh yes, This……
But without those moments I would be less of a “mom” blogger and more of a ….out of the house worker with a life.
Now according to Hallmark, or the monthly calendars atleast, we have this little holiday called “Mothers Day”. Its the day we are supposed to sleep in (by sleep in I mean like… 7:01), eat bon bons, take long bubble baths..and…oh heck with it, take us to a hotel, drop us off, and pick us up on monday!
Well, Rayovac has come up with a fantabulous mothers day GIFT for all of you husbands, spouses, and significant others that struggle with showing the mother in your life that picking the boogies for their child is special.
Yes, you heard/read me right. Free. Maid. Service. So mom can focus on the important things like cooking and caring and sex…wait a minute.
This isn’t sounding like its a good idea.
I jest. I jest. Honestly, I would take a free year of maid service over just about any other prize. Can you imagine going to bed in a clean house? Getting up in a clean house? Leaving for the store and still having your house….clean?
Its like the impossible dream.
SO here is what you do…leave this post up, leave the contest up, if your spouse is dense, put little sticky notes on your computer with miniature arrows…heck even enter for yourself, but ENTER.
Let me say again.
That is all.
*momdot is a rayovac sponsored blog.
MOMS THE WORD ON DINNER
Growing up, I cant remember any time with a plate in front of the TV. It was everyone at the table, table set, eat, clear the table, clean the kitchen.
But I cant say I turned into the same parent. Maybe its because I am a different person, maybe its cause we are all buys, maybe its because its the only time I sit there and watch TV myself. Its just family chill time.
My family is mega, mega, mega guilty of plopping down on the floor together and eating our meal in front of “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader” atleast 6 out of 7 nights of the week. The other night we are probably at a restaurant.
Over at Ragu we are talking…..in your house, what are the manners that matter?
For you, is it eating together, eating at the table, no elbows on the table, finish your vegis?
Are you a stickler or a slacker when it comes down to it?
My husband, an avid reader of The Huffington Post, sent me over an article this morning about a mom giving her 8 year old botox injections to ready her for being “a star”. If that wasnt bad enough, this little girl is also subjected to wax treatments of her legs and pubic area so she wont grow “hair there” by the time she hits puberty. The mom said the daughter will thank her later. Yeah, I’m sure.
Originally reported by The Sun, this mom-of-the-year contender said that everyone on the child beauty market is ‘doing it’. Cause, you know, that totally justifies it! Plumping their kids lips, giving them Botox for ‘wrinkles’ and getting waxed (eyebrows and beyond)…for the future.
These totally awesome quotes came out of the moms mouth during the interview:
“I’m sure people reading this will think I am being irresponsible, but I ensure that I test the Botox and fillers I buy online on myself first.
“All I want is for Britney to have the best start in life, so it is easier for her to become a superstar.
“More mothers should do it for their daughters.”
So there are a whole subset of parents that are injecting their kids with poison at 8? What happened to the whole ‘our body is our own’ thing? If I came near Charlotte with a needle she would probably jab me with it and run off. This poor kid hasn’t even hit pre-teen years and she is being warped into thinking beauty is defined by something as simple as hairless legs and a smooth face.
Sadly she probably wont even have time to develop the real skills that ultimately MAKE someone famous. Beauty is in a bottle…..but you cant inject education or talent.
Would you ever consider this for your child? I personally think it might borderline emotional and physical abuse.
There are things that you should know about me.
I am the worlds grumpiest pregnant lady. I make no apologies for it. This is my blog.
I don’t want you to tell me that pregnancy is a blessing and I should be happy. That babies are a gift from God. That its all worth it. That there will never be the right time/money/place to have a baby. That there are women that cant have babies/have had miscarriages, etc etc.
I get it. I have a lovely child.
But I still want to kick people in the throat who say those things to me.
Charlotte is my greatest joy, there is no doubt about that. Being her mother is my biggest accomplishment and I can only hope that throughout her life we share a relationship that only enhances as she grows into an adult.
That being said, I didn’t click with her right away. I knew I had an obligation to her, that she was mine to care for and take care of, I had a normal fear of something happening to her, and I knew I loved her, but I wasn’t in love with her, the kind of bonding and sincere motherly love that you should have, till weeks, if not months, after having her.
I had no instant connection.
Pregnancy to me is not a connection either. Its not some loving wonderful feeling of human interaction and miracle of life for every person. I don’t wake up and think, OMG, I’m so happy I’m growing a baby!
Ill tell you what it was the last time.
- It was a years worth of no sex with my husband because of how bad my scars were from delivery.
- It was a vacuum.
- It was forceps.
- It was epidural that only took to half my body and left one half in pain and the other completely numb.
- It was hunger so bad for 2 days because no one would let me eat, that I started to puke and shake uncontrollably.
- It was a 5 star episiotomy.
- It was an allergic reaction to a catheter that left me with no bladder feeling for months.
Now its cramps, sickness, frustration, tiredness and the impending doom of starting over.
Ill love this child, at least I hope I will, but I don’t have to enjoy, like, or appreciate the process. I don’t have an inherent need to populate the world and have a family of 6. I honestly thought I was a family of just the one and its by sheer accident and blatant irresponsibility on my end that those circumstances have changed.
So please keep your happiness off of me until I feel like feeling it.
Lets just put it out there.
Dooce is one of the webs most famous mom bloggers with an estimated $40K a month coming from ads on her website. We have blogged about her a few times in jest and a few times in irritation, but love her or hate her, it’s her personal empire of brand that impresses me personally.
So……..are you a Dooce Lover? Or a Dooce Hater.
(ah hem, the blog, not the person)
I am a Mom of 2 that works full time outside the home as a Lab Technician. I’ll admit, I eat out for lunch more than I should. But, it’s so easy to give in to the awesome food (hey, I live in New Orleans) around my office when I see my pitiful looking sandwich in a boring, ugly brown bag. Can you relate?
Then, you have GOT to check out the lunch bags at Spring Los Angeles. This company offers you an alternative to the boring brown bag with bold colors and modern designs. The totes come in 5 fun designs and 2 sizes (medium and large).
These totes are not only cute, they are fully insulated, too! Here’s some of the technical stuff from the website:
“The secret to out superior temperature retention is a multi-layer insulation consisting of a thick, polyethylene foam layered between an outer fabric layer, a water-proof and leak-resistant lining, and a material backing. Together, these four layers create a maximum insulation to keep hot items hot and cold items cool.“
Spring Los Angeles was nice enough to send me a Large Berry Bliss tote to review! My first impression was that it was super cute! It definitely looks more like a purse than a cooler. This would be perfect to sneak drinks into a theater because no one would suspect it’s actual purpose (I didn’t say that…ssshhhh)!
I love the size of the Large tote. It’s not too big to be bulky when carrying it, but the tote easily fit a water bottle standing up and a full size frozen entree with PLENTY of room to spare. I also love all of the organizational pockets and compartments (yes, these things rock my socks! LOL!). And did you know that the exterior is made of recycled canvas?!?
Does your lunch need a fashion makeover? Spring Los Angeles has generously donated one tote of the winner’s choice!
We just want you to tell us which one you want! Head over to Spring Los Angeles and let us know YOUR favorite tote you would be picking.
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ends sat 14th
I’ve only been in the “mommy club” for 6 months now, but I have learned quite a few things in my short time. So I figured, why not share these insightful and sometimes humorous lessons with the world? Here is what I’ve learned thus far, and I’m sure some, if not most of you can relate…