My kidlets are big fans of anything Angry Birds, those crazy round wingless birds with furrowed brows who are flung all over by slingshots in order to rid the world of the Bad Piggies. It all started with the smartphone game, but those Angry Birds have expanded into plush dolls, board games, merchandise and, of course, their own animated series.
On any given day my kidlets ask me hundreds of questions. “Who is picking me up from school today?” “What are we having for dinner?” “Where are my sneakers?” “Why do I have to brush my teeth every day?” “When will you stop telling me what to do?” These questions are pretty simple for me to answer. I don’t even have to think twice about my reply because there is no doubt that I have the correct answer.It’s when my kidlets ask me questions such as: “Why is the sky blue?” “Where does the wind come from?” “Where do plants come from?” and “What are clouds made of?” that I feel like I’m on the hot seat. Not only do I want to be able to give them the correct answer, but I also want to answer them in an age-appropriate way for them to understand.
Creating and maintaining The Harried Mom takes a lot of work. I started this blog a few years ago as a creative outlet for myself, to share my stories about everyday parenting – the good, the bad and even those forehead slap moments that we all experience with our families. Over time the site has evolved to also include family meal ideas/recipes, DIY kid crafts, reviews and fun activity/outing suggestions to do with kids. In the next week or so, I’ll even be debuting a new look to the blog!!
The Harried Mom truly is a labor of love. See, my #1 job is being a mom & wife ILR to two kidlets and a husband I just adore. After that, I’m a mom who works away of the home (because every mom is a working mom, my job just happens to take me out of the home) in a fab career. This blog is what I do “after-hours,” at home once the kidlets have gone off to dreamland, The Hubs fed and laundry is done (well, sometimes!). It does take a lot of time, effort and lots of understanding from my family & friends, but I really enjoy doing it so it’s worth it.
Music is one of the essential components of life. From the moment we are born, we have an ingrained appreciation for music. Just think of how music is used to soothe and stabilize vital signs of babies in hospital nurseries! Music means something different to every individual and can have a strong influence on our emotions. There’s music that makes us feel happy, sad and even somewhere in-between depending upon a song’s melody, harmony and rhythm.
Singing songs with my kidlets always puts me in a good mood. Disney’s Frozen soundtrack is currently #1 on our music hit parade. Every morning for the past week my four-year-old daughter comes down to breakfast and asks The Hubs to put it on and turn it up, LOUD! While I’m getting ready for work I hear her singing all the songs. I’m amazed at how she knows all the lyrics and just love how she injects her own vitality and personality into the songs with her vocal inflections.
My father worked for the same company for 41 years and in his entire professional career he never was sent out-of-town on a business trip. In fact, he never spent even one night away from home when I was growing up. I on the other hand have been working for 20+ years and I can’t even begin to tell you how many business trips I’ve been on.
I love my career in public relations and its given me the tremendous opportunity to travel and see many places, both large and small in this world. It’s due in large part to my many business trips that I can brag and say that I’ve visited all the contiguous 48 United States (I’ve also been to Hawaii on my honeymoon, so I’ve been to 49 states, all I need is to cross Alaska off my list).Continue reading ⇒
For most of my childhood coloring eggs, wearing fancy hats and chocolate bunnies were an integral part to my family’s annual celebration of Easter. I’ve been carrying on the tradition with my own kidlets, but I’ve officially had it with those Easter egg coloring/dye kits. They’re so messy and my eggs never turn out as vibrant, fancy or pretty as the ones featured on the kit’s packaging.
So when I read in our church bulletin a few weeks back that a woman from our parish was going to host a workshop demonstrating how to dye eggs with onion skins, I was intrigued. I had never heard of this technique before, but from what I could find out it looks like its roots are in the Greek culture. As you seem, the results are beautiful and unique looking Easter eggs!
My daughter and I had a great time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus LEGENDS performance opening night at the IZOD Center in northern New Jersey. There’s a reason it’s called “The Greatest Show On Earth” and that’s because year after year this circus does not disappoint! The show is filled with thrills, chills and laughs and jam-packed with elephants, tigers, horses, amazing acrobatic troupes, daredevils and, of course, clowns.
When my kidlets were really little there were two books that they begged me and The Hubs to read to them at bedtime each night. One was Goodnight Moon and the other was Big Red Barn, which both happen to be written by Margaret Wise Brown. Brown is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Her use of rhymed verse coupled with beautiful illustrations of realistic characters and objects have lulled children, including my own, to sleep for generations.
Though Brown died in 1952, she has a new book of out now called Goodnight Songs from Sterling Children’s Books. The book isa collection of previously unpublished lullabies that is gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists.
Over the weekend I had one of those face palm parenting moments.
It happened when I went into the kidlets playroom to see what they were up to. I found my six-year old son sitting perfectly content on the couch watching cartoons, but my daughter was nowhere in sight. Unlike my son, she gets bored pretty quick watching cartoons. My girl is constantly in motion, she always has to be doing something so I knew I’d find her around the corner creating a masterpiece at her art table.
That’s when I discovered this:
As I mom, I’m find that I am an incredible font of knowledge for my friends and family. Now by knowledge I don’t mean that I can correctly identify all the elements listed on the periodic table, recite chapter and verse from any of Shakespeare’s plays or solve a complicated (heck even an easy for that matter) algorithm.
The kind of knowledge I’m talking about is more likely to help you on trivia night at a local bar than on a SAT test. I don’t know how, but somewhere along the way I’ve picked up such useful – and totally random – facts as:
- A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 MPH
- There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo
- Months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them
- The names of Popeye’s four identical nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye & Poopeye
- In the case of an emergency, a Crayola crayon can be used as a candle and it will burn for 15 minutes
- You share your birthday with at least 19 million other people in the world
I recently learned a new fact, that March is Frozen Food Month. A whole month dedicated to frozen food, who knew! Do you want to know one more tidbit? To celebrate Frozen Food Month, Kidfresh, the frozen kid’s meal brand, is collaborating with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment for the release of Disney’s Frozen Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 18.