Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(MommyJD) Hump Day Happy Hour

Anybody else need a drink?? I know I'm not the only one. It's been a long month already. My friend Mommy, M.D. told me last night that her two girls had pushed her to drinking. I was envious that she had red sangria on hand. I don't have anything but my husband's Bud Lite and that is not my kind of drink.

I'm also jealous that Mommy, M.D. was able to do something that I often struggle with- backing up a threat. She told her older daughter (age 4) that if she did an unwanted behavior one more time that she would pack up her entire room and take away all her toys. Testing her mother as all little kids like to do, the little girl did it again. Mommy, M.D. stormed in the room and packed it up in 7 minutes flat! I was so impressed when she told me that, my jaw literally dropped. Damn Mommy, M.D.! That is some gangsta mommy ish.

So even though it's only Wednesday and it's barely noon, I am imagining how lovely it would be to take a sip of some "mommy juice." Of course I'm not going to actually do that (not while the kids are awake anyway) but a mother can dream can't she? Forget Calgon, Moscato take me away....

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(MommyJD) Hump Day Happiness

There are so many random things going on in the world that I could comment on- tragic teen deaths, racist tweets about Hunger Games, and the Obama-care hearings, just to name a few. Instead I'd rather focus on how I am trying to wake up happy every day, rejoice in the day that the Lord has made, and be a better wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, niece, and friend. These are my daily goals.

Have you heard of The Happiness Project? It's a blog I follow (but don't read often enough) based off the book of the same name by an attorney turned writer who one day decided that she wanted to be happy. As simple as that sounds, we all know that it is not easy to just "be happy." It takes work, meditation, patience, and most importantly, it takes decisiveness. Decide to be happy then take the steps to be happy.

One of my favorite posts is when author Gretchen Rubin interviewed author of Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelmen. Here is my favorite part of the Q&A:

Is there anything that you see people around you doing or saying that adds a lot to their happiness, or detracts a lot from their happiness?
If I could remove one phrase from the English language, it would be “It is what it is.” What’s that supposed to mean? Too often, it seems like a fast and easy way to label a complicated situation “a thing I cannot change," thereby giving the speaker permission to abandon efforts to improve it. No.
Now that's what I needed to hear.

~Be Happy.

Mailbox Love: petiteBox Review

Because you know I love getting things in the mail, I was happy to receive a complimentary petiteBox in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

What is a petiteBox?

petiteBox is an exciting, new high-end mom and baby e-commerce subscription service. Every month, petiteBox delivers a mix of 4-7 exciting products packed in a beautiful box for expecting and new moms to test at home. They deliver only the highest quality products right to your door for only $25 + free shipping and you can cancel anytime.

So here's what came in my box:

Fun goodies for me and KJ! The box included luxurious items like a body oil, energy spray, and organic lavender baby shampoo. They also threw in very practical items such as lanolin cream, pacifiers, a blankie, and a sample of stretch mark cream. There were also 3 information cards with tips for surviving pregnancy and what to include in a diaper bag. This would be an absolute perfect gift for a baby shower and/or new mom. Instead of buying clothes, get them a unique gift that both mom and baby can enjoy!

For more information on petiteBox or to subscribe here. You can also find them on facebook.
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