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Mommy Needs a Vacation is Moving!!

May 1, 2010

I am excited to announce that Mommy Needs a Vacation

is moving to its very own home!!!

Please visit me at:

http://www.mommyneedsavacation.com/

Can’t wait to see you there! :-)

You know you have a problem when…

April 29, 2010

You know you have a blogging problem that is. I am in the process of moving my blog over to a self-hosted website. I now own my own domain name! YIPPEEEEE!

However, it is a lot of work. Here is my list of you know you have a blogging problem when:

  • You have no idea what your 3 and 1 year olds have been doing all day

 

  • You are wondering if the kids have eaten a meal at all

 

  • You are still in your pajamas at 4:50pm (well okay, that happens A LOT, but still…)

 

  • You haven’t checked your email for the day (the horror!!!)

 

  • Your eyes hurt so bad that they literally feel like they are going to pop out of your head and land on the computer keyboard

 

  • Your computer battery has run down 6x during the day (YES, I had to plug it up 6x!)

 

  • You have no idea what is for dinner

 

  • The dishes are piled so high in the sink that you think it would just be easier to throw them out

 

  • Your dog hasn’t been let out to pee since the morning

 

  • You are thinking that you should NOT have bought your domain name and left it as is!

 

Stay tuned ~ I will be sending out the new website info soon! Thanks for reading! :-)

It Takes a Village

April 27, 2010

I know all of you have heard this saying before: It Takes a Village. I have never believed it more than this past week.

I was away with my whole family this past week and EVERYONE chipped in to help with the kids. Of course it helps that my kids are  the ONLY kids so no one else had their own kids to deal with. Here are just a few things that I had help with (that by the way I usually do myself on a daily basis!):

  • Putting down to  bed
  • Putting down for nap (which have been non-existent since we got home)
  • Dressing kids
  • Giving baths
  • Putting on sunscreen
  • Making kid breakfast, lunch, and dinners
  • Changing Diapers
  • Wiping butt
  • Taking to potty
  • Wiping butt
  • Reading stories
  • Coloring
  • Singing Songs
  • Building sand castles
  • Taking swimming
  • Putting into time outs
  • Pulling away from electrical outlets
  • Brushing out hair knots (daily battle in our house)
  • Wiping butt
  • Wiping snot
  • Washing hands
  • Wiping faces

 You get the picture….

It seriously took a village to take care of my two kids. It was SO NICE to have all of the help. So now that I am home again by myself on solo mommy duty???? Well after just a few short long days I will tell you that I am completely and utterly

 

EXHAUSTED

 

It is like I forgot how to do this by myself!! What is wrong with me? Back to reality…back to mommyhood, back to SAHM to its fullest!!

 

*SIGH*

 

Time for a glass of wine… (AKA Mommy’s Sippy Cup)

Oh and by the way…we are all going f#&*ing nuts totally and completely crazy around here…

Gettin’ Dirty

April 26, 2010

Gettin’ dirty in the garden that is! WOW! What a fabulous weekend we had! It was sunny and 80 here in California and we took FULL advantage of it. Although we have a vegetable garden all year, we had a lot of work to do to get it ready for the spring/summer season.  I also needed to transplant some herbs and get some color going in my pots and flower beds.

Our herb boxes now contain:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro (my absolute favorite herb of all time)
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Chives

Our vegetable garden is full of:

  • Leeks
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Anaheim Mild Chili Peppers
  • Black Beauty Eggplant
  • San Marzano Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Hillbilly Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Mama Mia Roma Tomatoes
  • Red Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yellow Pear Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers

My pots/flower beds now contain:

  • Cosmos ( my fav!)
  • Snap Dragons
  • Yellow Marigolds
  • Vincas
  • Impatiens

 

Last spring I had just given birth to Bubba-Loo when my husband got the garden ready. So clearly with my lack of sleep, focus, brain power, constant nursing, and diaper changes, I did none of it. It felt good to get out there again this year! I especially enjoyed the aftermath ~ sitting back with a big glass of white wine and admiring the work!

And in case you are wondering, YES we are tomato obsessed! I will keep you updated with pictures as our garden grows!

Recipe of the Week: Whole Wheat Orzo with Shrimp & Asparagus

April 25, 2010

Guess what time of year it is???? It is asparagus season!!!!!!! WAHOOOOOO!!!  I love asparagus. I love how easy it is to cook, I love the flavor, and of course the health benefits.

This week’s recipe of the week is

Whole Wheat Orzo with Shrimp & Asparagus

8 oz of whole wheat orzo pasta (I buy this at Whole Foods)

1 lb. asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces

1/2 lb. uncooked shrimp

3 Tbls. olive oil

2 Tbls. fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

In a large pot, boil water. Cook orzo according to package directions (usually 8-10 minutes). Save 1/2 cup of the orzo water (you will add this later to veggie/shrimp mix).

Drain orzo and run some water over so it does not stick together. Set aside.

In a medium pan, heat olive oil. Add minced garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add asparagus and reserved pasta water. Cook for about 5-6 minutes. Test your asparagus, some people like it crunchy, some like it softer and more well done.

Add shrimp to pan. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Be careful not to overcook! The shrimp will turn from white/black to white/pink very quickly! Add lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss altogether. Slowly add cooked orzo and feta cheese to pan and mix together. This is what the final product will look like in the pan:

 

It also looks very pretty in the bowl ~ I just was so ready to eat that I forgot to take another picture! Ha! Enjoy!!

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2010

I love Earth Day! In honor of this day, I wanted to share some great new products that I have been using at my house to reduce our waste and use less plastic. Not only are these products reuseable, they are just making my life SO much easier!! Less garbage, easier for storing food, and all around just making my life “cleaner”.

One of the first things that I did in my massive kitchen overhaul was to throw away all of our old yucky plastic Tupperware. Seriously, these things were old! Chipping, stained nastiness! I replaced them with Snapware Glasslock Tempered Glass Storage Containers. I actually got them at Costco for a fabulous price, so if you are interested in getting them, check there too. The great thing about these is that they can go in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer! I am always making homemade tomato sauces and soups and to be able to store and freeze leftovers in tempered glass containers makes me do a happy dance! :-)

Many of the new green products for our house I bought from The Soft Landing. I love this online store/blog. Fabulous products and great info. You can click on the above link to check them out or click on the right link to visit them!

One of the BEST products that both Miss Moo and I LOVE are Lunchbots! We got the small divided yellow Lunchbot and the bigger divided orange Lunchbot. They are stainless steel and have a divider down the middle to separate lunch items. They are easy to wash and are very durable!

When I did my household clean-out, I still had kiddie tupperwares from when Sadie was a baby. Nasty plastic that I am sure was chocked full of BPA. I replaced these with Kids Konserve Stainless Steel containers. I really like these containers as well and they come in three great sizes! Kids Konserve also makes other products that you might like.

My favorite purchase of all (well really I love all of these new products, can’t you tell?!) were the Kidishes by Duralex.

I had been using the cheapy plastic dishes from Target for kids. While cute and with dividers on the plate to separate foods, these are just not something I want my kids eating off of anymore. Out they went! We now use the Kidishes plates, Kidishes bowls, and Kidishes glasses. These dishes are more resistant, chip resistant, hygienic, and are dishwasher, fridge, and microwave safe. All of these dishes are made from tempered glass so if something does break, you won’t have shards of glass.  However, these dishes are literally impossible to break. Check out this demo video:

One last little change that I made was using wax paper bags instead of using the standard ziplock bags. My friend Ashley told me about these (thanks Ash!) ~ Natural Value Wax Paper Bags. I bought these at Whole Foods.

So on this Earth Day if you feel like making a difference and making some changes in your house, try some of these products! I love them all. Not only have they made things easier for me in my house, they are also good for the Earth! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Also, if you are looking for fun Earth Day activities to do with your kids, stop by and visit my friend Sue over Motherhood and Me! She planned an Earth Day Party!

Wordless Wednesday: Hawaiian Style

April 21, 2010

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