5 Party Planning Ideas for the Busy Mom

Oct 29, 2014 by

Holiday season is almost here and I have parties and family gatherings on the mind!  If you are like me, once I had kids and a home of my own I became more inclined to celebrate the holidays or even hosting a night with friends at our place.  I am no Martha Stewart, but I have always loved to entertain since I grew up with a mother that was awesome at pulling off large Italian feasts, sometimes with very little notice, in our home. I also look at gatherings as my way of giving back to family and friends.  I may suck at remembering birthdays but welcoming people into our home and feeding them is my way of saying “Thanks for being awesome.” It is a little harder organizing shindigs these days but this is what I try to do to make it simple.  I am always looking for new ideas, so share your planning tips too.

Finding Strength After Loss

Oct 22, 2014 by

Last week, I almost missed a very important day had it not been for my Facebook feed filled with posts commemorating Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15th. In fact, the entire month of October is dedicated to those who have suffered this loss. As I scrolled through friends’ status updates on their experiences and read heartbreaking blog posts about loss, I was reminded of my experience and the long journey to having my now eight month old son.

Three and a half years ago, I found out I was pregnant with our second child on St. Patrick’s Day. I resisted taking a home pregnancy test before then because I wanted to find out what I had been suspecting on a special day my family would always remember.  When the little stick turned positive my husband and I felt pure joy and disbelief at how easy it was to conceive the second time around. This time, I felt a stronger sense of preparedness, having lived through being a first-time mother. This time, I knew what I was in for. And Mia was going to be a big sister!

Poop, Pumpkins, and a Blood Moon

Oct 15, 2014 by

Please pardon me, but I have no profound thoughts to impart to you in today’s post.  All I have is poop on the mind.  Or, in the case of my baby, the lack thereof.  I don’t know how it happened, one minute everything was working great and the next, it’s like someone flipped the off switch in his digestive tract. I’ve been going through the many stages of constipation the past two weeks:

Bewilderment – Gee, I wonder why the baby isn’t pooping?

Memory lapse – Has it been 5 days or 6 days?

Worry/Panic – What’s it going to look like?  How big? Where will it happen and when?

I had to start turning down social engagements out of fear when a poop-losion would occur.  Imagine how ridiculous this sounds:  “Oooh sorry I can’t attend your really fun event because my kid is backed up and I’m afraid he’ll do a diaper explosion any minute.”  True story.

“Friendly-Judgey” Conversations

Oct 1, 2014 by

A few months ago, while on vacation with my family, I had a very awkward conversation with another mom. What I thought would be a collegial exchange of mom stories with a second-time mom (me), giving first-time mom (her), words of wisdom and encouragement from my vast treasure trove of experience, turned out to be a conversation that felt like an ambush consisting of twenty points of judgment in two minutes.

It went something like this:

Her: I can’t believe you brought your kids here!  You won’t get to have any time for yourself or have fun.

Me:  Oh, well we go everywhere with our kids…it has totally been fine.  There are two other little babies on this trip, too.  So far everything is going great!  Gotta start them off young, right?

Her: Don’t you have any family members to watch your kids?

Fabulous Fall DIY Beauty Treatments

Sep 24, 2014 by

Autumn Leaves

It’s official, I have Fall fever!  So far, the season has been so awesome here in Connecticut.  The warm, dry days; cool, crisp nights; and the leaves slowly changing into spectacular colors make me happy to be a New Englander.  What I also adore about the season is the amazing harvest of apples, pears and pumpkins.  While we are eating to our hearts’ content of these staples daily thanks to our favorite local farm stand, I have found ways to use these Fall gems as beauty treatments.  As a follow-up to my DIY summer beauty treatments post, I scoured the Internet for all the Fall-fabulous beauty tips I could find and came up with this list of the ones that worked best for me.  What I love about these recipes is that they contain ingredients I already had in my kitchen and were so easy to make, even with my seven month old strapped to me in the baby carrier.

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