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Real Moms Know…


Being a mom is one the toughest jobs that I have ever experienced. It is also one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever experienced. But, why is it that society sees moms as the June Cleaver type? If you don’t meet society’s expectations as a mom then you are labeled a bad mom. Real moms in the real world, however, know that they are great moms and that they don’t have to be June Cleaver.

As most of you already know, I’m a mom of four children ages 19, 17, 13, and 11; two girls and two boys. Wow, I’ve been a mom for nearly two decades! Moms are the glue that holds the family together. We are supposed to do all and know all. In fact, we are supposed to be super moms. Where in the Constitution does it say that MOMS must establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty?

Exactly! Nowhere! Yet, we do it anyway. Why? Not because the Constitution or society says so. We do it because we love our family. A real mom would go to any height, depth, or scale any mountain to protect, provide and care for her family.

Sometimes, we get frustrated and exhausted. When this happens to me, I use comic relief to de-stress. I found a great site about real moms called, go figure, Real Mom! This mom is a fellow Pennsylvania mom, like me, who writes a column for the Reading, Pa Eagle newspaper. Please take the time to visit her site and let me know what you think.

This is how I describe a “real mom.”

Real moms know:

  • that it’s okay to look like a slob sometimes.
  • that a hug means more than anything in the world.
  • that saying “I love you,” can ease an aching heart.
  • It’s okay to leave dirty dishes in the sink.
  • the house isn’t messy, it’s lived in.
  • it’s okay to have your own opinion.
  • that sometimes the marshmallows are the best part of the Lucky Charms.
  • it’s okay to look like a fool while sword fighting in Toys R Us with your child.
  • that breakfast for supper is not only okay but awesome!
  • It’s okay to be frustrated.
  • That cold pizza for breakfast is yummy.
  • You don’t have to volunteer for the PTO/PTA.
  • It’s okay to have your own tantrums once in a while.
  • When there’s snow outside, then there’s going to be snow inside too!
  • It’s Ok not to shower everyday. (provided by one of my favorite moms on the web LizAnn)
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Beautiful Blogger Award


This morning I woke with an ache in my back.  I honestly thought that it was going to be a bad day.  But, I was totally unaware of what surprises the day had in store for me. 

It seemed like a typical day to me.  Then, I checked my email and found a wonderful surprise.

LizAnn from For Girls & Dolls  had nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award.

Beautiful Blogger Award

Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for her generous, loving nomination.  I never thought that someone would nominate me for anything concerning the blogging world. 

 
Isn’t it beautiful?! 
The recipient of the award chooses 7 bloggers to pass the award on to, and shares 7 things about themselves. 
 But, before I do that, I wanted to share with you a little bit about the lovely woman who nominated me for the award.
 If you haven’t been to For Girls & Dolls, please go check it out.  LizAnn is a mom of three girls and a fellow Pennsylvania mom like me.  She and her sister, Mildred, started developing products for girls and their dolls.   She is a very talented, witty, and generous woman.  For Girls & dolls is one of my daily web stops.  I love the inspirational words of wisdom that she fills my day with along with a dose of humor and helpful tips.  Life has definitely been much more fullfilling with LizAnn in my day.
 
I’m giving the Beautiful Blogger Awards to:
  1. Lindsey Petersen of Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities.
  2. Playground for Parents.
  3. If Mama Ain’t…
  4. Mommy Goggles.
  5. Unknown Mami.
  6. Parent Trend.
  7. My Organized Chaos.

Wow, that was really hard to pick just 7!  Please head on over to these blogs and enjoy yourself!

Okay, now for the last part of the award conditions, 7 things about myself.

  1. I was born and raised in Vermont.
  2. I lived in New Jersey for over 14 years and all 5 of my children were born there.
  3. I am owned by 9 birds and my African Grey talks non-stop.
  4. I went back to college when I was 36 years young.
  5. I am dreading turning 40 this year. 
  6. My oldest daughter is going to be 20 this year.
  7. My kids still give me a hug and kiss goodnight.  I love my kids!

Thank you again LizAnn!  You are truly a joy to have in my life.


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Lately, my husband has been complaining of dry, itchy skin; , also known as “winter itch.”   It only bothers him during the winter months when the humidity level is low.  We bought a humidifier for the house to help alleviate this problem during the winter.  Another thing that helps him is adding baking soda to his bath water.  He’s not one for showers.  He prefers to soak in a nice, hot bath after a long night at work. 

  • For a shallow bath, you can add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath water. 
  • For a deep bath, add 1 cup of baking soda.

If you experience “winter itch,” you should take a short bath or shower, no more than 10 minutes, once in a 24 hour period.  I know how relaxing a nice, hot bath is when it’s cold outside and you’re aching all over.  But, soaking in hot water or even warm water for an extended period of time can rob your skin of its natural oils and make matters worse.  Taking a short shower is much better.  Add a humidifier to your house and use the baking soda home remedy in your bath and watch the “winter itch” fade away.

 

My husband now knows that I’m the Queen of our house. 

“Whenever I have a question about something, you always have the answer.  And, you’re always right,” stated my husband before giving me a great big hug and kiss.

 

Unbeknownst to him, this little tip came from a home remedies website.  But, I’m not going to let him know that. 🙂

 Home Remedies and Natural Cures.  This website has an enormous list of home remedies.  I have tried many of them myself.  These home remedies are inexpensive and easy to make with ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen.  One thing that I do want to say, though, is that these remedies are not intended to be used in place of your physician’s expertise.  Always consult your physician before trying these remedies.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Last night, my twelve year old son, Christian, and I spent the evening writing poems.

We spent over two hours composing, editing, and rewriting haiku ’til our hearts content.

“What is haiku,” you might ask.

In English, Haiku is written in three lines with each line having an exact number of syllables. The first line contains five syllables, line two contains seven syllables, and line three contains five syllables.

In Japanese, Haiku also has three parts, but can be written as one line. And instead of counting syllables, the Japanese count sounds.

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I found a haiku prompt on the internet and we went with it.

The prompt was:   How would you describe Satan?

 Here are some of the haiku we came up with for this prompt.

1

Beautiful presence            

Disguises all his evil

Through machinations             

2

Stairway to heaven

Leads the way the dark angel

Has fallen from grace

3

Perfection is born

The serpent entices Eve

Perfection no more

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I grew up in Vermont. There’s nothing more beautiful than the colorful leaves of fall in Vermont. I love all of New England.

1

New England in Fall            

Kaleidoscope of colors            

Falling to the ground            

2

Dark maple syrup

Drizzled over fresh new snow

Yummy Vermont treat

3

Winter time is fun

Go ice fishing on the lake

Walking on water

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This next one is very dear to my heart. My fifth child, Sierra Cheyenne, was born on January 18, 2001. She only lived for 6 hours and 5 minutes.

1

Tiny hands and feet                    

A beautiful baby girl                    

Sierra Cheyenne                    

2

A baby girl cries

A baby born months too soon

A baby girl dies

3

New year and new life

Celebration died with you

Now you’re my angel

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This is just a little bit of what we wrote together. It was a really fun way to spend time with my son. Kids are amazingly intelligent.

It was wonderful watching him so enthralled with counting out syllables and having it make sense. I recommend trying this with your Children and see how much fun they have.


The Color of Water by: James McBride

In honor of Black History Month, I decided to share with you one of my favorite books, The Color of Water by James McBride, a New York Times Bestseller. With coffee in one hand and this book in the other, I read the book in its entirety. I just couldn’t put it down.

About the Book

James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water- A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother is an amazingly well-written, inspirational piece of literature that addresses issues such as race, religion, loves lost, and a sense of self.

Growing up in this day and age is no easy feat. Growing up black is another story. Still yet, growing up black with a white mother gets even tougher. Now try, growing up black with a white, Jewish mother during the 60’s and 70’s with eleven brothers and sisters. Now that’s difficult. That’s exactly what James McBride explains in this book.

Discrimination of any kind is horrendous. Not only does he show us what it was like growing up a black son with a white mother, he also shows what his mother faced as a white, Jewish girl who married a black man and how that has affected his life.

Coming from a religious background of “you can’t do that, it isn’t proper” I related so well with McBride’s mother.

“While she never seemed on the verge of losing her mind, there were moments when she teetered close to the edge, lost in space…She responded with speed and motion. She would not stop moving. She rode her bicycle.”

This excerpt reminds me of a quote by Albert Einstein, “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” And that’s exactly what Mrs. McBride did. She kept moving through many trials and tribulations throughout her life. No matter what was thrown at her, she kept moving. She never let anything stop her from being who she was.

My honest opinion

McBride brings you on a very moving roller coaster ride of his childhood, religion, drugs and alcohol, and his venture into adulthood. His honesty was very refreshing about how he felt about his mother and those around him and how those feelings affected him later on in life. I really enjoyed how he wrote from his point of view and then from his mother’s point of view. You get to see both sides and how they correlate to each other.

The clarity and originality of McBride’s writing makes for a heart-felt, intriguing read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were many times when I laughed, cried, and contemplated my own life. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I rate this book 5 stars on a 5 star rating, 5 being the best!

About the Author

At the age of twenty-two, James McBride was awarded a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. He holds several honorary doctorates and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

SYNOPSIS (Taken from the back of the book):

As a boy in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she’d simply say, “I’m light-skinned.” Later he wondered if he was different, too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. “You’re a human being,” she snapped. “Educate yourself or you’ll be a nobody!” And when James asked what color God was, she said, “God is the color of water.”…As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story—the story of a rabbi’s daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college. The Color of Water is James McBride’s tribute to his remarkable, eccentric, determined mother—and an eloquent exploration of what family really means.

What others had to say:

“A triumph.” –The New York Times Book Review

“A lyrical, deeply moving tribute…The Color of Water is about the love that a mother has for her children.” –The Detroit News

“A standout among the current surfeit of memoirs about growing up black in the United States…Mr. McBride’s portrait of his mother is not of a saint, which makes her all the more compelling.” –The Washington Times


Revlon 1" Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron

Revlon 1" Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron

 

             Revlon Product Review

  

I recently bought the Revlon 1″ Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron from Wal-Mart for $10.48.  Great price!  

 I’ve bought a lot of Revlon products before.    So, after using this product, I decided to write my review.  

 I’m going to be totally honest about the pro’s and con’s of this product.  So, please read the whole review. 

Product Features:

Size: 1″ 

  • 1″ ceramic barrel for large curls
  • 30 heat levels
  • 60-second fast heat-up
  • Automatic shut-off
  • World-wide dual voltage

I did like how the curling iron worked for the most part.  It heats up in 30 seconds.  Now, that’s definitely a bonus for those who don’t have a lot of time.  It has 30 different heat settings for different hair types. 

Hair type                                                                               Heat level

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Fine, thin hair                                                                               1 – 6

Wavy to medium hair                                                                7 – 14

Thick hair                                                                                        15 – 22

Coarse, hard-to-curl hair                                                         23 – 30

  

The safety features are a definite plus.  It features automatic shut-off, tangle-free swivel cord, and safety stand.  When used according to directions, it’s a great curling iron.  Compared to a regular curling iron, the Revlon Ceramic curling iron gives a better, long-lasting curl and doesn’t dry out your hair. 

Unfortunately, the first time that I used the Revlon 1″ Perfect Heat Ceramic Curling Iron the handle was very loose and the buttons slipped into the handle.   I was very disappointed with the way that it was put together.  It was difficult to get it put back together.  Once I got the on/off buttons back in place, I tightened up the screw on the bottom of the handle.  So far, it’s working okay.  Other than this technical difficulty, it works wonderfully. 

Thumbs DownHowever, I would definitely recommend spending a little bit more for another ceramic curling iron.  Sorry Revlon, I would have to give this curling iron a thumbs down.  If it falls apart on the first use, it’s not worth the money.