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My eye…my eye

So…

Woke up Wednesday with a small bump under my eye

“Put a warm rag on it” my husband said barely looking at it…so I did 

Thursday it was a bit bigger 

“Put a warm rag on it” my husband said barely looking at it…so I did 

Today I look psychotic with this huge thing under my eye. 

My husband looks at me in horror and says…”is it contagious?”

“Yes it is and I was sleeping on your pillow last night”…I said

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Weekend Blues

It’s another Sunday afternoon and I’m trying not to wish that tomorrow wasn’t another freakin Monday. I mean seriously…who invented Mondays anyway?  What purpose do they serve other than to remind you that the weekend is over and cover you in a blanket of the “I don’t wanna go back to work ” blues? Can we just skip to Tuesdays where we say “Ok…I made it to Tuesday. Not long now.”

Then Wednesday is ‘hump day’ and we can see the finish line. Thursday we’re practically salivating because Friday is just within reach. 

Then it’s FRIDAY!  Thank all that is lovely and bright in the world!!!  We made it…oh yes we did!

Enjoy that 2 days of anything but work. Which includes swimming lessons, soccer games, gymnastics, hockey or whatever sport your kids play. Oh…did you think you were gonna fit a hair appt in there or get your nails done? Ha! Silly girl! Did you buy groceries or pick up the milk your hubby forgot? Run some more errands why don’t you? By the way, the kids have a presentation due that they forgot to tell you about. Aren’t you the lucky one? Why is your eye twitching? Yes, the left one.

Okay, finally everything that needs to be done is done…or shoved into a corner. I won’t tell. Time to relax and enjoy a little ‘me time’. Until you realize that it’s Sunday evening and you have to prep for work the next day.

You know…for MONDAY. 

Another freakin Monday. 

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New Year 2017

Here we are in a new year!

It’s 2017! How amazing is that? 

We survived…

Another year of parenting our beautiful children. The babies,  school agers, preteens and teenagers. 

Tantrums, tears, runny noses, boo boos, rebellion, little spills, big messes, sibling fights and the temporary loss of your sanity…on a fairly consistent  basis.

We did it.

…and now we get to do it again for another year.

Stop crying and get a glass…I’ll get the wine. 

Happy new year! 🙂

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day…

The day after all your stress and anxiety have come to fruition.

When you realize you spent too much money for one day and you promise yourself that you won’t  do it again next year.

When you realize how spoiled your kids really are and how blessed you all are.

When you realize you’ve eaten way too much and worked out way too little.

When you admit you’ve had a little too much wine but you aren’t ready to commit to less just yet…because there’s still New Years to come.

When you try to decide if you’ll brave the shopping frenzy or sit at home in an “I’m not doing a thing today” stupor.

When you’re husband takes a 4 hour nap and your kids make you play all of their new board games for 5 hours.

When you look at all the leftovers and think…”What the hell are we gonna do with all this food?”

When the day seems long then all of a sudden it’s time for bed.

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There are days when I feel like an elastic band being stretched between motherhood, marriage and balancing a relationship with my parents. If I stretch too far one way I may break and if I don’t stretch enough another way someone’s feelings are hurt. Some days I feel a bit brittle as if the elastic may snap.

Good thing I’ve got chocolate, wine and good friends. All the things you need to keep you flexible.

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It’s Friday…

It’s Friday after 5pm.

Need I say more?

Pass the wine please.

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Painting Lulu Review

So my kids have been fascinated for the past 2 days with a new app called Painting Lulu. A friend recommended the app to me for Baby Girl (six years old), who loves to color and draw.

What is Painting Lulu you ask? (And so you should)

Well, it’s a really great way to engage your children in creative activities (and not just because you want time to yourself with a glass of wine). Basically, you download the app of the coloring pages your child wants to use (i.e. My Little Pony, Barbie, Transformers, etc). Then, simply choose the coloring pages option and select a picture to color on screen. In this option, they can also take a picture of an object or person and turn it into a picture that they can then color.

Also available for purchase from Painting Lulu (www.paintinglulu.com) is a coloring book with “paper to digital” pages that can be colored on and then scanned (using the app) to a mobile device. From there, kids can continue to color on screen. A crayon shaped stylus is provided with the coloring book which is small enough for little hands and made of a very flexible material that makes it easy to hold. They come in different colors and won’t damage the screen if your child is overcome with excitement.

Wait…is that just my kids?

In the page scanner option, they can scan a page from their coloring book, which will then appear in the app and allow them to color right on the screen.

The photo booth option takes it one step further by enabling your kids to take a selfie and upload it into the app with one of the characters from the coloring book. Did I mention they can color that on screen too?

The color options are very vast, with varying shades of greens, reds, blues, and so on and there is the option to use a crayon, paintbrush or marker effect. This makes it easy to create several different masterpieces with just one picture. But there are a variety of pictures available, so the outcome is really only limited by your child’s imagination!

By the way…the kids can save their pictures in an online gallery.

Baby Girl loves this app and even my very sophisticated Diva girl who at nine, is now too cool to like the same things as her younger sister; was engaged for an hour just trying the different effects. A certain adult that shall remain nameless had some fun too. (No, I’m not telling you my name)

 

What my kids loved about it:

  1. The crayon shaped stylus – comfortable for small hands and easy to use
  2. Multiple coloring options including crayons, markers or painting in a gazillion colors (yes, I said gazillion!)

 

What my kids would change:

  1. The trash can icon should be moved to another page to avoid accidental deletion. We had a few broken hearted moments when they lost their first masterpieces.

Overall, both my kids and I think this is a really fun app. You should check  out the fun at www.paintinglulu.com!

 

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My Big Girl

Diva girl woke up last Saturday and walked into the kitchen with a very intense vibe. 

“Mommy, can I tell you something? ”

Oh good Lord…what is it? But my panic attack was all silent as I waited with outward calm.

“My tooth came out while I was brushing my teeth and when I was rinsing it off it fell down the drain.”

Ummm…that’s it???

But the look on her face told me I needed to be more sensitive. Putting my arms around her, I gave her a small hug and asked if she was upset by it and did we need to leave a note for the Tooth Fairy. Now this is a child who no longer truly believes in the Tooth Fairy and is pretty confident that mommy and daddy are leaving her the money. Which is fine with me but I did remind her when she confronted me with her conclusions that if she no longer believed, then she had no reason to get money under her pillow anymore. So of course she is willing to look the other way for a little ‘hush’ money.

So that morning she gave me a big squeeze and a sad face and said yes she wanted to leave a note regarding her wandering  tooth.

Sigh…Dear Tooth Fairy…yada yada yada and all that stuff. Please leave the cash and we owe you a tooth.

You know…that Tooth Fairy is such a sucker.

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Over-fruiting…bears fruit

So…remember the word of the day?

Over-fruiting!

Baby girl said: “Mommy, you should make a t-shirt with my word!”

…and so I did!

Well…Teespring.com will make it; I just designed it. But Baby girl likes it and so I present to you…

The ‘Over-fruiting’ tee!

Teespring.com/Over-fruiting 

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Word of the Day

‘Over-fruiting’ : when mommy makes you eat too much fruit

Baby Girl…

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