Bodacious Blog of the Week: Homemade Mothering

The Homemeade Mothering blog is a "A back to basics approach to mothering and homekeeping"

If you love environmentally friendly, real food making and gorgeez photos, enjoy and you are welcome. My old friend Brooke shared this gem of a blog with me eons ago but I am only just now able to spend some real time exploring it.

MAUREEN IS AWESOME.
Unfairly gorgeous children (and this mama and Daddy look like models!)but very down to Earth...Right up my alley as how to do things, so of course methinks she is RIGHT.

She explains herself thus:
"Although we live in a big city, I strive to keep my life as simple and healthy as possible. Trust me, its fun making life homemade!"

I love the focus on frugal living, making your own food, cleaners, etc. and trying to do it in a city environment. I would love to hear what you all think, and which posts are your favorites.

Tiny Red Kitchen: Child Labor and Dishwashing Wisdom

No recipe today.

No marginally tolerable pictures.

Just a bit of zen wisdom from a conversation with my two (almost three) year old Portia.


I made homemade oreos last night (Curse you Anne Meijur for teaching me!!!)and chocolate with whole wheat flour animal crackers this morning so you might be able to imagine the pile of dishes. My toddler, in that witty conversational banter of her age group has asked me no less than three bajillion times "What are you doing Mommy?"

She knows what I am doing. I hate this question. I know it is good developmentally blah blah blah but it makes me want to put her outside with the dog. A lot. (I've been out of the running for Mother of the Year for some time now, so don't look so mortified. Sheesh.)

I cope with these questions by: A) Telling her I am doing something ridiculous like flying or brushing my teeth. B) Completely ignoring the first thousand. C) Asking her the questions over and over. (I hear it is good for my development too.)

This morning when the questions arrived, I eventually got around to telling her as soon as she is able, dishwashing will be HER task because I hate it. Well that is harsh, I dislike it. I LOVE the clean kitchen and shiny sink...and I have timed myself to see that it really doesn't take all that long. And of course I remind myself I am grateful to God for all the yummy food that went on the dishes. But I would rather not wash them, dishwasher notwithstanding (getting them OUT of the DW is a whole 'nother post!)

So.

I told my sweet Portia there is a lot she will learn about life from doing dishes. I thought some of you may like these too. Maybe you have a teenager in your house to share them with?

What you will learn while washing dishes:

1) To be grateful for food, dishes and running water

2) To do the job right the first time.(My folks peeled me OUT OF BED to rewash sloppy work.)

3) That what is done (cooking) also needs to be undone (washing). Also known as clean up your messes.

4) Teamwork can be trickier than working solo, but it can also be more fun.

5) Material things are not as important as relationships with people. A dish is just a dish, even when it is shattered on the floor.

6) Pretty although mundane things are worth having. Purple rubber dishwashing gloves are prettier than yellow ones. They also protect your 60 second quick dry polish manicure(or lack thereof) and keep you from having to touch gooey nasty remnants of whathaveyou.

7) Take care of trouble NOW. Dishes ignored until the morning are crusty, smelly, and take up too much counter and sink space. Do them NOW. (They can also block coffee preparation, DEADLY!)

What are the life lessons You and Your Family have learned through tasks? I would love to hear from you and share zen....I often need the help!

Bodacious Blog of the Week: "Studio Arthur" Baby Arthur Recreates Scenes from Classic Movies

I could hardly wait for Bodacious Blog of the week Monday to share this!

If you haven't already seen it, laugh on! Thank you so much BABBLE for sharing "Studio Arthur" Arthur Recreates Scenes from Classic Movies Blog. Check it out. I laughed at every single one.

Haiku Challenge FRIDAY


Due to the jaw dropping lack of popularity and responses for Haiku Thursday, it is moving to Fridays from now on. It will be called...wait for it...Haiku Friday instead. I won't let it go
because
it makes ME happy and isn't that what blogging is all about?

A group of friends and I did this many years ago when I was toiling away at a desk. We called it Haiku Challenge and someone would start with three words and we would all Haiku our hearts out using those three words in our haiku. It was tricky, consuming and TRES hilarious.

A Haiku is a three line poem with 5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second line and 5 again for the last line. My Dad is a BIG Haiku guy, he loves them and many of us have encouraged him to publish them in a book. I do it randomly and rarely but always enjoy the process. It usually starts with an idea or a moment in life I want to capture.

Haiku Challenge participants...just write your haiku in the comments of the relevant post!

Please email me a Haiku Challenge if you would like to be a Guest Challenger. Include the three words and your starting Haiku poem.

Here is this week's challenge Haiku:

therapy on sale
hello mall, it's me, Heather!
it's been a long time


Your three words are: therapy, hello, time


Let's hear your haiku!

Tiny Red Kitchen: Laughing Cow Sweet Pepper SNACKS!


Am I the only one who thinks a 'lite' cheese called 'Laughing Cow" is awesome but maybe poking fun at my generous midsection?

My husband who suggests healthier diversions for us like a mug of hot tea instead of a pint of Ben and Jerry's (REALLY? Who is he kidding???) may be surprised but this is one of my favorite snacks as of late. Portia usually snags one off of my plate and it isn't typical toddler food. (Not that we offer her normal food anyway; don't all kidlets eat hummus and Thai food?)
I take one wedge of that chuckling bovine stuff...any flavor...and after trimming the top (and thus seeds and stem)

off of each sweet, sweet, SWEET pepper I smear 1/4 of the wedge in there and that is it. It is GREAT. Crunchy and creamy and fresh and savory.

I am a reformed cheese and Triscuit girl, and this is the best stand in. Keep your stringy bitter celery, slice open a pepper. YEAH!

p.s. Have you clued in yet this is NOT A FOOD BLOG? I'm such a foodie I eat whatever I am making SOFAST I cannot even get a final picture. Watchyourfingers....CHOP. NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM

Bodacious Blog of the Week: Adventures in Babywearing

I met Stephanie when she directed my prattling in our local "Listen To Your Mother" show. She is the kind of person you want to be friends with the moment you meet her. AND no matter who you are she makes you feel as if you are that compelling too. Even if you aren't. I mean, I think I am pretty charismatic and all, but I know it and I might like myself too much some times. Steph loves her life well and lives her love out loud. She either doesn't care or doesn't know she is awesome. Her lack of self centeredness and refreshingly simple writings draw you into her life moments. And the photos! She also does great giveaways and really knows the cool stuff around like her giveaway RIGHT NOW for Heartbox. I could have gone with her to what looks like an AWESOME event. Bummed but glad to share with each of you...enjoy her bloggity BIGTIME.

Haiku Challenge Thursday MOVING TO FRIDAY!


Due to the jaw dropping lack of popularity and responses for Haiku Thursday, it is moving to Fridays from now on. It will be called...wait for it...Haiku Friday instead. I won't let it go
because
it makes ME happy and isn't that what blogging is all about?

A group of friends and I did this many years ago when I was toiling away at a desk. We called it Haiku Challenge and someone would start with three words and we would all Haiku our hearts out using those three words in our haiku. It was tricky, consuming and TRES hilarious.

A Haiku is a three line poem with 5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second line and 5 again for the last line. My Dad is a BIG Haiku guy, he loves them and many of us have encouraged him to publish them in a book. I do it randomly and rarely but always enjoy the process. It usually starts with an idea or a moment in life I want to capture.

Haiku Challenge participants...just write your haiku in the comments of the relevant post!

Please email me a Haiku Challenge if you would like to be a Guest Challenger. Include the three words and your starting Haiku poem.

Here is this week's challenge Haiku:

Dreams wake me roughly
just dreaming or is this real?
sleepy awareness.


Your three words are: roughly, real, this


Let's hear your haiku!

Purple, NOT Perfect! (No "Mother of The Year Award" Here)

I am out of the running for that coveted "Mother of the Year Award" again this year. It was one of several 'yelly' days where I finally have enough sense to just put myself in time out instead of my daughter. After my time out I sat at the dining room table between my girls as they ate lunch. I was overwhelmed and frustrated with my week and with myself.
This is what the house looked like.
Annnd it looked like this:
IF you got past the front door, this is your welcoming entrance:
I'm not super clean, but I am generally neat. I'm doing baseboards or tubs, people. Unless someone has a code brown during a bath. Especially if I am in there with them. Not that THAT ever happened. More. Than. Once. Other wise my precious Hero of a Husband does those. I'm fine with toilets, just hate doing the tub and shower. Who can explain it? So when it all slides for a few days and gets messy like this in every room, I get a little bonkers. And that was just the first floor level too.
And of course the kids were acting like THIS.

I had a beautiful pad of paper and one of my favorite pens in front of me. I was going to write out what kind of Mama I wanted to be, distill it and find a way to check in daily to see how I was doing.

I knew I wanted to educate my girls. I want to do crafts with them. I want to make them helpless with laughter every day. I want a tidy house with simple contents so keeping it tidy isn't a big chore. I want to enjoy providing good food for my family...etc. etc.

I looked at my eldest who is almost three and realized what I should do really is ask her.

I said "Portia, Darlin', what kind of Mama do you want me to be?" She looked at me with a puzzled pout. I tried again,"What kind of Mommy do YOU want?" She looks very seriously at me and says "I want a Purple Mommy!"

I laughed very big and very loud, probably scaring the baby. Here I was getting all philosophically self-centered and twisted up angst-ing over Motherhood when all my daughter wants is a Purple Mommy. Not a Perfect Mommy, but PURPLE. Portia smiled at me and I realized that although she didn't understand what I meant, she did know better what I should be. A Purple Mommy. Unobtainable. Funny. Creative and Happy. Memorable and Colorful and Unique.

Yes. YES! I will be a Purple Mommy. I even think I will make a painted sign accordingly. A sign to enjoy daily and to remind myself that no one gets "Mother of The Year", but every woman's "Purple Mommy" is laughing and ready anytime.

Big Funny Cards : RATED 'A' for AWESOME !

I make my own greeting cards most of the time and don't usually get caught up in invented card friendly holidays like Halloween. You don't send cards for Halloween. You eat obscene amounts of candy, trick or treat (and if you are a teenage girl apparently you wear very small and inappropriate costumes.) If you are a parent, you eat all of your kid's candy. Just don't tell 'em! But I digress.

The cards I do not make are BIG FUNNY CARDS! I found Big Funny Cards on Sheblogs website and got to send one for free. I went to their web site and perused the offerings. They offer big funny cards, customer yard signs, magnets, bumper stickers, shirts apparel and promotional gifts. Would I send one to my husband? To a friend? To myself? (Hey, I have a healthy relationship with myself and am not above sending myself a cool card!)

I thought the current card offerings were kind of bland; bouquet of roses, random animal with a Happy Birthday greeting, etc. The three I REALLY liked were the Money Tree, the Personal Photo cutout Mother's Day Card and the Big Butt. (Jury is out on whether it is a Hippo Heinie or a Rhinoceros Rear.)

Whatever it is it is FUNNY. And it is BIG. I myself am partial to big fannies and often sport one myself so I went with that one. I had a free 2x3 card for review and I REALLY wish I had paid the extra five bucks to get this EVEN BIGGER. It was SO FUNNY and I would have loved to see the ginormous version of the Mystery Posterior.


I sent an email asking if I could customize the words too, since the Big Butt card was modeled as a birthday card and my Bestie's bday was back in August. I got prompt response and the answer was yes, everything was customizable. And it really was, I changed font, color and size of almost everything.


The best part was I was accidentally at my friend's house when it was delivered! I ordered it on November 1, and it was delivered on the 3rd! Because of the size, my friend Jenny was laughing before she even opened the card.

Everyone wanted to see it. This would be a hit when sent to an office especially. Big Funny Cards, you are AWESOME!

You could win a free one too, actually two! They have a Christmas Card Contest right now: check it out and good luck.

One of the fun things about blogging is doing these reviews. I was given a coupon code for a free 2x3 Big Funny Card for reviewing on my blog. This review gave me quite a few laughs and I cannot wait to send another one. Sometimes the same 'ol cards just won't do. Surprise someone with something a little creative and unusual...and please tell me how it went!

Bodacious Blog of the Week: Keeper of the Home

Keeper of the Home "Naturally inspired living for the Christian homemaker" is a blog where I found nasty and a little effective COLD KICKER recipe(horseradish, honey, bunch of herbs, ginger and more...shake it and shake it and shake it for two weeks. I think it helps b/c if you do not die from the smell or taste you have to just get better), the right way to brew our French press coffee(hubs was right, it should be stirred. Aigh! And I thought I could slip some lazy in there somewhere), and peaceful reading.

I would link to these items but something is funky with her old posts right now...you will have to look for them yourself. Stephanie Langford talks about natural living, whole foods, using herbs and essential oils and frugality...some of my personal favs. I hope you let me know what YOU thought of Keeper of the Home!

Need Some CREATIVE INSPIRATION in Your Life? Try Haiku Challenge Thursday


A group of friends and I did this many years ago when I was toiling away at a desk. We called it Haiku Challenge and someone would start with three words and we would all Haiku our hearts out using those three words in our haiku. It was tricky, consuming and TRES hilarious.

A Haiku is a three line poem with 5 syllables the first line, 7 syllables the second line and 5 again for the last line. My Dad is a BIG Haiku guy, he loves them and many of us have encouraged him to publish them in a book. I do it randomly and rarely but always enjoy the process. It usually starts with an idea or a moment in life I want to capture.

Haiku Challenge participants...just write your haiku using the three words of the week in the comments below!

Please email me a Haiku Challenge if you would like to be a Guest Challenger. Include the three words and your starting Haiku poem.

This week's Haiku is:

big pending birthday
anti wrinkle cream tells all
i admit i care.

Your Three Words are: Birthday, Tells, I.



A sassy friend sent this link to me, it is "Dirty Haiku", so you have been warned. *still blushing*

Defining Moments AKA What is that blurry area under my eyes????

I've been blessed with decent genetics and have always looked young, so I haven't cared about the birthdays rolling by. I worry about other deeper things like where will I get a sugar fix today or is that a GET HERE NOW cry from the baby? (Vs. a GEE, WISH I HAD A BETTER STAFF cry?) I haven't really seen any wrinkles on my face although a definite change in tone and gorgeousness has been duly noted over the past recent years.

My friend Katie Seible took a series of family pictures for us this Fall. In one of them, that she said was a really good one "..like for a book jacket or something!" was a great picture of me. My fake red hair was shiny and perfect in color. My shirt was flattering to nursing mama challenges of larger...uh...girls. There was no glare on my spectacles, no weird smile and my lipstick was good...not eaten off or smeared up over my eye from aggressive baby kisses.
But the eyes. What on God's Green Earth was wrong with my eyes? What was that....blurry part? Was that....WRINKLES? PUFFYNESS? WHAAAAAT? Katie, I wanted good pictures, not perfectly honest and revealing pictures. Whose idea was good lighting anyway? I LIKE CANDLELIGHT. I didn't want to know the truth. I can't handle the truth.

So yesterday was Day One of my "Thirty-something" Birthday Month.
And I went straight to Target (like I need a reason) and bought Boot's lifting and firming eye cream. I found Boot's after having my second Bebe and saw my face turning all those awful lackluster sallow colors post partum. I saw them listed four times on Good Housekeeping's Best of Something list and tried their lifting and firming night cream. Even my hubby noticed I got my glow back within a few days. Later I got their day cream, then the cleanser. NOW. Eye Cream.(I'll miss you Mary Kay, may be back if this new affair cools off)

I never cared too much about aging because I wasn't doing it. NOW. I. CARE. Lather me up just short of embalming, because I have decided to stay thirty-something and it looks like it's gonna take some WORK. Forty and FOXIER....right?

Any tips or tricks I should know about from you other Fabulous Old Fogies?