Mommy Monday

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While on Facebook the other day, I came across this hilarious video from Story of This Life, totally nailing it on what its like to be a parent with the help of Rhianna, Taylor Swift, and even The Rock!

 

It made me think of my post a few years ago about my “pregnancy soundtrack” and got me thinking which songs I would add now that I’ve got two little ankle biters.

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Because, kids.

 

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? – Culture Club

This was ESPECIALLY relevant whilst breastfeeding… YOWZA.

 

[I Don’t Even Know My] Last Name – Carrie Underwood

There are days I am so sleep-deprived that I think, “Wait a second–what’s your name? What’s his name? WHAT’S MY NAME?!” I seriously signed my MAIDEN name on something not too long ago. I’ve been married over six years. Yeah.

 

A Beautiful Mess – Jason Mraz

This stage of life is hard. Its full of sleepless nights, nose wipin’, cutting crusts off sandwiches, and changing diapers. But you know what? Its still awesome.

 

 

 

What would you put on your parenting soundtrack? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Holy cow, y’all, it feels like I haven’t blogged in (*Squints Voice*) FOR-EV-ER!

Last week, my mom, sister Bridget, Huff the Tot, and I went to Virginia to visit to my sister, brother-in-law, and their brood. It was so good to get to see everyone (and the sites) as well as watch Hermione bond (and fight, ha!) with her cousins.

Travelling in itself is stressful, but add a toddler to the mix and a pregnant, hormonal woman to the mix and you’re basically asking for disaster.

Huff the Tot actually did really well on all flights. She just played with her toys or watched a Disney flick and was content. I’m not a good flyer, so I was basically having a panic attack every time I heard a squeal from the engine or felt a bump of turbulence.

All in all, the trip was really enjoyable! There were some parts, though, that were tough. Like when Huff the Tot woke up in the middle of the night puking or was so crabby that I was frustrated beyond belief. Don’t get me wrong; my mom, sisters, and brother-in-law were all extremely helpful, but it was tough to be away from Huff the Hubs for so long–particularly when Hermione would say, “A go home to Daddy!” (way to twist that knife in my heart, kid).

One evening while we were away, we ate at On the Border after a day trip to Washington D.C. I was exhausted, Huff the Tot was exhausted; basically everyone looked like extras from The Walking Dead. It was then that HtT decided it was a good time to have a meltdown. Which caused me to have a meltdown. Needless to say, while I was crying in the OtB bathroom while my brother-in-law walked around with Huff the Tot, I felt like a crap mom and really needed a molten chocolate cake all to myself.

Later that night as I laid in bed, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a video that had me laughing so hard I was afraid I was going to wake up Hermione. It really helped me lighten up. I figured I wasn’t the only one who needed to see this, so I thought I’d share it with you! Hopefully this will help you to giggle and get through today’s “toughness”.

 

 

And, because Halloween is this weekend and we all know “That Mom”, here’s another video. Enjoy!

 

If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Break Womb’s YouTube channel! These women are hilarious!

Try It Tuesday

 

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Happy Tuesday, peeps!

Every week, we have dinner over at my parent’s house. My mom was getting tired of the “same ole, same ole”, so she tried a new recipe! And guess what? Its today’s Try It Tuesday!

The dish was Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. There’s a similar recipe on Pinterest! (My mom made the “healthier version” since we’re all trying to lose some pounds.)

Here’s what you need:

~1lb. 2% Velveeta

~1 pkg whole wheat spaghetti

~1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken cooked and cut up into pieces

~1 can Rotel

~1 can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup

~1/3 cup milk

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Cook the spaghetti as normal. Add your cooked chicken (Mom de-boned a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It worked great!) to a large bowl along with Velveeta, milk, soup, and Rotel. Microwave and stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are thoroughly blended.

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Next, throw the noodles into the bowl and mix well.

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Then, pop it into a casserole dish and bake for 30-35 minutes and serve!

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I liked this! I will say, though, that it was really rich. I think it would help if maybe some kidney beans or black beans were served on top or on the side. Or maybe even if it was topped with lettuce!

Have you ever tried this recipe before? Did you like it? Did you do anything differently?

Writer Wednesday

Here’s today’s writing prompt:

What was your favorite Christmas present you received as a child?

Christmas 1990 (at least, I think it was 1990) was a GREAT Christmas. I was still on the side of the fence that somewhat believed Santa was real. I mean, there was a big part of me that thought my parents were the ones that filled up our stockings {we’re the ‘cheaters’ that open presents on Christmas Eve; I knew Santa didn’t bring those} but I also figured that my parents left stockings to the Fat Man in Red because they had had enough of shopping and wrapping gifts.

Anyway, Christmas morning 199something, my sisters and I woke up at our normal 3:00 a.m. “Let’s-go-see-what’s-in-our-stockings” to find the most glorious gift waiting for us. I’m talking the Holy Grail for all ’90’s kids: a Nintendo. A freaking NES was waiting in all of its monochromatic beauty.

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I’m pretty sure our squeals were so high-pitched that windows broke. We FLIPPED out! We could not believe that we were looking at our very own Nintendo! I can’t remember all of the games we had, but I know we played the crap out of Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Super Mario Brothers 3, The Little Mermaid, Yoshi, and Dr. Mario. We loved that game system. It probably paid for itself within the first month of us receiving it. When we got older, we didn’t play games on it that often. But I will never forget how excited we were with our “latest and greatest technology”.

 

(Fun fact: When we went back to school after the break, my sister Bridget was being teased because she said that Santa had outdone himself this year. “Santa’s not real, Bridget!” a kid yelled at her.

“Oh yes he is!” she snapped back.

“How do you know?”

“Because my parents can’t afford a Nintendo and there was one under our tree on Christmas!” she explained.

You just got PWNED, kid.)

 

Lego Lurve

Sorry there was no blog post yesterday. My Maryland family came in to town and pretty much life as we know it was halted so we could all bask in the adorableness of my niece and nephews (and so the new aunt and uncle could meet their new niece).

They also brought their advent calenders, which not surprisingly, are Lego-themed.

My oldest nephew, Noah, is a Lego FANATIC. The kid has about ninety sets. Yeah, you read that right: NINETY. Luckily, his uncle lurves Legos just as much, so they can spend hours building, tearing down, and rebuilding all kinds of things.

I really think that one day, Huff the Hubs or Noah will build something like this:

Isn’t that insane?!

Its made entirely of Legos! It took the guy about 20 months to build and it runs on compressed air. How awesome would it be to drive up to the premiere of The Lego Movie in that thing?

Get Ready

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Are you excited?!

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I am.

I know how I’ll be spending my morning:

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I’ve already taken the necessary precautions by making sure my wardrobe is not too tight: big pants

 

I’ve decided which foods I plan to gorge myself on:

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And those to avoid:

 

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I’ve resigned myself to the fact that someone in my family is going to do something incredibly dumb and will be the subject of jokes for the next few family functions:

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And I’ve got my list written (and maps to the stores) for Black Friday shopping:

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In other words, “Let’s do this!”

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I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving and a safe Black Friday! I’ll see you Monday!

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Try It Tuesday

Hello, Tryers!

Today’s Try It Tuesday was especially special! My family from Maryland (2 nephews, a niece, and a sister) are in town and brought me and Huff the Hubs a gift:

Look out, Krispy Kreme!

Look out, Krispy Kreme!

Its a Sunbeam Donut Maker! Its pretty much one of the greatest inventions ever. AND since my brother-in-law is a Target Deal Finding Ninja, he got it for more than half off! Holla! (If you follow me on Pinterest, you can see my donuts board that I made in anticipation for this!)

Anywhoo, since the kiddos are in two and I had to solidify my position as the favorite, i thought I’d make them donuts for breakfast. It was my first time using this, so I was a little nervous.

The recipe was pretty simple:

~1 ½ cups plain flour
~½ cup sugar
~1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
~9 tablespoons butter, melted
~¾ cup milk
~1 egg, lightly beaten

Yes, you read that right: NINE tablespoons butter. This is like, a Paula Deen recipe y’all!

All you have to do is preheat the donut maker, combine the dry ingredients, and then wisk in the rest! When its all combined, it’ll be pretty thick:

I didn't put the Sour Patch Kids in the donuts, btw.

I didn’t put the Sour Patch Kids in the donuts, btw.

 

Then, you pour (or pipe) the dough into the preheated donut maker when the ready light turns on:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

 

About 6-7 minutes later, when the donuts have become golden brown, pop them out of the donut maker and let them cool. Or dive right in and scald your tongue.

I didn't eat all of them. Just kidding, I did.

I didn’t eat all of them. Just kidding, I did.

 

After the donuts have cooled, top them with your favorite icing/sprinkles and dig in! (Sidebar: We didn’t use the icing recipe that was in the packet, we just used some homemade icing my mom already had on hand from making a cake earlier in the week. Its basically a cup of powdered sugar and two tablespoons milk. Similar to the one I used when I made the Pumpkin Donuts.)

Oooohhh yeeeeahhhh.

Oooohhh yeeeeahhhh.

 

I REALLY liked these! They’re so tasty! And they were delicious while they were still warm. I think my taste-testers enjoyed them too:

 

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Ellie