I am a self-proclaimed foodie in progress. I am not trained nor educated in culinary arts, but I enjoy testing my hand at new challenges in the kitchen. There is definitely a therapy that I find in making a cake from scratch, but sometimes you just have to go with the convenience of a box mix. But that doesn’t mean your cake has to be boring. I am a lover of coffee and Baileys so when I saw this recipe for a coffee and Baileys cake, I knew had to give a try.
First and foremost, I want to start off by saying I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Pinterest and will most likely continue to use Pinterest quite frequently. I love the accessibility it provides to a vast assortment of topics; even ones for which you didn’t realize you were looking.
What I want to confess about my end of the Pinterest mom, is I don’t have it all together. (To quote 10 Things I Hate About You) Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.
Upon having kids, you begin to see the world differently. With every breath they take, every milestone marker they reach, you discover something new along the way. Moose and Fox are at ages now where they love to play- ALL THE TIME. And what’s more fun than playing with someone new? One trip to the park with a toddler and you will instantly reevaluate the way you love.
🎶What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
And I’ll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm gonna try with a little help from my friends🎶
Originally sung by The Beatles but perhaps made most famous by Joe Cocker’s opening rendition for the Wonder Years (at least in my humble opinion); as soon as I hear the tune I immediately start to replay the footage of Kevin playing with Paul and Winnie Cooper. Throughout high school we all probably had those go to friendships for when our world just didn’t seem right. Why is that as grown adults, we shy away from sharing our problems with one another? Perhaps, we don’t want to burden others with our troubles; or we’re afraid of the judgement on our not so perfect life Truth be told, none of us are perfect (shocking revelation, I know)
I am a little behind on posting this for Mothers Day this year, but think next year (or birthday/ Christmas). I decided to involve the kids to make my mother in law’s gift this year (because I mean how hard is it to buy for parents, right?!).
I personally think grandparents take special appreciation in keepsake gifts, so I went with stepping stones with the kids’ footprints.
I was recently in a group of people where we introduced ourselves and shared what we did. As we went around the circle, it struck me how many women announced they didn’t do anything; they were just a stay at home mom.
It made me think of the value (or lack thereof) our society puts on a stay at home parent. Through the course of the day, a stay at home parent wears many hats. We become cooks, house cleaners, play mates, boo boo fixers, and, in some cases, referees.
Everywhere we look it surrounds us. From our phones, to our TV, to our tablets, even to the cars many of us drive; it’s hard to escape the place technology holds in our society. Albert Einstein once said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.” As a mom to young kids, one of the biggest struggles I face is finding the right balance for technology in their lives. Continue reading “Living Low in a High Tech World”
It was going to be one of those days. I felt it as soon as I woke up; the alarm went off at 5:30 so I would have time to myself before the kids awoke and all I wanted to do was find a way to crawl further into bed.
Regardless, I dragged myself out of bed and prepared to tackle the day. No matter how much I tried, I failed to stop focusing on how tired I was. The day went by in a blur and I hoped for some reprieve in the form of nap time; Moose had other plans. Just as I snuggled up on the couch with the Jete doggy and was about to nod off, Moose came out ready to play- not even 30 minutes later. In somewhat of a haze we made it through the rest of the day and said tomorrow would be better.
So what do you do when tomorrow comes and you awake with the same sense that something is off?? Continue reading “A Bad Mommy Day”
Never in a million years would I have imagined myself as a stay at home mom. I am the type of person that thrives on “intentional work.” Add to that I had hormonal issues which complicated conception and fertility drugs were not a personal option for me. After discussing that with my husband and opening our home (and our hearts) to a crazy, lovable yellow lab, we had embraced as our roles as puppy parents and agreed if God had plans to make us parents, it would happen on His time.
Raising a sponge. Such a loaded thought, but so true when watching toddlers grow. Just like every mom before me and all those after me, I am in the midst of raising a couple of sponges. Sponges are designed to absorb that which surrounds them. But what does it mean to absorb? In reference to children, absorb means to engross the attention of (someone). Kids watch and listen to everything we say and do, which means they imitate and repeat everything we say and do.