Don’t Forget Mom – How I Want To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mom’s big day is coming up this weekend or at least that’s what advertisers have been telling me in TV commercials, print & pop-up advertisements and marketing emails for the past two weeks. ENOUGH ALREADY!

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I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed by the barrage of “what to get mom?” ads or why we only get one lousy, stinking day out of the year to honor all the millions of things we do for our families. I’m thinking moms should be celebrated every day, but hey, I’d even settle for the second Sunday of every month!  My thinking here is that if there was more than one day out of the entire year to “celebrate” mom, husbands and kids could avoid all the pressure and stress of finding the perfect gift for the woman who takes care of them all year round!

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TGIF: Toes Go In First! Nature’s Sleep Slipper Review & Giveaway

After a long day of being on my feet – commuting, at work and errands/activities with the kidlets – I love to come home and kick off my shoes and slip my tired and worn out tootsies into a comfy pair of slippers.  It’s actually the first thing I do when I enter the house, even before I take off my jacket or put down my purse.  I have my slippers waiting for me on a shoe tray right by the front door entrance.

Finding a comfy pair of slippers though isn’t as easy as it sounds, because I’m pretty picky.  Most slippers look cute and fashionable, but either there isn’t enough cushioning or their construction is pretty flimsy.   It’s even a long-running joke in my family that when in doubt about what to buy me — for my birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas —  they should get me slippers because I’m always on search for that “perfect” pair.

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When Are the Stories of My Children No Longer Mine to Tell?

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!!

THM_WhenAreStoriesNoLongerMine_1The 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.

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I’m Leaving (And Returning) On A Jet Plane…

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.

TravelingmomI 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 ⇒

If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry

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:

THM_LaughCry_1One of several clumps of hair I found on the ground that morning.

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How I Show My #DisneySide

Last April The Hubs and I took the kidlets for their very first trip to Walt Disney World! We were lucky that my BIL & SIL, who are Disney park veterans, were joining us and helped us navigate not only through booking our trip, but the park and the all-important Disney character meal reservations! My BIL even worked out a whole Fast Pass strategy so we NEVER had to wait on line for the popular rides and any of the parks so we would just walk up to Big Thunder Railroad, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Peter Pan’s Flight, Kali River Rapids and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, waltz right in and enjoy the ride!

THM_#DisneySide_1Me & the kidlets after our first day at Magic Kingdom, 10+ hours of fun had them wiped out.  Rest assured, they were ready early the next morning to go back!

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Finding My Mom Tribe

Being a mom is tough work.  Add to the mix working full-time away from the home and you’ve got to be a mom juggler extraordinaire!  There are reports to file, papers to sign, meetings to go to and that’s just for the kids, let alone the job!  I’m lucky though that I work for a company that offers a flextime policy.  As long as my physical presence isn’t necessitated at the office for some sort of project, event or meeting, I get to work one day from home. for me, that day is on Fridays.

HiResAh, I wish I looked as put together as this harried mom!

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Get In the Game With Mohawk Flooring #ShareMoLove Puppy Bowl X

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We’re counting down the minutes to the Big Game, but the matchup between the top two football teams isn’t the only major happening on TV today! I’m talking about that other famous “tail”gate event, the Puppy Bowl! This year marks its 10th anniversary and I was lucky to be invited earlier this week by Mohawk Flooring to attend the Puppy Bowl Experience in Times Square NYC.  They had me at “Woof,” I mean who doesn’t love seeing and playing with puppies!

THM_SmartStrand_PuppyBowlYou might be asking, as I did when I was first got the invite, what does a flooring company have to do with the Puppy Bowl? Well Mohawk is the official carpet sponsor of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X and they are providing their new revolutionary SmartStrand Carpet for the football field the puppies are playing on.

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Lots And Lots Of Monster Trucks! Enter To Win A Family 4-Pack of Monster Jam Tickets for 2/14 Izod Center NJ Show

When my son was three all he ever wanted to watch was this kiddie DVD we had called “Lots and Lots of Trucks.”  As the title implies, it featured all sorts of trucks that could  amuse a little kid for a full 45 minutes – fire trucks, dump trucks, big rigs, construction trucks and heavy haulers, you name the type of truck it was included in this video.  Out of all those trucks, my son’s favorite part was when Bigfoot came on.  Who is he?  I’m not talking about the big hairy Sasquatch that people (crazy ones!) claim to have either seen or captured. This Bigfoot is sort of the granddaddy of monster trucks who raced, jumped and crushed cars.

THM_MonsterJam_MonsterTrucksJust a sampling of my kidlet’s Monster Jam monster truck collection, my favorite is Monster Mutt, sticking his tongue out up front on the left

That was the start of my son’s love affair with monster trucks and how we soon discovered Monster Jam®. He’s six now, but he still loves it. He’s got a whole bin full of Hot Wheels Monster Jam trucks that he and now his four-year-old sister share and play with regularly. Some of our favorite ones to race around in crazy competitions are El Toro Loco®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Monster Mutt, Captains Curse® and Grave Digger®.Continue reading ⇒

Get Organized With Lovable Labels – Review & Exclusive 10% Off Coupon Code

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Have you ever opened your fridge or freezer and wondered what the heck is that in that food container? Or even better, “gee, how long has this been in here?”  Well, now you never have to ask those questions again with Lovable Labels Date It! labels.

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The inside of my fridge; order is absolutely necessary so I can keep track of what we’ve got and what we need

Maybe it’s the OCD in me, but anything that helps me organize, and yes, that even means in my fridge (don’t even get me started on the pantry!), gives me a sense of calm because I can accurately keep track of what we’ve got on hand in the house.Continue reading ⇒