Month: January 2016

Fashion Friday – Pippa Edition

So my little Pippa has been BEGGING me to do a fashion Friday for her.  She loves fashion and styling herself and thought all of mommy’s readers would want to see her fashion.  If you follow along on Instagram you have seen some of her creations, so it is time to let her have a fashion Friday at least once a month.

For this look she wanted to go “comfy cute”.  She wanted to wear her heels, but still be comfortable in the winter weather.

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fashionSo she paired her favorite black heels from Target with her favorite pink leggins, added a printed top and she was ready to go.

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Finally she painted her own nails and wanted to let everyone know they are the princess collection at Walmart!

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Words can not express how much I love this kid and how fun she is to have around!!

Do your kids get into fashion?

xo,

 

5 Moves By Your Toddler That Will Test Your Sanity

I am sure if you are a mom you will be able to relate to at least one of these…and if you are lucky enough then you will relate to them all!!  Ever since my girls were younger they would have these basic moves that I had to learn how to maneuver around.  Thankfully…with each kid these moves have become easier to deal with and I can now even predict them!!

So what moves am I talking about?  The ones that our precious little kids think will get them what they want…

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The basic moves that let you know they are not happy, or about to go crazy.  So I have compiled a list of the 5 main moves that I have learned to combat in the last 7 years

5 Moves Your Child Will Do That Will Try Your Sanity:

1. The Plop: This move is usually used when the child doesn’t not want to go to bed, brush their teeth, get dressed, clean their room…you name it.   This is when the child all the sudden goes limp and plops to the ground like a sack of potatoes and assumes that this will allow them to get their way. This move is used a lot in my house and I am very good at combating it!  Lets just say it is a very good workout to drag a 4 year old or even sometimes my 7 year old to where they need to be, so they can do what I told them to do.  This is especially awesome when I have to drag their dead weight butts up the staircase…

2. The Arch: This move is one of my favorites and one that Pippa used so many times when she was about 15 months and on.  This is when the child decides that they don’t want to get in their car seat and instead creates this enormous arch in their back so you can’t get them buckled.  There were many times where I would have my whole arm and forearm holding down her pelvis while buckling her wild behind in the car seat while she bit me, hit me, pulled my hair and spit on me!!  Isn’t motherhood fun ladies?!?

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3. The Whiplash: This move is more for the younger crowd.  Babies anywhere from 5 months-12 months.  This is a tricky one because it can be done in two ways!  The back whiplash is awesome when the baby is facing away from you and all the sudden decides to throw their sweet little head back and nail your chest or chest bone.  This results in both mommy and baby crying cause it hurts like hell.  The forward whiplash is even better.  This is when the baby is facing you and decides it would be awesome to fling their little heads forward resulting in a black eye or broken nose for mommy! The only real way to avoid this is to wear a helmet at all times moms!!

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4. The Convulsion: Ah, this one is a favorite of my sweet little 4 year old Pippa.  This is a warning move that is letting you know your child is about to throw a major fit and there is nothing you can do to stop it.  The child will start having a full body shake that starts in the legs and moves all the way up to their arms and sometimes even their heads, this then usually ends with “the plop”!  This is the “I don’t like what you are saying so I am going to convulse in hopes that gets me what I want” move.  Now, moms can combat this move in 2 different ways. I have done both and I can tell you the second one is more effective for my girls.  The first is to ignore and keep going about your day like you don’t hear or see a thing.  This works sometimes, especially in Target when they are freaking out over wanting a toy.  The second way is so much more fun and super easy…You just mimic them!  Now this can be entertaining for the other children present as well.  I just start doing and saying and crying the exact same things that Pippa is doing or saying.  This gets her to stop pretty quickly cause she doesn’t want to be embarrassed or have her older sister laughing.

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Finally…

5. The Stomp: This move is generally used by older kids who realize plopping on the floor might hurt.  So instead stomping really loud and hard on the floor will definitely have mommy changing her mind. (insert eye roll)  Finley will cross her arms, make a humph sound and then stomp to the appropriate area…Why she assumes this will help, I have no idea.  I usually just laugh and go on my merry way.

So there are the top 5 moves used in this house.  I am constantly trying to stay ahead of their game.

Do you have any to add?  How do you handle these situations? Sound off in the comments below!

Mom vs Mom…WHY?

As a stay at home mom I have heard it all…..How I don’t have a real job, or it must be nice to relax at home all day, or my favorite is “What do you do all day?”  I am so sick of working mothers, and society thinking they can look down on us SAHM’s and think less of us.  I have seen so many memes on Facebook that just make my blood boil and people saying “no offense” after posting them…HOW AM I NOT SUPPOSE TO TAKE OFFENSE TO THESE:

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These are disgusting and it hurts.  I do not get easily offended, but those offend me!! I would love to know if a working mother would take offense to some meme that said

“I hear you leaving your children everyday for someone else to raise cause you are too selfish to quit your job and raise the child you brought into the world”…but NO OFFENSE.

Never once have I bashed working mothers, nor would I!!  I believe everyone has a right to choose what is best for their family and would never say something like that.  I was a working mom early on and then chose to be a stay at home.  I can tell you from experience that one isn’t harder than the other.  They are both hard and for different reasons.  I feel like unless you have done both, then you have no right to make a judgement.

Society now a days is so harsh on SAHM’s it is awful.  Even someone as intelligent as Hilary Rosen made the comment one day that “Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.”  ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!  I forgot that being a stay at home mom isn’t a job…we just sit back all day and drink fruity cocktails with umbrellas in them, while our children fan us and feed us grapes.  You’re right that it isn’t a 9-5 job….it is a when my eyes open- till my eyes close kind of job…and even then I work overtime at night.  I don’t get lunch breaks, or a 15 minute break while working…I get to eat leftovers for lunch while doing the dishes and feeding a baby at the same time, and during nap time I clean the house and do laundry…when is my sick day, or break?

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Why is our worth based on what you contribute financially or professionally to the family? Why can’t we all just respect each other and work together?  Why does it have to be a competition?  I feel like their must be some kind of jealousy from working mothers who pick on SAHMs.  I chose to be a stay at home mom because I feel like I am the only one qualified to raise my kids.  Growing up my mom worked and I was sent to a babysitter, as much as I loved that sitter I didn’t want that for my children.  I wanted to be the one to pick them up from school, to be the first person to see the excitement on their faces to tell me about their day.  I wanted to be home to cook them special dinners and treats during the day.  Do I harbor ill feelings for my mother since she worked…NO!!!  That is what worked best for our family.

There is nothing shameful or lazy about being a SAHM and the comments made by Rosen and others are so disgusting, hurtful and insulting.  How dare someone say they are better than me or work harder than I do just because they work a 40 hour work week….guess what…SO DO I, and I do it for free!!  Someone said they have to work all day and then come home and cook and clean…well….so do I!  I work all day and still cook dinner..what is the difference?

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Have you been judged for being a SAHM, or a working mom?  What are some of the ways you deal with these judgements? Sound off in the comments below!

xo,