Let's be honest here. I'm a 33-year-old, Midwestern, work-from-home mom on a budget. The odds of jet-setting off to London, Melbourne or even New Orleans is just about as close to zilch as a number can get. I have three young boys and oodles of responsibilities that make living a life of high adventure and travel to spectacular resorts or exotic locales a little bit out of my realm of possibilities right now.
Flash forward 15 years to now. I haven't really employed any of these hidden talents for years, but every once in a while, a moment of inspiration will hit. My kids are always wowed by the random skills I picked up in high school, from Irish dancing (a' la Riverdance) to juggling just about anything that doesn't fall into the stabby or blunt force categories. These little things are silly and won't ever earn me a living, but my kids think I'm the coolest mom ever, and nothing beats that.
If you have ever gone shopping for stainless steel cookware, then you probably already know that All Clad is considerably more expensive than other brands. In fact, you can often get a whole set of cookware in another brand for the price that it costs to buy just one All Clad item. However, since All Clad is the top brand, it might still be worth it to pay more for it.
I live in a relatively small community, so when people find out that I'm a mom blogger, I'm often slapped around by all sorts of stereotypes and misconceptions from those who are not “Internet people.” It's amazing how narrow many folks' views are when it comes to the mom blogging community, and if they'd just hop around the net a little bit, they'd realize that we're not all carbon copies of each other.
But, since I know that would take some time, I'm just going to bust several of the mom blogger misconceptions right here and now.
With so much fun to be had, it's important that we take precautions to keep our kids safe from the damaging rays of the sun. There's nothing entertaining about a sunburn, so taking a few simple safety measures can keep play time playful day after day.
One of my favorite family traditions was on Friday night. After dinner, dad would take us grocery shopping with him, followed by a trip to the local video store. (Yeah, I know I'm dating myself.) He'd pick out a movie for him and then he'd let my brother and me pick out a kids' movie for all of us to watch together.
Many adults have learned to sensor what they're saying to a degree, forgoing the f-bomb for classier alternatives, like flippin' and freakin', but that same shut-off switch sometimes misses commentary on sensitive home or work-related issues that would best be kept off the net. As a WAH mom and wife, I know all too well that the curves we have to navigate can fuel the itch to share a witty slam out of pure aggravation, but before I hit those keys I remind myself the few people who won't think ill of my rant aren't the only people who will be seeing what I write.
and so many other media outlets would have us believe, most of us moms want the same thing. A healthy planet for healthy kids. Good education, jobs, health care. A peaceful world. Since we do want these things, we should be working together and finding solutions rather than playing the blame game alongside all of these talking heads.
Here are a few ways you can help make a difference as a mother and as a citizens today.
This is when mom hears the famous words, “Mom, I’m bored. There is nothing to do.” This is why many moms are already making lists of things that they can do to help their children fight that boredom during this year’s summer vacation. What are some items that may be on their lists?
First, on many lists are some simple chores and basic skills that mom plans on teaching her children. Yes, summer vacation is the perfect time to teach your child some basic cooking skills, gardening, skills, landscaping skills and household chores that they may not know. What you teach them will depend on their ages.
If the children are really young, you can teach them how to make simple sandwiches and drinks, as well as simple household chores. Once they master these chores and skills, you can assign them as scheduled chores that they must do. This can occupy part of their time.
When it's getting close to shopping day, do you find that you have a lot of bags and containers of leftovers, fruits, veggies and snack items? There isn't enough for everyone to have a full portion, but you don't want to play favorites or let them go to waste. What's a mom to do?
Do you find this as obnoxious as I do? Probably. But, there's a reason for the madness. It's not to stroke the egos of the people writing the posts, even though it may seem that way. The true motivation behind the pan-handling for engagement from readers is two-fold.