The Lazy Parent Baby Book : Your Kid the Collector

So I took a break from blogging after the new year to get to work on my resolutions. This is the year I jump back into working professionally (because staying at home and freelancing are definitely work yo.) But I knew in order to do that successfully I had to get a handle on the house situation. Let's just say I am not a natural homemaker. A few years ago I was using the Motivated Moms system (basically chore breakdowns by day) and my house looked awesome. So I ponied up the $10 for the iPhone app and am back on the horse. One thing I love about the lists are the reminders to do things like work on your kids' scrapbooks and baby books. Because we have no scrapbooks and the girls' baby books are close to empty. Of course now that they are four I need some prompts besides first tooth and the date they first laughed (like I am going to remember that.) Hence this brand new bloggging series, The Lazy Parent Baby Book. Each Sunday I will be listing a prompt and writing a blog post based … [Read more...]

1O Things To Do With All That Candy

We usually only hit our street with our twins but we're still left with a pile of candy that I don't want them eating. And I definitely don't want to eat it. Suffering from the same Halloween candy excess? Here are ten ways to get rid of all that leftover Halloween candy. … [Read more...]

Back To School Week : Greening Our Schools

Tomorrow my town is under a heat advisory and the panic has set in much like the panic we had six months ago about record snow falls. Part of the panic has involved repeated texts from my local school district about schools letting out early tomorrow due to no air conditioning. Seriously? We live in Missiouri not Maine. We need air conditioning four to five months out of the year. When you think about it, it's representative of how little investment we put into schools in this country. And this is in what most people would call a "good" school district.   I was stunned to discover that one of those schools closing early is the special education center that the girls attended until this year when they reached peer level and mainstreamed. If one school deserves air conditioning it's this center where students with all sorts of challenges, including many wearing not so comfortable braces or using walkers/wheelchairs, are constantly working on gross and fine motor skills. Not to … [Read more...]

Potty Training With On Call Princess Support

My friends, it was a dark time in our household last summer. Two stubborn pantless girls trapped inside a small green tiled bathroom with a stressed mom. At one point I think I counted every tile on the wall. Potty training bootcamp is not for the weak But it was all worth it because here we are a year later, diaper free and potty training champions. Well almost. We're still working on that whole night time thing. That's where Pull-Ups come to the rescue. They're easy to get on and off and they have Disney princesses on them just like the girls' big girl underwear so there are no arguments over wearing them at night. And they are able to take them off themselves in the morning and change into underwear I had been wanting to do something to something to celebrate their achievement, especially for Desmonda Drama since her low muscle tone meant it took a lot of work for her to master the potty. But I was at a loss since I don't like to use food as a reward and no way no how were … [Read more...]

Modern Parenting : Easter Plans

Growing up Irish Catholic, Easter was the pinnacle of spring celebrations. I can still close my eyes and picture myself in church on Easter Sunday morning. The hard bench on my bare legs (no matter how erratic the Texas weather was, we always wore dresses on Easter); the chocolate eggs and jellybeans secreted in my pocket, all the sweeter after the penance of Lent. I loved the first singing of Alleluia in weeks. And after mass, there was ham and cake and easter egg hunts. Now I am a grown up with two little girls of my own and an Easter to plan. This holiday magic is harder than I thought. I do not have the fortitude of my mother who blew out dozens of eggs for us to color (the lungs on that woman!) and I don't have her traditions to carry on either. My husband and I aren't religious which we agreed meant celebrating Easter with our kids was not in the plans. Until they turned two and an aunt sent bunny ears and a friend invited us over for an egg hunt. Once I saw them hopping … [Read more...]

You Catch More Flies With Honey

Welcome to the April Carnival of Natural Parenting: Compassionate Advocacy This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they advocate for healthy, gentle parenting choices compassionately. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** Whenever I see parenting arguments erupt on the interwebs, I groan. Not only have these people never heard the adage "If you wouldn't say it to someone's face", they evidently missed the one about catching more flies with honey. I think many of the criticisms that parents have for each other come from a place of insecurity. We all start off parenting as amateurs and it's tempting to cling to the things that we feel we succeed at. But what we forget is that what works for us, doesn't always work for others (and sometimes doesn't even work for the next child!) And that we have no idea … [Read more...]

I Think I Love My Kids

This past week our city is on spring break. In a college town, when the students leave, it's like Christmas Time For The Jews. There's ample parking, stores and restaurants are empty, you never have to wait. All because the college students are gone. And it's been a real spring break for me because my parents took my kids to Texas. Yes, it's been a whole week of leaving scissors out, stacked laundry on tables, lunches consisting of tortilla chips and beer. What could be better for a parent than an empty house? But a strange sensation came over me yesterday morning. It was a realization that damn, I miss my kids. Don't tell anyone, but I have may even cried a bit to my husband. They'll be home Sunday and I am sure this time next week I will be posting about how they drive my crazy. But until then, I miss these goofballs, crazy antics and all. … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name?

Today our free weekly interviewed me for a story on bloggers. Don't get excited. I live in a small city with two papers tasked with putting out stories every day. It's pretty easy to get interviewed. I've even randomly been on the cover. Anyway, I got asked the question I hate: what's your job? Any variation on the job question makes me groan because I never quite what to say. My first response is that I am a stay at home mom. Which I am. But I also blog, write, and occasionally carve out some time for a social media job. I volunteer, start groups, work with my multiples group, and generally drive my husband crazy with everything I say yes to. So, advice please: what do you call yourself when you do a little bit of everything? … [Read more...]

Top Ten Ways to Naturally Parent the Slacker Way

Welcome to the March Carnival of Natural Parenting: Natural Parenting Top 10 Lists This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared Top 10 lists on a wide variety of aspects of attachment parenting and natural living. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** People are always shocked when I tell them I cloth diapered the girls. What they don't realize is how easy it really was. Over four years (eight cumulative years) of parenting our twins, I have mastered all the slacker ways to incorporate the AP ideals that work for us. Here are my secrets: 1)  Don't buy a lot of stuff. Contrary to the lists they hand you at Babies R' us, there's really very little you need to keep your kids happy.  And the less stuff you have the less you have to clean and keep track of. You could get by in the first year with twenty pieces of … [Read more...]