Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Two-Year-Old Just Threw Me Under the Bus!

So in a rare moment of house keeping productivenes (if you can call it that), I was browsing through our local Target with my Mommy L and our respective children, on a mission to find glass jars with sealing lids that would protect our pantry items from the onslaught of tiny moths that I can't seem to get rid of.   (PLEASE if anyone has any suggestions on this, they are driving me crazy!!) Mommy L had gone off to look for something and I turned my cart into the aisle with the glass storage containers.

There was a fantastic, huge, cylindrical jar with a screw-on metal top. Perfect for what I needed - but would the top close tight enought to keep out the moths? Well, no better way to find out than to test the lid. I reached for the jar and picked it up - only to immediately drop it on the ground! 


 In  response towhat I can only describe as an mass-attention getting sound, three target employees and Mommy L come running into the aisle to see what had happened. And there I stand, sheepishly and beet red surrounded by a million shards of glass.

"Mommy dropped it! Mommy, YOU broke it!"   Thank you darling, I think they figured that out already.  Ugh.

On the bright side I did find some perfect jars that fit very well in my pantry.

Friday, August 26, 2011


So supposedly, :) there is going to be a hurricane on the east coast on Sunday.  I have yet to prepare anything.  Good thing Mr L. stocks up on food when there is a great sale.  I think we can live on spaghetti and jarred sauce for a few weeks if we need to and then move on to Ramen noodles and Lipton side dishes.  A lot of the stocked food is not the healthiest but at least it will hold us over if disaster really strikes us.  We have at least 3 cases of juice boxes and possibly a few cases of bottled water.  Perhaps I should check!

Mommy J is off on a family vacation and is supposed to arrive home on Sunday... maybe they should come home a day early!

If you need help getting ready, here is a great hurricane supply kit list and how to make a family disaster plan. It looks like I need to get started!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Toca Boca Hair Salon App

Our pediatricians office posted a link to this in incredibly fun iPad/iPhone app.
Toca Boca hair salon. You (I mean, your kid, of course) can cut, blow dry, regrow, and color the hair of different people and pets. It is Much more fun than I can describe it. Go get it while it's free until Tuesday 8/23/2011.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Car seat mistakes on "A Year with Mom and Dad"


This blogger has given some great tips on car seat mistakes you might be making that you haven't even thought of yet.

I'd like to add a few:

The Chest clip-  is just what it's called it's not called a belly button clip or a neck clip!  Put it at chest/armpit level.

The Straps should be tight- but not so tight that they hurt.  If you can slip just your finger underneath that should do it

Check out  http://www.car-safety.org/faq.html for some great tips.
Be extremely cautious when using a "used/yard sale" car seat.  Only use it if you are confident that it has a clean "record".  Or better yet, just don't!  You never know whether it's been in an accident or abused somehow.  I've even heard of someone who bought a seat on craigslist and the seller had altered the date of manufacture from a 2003 to a 2008!  The buyer only found out the seat was expired when they went to register the serial number.  Even if it isn't malicious, people have different ideas of what counts as an "accident".  Check your car seat manufacturer's website to see when they require a seat to be replaced. (The only used car seat I would allow my children to ride in is Mommy J's because I know if she got into an accident I'd probably be one of the first people she'd tell and I know when all of her car seats expire anyway.)

Most car seats have a 6 year expiration (a few have 7-9 years).  Plastics do degrade.  Okay so maybe they won't biodegrade but if you have ever left plastic patio furniture out for 6 years in the elements it gets brittle.  Car seats are subjected to drastic temperature changes in the car- freezing to super hot.

Try not to check car seats at the Airplane.  It's best if you can purchase a seat for your child and use the car seat on the airplane.  Some car seat manufacturers even consider them to be "crashed" if they have been checked on an airplane.  There are some shocking youtube videos that portray the rough handling they are subjected to not to mention shifting around with heavy luggage.

Finally- If you find out you've been making a car seat mistake all along, don't beat yourself up.  Fix it.  Learn from it and move on.

Magic beans in Wellesly, MA is hosting a Car Seat Check August 28th 2011 from 2-5pm.  There's limited space so sign up! 
or you can try to find a local event at http://www.safekids.org

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mommy J is on the rampage!! CONTINUED?!?!?!

Seriously? Another case of a mother punching her child in public?  What is going on?  And this evil excuse for a parent, did it in DisneyWorld, the "Happiest Place on Earth!"  COME ON!


The Monsters are Coming!!

This morning my darling (and previously fearless) little girl woke up crying and calling for me.  I went upstairs as I do every morning to get her and she jumped -no dove into my arms. "Mommy Dinosaurs!! Big Dinosaur! In-a closet!"

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mommy J is on the rampage!!

Daddy J likes to say that he can always tell which posts are written by me: The angry ranting ones.  Well, I am going to prove him right in today's post.

I came across this article the other day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I'm Listing This One As A Daddy Moment!

So, I'm throwing Daddy J under the bus on this one.  Yesterday, we were sitting around having a lazy Saturday Morning and Daddy J was flipping through the stations, stopping here and there on various movies until I would ask " is this really something SHE should be watching?" Nothing too bad, but war movies and other "grown up topics" are something that Honeybee could probably wait on.

Anyway, rather than just flipping to the cartoon channels, Daddy J keeps flipping through the stations occationally stopping for a few seconds to see what comes up.

OF COURSE when he stops we are met with a loud and angry "SHUT THE F*CK UP!"  before he is able to continue changing the station

And of course what is the next thing we hear?

"Mommy! Shut UP the f*ck!"  Nice....Real nice.

I'm just hoping that this does not become part of her regular vocabulary.  I know that someday soon she will let something loose in public that wil make me cringe and I will be horribly embarrased and feel the need to defned my parenting everyone within earshot, but I just hope it's not this!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Baby Has Better Shoes than I Do!

Even if my sense of fashion has turned to t-shirts jeans and flipflops everyday, I try to keep my daughter dressed stylishly. (At least when we are in public!) When she was a baby, we were given a gorgeous pair of Primigi crib shoes.