Marriage, Motherhood

Isn’t It Romantic…

It started with bath time.  It usually does.  My sister bought us a bluetooth speaker, and bathtime has been a musical experience ever since.

Andy started singing “Looks like we made it…Look how far we’ve come, my baby…”  I hear him in the kitchen and start looking it up on Spotify.  A few wrong searches finally gets me to “You’re still the one” by Shania Twain, and it starts up on the speaker.  Continue reading “Isn’t It Romantic…”

Homemaking, Motherhood

Entertainment for the Multitasker: podcasts I love.

Last week we shared favorite TV shows and movies for kids… but what’s a mom to do for entertainment? I’m the first one to go for a great Netflix binge (usually while folding 4,589 baskets of laundry), but that’s not always an option. I also enjoy reading a good book, but the multi-tasking possibilities are drastically reduced. Confession: today, I let my kids run wild while I read the last 100 pages of a thrilling novel. When I finished, every single toy we own was out, dishes were removed from cupboards, a fort was built, and my 2-year-old had painted her own face with watercolors. #noregrets Continue reading “Entertainment for the Multitasker: podcasts I love.”

Motherhood

An Octopus in the Neighborhood (and other things we see on TV)

TV. I think it’s one of the greatest parenting conundrums; how much do you let your kids watch, when, and why? I think my kids’ pediatrician told me last month that no more than one hour a day is recommended. I’m here to tell you that sometimes we go over that limit. I try not to… but it’s just so easy. I am able to accomplish ridiculous amounts of things when my baby is sleeping, my oldest is watching TV, and my middle child is doing her little introverted thing. (At two years old, she still has no interest in TV. I consider it a mixed blessing.) BUT I strive very hard not to let it be a babysitter, and I try to carefully curate what shows he watches. Continue reading “An Octopus in the Neighborhood (and other things we see on TV)”

Motherhood

Currently Watching…

Okay.  I am going to just get the disclaimer out of the way.  We try to avoid TV as much as we can…I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love that it gives me time to clean up, have time alone, get dressed, etc.  I hate that my son is hypnotized by it and that it becomes a babysitter for me.  So, I try to limit it to certain times of day.  However, since my daughter is a virtual sponge, I am also trying to be pretty wise about what she sees during those times.  This is hard to do unless I am right there watching with her- which I do sometimes to talk her through things.  So, I thought I would share some go-to shows that I can trust to help me educate AND entertain my daughter while teaching valuable lessons.  PLEASE SHARE YOURS TOO!  Cuz there are only so many times we can watch something…or so I thought before I had kids. 😛 Continue reading “Currently Watching…”

Homemaking, Motherhood

Life Hacks – organizing toys, labeling food, making dinner easy, and bakon.

We all need to simplify life a little bit… here are a few of the things I do to make my days a little more simple. These are helpful for anyone – mom or not – but I think they’re especially useful if you are juggling small children along with everything else going on in life. (don’t literally juggle your kids…) Continue reading “Life Hacks – organizing toys, labeling food, making dinner easy, and bakon.”

Homemaking, Motherhood

Cleanliness is NOT Next to Godliness

Yesterday, I had two of my sisters over our house.  It was long overdue, and I was excited.  But there was another thing that was long overdue: the cleaning.  I had been ignoring my floors and bathroom for over a week (eek!), and you could definitely tell.  So, I pretended my daughter was taking a nap as she talked to herself in her crib, put on Breakfast at Tiffany’s (in hindsight, not the ideal choice), and went to it.

I grew up in a house where you clean before company comes over.  Like, intensely clean.  I have backed off a bit since owning my own place, but floors and bathrooms are a must for me.  What I did not take into account this time around was that three kids were about to come over bringing the house total to 5 kids under age 6.   You can only imagine… Continue reading “Cleanliness is NOT Next to Godliness”

Motherhood

Books We Love

Now that I am a proud holder of a Master of Science in Library Education degree, I should be an expert on all things children’s literature. Unfortunately, I know a whole lot about the Dewey Decimal System and not a lot about specific titles. My go-to books are ones I loved when I was a kid and books we happen to discover at a bookstore or library.

Before kids, trips to the library were relaxing and meditative. I took my time browsing  my favorite sections and finding new and interesting books to read. Sometimes I even sat in the quiet and read the book I settled on. Now, I sprint after my three-year-old (who is making a beeline to the toys and puzzles) with my infant strapped to my chest and a giant reusable tote bag slung over my shoulder. I grab any picture books that look mildly interesting from the tops of the shelves (thank you, librarians, for keeping that area well stocked) and I throw them into the bag. We accumulate one or two (or ten) more during L’s playtime when she finds Daniel Tiger board books from the kid-level toddler bin and pulls hardcover picture books from the nearest shelf (this shelf is the juvenile non-fiction mythology section – we’ve read a book about the origins of the Loch Ness Monster 25 times since we last visited the library).  Continue reading “Books We Love”

Motherhood

Our favorite books!

I have always hoped my kids would love reading as much as I do… so far, so good! They are always down for a trip to the library and some time on the couch with a pile of books. Not long ago my son brought an impressively high tower of books to the couch, a smirk on his face. He was obviously testing out my endurance; I am proud to say I stayed the course and read the whole tower’s worth. Continue reading “Our favorite books!”

Motherhood

Madeline and More

This week, we got a little bored and decided to make twelve little girls in two straight lines, and the smallest one was indeed Madeline.  We took construction paper, markers, scissors, and a glue stick and had an hour’s worth of fun.  Leli helped me glue the girls together (so they stand up on their own), and we named each one.  They walked around, went to bed, and lined up a lot.  I keep them in the Madeline library book we have on loan and am slightly tempted to return it with them inside…just to make a librarian smile. 😉

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