Best Summer Ever.

summer

What is it about this time of year that puts your stomach in knots? Like a test that your not quite ready to take yet. You know your stuff and you could take it, but you really just want a little more time. Labor Day Weekend sort of sneaks up on you like that and you have no choice but to show up and take it. You need to fire up the grill one last time with a Corona in your hand, let the kids run freely outside barefoot and bare-backed, light tiki torches, swat at mosquitoes, and take it for what it is... the last weekend of summer, pit in your stomach and all. But as a mom, a stay-at-home-mom,  I should be rejoicing right? For us, September means the kids are in school which means a little more structure for them and a little more freedom for me. Yeah. That will be sort of nice, but I have a kindergartner now and that brings on a whole new host of back-to-school blues for me. I wrote about those feelings here and although they are mostly mixed, there is so much about that … [Read More...]

Blue Jean Dreams with Madewell #DENIMMADEWELL {guest post}

madewell denim

There is this secret that I don’t think anyone was talking about until recently (at least, they weren’t talking about it with me) and it is that Madewell has the best jeans ever. There I told you, and you don’t even have to keep your lips sealed on this one. I’ve always felt super intimidated going into nice denim stores (for us in Philadelphia, it’s Charlie’s Jeans). The saleswoman insistently wants to work directly with you which is nice, but seeing as though there is likely no one else shopping for $200 jeans at the same time as you, it’s also kind of burdensome. I don’t want to be … [Read More...]

Rambling Thoughts of a First-time Kindergarten Mom

first time kindergarten mom

All summer long I’ve been anticipating this post. What will I say? How will I feel? And now the time is here… time for my first baby to go to kindergarten and I sit here and I’m not sure what to say and I don’t really know how I feel. I'm a first-time kindergarten mom and I'm sure what I'm supposed to think. I mean, I could write about the ladies in the supermarket and how they were right all along -  that it goes by so fast. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital? The days when I agonized over if he was getting enough to eat during feedings. The days when I … [Read More...]

Focus Fitness Main Line {Review + Giveaway}

focus fitness mainline

I'm not sure about all of you, but I don't belong to a gym. Pre-kids I was gym rat - 5:30am, 3-4 days per week before work, I was there. Now that I have three kids, that lifestyle is a distant memory. Like really distant... how and why did I manage to wake up so early? I will never know. These days my workouts consist of a once or twice weekly run before my husband is off to work, chasing my kids around the playground, and I am pretty sure loading and unloading my double BOB stroller in and out of my trunk and/or holding my 30lb 1 year old while climbing stairs, making dinner, and bending … [Read More...]

The 7 Moms You’ll Meet at Mommy and Me Class

MOMMY AND ME CLASS

Thinking about signing up for a Mommy and Me Class this fall? Here are some of the moms you are likely to meet. At some point or another I've been all of these moms........well, most of them. 1. The Nervous Nelly - This mom doesn't let her kid get more than 2 paces away from her. You might start a conversation with her but then she is off...waddling behind her child, hands cupping her child's bum like a human safety net. As she scanters off you notice she is really in shape.... then you realize that if you, too, mimicked every step your toddler took each day, you'd be pretty trim as … [Read More...]

Graphic Tees for Moms

graphic tees for moms

These days I am all about the graphic tee. Throw on a pair of jeans or cut-offs and the mom uniform is done. My kids are beating the crap out of each other, er, I mean, wrestling each other on the floor as I write this and I've come to realize one simple truth in these childrearing days: You can't take yourself too seriously. Gone are the days of perfect hair, polished looks, and pedicures..... Life is messy and exhausting, so why not have a little fun with it? And if nothing else, these tees are a great conversation piece - that is, if you can actually hold one.... So here they are, my … [Read More...]

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

  Welcome to the Silhouette Portrait - Let's Get Crafty Giveaway! Hosted by: Momma Lew What is the Silhouette Portrait? And why do you want it? The Silhouette Portrait is an electronic cutting tool that works with your PC or Mac. With a small blade, it cuts paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric, and more! You can use the included design software to cut any font on your computer, download shapes and designs from the Silhouette Online Store, or even create your very own designs up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long! Momma Lew recently had the chance to review the Silhouette Cameo. You can … [Read More...]

While You Were Working…

while you were working

While you were working, I tried to make some dinner, But with the baby on my leg, it wasn't such winner. One bite here, two bites there, food on the ground, everywhere... Why do I even bother cooking, I swear.... Time to clean up, but the kids want to play, Please come home soon. I check the clock, and pray. While you were working, I saw other daddies pulling in, Kids cheered with excitement and her face turned to a grin. Jealousy, envy, a pit in my belly, When is the last time I showered, is it me who's that smelly? Whatever. I can do this. Three more hours … [Read More...]

#NSALE Home…. and then I’ll stop (promise!)

Ok so you are probably getting sick of all these #NSALE posts. This is the last one... promise! My kids are ALLL sleeping right now, so I do what I normally do when I have a moment to myself.... look at the dirty dishes in the sink, convince myself that if I do them now I will wake up the kids with all that banging, and opt to play on the computer instead. So I checked my email and saw an email from Nordstrom's with their pick of the day....Volupsa Candles.... Wait a minute! These are my favorite! I had to keep looking.....which led me to looking at their home sale, which led me to wondering … [Read More...]

Dinner You Can Make During Dora a.k.a. Sesame Spinach Chicken Salad

sesame spinach chicken salad

One of the best things about summertime is obviously the outdoor play. My kids want to be outside all the time. I swear they wait by the window and if they see a kid, hear a kid, or smell a kid (I swear kids have a 6th sense for each other's presence) they immediately grab their shoes and are off. This is all great and wonderful, but not when its 5pm and I am just about ready to make dinner. Last night I caved and let them go out.  Dinner could wait. While chatting with a neighbor I even convinced myself that I should forgo the recipe I had in mind and keep it simple. I had a rotisserie … [Read More...]

25 Things You Might Not Know About Me.

25things

Well, now I've been blogging for about a year and a half and it's gotten to the point where there are a few other people who read my blog besides my mom, my sisters, and a few friends. For the most part, I have no clue who reads my posts except if you "like" or comment or share etc... which of course I always love! It makes me feel like someone else out there gets whatever it is I am saying. But back to my point. In an attempt to humanize this random lady who write a mom-blog, because that is what I might be to some of you, I figured I'd dedicate a post to telling you a little about myself. … [Read More...]