Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baby, baby, how was I supposed to know?

Our weekend was a busy one, full of soccer and parties and walks. We ran from one thing to the next with little break, but although it was busy, it was wonderful. We got the chance to celebrate the birthdays of friends we love, and spent lots of time with family and loved ones.

My cousin Matt and I are a week apart (he's older, hee hee!). I have known him every day of my life, and my childhood was punctuated by playing with him and his brothers during family gatherings at my Mom Mom's house or brunch at a place called Food-O-Rama in Philadelphia. He is my son's "Jewish Godfather."

On Saturday, we drove over to his home to celebrate the second birthday of his second born! Matt and his gorgeous wife Colleen are parents to nearly four-year-old Braelyn and now two-year-old Paxton. We watched our babies play, much the same way we used to:



It's so crazy that my baby plays with the babies of the people I was a baby with. Crazy and joyful! The people who have been there for me for so much of my life- family and friends- are also there for my son, and even produced built-in play mates!



Reality tells me that the kids won't grow up to be Best Friends Forever and marry a set of brother/sisters or best friends and live in mansions next door to each other. They could grow up as close as my cousin Matt and I have, or they can just be people who know each other. But right now, while they are still so young and sweet, it's easy to imagine that their babies will play together, too!





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We hope everyone is as excited about this as we are! Please read below for the guidelines on how to enter!




Rules & Guidelines:


  • Craft should be kid friendly (you can do it together with your kids, or kids can do it on their own) and holiday themed (winter holidays)


  • Write a post about your craft and link up on December 2nd, post should be recent within a week before the contest and must be your own, original post.  Post should include at least one photo of your craft.


  • Encouarge your friends and followers to come vote for your link up during the week of December 2nd - 8th!  Voting ends December 8th at noon EST.


  • The top 3 post based on votes will be featured in our Time for Mom post on the 9th!


  • The Time for Mom hostesses will select one winner to win the $50 giftcard!


  • All valid entries will be pinned to our holiday kids craft board.


  • One entry per person, household or blog.



  • Start brainstorming now and then show off your awesome holiday craft on December 2nd!   Whose in for the challenge?




    Let us know if you have any questions!





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    • DIY Lego Movie Costumes 



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      Friday, October 24, 2014

      ...I'd build a tree-fort in our yard!

      {Friday Five}

      Five Things I Would Do With An Extra $100

      1. Buy PJ some huge, ridiculous Thomas the Train toy. Now, to be honest, the really big mamba jambas cost a lot more than $100, but it would take a big chunk out of some big, important train....thing and make PJ a very happy kid!

      2. Do this to my hair:

      Short Wavy Purple Hairstyle
      click picture to visit source!
      LOVE that!!! Yeah, it's purple!! And it's gorgeous! Hair like that needs to be splurged on!

      3. Book store shopping spree!!! Is that nerdy? A little bit. But there is nothing I love more than a big stack of brand new books that will make that "crack!" sound when you first open them! 

      4. Endless Candy Crush lives. Don't you judge me!!! It's a drug and I'm addicted. I love that crunch sound it makes when you clear a square! 

      5. Cheese and Onion enchiladas from Don Pablo's every night for a week! And I wouldn't get tired of it- I could eat those every day of my life! Whenever my sister and I go to Don Pablo's, we always swear we are going to try something different, but we just can't stray from our one true enchilada love!

      Want an extra $100? You can pocket that by joining the Dollar Shave Club! Members save an average of $100 per year using the service, having high-quality razor blades delivered
      right to their front steps vs hitting the stores for name-brand razors! 
      this is not a compensated post- just a fun writing prompt inspired by the folks at Dollar Shave Club!


      Linking up!!!


      Thursday, October 23, 2014

      There is a crack in everything...

      {...things on thursday}

      I am about to throw a whole lot of random at you. And away we go...

      ...my insomnia is getting out of hand, and it is making my mood very, very dark. Pete was home Monday night, so I was able to get in a few hours of uninterrupted sleep thanks to Benedryl. On the nights that it is just PJ and I, I am hesitant to take anything, lest I be unable to wake if PJ needs me. So I run on little sleep and a lot of cranky these days. And coffee. God bless coffee.

      ...PJ still does not have a Halloween costume. We have chosen who he will dress as, but we still need to make that purchase. At this rate, he may go as a nudist (which, truthfully, wouldn't really be a stretch for him. Dude loves to be naked.). update: we just ran out and grabbed his costume!

      ...Speaking of PJ, we were at CHOP for speech therapy when he decided to throw a fit in the parking lot. If you're a parent, you know the fit- the flop on the floor and go limp fit. Of all the fits to throw, it is my least favorite, particularly since it's not all that safe for a small child to roll around on the ground in a parking lot. PJ can be hard to handle when these fits come forth, but with two hands it's manageable. But, I did not have two hands. I had one hand and a large iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts, and I was not letting go of that coffee. We made it into the building and I drank that coffee, but it was no easy feat. No judgement.

      ...There are fruit flies in my kitchen. I would generally chalk it up to my questionable domestic skills, but I have been cleaning the kitchen like a psycho since I saw the first one. There's not a thing that gets left out anywhere, but they are still cruising my kitchen like demented little drones. If there weren't humans living here I would just napalm the shit out of it and call it a day. Fruit flies are assholes.

      ...I went for a consult for a tattoo a few nights ago! The artist I use, Megan at 12oz Studios, is so popular that she doesn't have an opening for me until the end of February, but it was fun to go in and talk about what I am looking for. I am going for a quote from my homeboy, Leonard Cohen. The dude can't sing, but they way he writes and how he crafts words speaks to me all the way down to my soul. So when I saw a verse from his song "Anthem" I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. And now, all I can think about is ink. Can. Not. Wait.

      ...I really, really want a Roomba.

      Monday, October 20, 2014

      Time falls away but these small hours....

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      It is so lovely here in our little part of New Jersey. I bitch a lot about the cost of living here, but, there's this:


      This, somehow, makes it okay.

      Our weekend was equal parts busy and lazy, which is my favorite way to be. It was Pete's weekend to work, so it was just me and my intrepid little warrior sidekick let to conquer the weekend on our own. We started off our Saturday with soccer, which continues to be wonderful. PJ was the most engaged, by far, than he has been all season, running drills with his teammates, with nearly all of the thanks going to his two sweet buddies, Nick and Anthony. They have been with PJ all season and have guided him with patience and gentleness that belies their young age. These two will be prime choices for prom dates in a few years!


      After soccer, we put Pete to bed for the day and headed to the Fall Fair. Set in the huge, beautiful park in our town, the Fall Fair is a festival put on by all of the town school, each one represented by it's own booth. Sand art, candy apples, cupcake decorating, pumpkin painting, hay rides and face painting are offered for attendees. PJ's favorite part? A huge hay pit that quickly became the mosh pit of the elementary school-aged set. Hay was flung, rolled in, jumped on and tossed out as the boys of Collingswood reveled in glee.


      After the fall festival, we headed home, where we stayed all day. We snuggled, watched movies, played with trains and read books. We don't get to enjoy unstructured down time very much, so it was a lovely change of pace.

      The next day we woke up early to a cold morning and headed off to Oasis Family Farm for a group outing with a social group for children with Autism. Run by my funny friend Laura, this group offers chances group trips for children with Autism and their families. Sunday's trip, at a farm near our state capital, offered a giant play area with a huge slide, a zip line, a giant pirate ship, and a big "spider web" to climb on. We had a rough start when PJ threw a fit because I drove past Toys R Us without stopping to go in (true story), but we rebounded nicely once we got to the farm! PJ even got to pan for gems, although he became less interested as the water caused the dirt to become pretty!


      We were home by lunchtime, and relaxed in PJ's room, which was the warmest in the house, thanks to the sun. We again enjoyed some rare, unstructured time together. We laughed at PJ's favorite jokes ("S is for....MOMMY!" {hysterical laughter}), played with PJ's favorite trains, and read a few more of PJ's favorite books. By the time bedtime rolled around, he fell asleep with contented ease.

      I always love adventures with my family. PJ is brave and spirited, and is often his best self when he gets the chance to try something show-offy and new. But he's also shinny in the smaller moments, the ones where we lay in the puddle of warmth the sun leaves on the floor, making jokes and laughing. The amazing moments come in all kinds of flavors, and I am just happy to taste them all.




      Check these great post from last week out!

      • Scary Cheap Halloween Decorations

      • Why You Shouldn't Worry When Going to Get a Mammogram 

      • Quinoa Pancakes

      • Un-Crafty Halloween Craft



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        Lids down, I count sheep. I count heartbeats. The only thing that counts is that I can't sleep.

        I have had insomnia like whoa over this past week. It's not an uncommon thing for me; for some reason, I get terrible insomnia when the season changes. I go to bed exhausted only to toss and turn, finally fall asleep, and then wake up an hour or two later. Two more hours, then more light sleep until it's time to get up. Today, I can feel my body actually hum with fatigue. I am hesitant to take a sleep aid, since it's just PJ and I most nights but with Pete home tonight, it's Two Benedryl City for me. I'm hoping to straight up pass out.

        I remembered an essay I had written years ago about the very subject and dug it up. It's from my youthful early-30's, but it's still the same story. I. Can't. Sleep. Some things never change.

        I did all of the things I was told, but sleep still eluded me.

        I am 31 years old, and I have had trouble sleeping since I left my teens. Before that, I was a typical teen- if sleeping had been an Olympic sport, I would have been the Michel Phelps of slumber. I had always been a night owl, but when I laid down, I went to sleep.

        The sleeplessness eventually became so bad, I want to a clinic to have a sleep study done. This means submitting to having wires, probes, and straps strung about your body in order to record your brain waves, your leg twitches, your breathing. And after they string you up, they plop you into an unfamiliar room. "Okay", they say casually. "Night!".

        It took me 45 minutes of laying in the dark to drift into the lightest of slumbers, and I felt a bit of injustice- Sunny von Bulow would have had trouble falling asleep under such circumstances! A few days later, a doctor sat down with me and showed me a bunch of lines and waves that represented my sleep patterns, or lack thereof. He sent me home, armed with a bunch of techniques that were supposed to help me practice better "sleep hygiene".

        Sleep hygiene? Um, doctor, excuse me, but you're speaking to a girl who washes her feet off before she goes to bed, lest any stray foot funk acquired from wearing flip flops rub off on my sheets. Wait, that's not what it means? Ohhh.......

        When I got married, I was determined to make our bedroom a sanctuary of restful repletion. No television. Good, quality bedclothes. A clock radio that acted not only as an alarm clock, but provided soothing sounds such as "rain forest" and "thunderstorm". Firm, comfy pillows designed for side sleepers (which I am). No cell phones near the bed, and no laptops in the room at all! I would say that it worked for my husband, but I can also say that he could fallen asleep on the same raft Elian Gonzales cruised into Miami on. My husband sleeps just fine.

        I on the other hand, have found myself awake long after the light has been turned off, long after the 60 minute timer providing the "summer evening" sounds has timed out. I bring myself to bed exhausted, and somehow become as fully awake as ever as soon as I try to close my eyes.

        God knows I try. I try counting, meditation, visualization techniques. But my mind drifts:

        Sixty-seven...sixty eight...sixty-nine...

        ..heh heh...sixty-nine...

        ...I bet Bob would think that's funny...

        ...I haven't seen Bob in a while...

        ...and I'm off. My brain is like a hamster wheel with a cute, hyperactive rodent running, running running.

        So, I lie awake, night after night, my thoughts crowding me out of my own bed.

        Friday, October 17, 2014

        If you don't scrub that kitchen floor...

        Five Chores I Loathe

        It's not a secret that I am not exactly the Queen of Domesticity. I am more like the Queen of Just Leave the Goddamn Dishes Until Tomorrow. Keeping up with the housework is a constant struggle for me. It Just. Never. Ends!!! I have a hard time believing that doing the dishes once doesn't mean that they are done for all time.

        So, I have always been messy, but I met my match in PJ. PJ can destroy a room in 12 seconds, and as the phrase goes, it's like shoveling shit against the tide to try and keep up. But being a gown up means that it's my responsibility to clean the things, lest we end up on Hoarders or on the news.

        My housekeeping skills, while not perfect, have improved exponentially, but there are a few chores that I have to grit my teeth through every single time.

        1. Unloading the dishwasher: I don't know why I hate this so much, but I haaaaaaaaaaate it! I will happily load the dishwasher, and I have even been known to wash dishes by hand to avoid unloading a full dishwasher. I know it's kind of a weird chore to hate, but I hate it.

        2. Organizing the pantry: I am horrible with this one. I am of the type who will take out the peanut butter and then just throw it back in on any shelf. I mean, if I can shut the door, it's good, right? Our shelves have started out organized and neat, but it only takes me a day to turn it back into chaos.

        3. Throwing away mail/paperwork: I don't hate this, but I'm terrible at keeping up with it. Mail piles up in the blink of an eye, and PJ's school art projects are everywhere. When I finally get tired of it, I do a mass toss of anything irrelevant. I am trying to get better at tossing the junk as it comes, and I stopped buying magazines for the same reason. This one is a work in progress.

        4. Putting laundry away: It's the same as the dishwasher- I will gather dirty clothes, run the laundry, and fold it, but for some reason, I balk at putting it away. PJ's clothes and drawers are always kept perfect, but I can be lazy about putting away my own clothes.

        5. Taking out the recycling: I forget this one all. the. time. I don't know why, because I never forget to take the trash out! It's just the recycling that gets past me for some reason. Thankfully, I am on top of making sure anything that goes in the bucket is rinsed/crushed/ripped so it doesn't get stinky or overflow!

        It's an evolving thing, my metamorphosis into domesticity. A slowly evolving one, being that I am 37, have been married 6 years, and still don't have the hang of it. But one that is coming along nonetheless. I am hoping that by the time we buy our first home I will have mastered it, but in the meantime, does anyone want to empty my dishwasher?


        Thursday, October 16, 2014

        ...and that's the way it is.

        Updates: {things on thursday...}

        ....School update: School is in full swing and is truly going much better than I expected. I thought the transition to full-day school would create a lot of chaos as PJ got used to the new demands on him, but it has been a relatively smooth change. There are a few things I would tweak where his program is concerned (extra staff support in the afternoon, better communication from OT) but, on the whole, I think this is going to be a great year for PJ.

        ...Therapy update: After a slow, frustrating start, we are finally in a great place where PJ's ABA therapy is concerned. Getting to this place involved a lot of angry phone calls and a fired therapist, but now we have a fantastic team in place to work with PJ. Something I have discovered is that securing much-needed care and therapies for a child with Autism can be a huge, shouty, head-bangingly frustrating pain in the ass. And, to be honest, we have it good compared to other families. It was worth it to push for this therapy, but I can't help but with it wasn't always some kind of fight to get it.

        ...Hair update: My hair is horrible. It's in terrible shape, way too long and snarly. I have been trolling Pinterest for haircuts that I think I can pull off- all that's left is to make an actual appointment with a stylist and get it done. I don't know why I let it get this bad. It just perpetuates that hate spiral where I look in the mirror, hate what I see, and then hate myself for not doing anything about it. It's a useless feeling and also one that is easily remedied by simply making the time to get it done.

        ...Marriage update: Marriage...it's a lot of work. I am not one to surrender to my emotions or feelings on a whim. I am more likely to feel a feel and then SHUT THAT SHIT DOWN. That's not at all healthy or productive, but sometimes it's just too scary or real or challenging to face the feels. Then, just like with the hair, I am twirling down the hate spiral, dizzy and angry. And although I can identify the problem, I have no idea how to fix it. My strategy right now isn't helping me and it isn't helping Pete, so I need to work on that shit. I have always joked that the reason I blog is because I hope that, someday, the person with all of the answers will read my blog and fix my life. That person is welcome to show up any time now.

        ...Writing update: My great friend Mary Beth connected me with a group of writers that meet monthly to share, create, and learn how to further develop our skills. Hosted at the gorgeous home of a local writer named Debbie, it was a chance to sit at a table with some amazing writers and flex my wordy muscles. It was the first time that I felt like I, perhaps, might be a writer myself. Plus, there was coffee! Being able to attend this group is a small gift that full-day school has given my schedule, and I am looking forward to continued meetings.

        ...Fruit fly update: Fruit flies are assholes.

        So. How you doin'?

        Wednesday, October 15, 2014

        Let it go, let it go...

        Did you guys see my guest post over at The Northeast Bloggers Network this week? Stop by and check it out! And keep stopping in- there's a new featured post every day!

        Halloween is coming up fast, and PJ still does not have a costume.

        Choosing a costume for PJ has been one of my favorite parts of parenting. Even though PJ is a little young for Halloween, and still does not connect with the idea of choosing a costume and playing pretend, I love the theatrics and creative spirit of Halloween.

        When we celebrated PJ's first Halloween, he was not even a year old. He hadn't taken his first steps and wasn't allowed to eat the few pieces of candy he gathered- he didn't have any teeth yet! In fact, I am pretty sure he fells asleep in his stroller, resplendent in his costume as spaghetti and meatballs. The idea, stolen from a parenting magazine, consumed my evenings in the two weeks before Trick or Treating was upon us. I sewed a little muslin romper and stitched thick, white yarn that resembled spaghetti strands. I am a terrible sewer, but there was something about making my sons first Halloween costume with my own (horrible at sewing) hands that made me feel like a good mom.

        Since then, he's been Super Grover, Thomas the Train, and a dinosaur. I made all of his costumes with love...and, more often than not, swear words. This year, I am trying to let go of the expectations I have given myself on Proper Halloween Parenting. I was shooting for handmade, Pinterest-worthy costumes that would only be accentuated by PJ's astounding cuteness. This year, we are all busy, and I think that PJ has outgrown my skill (or, lack of skill) with a needle and thread. Even though, deep down, I feel a little like a failure, PJ and I will sit down in front of the computer (a store would overwhelm him, I think) and pick a costume.

        We have it narrowed down to a few choices: any character from Toy Story, Wreck-It Ralph, or Despicable Me (think Gru, not minion). Those are the three Halloween-worthy costume choices that he is the most into, so we're going with that. It will come to our house in a box and the only hand-crafting I will do is to tie a few strings or adjust a mask. All I am going to do is pay for it.

        Letting go of this task feels so strange. I know it isn't a big deal for normal mothers, but I set the bar high for myself early and would force myself to clear it no matter how hard it was. Last year, it involved wresting with yards of soft, orange felt and a sewing machine to make a dinosaur costume (that came out pretty well save for a tail whose size I grossly underestimated). I was channeling all of my worth as a mother into that costume. Ridiculous, right?

        So, this year, it's store-bought costumes and a more realistic tool to measure my worth as a mother. But, I'm not using housework because...no.

        That's just begging for failure.

        Monday, October 13, 2014

        It's you and me in the summertime...

        Fall is finally upon us, and I could not be happier! The trees are starting to give over to the explosion of color they will become, the nights are chilly, and my Uggs are out. It's my favorite time of year, and I am thrilled it is upon us!

        With Fall here and school in full swing, summer seems like a thousand years ago. We quickly fell in to our new routine and the lazy, hot days of summer are replaced with morning alarms, school clothes, and new television shows.

        Before summer ended, we spend a week in Ocean City, Maryland with our family. I was going through some of the pictures from the trip, thinking about how lucky PJ is to live so close to the ocean and how much fun it was to escape beach-side for a week. PJ absorbed all that the vacation had to offer.

        Huge ocean waves...


        Beach snuggles with Daddy...


        Loading the cargo cars in the hotel room...
        (and, whenever we took our eyes off of him, throwing things off the balcony)



        Ski-Ball in the arcade, where everything reminded him of Wreck-It, Ralph...


        Whirling boardwalk rides with big cousins...


        Looking up at the lights of the giant ferris wheel...


        ...and out over the roller coaster...



        ...and a break for delicious Dumsers Ice Cream. 

        We had a beautiful summer, full of adventure and fun, new things and old favorites. It was the last summer before my baby started full-day school, and it was a glorious one. Now we are well into Fall, and have ushered in all of the new that comes with it. The leaves are changing, and so are we, but it's nice to take a look back at the hot, now-gone summer. 






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        • Halloween Shadow Puppets

        • Superhero Nesting Dolls

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          Tuesday, September 30, 2014

          Snow can wait...



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          September has been...

          ...Busy! The school year started off rolling and we haven't stopped since! School, of course, takes up the bulk of PJ's time, but he also has therapy three days a week, soccer and cheer once a week. Thankfully, PJ had adjusted very, very well to the new demands placed on him. We didn't expect it to be as smooth as it has been and we are very very thankful!

          ...Lovely. The trees in the park are just starting to edge over towards crimson, and it has a euphoric effect on me every time I see it. Fall is my favorite time of year, and as the days become crisp and the trees become fiery the things I don't care much about during the summer (jeans, hot peppermint mocha coffee, socks) become tiny moments of pleasure in the fall. Allergies aside, fall is my favorite.

          ...Goal-Oriented. PJ has re-started speech therapy once a week and is receiving ABA therapy twice a week. This is in addition to his full day of school and in-school therapies. I go back and forth sometimes, wondering if it's all too much. Thankfully, PJ loves his therapists and for the most part, seems happy to "hang out and play" with them. The other day, PJ started crying and when I asked him what was wrong, he said "Oh, no! The boo boo hurts!" and pointed to what turned out to be a bug bite. This wouldn't be a groundbreaking statement in most homes with a four year old, but for us, it was a big deal.

          ...Messy. The exterior of the  large house that encases our apartment is being completely renovated. A huge Victorian, it sits right on the edge of a large park and has needed a bit of TLC for some time. When it's all over the house will look amazing, but until then it's a lot of noise, dust, using the fire escape while the stairs are being worked on, and chain-smoking dudes doing stuff with tools. Hopefully, by the time fall turns to winter, the dust will have settled and the place will look great!

          ...A new start. PJ has begun full-day school and I have begun the arduous task of trying to figure out where I belong as a stay-at-home-mom who only needs to mother a few hours a day. It's a weird place, but there's something about September that is kind of a default New Years Day. I guess it's the whole back-to-school thing. But if PJ can be brave and find his way as he navigates his new school day, I can be brave and navigate this new page in my book.




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          Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub by On a Wing and a Prayer // Cooking with a Toddler by Styles by Jess // 7 Reasons to Get Excited About Fall by Mommy Entourage // Pumpkin Book Decoration by The Crunchy Mom Next Door

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