I did it! I stepped on a NPC stage to show off my hard work in the gym. It was such an amazing and scary experience to get up on stage in a bikini. I met so many wonderful competitors – and other moms. It is crazy to think that other moms have the same […]
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“Mom! Can we go out in the yard and throw the ball?” This is the question I get from my 6-year-old son 743 times a day. Sometimes before I’ve even finished my first cup of coffee. And, inevitably, I end up indulging him most days. Although we usually wait until after we finish school work. […]
My 17-year-old daughter and I have been members of the National Charity League since she was in seventh grade. The group offers a variety of opportunities for mothers and daughters to work together in the community. Volunteering with my daughter has given us many unique experiences, and we’ve made lots of good memories in the […]
I’ll never forget the day it happened. My “mom fear” had come true. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all have at least one fear in raising our small children. Maybe you have more than one. Mine has always been choking. I’m terrified that my children are going to choke to death one day. Call […]
I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal, a generally reliable source of information, but I have to say that in this instance I just Do. Not. Agree. The article, “The Wrong Way to Speak to Children”, warns against parentspeak and the predictable way that we talk to our children. Giving and teaching coined responses to everyday […]
This past weekend the weather was awesome and the kids were getting cabin fever. I’ve been itching to get to the planetarium. I’d been promising myself that I would since I moved here. So, we packed up our kids and their cousins and took a nice Saturday afternoon drive through Atlanta to Fernbank Science Center!! Although […]
I love to eat. And I love to know what I am eating. But, with a job, a kiddo, a hubby and some vague semblance of a life, there is not much time for cooking during the week. Enter my kitchen BFF – the crockpot. Mine is the bigger oval size one – because if I am cooking, I am all about the leftovers, too.
If you are unsure about this tool, allow me to explain. A little bit of chopping, mixing or layering in the pot itself, the prep of the liquid ingredients in a separate container happens after dinner (and kids in bed, etc). In the morning, the crock goes into the base, the liquids are added, seasonings as needed and lid applied. Turn that baby on and get on with your day. Upon returning to your humble abode, VIOLA! A hot meal, or at least a significant portion of one. Talk about feeling like a winner at 5:32 PM or 6:17 PM or 8:03 PM or whenever dinner is served.
So, here is a very simple recipe to get you started; the name is silly, but it’s a full meal that pleases most palates. Serve with green salad – or applesauce when there is no time for chopping.
(If y’all like this one, there are many more I can share. Let me know and I will continue to post them. I am 20+ years of well-versed in crockpot language – but I would love to learn more, too!)
Is there such a thing as an amicable divorce? And by ‘amicable’ I mean painful, heartbreaking, and stressful. I have friends and colleagues whose divorces were much, much worse. So yes, my divorce was totally amicable. It’s been six years so I have had some time to look back on what lead to that ‘amicable’ […]
I have been loving all of the #KeepMomsInThePicture posts on social media and decided to create a Disney Edition. This idea hit home for me when my family was in Disney World recently. Amidst all of the riding and eating and show-attending, we also took TONS of pictures. Pictures in front of the iconic castle, […]
Let’s talk about working moms for a minute. Some working moms choose to work full-time because they want to, and some do it out of necessity because of bills. Regardless of why working moms work outside of the home, though, there are lots of things they hear on a pretty regular basis. While often meant […]