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Tips For Dealing With Working-Mom Guilt

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I was a stay-at-home mom, and I loved every second of it. Granted, there were days when I longed for grown up conversation and badly the baby babel made me more than a little crazy, but I treasured the time I got to spend with them. Fast forward to 2014 when my youngest started Preschool. Money was tight. I had to reenter the workforce, much to my displeasure.
It took me a while, but one day I did the math. I'd pick my kids up from aftercare at 6:00. When 8:00 rolled around, it was time for bed. Two hours. I had two hours with my kids to check to their homework, cook their dinner, get them bathed (ever tried to convince and 11-year-old boy he has to take a shower? It takes some finesse.), and tuck them in.
Two. Hours.
I can't begin to tell you how upset that made me. Inside my head, my kids were forgetting all the years we spent having so much fun together and replacing those memories with ones of a crazed mom rushing around t…
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How To Screw Up A Whipped Cream Dye Job

With Easter coming up I needed a project...And plastered all over Pinterest right now is the hot new way to dye Easter eggs using whipped cream. It's so simple, they all shout. That sounded like a challenge. I bet the kids and I could mess this up. So, we set out on a mission. An outdoors mission because, Mama doesn't want to clean up that mess.

Here's what we gathered...


According to all the hip crafty moms, required supplies are minimal. A dozen eggs (yes, I'm aware two are missing in my dozen), some Cool Whip, and some dye. My husband threw in some bunny tongs hoping to minimize the mess. Wishful thinking, Dad. We didn't use the stinking tongs. That's what God gave us fingers for. After dotting the surface of the whipped cream with evenly spaced rows of food coloring (more like haphazardly, but details) we rolled the eggs along the surface of our concoction. It looked something like this...
Pretty cool, I'll give you that, Pinterest. The only problem was, it…

Awkward Introductions

Follow my blog with BloglovinI know what you're thinking... Another pretentious mom-blog designed to make me feel like I'm a horrendous failure. While she's going to post sweet photos of her little angels eating home-cooked meals that look like they were artfully put together by a 5-star chef, my kids were lucky to get a cold Eggo while we scrambled to get ourselves out the door.
Nope. This is not that kind of mom-blog.
Let me introduce myself. 

My name is Mary, and I'm a lazy mom. I try super hard, believe me, I do, but between working full-time, sticking to my publishing scheduled (I'm a traditionally published author, but that's another blog), taking care of the cats, the husband, and keeping my two kids alive... well, I take my shortcuts where I can grab them.
So, why am I here, and why should you care?Well, first and foremost, I'm here to have fun. One of my favorite past-times when I do manage to snag a few minutes to myself is scrolling through Pinterest…