Month: June 2013

Where Do You Find the Time

As a first time working mom, I have so many good intentions.  I surf the web and bookmark so many cool sites to go back and check out, I drool over the neat pins on Pinterest, and I even put sticky notes on the pages of the local kids news magazine of the fabulous places I’d like to take my daughter on the weekends. 
The recipies, the arts and crafts, the diy home improvement projects, the sewing tutorial of the pillowcase dress that I just know would be so cute on her – such good intentions… 
The truth of the matter is that I can barely keep up with all of the laundry, and its a miracle if I can keep the living room clear of all of Petunia’s toys for at least two days in a row. 
When I go back and revisit some of these great ideas, I must admit I sometimes feel kinda bad.  Like I’m a slacker or something.  I sometimes wonder did they forget to sprinkle the Super Woman dust on me?  LOL!  Where are you all finding the time???  How do you manage it all?  Do you have any good tips?  Do share.


The Bucket List

There are so many things I want to accomplish in life, or next week for that matter but I often wonder where will I find the time, the energy, or the money?  I’m generally a fairly organized person.  In fact, I LOVE lists – it’s the only way I can function properly.  At on point, I carried around a mini notebook with a list for each week.  If there was something I needed to accomplish that week, I’d just whip out the notebook, jot it down or cross it off as needed.  Hey, don’t judge me!  LOL!

A list prevents me from overspending at the grocery store and allows me to remember exactly what it is I’m supposed to do – or want to do.  I recently found a list I made about 13 years ago.  One of the items said “to purchase my first home”.  I was able to accomplish that 4 years later.  As I think of all the things I’ve been able to cross off my daily list, I’ve decided to do another long term list.  So far, this is what I’ve come up with – in no particular order.

  1. Complete my graduate degree
  2. Take my family to Disney World
  3. Take my family on a Disney cruise
  4. Start my own business
  5. Declutter my home 
  6. Have a garage sale
  7. Learn to swim
  8. Build a tree house/playhouse for Petunia
  9. Finish the basement living area
  10. Visit Las Vegas
  11. Travel to Europe
  12. Build a built-in dresser system
  13. Learn to sew
  14. Learn to knit
  15. Learn to crochet
  16. Purchase a new home
  17. Attend a blogger convention
  18. Learn to speak French fluently

What are some of the items on your bucket list?  What are some major items you’ve crossed off your list?

**Update: I just found an old computer printout dated 6/5/2012.  On the back I started a to do list.  The first thing I listed says “Start blogging”.  Wow!


So What’s a Beignet???

As a new blogger, the question that I’m asked most often is, “What’s a beignet”?
A beignet, pronounced ben-yay, is a warm delicious bite of powdered sugar goodness, served in batches of 3… waiting to be enjoyed with an ice cold glass of milk, or a hot cup of cafe’ au lait.  Mmmm…

Beignets are the only food item on the menu at Cafe du Monde.  Open 24 hours a day, in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter, Cafe du Monde has been serving up beignets since 1862.

According to the Cafe du Monde website, beignets are square French-style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar.  Umm, we won’t talk about calories here.  FYI, if you’re visiting New Orleans, a city that’s known for its food, any calorie counting goes out the window.

Beignets are my absolute favorite dessert, breakfast food, anytime of the day food – doesn’t matter.  On Petunia’s very first birthday, we took a trip to Cafe du Monde for breakfast – had to teach her early!

Love at first bite!

The next time you’re in the Big Easy, definitely grab a table at Cafe du Monde.  You may leave covered with powdered sugar, but it’ll be well worth it!


Why Does Your 12 Year Old Look Like She’s 20???

Toddlers & Tiaras Paisley pretty woman hooker costume prostitute

Okay so maybe that photo’s a little extreme – but you’ll get my point.  Have you been to the mall on a Friday night lately?  Or better yet, have you seen these kids that hang out in the mall on weekends???  It’s generally filled with teens and tweens. Well, what I want to know is why do they look so grown?   I mean, have you really seen these kids???  The young girls look like grown women, and the boys… many of the boys look… confused (for lack of a better term).  I’ll have to talk about the boys in another post – I’m still trying to figure that one out. 

But these girls, from the clothes to the makeup – some of them look like they’re about to go on the ho stroll!  Yeah, I said it!   These are practically babies trying to look like grown folks!  Many of them are too young to have jobs, so who’s footing the bill for the clothes and makeup?  Crickets.   Umm hmm… 
I don’t care if it’s all the rage now, if it’s the IN thing, if it was on sale, or if it’s the popular new kiddie makeup line – that ish is NOT cute!   

And what’s with the high heels for 4 year olds?  I’m not talking about the make-believe, dress-up princess shoes you get in the toy department.  No, I’m talking 3-inch platform heels!  I was shoe shopping for Petunia recently and this is what I came across…

This joker has a 3-inch heel!  The site sizing description indicated Little Kid (4-8 yrs) and Big Kid (8-12 yrs).  Maybe it’s just me, but I have a problem with little kids in 3-inch heels.  
As a new parent in this day in age, I am really afraid of what’s in store for my daughter as she grows older.  We monitor and limit what she’s exposed to on TV, and it’s gotten to the point where I only listen to talk radio or the old school station when she’s in the car with me.  She’s a little sponge who soaks up EVERYTHING, and sometimes repeats it. 
While we all were eager to grow up fast (wish they had explained bills to me), I hope that by the time my Petunia becomes a tween, my influence and the example that I set for her will be strong enough to outweigh the Victoria Secret commercials, whatever the high heeled shoe fad is, or the hot latest lipstick color. 
But for now it’ll be Salt Water Sandals and Footmates until they don’t make them in her size anymore! 
Yes, I’m old fashion and I LOVE it!


BlogHer June Challenge

June's NaBloPoMo
As a newbie blogger I’ve decided to take the plunge and participate in BlogHer’s June posting challenge.  The key is to post something everyday this month – or at least Monday thru Friday.  I think I can do that!  Yeah, yeah, I know it’s already Wednesday.  But hey, a Mama’s gotta start somewhere!  So here goes!


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