How I not only survive but enjoy Mommyhood

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We have all read the “You Know You’re a Mom When…” Lists. Here is my own personal one, and these are just the things that have happened in the last few days!

You Know You’re a Mom When…

1. You get 5 hours of sleep and feel amazing! (Way better than the typical 3 you normally get)

2. You forgot what it is like to pee by yourself.

3. You feel like the incredible amounts of caffeine you drink bypass you and go straight to your two year old.

4. You consider a coffee I.V. to help the caffeine work faster! (See number 3)

5. You stop the shower with shampoo still in your hair to check on the kids you thought you heard crying in the monitor. (No baby crying, that is just all your mind hears these days)

6. You clean the house 100 times a day only to realize it still isn’t actually clean.

7. You only know the kids bop version of the songs. (I can’t even sing a real song these days)

8. You apologize to your five year old for over reacting to her tantrum. Even though you are angry, she doesn’t actually have to stay in her room for the next 36 hours. (If you haven’t done this yet, you don’t have a strong willed child. Feel free to borrow mine for the experience!)

9. Your kids think you have super powers. You must be able to answer any question they ask, you can hold 15 things with two hands, you know exactly where everything is, you can do 35 things at the same time, your kisses fix any boo boo, and you can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich better than anyone on the planet.

10. Despite all of the chaos and craziness of each day, you wouldn’t change it for the world. You cry tears of sadness and joy at the same time because your babies are growing up. You would do anything for your kids. And you DO have superpowers…..YOU ARE A MOM!

Feel free to leave a comment with your “You Know You’re a Momisms”
I want to hear your experiences too.


Last night right as I am finally falling asleep, I hear through our baby monitor, “Mommy, come get me out of here!” from our 2 year old. So I make some smart ass comment to my husband about how HIS children never sleep and drag myself out of bed to go get her.
I am so tired at this point, I lay her in bed with us and try to get a little sleep. Feeling a little frustrated that my bed is being taken over by this teeny little insomniac and I haven’t had a great nights sleep since 2008.
That is when it hit me, my little baby is ONLY LITTLE ONCE! She is so sweet cuddling next to me, all of a sudden sleeping so soundly. I wrapped my arms around her and tried to enjoy the time I have left with her while she is still little.
As soon as I drift off to sleep, thinking that things can’t get any better, my 5 year old comes crawling in bed with us. She had a bad dream and just needed to be close. So there we were…all 4 of us sleeping in the bed. It was cramped, it wasn’t the most comfortable, but we were cuddling our babies…because they really are ONLY LITTLE ONCE!
Kiss your babies and enjoy every second with them, even the seconds that make you crazy.

I looked through Pinterest and found all of these amazing ways to color eggs. I show my 5 year old and she says, “Mommy, can’t we just do it the normal way please?” YES absolutely kid. (I love Pinterest, don’t get me wrong, but there are so many extravagant projects, kids don’t care about that stuff. It becomes more if a status symbol for moms)
So we busted out the food coloring, water, and vinegar the old fashioned way and had a blast!
My trick I want to share is to use a whisk to hold the eggs in the dye. It is much easier for the kids to hold than those silly wire things that come in a kit. Plus it can’t roll away. The whisk is like a tiny little Easter egg cage! Even my 2 year old could do it.

So have fun and have a blessed Easter!


My girls have been sick for the past week. So day 7 of pretty much not leaving the house, we were all going crazy. So I decided to put them in the tub, with a little shaving cream, so they could finally have some fun!
I stuck the girls in the tub. I filled a muffin tin with shaving cream then put food coloring in each one. Then I gave them each a paint brush. I let them go crazy in the bath tub.

Here is the muffin tin full of our colorful paint!


I cannot tell you how much fun they had painting the walls with shaving cream! They even got excited that the water was changing colors too.

It kept my sick girls busy for almost an hour and was SO easy and cheap.

The only downside is that it turns the white grout in the tile colors. It doesn’t wipe off so easily, but I am sure with a little scrubbing it will come off. I figure if we do that a few times a month, I can get hours of entertainment for a little bit of scrubbing once a month.

The finished masterpiece, completed by my 2 year old and 5 year old. Who by the way BEGGED me to do it again soon.


If you don’t want to put them in the tub to play with shaving cream you can easily use a table. Another day I put plain white shaving cream all over a little play table I have for the girls. My 5 year old was able to practice her spelling words in the shaving cream, and the 2 year old attempted to practice shapes! It was a great educational experience, where they were learning while having fun. I put aprons on them so that they didn’t cover their clothes with stuff. BUT I did have to put them in the tub when we were finished…they got a little too excited and there was shaving cream EVERYWHERE! Upside…my house smelled amazing!

I learned this trick a few years ago and thought every single mom in the world knew it too. But the other day one of my Mommy friends had never heard of this. So for the few people that are not doing this for their kids, I had to do a blog post.
My girls love snacks, especially popsicles, but that gets SO unhealthy. So I have found a healthier alternative. We take the squeeze yogurts (like Yoplait Go-Gurt or the organic kind Horizon Tuberz) and I put them right in the freezer. Then when my kids want a snack, I cut the frozen one in half and I have the perfect little popsicle.

I then wrap a paper towel around it to keep their little hands from getting cold. It is not messy, doesn’t usually drip and they LOVE them. Now I know those are still full of sugar and not exactly the healthiest snack, but they are a heck of a lot better than most popsicles, plus the make ZERO mess!
I found these reusable tubes (here for link) on Amazon where you can fill your own up with whatever you want. This may be a much healthier alternative. The only down side is the convenience factor…I have to take the time to fill them up! But maybe I can stick left over smoothie (click here for the recipe) in them and the girls can eat that frozen too.

What we want but hardly ever get…no not sex…DATE NIGHT!

I am not sure about you but hubby and I don’t get a date night near as often as I would like. Not only is it difficult to find the time to go out, but when we do have the time, it is EXPENSIVE! We were spoiled for so long with free babysitters (thank you both Grandmas!). Now that we are not living right next to family we actually have to pay for a sitter. After the price of the baby sitter, the price of dinner at a decent restaurant (because let’s face it…if I am going out without the kids, it is going to be worth it), the price of movie tickets, I can’t afford to grocery shop the next week! HAHA

In all honesty I have found a few things that make date night a little more affordable.

Date Days- We sometimes go on date days instead of date nights. This way we go to lunch (cheaper meal, but still nice) and go to a matinee movie for about half the cost. Or if you don’t want a movie, there are other daytime activities that are so much fun! Hubby and I went to a trampoline gym one day…we got to act like kids without having to watch them! Then we went had only dessert for lunch…YUMMY! I also like this because my girls (especially the little one) are terrible to put to bed for a babysitter. So they are much happier with a sitter who can just play with them instead of do bedtime.

Baby Swap- We have done baby swaps with some friends and neighbors. We watch their kids on Friday night for free and they watch mine on Saturday night for free. This way we don’t have to pay for a sitter and when we are gone the kids love it because they get to have a playdate with friends. Total win win!

Dates at home- More often than not we have at home mini dates when the girls are asleep. It isn’t ideal, but works in a pinch. We watch movies, eat dessert, make popcorn, lay a blanket down and have a picnic in the bedroom (something we don’t let the kids do). All it takes is just some quality time together, where we aren’t doing laundry, aren’t cleaning house, aren’t discussing the kids, and simply focusing on us.

Maybe I should make that my New Year’s resolution…more Date Nights!

So I have been working on this post for a couple of days, (It takes forever for me to find time to sit and type as you can imagine). I thought I would share my great tip with all of you about keeping bibs and wipes right where you need them. Well of course as I get ready to post this, my “Great tip” backfires on me. More on that later…first let me share my great tip.

If your kids are anything like mine, the word messy does not even begin to describe mealtime! I found that I always was in need of a bib and of course extra wipes. I stored my bibs in a drawer in my kitchen folded neatly (ok ok, they were just shoved in there any which way and the drawer was completely overflowing!). Then I would forget to grab one, have to leave the baby in the highchair and get up to get one. By the time I got back the baby had food everywhere, my food was cold, or better yet, the kid is screaming and is too mad to even eat. Something had to change!

Then I turned by brain on and started storing my bibs on the highchair. Makes perfect sense…why oh why did it take me until the 2nd kid to figure this out!

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When they are stored here I always have one right there. If she messes it totally up, I just grab another one. If she wants a pink one instead of a purple one, no worries, it isn’t worth the fight. I just grab a different one. Much happier mom and baby.

Now on to the baby wipe situation. We have babywipes in no joke…every room in the house! I have to say my favorite place is again, on the back of the highchair! A napkin just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you just need to clean up with a wipe.
It is also perfect because now that both girls are walking around, they can get a wipe when they need one. If their hands are sticky or they finish a snack, they know where the wipes are, get one themselves and even (only on the good days) throw it away!

NOW to how this lovely idea backfired on me. I go to take a picture of the bibs on the highchair so neatly hung up, and what do my surprise do I see? YES bibs everywhere…all over the floor along with babywipes! OY VEY…I should have known. Maybe now that it is out of her system, my little monkey will leave them alone. (Who am I kidding…I am so going to be picking these up 15 thousand times a day)