Being a Crunchy Mom

I always love discovering new mom terms; you know, words that we use to describe certain types of moms like ‘helicopter mom’ or one that I’ve blogged about in the past ‘unicorn mom’. Just this morning I was checking my email and out of nowhere, there is was. Now, I’ve never heard of this term before (although the very first line said “if you are a mom, you will know this term”- No dice.) Are you ready for it? They called it being a “Crunchy Mom”. Yes, you read that right.. CRUNCHY. I don’t even get it. Well, after I read a little more into it I suppose I did. Have you ever heard of a crunchy mom? Yes, it’s a thing.
Let me crack the crunch and break it down for you. Continue reading

The Struggle, Vol. 1- “Just Say No”. A Mother’s Day Tale.

After a 4 month hiatus, I am back in the blogging saddle! I’ve missed each and every one of you! With Mother’s Day approaching (May 14!), I didn’t want another special occasion to pass without throwing in my two cents worth; because you know me.. I crave a good rant or two.

I hummed and hawed over whether or not to post this Blog. Mostly because I didn’t want the waters muddied by what I am writing vs. what I truly feel in my heart.
As a mother to a 3.5 year old, I love to have lots of laughter in our home. My husband and I love joking with our daughter and keeping things light and airy. It’s
just how we do it and it works for us. If you choose to read on, things will probably go one of two ways for you- Thoughts might run through your head that say
wow, what a heartless b!tch“. Or, if you’re a rock star, you’ll laugh and think “Yes. #MomGoals”.

Okay- You’ve already read all of the blogs about “What Mother’s Want for Mother’s Day”(a bottle of wine) and “What Mother’s REALLY Want for Mother’s Day”
(a silent night). Sure, that’s all well and good but what about the shit that we DON’T want?!! Time to break it down. Continue reading

The Good News is, Nothing is Permanent. The Bad News is, Nothing is Permanent.

I just read a quote on my Twitter feed that read “the good news is, nothing is permanent. The bad news is, nothing is permanent”.  Now, I am not sure what this particular person was referring to, but when I read it, it immediately took me to parenthood.

Parenthood is all kinds of effed up. On one hand, you want to cherish every waking moment that you have with your precious little soul.  You want to hug them so hard their eyes pop out and you want to eat their face because they are so damn cute.  On the other hand, some days you wonder why you ever took the parent plunge at all.  Why in the actual f*ck did we think it was a good idea to be completely responsible for a fragile little devil child who made you fat and doesn’t let you sleep?!  Coffee is a food group, right?

But one thing’s for sure- nothing, I repeat NOTHING, is permanent when it comes to parenthood. Continue reading

Tis the Season for Over Spending (and how not to!)

Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything, crowded malls and holiday themed Blogs. Unfortunately, tis ALSO the season for over spending, credit card bills and a tiny bit of your soul being crushed because of it.

You’d think I would have learned over the years but honestly, I totally didn’t; not until last year. Last year I had enough and I made a plan.  Having a daughter with a birthday in December (ya, apparently I could NEVER make a solid plan) makes it tough to not over spend that month. I had to think of a way to get everyone crossed off on my Christmas list, give a satisfying gift but also not put me on the naughty list with my accountant (or my husband- just sayin’).  Continue reading

Give the Annoying Younique Rep a Chance, Dammit!

By now we have all heard of the businesses that everyone and their best friend have joined. You’ve got your Scentsy, your Pampered Chef, your Arbonne and your Tupperware. You also have your Rodan + Fields and of course your Epicure!

These companies have all taken the world by storm! Everywhere you look someone is having a “party” either online, at their home or both!  I will be the first person to admit, the constant posts, Facebook notifications and party invites get DAMN ANNOYING.

Now, before you get all up in arms, hear me out! Continue reading

Bringing Christmas Back to Its Roots.

Christmas; The most festive and magical time of the year. I always loved this holiday and everything that it represents for many, many reasons.  Now that I have a daughter of my own, especially as she gets older, Christmas has taken on a whole new spin and I love it even more!  Having her really leaves me reminiscing about when I was a little girl and all of the fun traditions my family had.  Opening one gift (that would always be special Christmas PJ’s) on Christmas Eve with my sister surrounded by family was one of my favorites!

When I look at Christmas today, and I am just as guilty as the rest, it looks a hell of a lot different than it did when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Things have changed.  Money has become the main event to a show none of us were invited to.  Christmas just seems like a race to see who can spend the most money and I’ve had enough!  This year, I am doing things differently.  I will teach my daughter the importance of family, giving and joy.  Fortunately for me, she is still at the age where money means nothing and all she is asking Santa for is a yo-yo..  I honestly don’t even think she knows what a yo-yo is.  Continue reading

I’ll Be a Better Friend in a Few Years.

I used to be cool. I used to be up for spontaneous weekend trips away and staying out late with all of my best friends.  We had a blast dancing the night away with not a worry in the world.  And then I met my husband.  We were still pretty awesome and care free.  We did pub nights with friends and last minute trips around the Cabot Trail. And then we had a baby who is now a toddler and things changed.  Hey, don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go back; but damn, I used to be so cool.

When you become a parent, the word “cool” drastically changes its meaning. It went from being able to take 5 shots and still waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed, to making hilarious midnight shadow puppets and turning food into kick ass animals.  Continue reading

What Moms Miss the Most: Life Before the Crazies.. Uh hm.. Kids.

Trust me; being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been given. It’s one of those things where you can’t believe you are actually responsible for this tiny human and it really gives you more confidence in yourself and makes you more proud than ever before.  And no, I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING.

With that being said, when you become a parent, you immediately become “no longer number one”. Your needs are put aside and someone else’s needs are put before yours.  That’s how it goes and you know this; you totally accept this.  That doesn’t mean, though, that there aren’t some things that you TOTALLY miss.

I’M NOT MADE OF STONE, PEOPLE! Continue reading

Be a Unicorn Mom.

Too many times moms are in a position where they feel guilt, judgement and failure. Sadly, most times these feelings are given to us by the ones who should be lifting us up instead of pushing us down; the fellow mom.

Sometimes when we become parents, step-parents or guardians, we feel the need to give advice to other moms. We think we know it all.  We’ve been there and done that.  “Hey!  I remember when my baby wouldn’t sleep but I would NEVER let them nap in a car seat.  They will DIE!  Just sayin.”  Or the ever popular “Oh wow.  I noticed that you are letting your baby wear that teething necklace.  You know that they are super dangerous and cause choking, right?”  And then there’s the controversy over bumper pads, formula vs. nursing and the list goes on. Continue reading