|My visitor pass says Pauline Martin. It happens often.|
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Memorial Day Weekend Was Certainly Memorable
Friday, May 27, 2022
Week in Review: A Getaway, Marriage Memes, and Discount Braces & Glasses
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
A Review of Three Great Children's Books (and a Mom Note About Keeping Good Books in the House)
We recently received three books for review, and we loved them all! I can only write honestly and my reviews are items I would actually recommend. The following books would be great gifts for children receiving sacraments: Baptism, Confession, First Communion and Confirmation. Or just to have around the house, see my note at the bottom.
How the Angels Got Their Wings by Anthony DeStefano is a GORGEOUS book, just like the rest of his collection. The illustrations are always above and beyond, and his story rhymes which is a crowd pleaser for Brendan, Declan and I. It's a quick read that is perfect for bedtime, and led to some great discussions about angels and our interactions with them. Everybody has a guardian angel, which is pretty mind-blowing and something I think about often as I tend to feel scared easily. I'm never alone with my buddy by my side, an angel created just for me, and neither are you! We also talked about how people who die are not angels, but they can become saints if they get to Heaven. Angels are completely different beings, created by God for other purposes than humans. This book is a keeper for sure and it's out for release today!
|Even Lucy Doodle was listening! (amazon link)|
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Feeling Crazy Busy? It's Not You, It's May
Mother's Day was perfect! I've discovered through the years that the secret to enjoying a good Mother's Day or birthday or anniversary is to lower your expectations. Ha! One of my sisters and I hosted a breakfast for my mom, then I went shopping and out to lunch with Phil, and then we took the kids out for ice cream instead of feeding them dinner.
I received the cutest cards and school projects from the little guys, a promise for a breakfast date from the college boy, a clean car from the girl, and a gift certificate to an ice cream shop from another. It was a cold and windy day so we decided to postpone a family bike ride to another weekend. Phil bought me a Farmhouse Candle Warmer which is so cute and was very unexpected. The best kind of gift! My dad brought a newspaper with some facts about moms, and these were noteworthy:
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Yeah I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really Really Want
Sunday is Mother's Day and if you haven't yet bought your mom (or your children's mom) a gift, then I've got you covered! While every mom deserves a nice present, it doesn't have to be something you can buy at the store. As a full-time working mom of seven wonderful children, I can think of many alternative gifts I would prefer over a last-minute order from Amazon.
1) A Nap (This is Definitely Number One)
Moms are tired, ask any mother you know and she'll verify that fact. Tell her to take a nap, light a few candles, turn on a sound machine, and most importantly TAKE THE KIDS AND DOGS OUT OF THE HOUSE. There's nothing more annoying than trying to sleep with a dog barking or a kid yelling from the bathroom asking you to wipe them. Put her phone/watch on sleep mode and her favorite beverage next to her bed. Bonus points if you hang a sign up by the doorbell warning anyone who rings it that they may be causing your future divorce. Kidding, mostly.
2) A Meal (She Doesn't Have to Shop For, Prepare, or Clean Up After)
Going out to eat is fun, but restaurants get busy on Mother's Day, so if you go that route, please make a reservation or call ahead. Personally, I prefer takeout (or home-cooked if you are skilled) set out on nice china. What are you saving that wedding china for anyway? Mom deserves it! Kids can get involved in cooking the meal, since the main goal is that mom doesn't have to, but choking down scrambled eggs speckled with shells is not the stuff mom's dreams are made of. The effort is sweet but the end result needs to be edible. If she had to buy the groceries for, or clean up after said meal, the gift is null and void. Sorry but I consulted with my legal team and they agree.
This can come in many forms, lucky you! I love a good foot rub with a relaxing lotion. Some moms may prefer to get their nails done, a facial, a massage, a soak in the tub, or a visit to the hair salon. Even a suggestion to go watch a movie or read a new book in peace while you take care of the house and kids would feel luxurious. Just hearing the words "Why don't you go do___________ while I take care of things here" is a gift she'll treasure.
4) A Clean Car (or Kitchen or Bookshelf or Cabinet or Shower)
When my lovely children ask what I want for Mother's Day, I always tell them I absolutely do not want them to spend their hard-earned money on me. And I mean it. However, a clean car is high on my list of Lifestyles I Do Not Have Time For and therefore makes a great gift. Can kids always do the best job cleaning? No. But even if my car gets 50% cleaner, that's a win. Preferably, they can clean my car outside while I am napping inside :)
5) Flowers (But Not The Kind You Are Thinking Of)
I love a good bouquet of flowers like the next mom, but honestly I would prefer a flowering plant that I could have for years to come. I would rather pull into my driveway and see a cute little line of tulips adorning the way then look at tulips in a vase on my counter. A tree planted with help from the kids that will stand the test of time would be another great option. Even a potted plant that stays indoors would be much more appreciated than a bouquet that will die in a week.
6) A Shopping Spree
Well, maybe not as much a spree as just the opportunity to go pick something out for mom and only mom. Does that sound selfish? Well one day a year moms get to be selfish to counteract the other 364 days a year they put themselves last. Give her a gift card to her favorite store (may I suggest Marshalls/TJ Maxx) and then, here's the kicker, tell her to go out and buy herself something. For this introvert, shopping alone on Mother's Day is a real treat, but if she's an extrovert, maybe she can get some mom friends to go with her. Or better yet, she can take her own mother and use your gift while giving the gift of quality time to her own mom.
7) A Family Activity
Sounds simple, but most moms will agree that Mother's Day should be spent with the mother lovers that made them a mom (you know, apart from the napping). If the weather agrees, a nice walk or bike ride is very much appreciated. Family time together, some activity to burn off the Mother's Day treats, and Vitamin D keeps everyone's spirits high. If the weather is not as beautiful as she is, maybe a family board game or movie could scratch her family bonding itch.
8) A Photo
Moms are notoriously annoying about making everybody else get in photos but rarely appear in them. It's usually because they are behind the camera making sure every.memory.gets.recorded.because.time.slows.for.no.mom. So set a timer on your camera and pose for a nice family picture to add to those memories she so diligently records. Or just step behind the camera and take multiple (multiple!) photos of her with the kids while you yell out phrases like "Work it! Gorgeous! You are killing this! Beautiful!".
In the end, know that no matter how you choose to celebrate the moms in your life, she will appreciate the effort. Moms are super like that :)