5 Things You Need To Know About…Mom De-Stressing

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, overworked and wearing way too many hats?

THM-5ThingsNeedKnowAbout-Mom-DeStressing-multimomI think that’s just the way of life for a mom.

There are plenty of times that I wish for a magical fairy who would go to the office for me, then come home and cheerfully tidy up the house, pay the household bills, settle disputes among the kidlets, do the grocery shopping and put dinner on the table.

Ahhhhh, if only I could plant myself on the sofa for even one evening and read a book, watch TV, or flip through my favorite magazines without having to get up a million times to either change laundry from washer to dryer, let the dog in/out, answer work emails, it would feel like such a luxury!

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Without This Ring: The Saga of the Lost Wedding Band

Today I’m lucky to have a guest post from The Hubs.  He’s sharing the traumatic story of losing his wedding band a few weeks back and his “Lord of the Rings” like saga to get it back to its rightful place on his finger!  Take it away Tyler…..

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THM-IHateJewlery-WeddingPhotoRingsI have always hated wearing jewelry. And now I hate it more than ever. And soon you’ll see why.

I’m fine with it on other people. It can make a nice accent, and I think it’s more for the ladies than men. Oh, I get it; some guys are fine with chunky watches. My wife bought me one before we were married but I only wore it a few times before it was exiled to my sock drawer. When I was in college, it was allegedly cool to get an earring (I passed). Heck, the state I currently live in practically requires you to wear either a gold chain or a pinky ring if not both. Not for me, though…

But when I got married, I knew I would wear a wedding band. I felt it was an important symbol, so Debra, AKA The Harried Mom, got me a nice plain platinum band which almost never has left my finger since we got hitched on 11/13/04. But a couple of weeks back, that changed.

I lost my wedding band.

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How An 8 Year Old Unwinds, Playing Video Games #YOKAIWATCH Review & Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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How do you like to unwind after a long, tough day?

I’ve got friends who listen to music, knit, write in a journal, get a mani/pedi, go to the gym or even cook.   Personally, I like to fold laundry (it’s calming, try it!) or curl up in bed and catch up on some of my favorite TV programs.

My eight-year-old son, after a long day of school, activities/sports and third-grade math homework, likes to unwind by playing video games.

You can often find him sitting intently in our living room playing various games on his Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held game system.

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Kid Lit: Bunny Books

With Easter just around the corner, this edition of Kid Lit is devoted to books about those cute cotton-tailed creatures – bunnies.

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Easter How To: Hand-Dipped Chocolate Covered PEEPS® Pops #PEEPSEASTER

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Love them or hate them, PEEPS® are one of the most iconic Easter treats ever.

PEEPS® were once simply yellow and white chick and bunny marshmallows that came in conjoined strips only at Easter time. But these cute and delightfully squishy iconic candies have been morphing and expanding beyond the Easter basket and now can be found year-round to celebrate all holidays and everyday events!

This Easter there are more than 30 varieties of PEEPS® on shelves – colorful confections ranging from bunnies to chicks and eggs in both traditional and new flavors such as sour watermelon, chocolate dipped mousse, orange delight, and party cake! I even read someplace that 1.5 billion Peeps are consumed during the Easter season, that’s certainly a lot of sweet treats!

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5 Things You Need to Know About….Getting Rid of Boy Stink & Renuzit® Sensitive Scents Giveaway

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Snips and snails and puppy dog tails might be what little boys are made of, at least according to that old nursery rhyme. But I can guarantee that’s not how they smell. Let’s face it, boys are stinky!

All you have to do is take one step into my eight-year-old son’s room, and you’ll wrinkle your nose at the variety of odors wafting through. It’s like entering a life-sized dirty gym locker — a rancid combination of perspiration, humidity, sports equipment, dirty clothes, and sneakers. It’s a unique odor combination that can only come from a boy’s room. I’m not looking forward to when he’s a teenager because, at this rate, I’m going to need to wear a hazmat suit to enter!

Keeping the house, and especially my son’s room, smelling fresh and clean is a daily struggle. So this month’s “5 Things You Need to Know About…” is devoted to solutions that have worked for me to get rid of that “boy smell” in the house, but in particular, his bedroom!

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5 Things You Need To Know About…Winter Car Care

THM-5-Things-WinterCarCareThe last thing any driver, but especially a parent toting around a carful of kids, needs is to break down in the cold, harsh winter weather. Cold, wet and snowy weather conditions make your car work harder and in particular on the charging and starting systems, headlights, tires and windshield wipers. So it’s important to check your vehicle to make sure your car is in peak condition during frigid winter weather.

Don’t let the cold temperature wreak havoc on your car, here are 5 Things That You Need To Know About…Winter Car Care from the experts at the American Automobile Association, better known as the AAA:

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Easy No-Sew Pet Holiday Stocking – #ClausAndPaws

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What is your favorite holiday?   Christmas is by far my favorite.

I love the holiday season because it’s filled with so many special traditions that make the time of year magical, memorable and fun!

Even our dog Bailey gets into the Christmas spirit. She loves when there are lots of people around and visiting because they always take time to pat her head, rub her belly or sneak her a little table snack! And she’s always sure to find her stocking filled with dog treats, toys and other surprises from both Santa and us.

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Random Ramblings

THM-RandomRamblings-LogoThis is not your typical blog post today.  I’ve had lots of little bits going on in my mind this week, so much to share, but so little time to write.  So, I’ve strung them all together for a new monthly series featuring “Random Ramblings.”

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The New York Times recently featured an article based on a new Pew Research Center survey that “revealed” working parents are stressed, tired, rushed and short on quality time with their children, friends, partners or hobbies.

While I found the article an interesting read, it wasn’t anything that I or any other parent (working or not working, quite honestly) didn’t already know.  Work/life balance is a constant juggling act, and it is hard to ever achieve perfect balance.

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My Purse Essentials #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife

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 My friends often joke that I’m the lady with the “magical” purse.

All you have to do ask for a particular item, reach into my big bag of tricks and viola, there you have it!

Need a pen? What about a piece of paper? How about a tissue to wipe your nose? What about a safety-pin to fix your pants? How about a stain remover pen to take that mark from lunch off your shirt? Need a flashlight? A pair of tweezers? A bottle opener? Want a puzzle to do or a magazine to read while waiting for an appointment?

Yep, I’ve got all that and a whole lot more in there…..

There once was a span of time that whenever I reached into my purse for anything I would pull out either a lollipop or a Matchbox car – much to the delight of children everywhere.

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