Monday, March 27, 2017

Stop comparing yourself to others and live a happy life.


This quote is one of my favorites and one I try to remember each day. It's a hard lesson to learn, but you have to just be yourself. Don't let your perception of another person's reality cloud your happiness.  It's usually not all it's made up to be. We are constantly engaging with our friends and family on social media. It's the first thing we do in the morning and the last thing we do at night. We are inundated with posts about luxurious gifts, on a whim trips and impromptu date nights. This is mostly bologna. If you are married and have children when the hell do you have time to pee alone let alone be whisked off to Mexico for a weekend? You can't just leave in a minutes notice without chaos ensuing. Why would your husband buy you a new beamer when the minivan you're driving is only a year old? 
My Mom was always telling me to think before I speak. I think people nowadays need to think before they post. The lives some people are portraying online is so fake. Most Moms barely get enough sleep to function in the morning. We only dream of a real "Vacation". Not the one that you take with your children. No that's more work than staying home while school is in session during Science project season. I mean a real vacation. The kind of vacation where you get to sleep in and you are only awakened by the sounds of the ocean waves crashing against the sand. The vacation where someone brings you pretty colored drinks with a mini umbrella in it. I don't have time for the social media competition. I'm too busy raising my children to be the best they can be. I sometimes throw on yesterday's pants and a sweater to cover up the cereal my son spilled on me. I don't worry about the little things. I mean they are just that,  the little things. As long as my children are clean, fed and have a roof over their head I'm happy. 

I think it's great if you have time to spend hours on end on Facebook. Just remember, us regular ole Moms who are trying our best are reading your posts. Try and be more realistic and maybe try writing a post about waking up in the middle of the night by being puked on. Or taking your first sip of coffee and realizing your daughter "made it for you" with a concoction of ketchup and milk. How about walking out of the house late of course and once at work you notice you have two different shoes on. Yes, it happens. Being a Mom is a huge challenge. We don't need any more obstacles.  Real life is just as interesting if not more interesting than the fabricated life you're portraying. Feel free to share a real story. You may be surprised at how many people can relate. 

To all the Moms reading this, stop comparing yourself to others. You are doing a great job! Just remember, you are a great Mom and your children are wonderful. No one notices your mismatched shoes and the stain on your shirt. They just see you, a beautiful Mom who loves her kids. Keep up the good work. 



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pandora


Ah Pandora, what is going on with you? I believe that I have a love hate relationship with you. When your good your good but when your bad, Wow it’s bad. I recently read an article about Pandora losing money to other “Free” music sites. It makes sense to me but don’t punish the loyal listeners. We have been with you since day one. It makes a Mom's day of cleaning so much nicer if you have great music to listen to. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes

Photo credit to Food Network

For those of you in need of some gluten free recipes, please check out Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes. I was surprised at how delicious some of them looked. They have some great dishes so you can make something for everyone. Check out Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes for more information. The Food Network also has great options. You can find them here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stop child abuse now


Don't be silent and hope someone else will do something. It only takes a second to save a child's life. Child abuse has become a huge issue in the US. Too many cases of abuse go unnoticed and result in the death of an innocent child. To find out what you can do to help stop child abuse please visit Childhelp Chapters to find a local chapter.


Please read the below statistics from Childhelp.org

National Child Abuse Statistics

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.

More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.

It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. 

Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. 

More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. 

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. 

In at least one study, about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 

The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion. 

14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population. 

Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies = YUM


This is one of my families favorite treats for the holidays. Make sure you have milk in the fridge because you can't eat these without it. They are very rich. Oh and don't tell my Mom that I just made these. They are her favorite :) 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

2 - cups granulated sugar

3 - tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 - cup butter

1/2 - cup evaporated milk

1/2 - teaspoon salt

3 - cups quick or old fashioned oats

1/2 - cup creamy peanut butter

1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat add butter, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt. 

Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are
incorporated. 

Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn.









Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until completely melted. 

Add vanilla and oatmeal while mixing well. 

Drop by tablespoon full onto wax paper. 

Let cool completely on waxed paper. 



Remove the cookies once they have set up. They are delicious so make plenty because the go fast. At least they do in my house. 

Enjoy!