Friday Link Love: vol. 4

linkloveThe great thing about three day weekends is that you only have four days until the next weekend. If that doesn’t make you smile then jump to some of these links for a laugh!

My trainer often sends me hilarious videos, but this video had me crying tears. It’s a video that I often go back to watch just for a quick laugh! ….”Tow that finga UP…shake it off!”

Then there was this gem I found yesterday thanks to CNN….have you heard of prancersize? Listen I’m giving this lady credit for at least getting out there and attempting to motivate people to workout. Let’s face it working out is not pretty…but this lady is attempting to change that. I think the ‘gallop’ is my favorite (at 2:24 mark). Watch the video here.

Jimmy Kimmel is GENIOUS!!!!! Try not to laugh at this video. Oh and then he had this challenge (the last two boys are my fav!).

Then Kimmel pulled this one…and the Christmas tree part almost had me peeing my pants.

Enjoy the weekend folks:)

 
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Finding The Funny In Parenting

findingfunnytitleParenting is tough. Even if your kid is great at one thing (like sleeping) you will undoubtedly experience one or more difficult parenting hurdles along the way.

Breastfeeding difficulty. Teething. Horrible napper. Tantrums. Picky eaters. Those that hit, kick, bite or spit.

And for those that have a 10 year old and never experienced any issues…I seriously wonder if you have a human and not a stuff doll because I don’t know any parent that has escaped the tantrum stage.

All these difficult hurdles can seem like Mount Everest when you add in other factors like post partum depression or just regular PMS us moms have to continue to experience each month until menopause.

Some days I end the day in bed thinking “Geeze today was a good one. I can’t believe I actually got all my errands completed, cooked all three meals (been slacking and enjoying way too much take out lately!), laundry completed & hung, had some quality moments with Lily and there were no tantrums or boo-boos (Lily has been a magnet to accidents lately). “

Then there are those days (and keeping it honest…the day above is the rarity) I want to crawl in the fetal position as I wave a white flag before its even noon. Almost a year ago I shared my view on being happy and to be happy you have to make the choice to be happy. As a mom of a toddler knee deep in terrible twos (mind you she is only 23 months!) I have to remind myself that on the daily. I do try….oh how I try to be happy when I’m in public and my child is having a fit because she inhaled her free cookie at the grocery store and her horrible momma won’t give her another one.

And by fit I mean violently shaking her head back and forth (sometimes hitting her head on the cart which then makes it worse), tossing the groceries from the cart when I’m grabbing for the milk, spitting on the floor because Elmo just taught her that while learning to brush her teeth and then reaching and successfully grabbing all the fun items in hands reach during check out (I have had to buy 3 ripped magazines, 1 chewed Twix and Tic Tacs that broke open when they fell). Oh I stay silent, do a little praying to Jesus and give a kind but hurry-the-heck-up eye movement to the cashier and bagger. In the car while I crank the AC up to full blast to help with the gallon of sweat from the public tantrum I repeat “She loves me…this is just a phase…my child loves me….this is just a phase…”.

Those days, at those moments it is just impossible to choose happiness. At nap time or lying in bed at night is when I make my choice to turn it around. I try finding the humor in parenting to get me back in game.

Most of the time the way I do this is by calling Mike (when he’s working on the road) or texting my girlfriends the latest toddler meltdown. I usually get the most laughs from my friends because Mike’s replies typically say…yikes, whoa, sorry or go have a beer. Whereas my girlfriends follow back with their latest toddler tale that is equal to or even more crazy than mine…the end result is that I’m cracking up and moving on.

On days where I feel Lily is hell bent on being difficult I whip out my computer and glance through old pictures. I head directly to the ones that make me smile, laugh and sometimes laughing until I cry or pee (mom problems).

My favorite is a few I took of Lily waking up from a nap. She was still dazed when I rushed in with the camera snapping away.  Ugh…really mom…what is this….then there is arm in the sky hell yeah pose that just cracks me up.

findingfunnymorningfaceOr Mike and I will crack open a beer at night and recall funny Lily moments or down right embarrassing parent moments that have us laughing so hard we cry. Like this gem….Mike kindly downloaded an app to Lily’s iPad that makes fart noises. Yes, there is an app for that. It is a drum set where you can press various circles to hear different fart sounds. Now I knew Mike put that on his iPad, but I had no clue it was on Lily’s. While shopping in Old Navy I gave her the iPad so I could get in and out without a tantrum. With my back turned I thought I heard someone rip one and glanced around to see who the nasty culprit was. I didn’t have to look far. The embarrassing part was that I didn’t realize it was my own toddler (yes they sound that real) until I noticed a lady staring at Lily with bugged out eyes. My face was ten shades dark red. BUT I kept shopping. Yep I let Lily go to town on her farting keyboard just so I could shop.

findingfunnynosepickingOr how about nose picking. It is disgusting and Lily just discovered it. I snapped these beauties recently and homegirl was not pleased that I caught her in the act….but it makes me cringe and giggle in the same breath.

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Or there was this…findingfunnydogfood
One day while I was finishing cooking my dinner, I walked over to Lily who hysterically laughing and leaning over to our dog Bentley. All of her food was gone, so I assumed she fed it to him. Except I noticed that Bentley was standing up on his back legs and trying to dig his nose in the blinds. Every time his nose went into the blinds Lily just laughed harder.

findingfunnydogfood1So I walked over, lifted the blinds and I found her dinner….At the time it wasn’t hilarious. Lily tossed everything off her high chair that night. Now I can see the funny…

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Parenting is tough. Some days are easy. Some days I wish I could be Evie from Out Of This World and pause time to get a breather. One day when I make it out of the toddler years I’m convinced I will be able to tackle anything. So to stay happy and sane I’m going to continue to find the funny in parenting…

 
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Let’s Hear It For The Boy…

Great list of monthly gift subscriptions just for the guys! Perfect for Father's day! Maybe he’s no Romeo…but he’s my loving one-man show….whooa, whoa, whoa-oooooh….Let’s hear it for the boy…”

Just like a scene from Footloose, ANY time I hear that song I find myself tapping my fingers, moving my foot to the beat, maybe swaying my hips or even pulling the extreme with a full on Risky Business hall way dance. That song is contagious!

With Father’s Day coming (June 16th) I decided to gather a list (surprised?) of all the monthly subscriptions that are just for the guys. Remember to check out the lists for gift subscriptions for kids here and for the mommas here.

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Mantry
This is perfect for the man who considers himself a foodie! Man + pantry = Mantry. A company that connects men to award winning, hand crafted foods and drinks from all over America. Each order arrives in this cute, ahem manly crate that I’m sure every wife could repurpose for a “cute” DIY project. Subscriptions start at $75 a month. Bourbon pecan butter….bacon caramel corn…Mmmmmmm. They are also running a special that if you order a subscription (1, 3 or 6 months) before June 9th your husband or dad will receive their first subscription by father’s day!

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Dollar Shave Club
This company had me with their opening video…hilarious! We got hooked on the brand Mach 3 razors and they are ridiculously expensive. Depending on the subscription ($1, $6 or $9 a month) you receive 4-5 cartridges per month. Of course the blades with the dollar package are basic compared to the $9 package with more blades per razor. My brother-in-law subscribes and raves about it. Believe it or not for the cheap price you are receiving high quality razors, not the cheap plastic disposable ones that actually cost more than these. Your man will get a great shave at a fraction of the cost!

Put This On…
This is a great blog that shows your man how to dress like a grownup gentleman! With introductions to high fashion, tips on how to wear a pocket square and where to buy items at a discount, this is a website perfect for dropping a small hint on updating his college cargo shorts! The site launched two different subscriptions, a pocket square option or a subscription to a weekly newsletter (only $1!) with more tips, videos and insider information on private sales on favorite items. subscriptionsmenbirchbox

Birchbox Men
Have a guy who’s considered metrosexual? Or a “manly” guy who just likes quality products? Birchbox is not just for the ladies and this subscription will send samples of grooming and lifestyle products to keep your guy smelling, looking and feeling good! For only $20 a month this is perfect for that metrosexual or “manly” dude. This subscription is perfect for those guys that are just too shy to enter Sephora or Ultra too! If they like what they get in their box they can shop for the products on their website.

Manpacks
Men typically hate to shop, so make your shopping list smaller by gifting this subscription of “manly” goods like socks, underwear, razors and even condoms.  Your guy picks out what items he likes, his goods are delivered and then in 3 months he will receive another shipment. Their orders can be modified, rushed and delayed which is a sweet factor.

And there is no need to explain the following clubs….

Monthly BEER club
Hot Sauce of the month
Scotch of the month
Necktie of the month

 
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  1. Bob Dickson commented:
    May 29, 2013 Reply

    Two little known facts about Lily. She is the granddaughter of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. There would be 28 generations between Lily and Robert the Bruce. If you do not know who Robert the Bruce is watch the movie Braveheart starring Mel Gibson. Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland when William Wallace was leading the revolution against England for Scotland’s freedom.

    Also Robert Fulton, the inventor of steamship in the United States, who was from Pennsylvania, is the great, great, great, great, great, great uncle of Lily. Lily’s father and his family are from Pennsylvania and his great grandmother’s family name was Fulton.

  2. Emily Ley commented:
    June 2, 2013 Reply

    This is SO GREAT!!! I just ordered Bryan and my Dad a box from Mantry bc of this post!!! You’re my lifesaver! Yay father’s day! xoxo Em

    • Amy Romano commented:
      June 3, 2013 Reply

      I WISH Mike had an appreciation for quality food because I would have purchased the Mantry too!! I’m still at the drawing board…

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Perfect Items For Your Active Toddler

If you’re a mother you will agree that the days in which you could just lay your baby on the floor and wave a rattle to pacify them were awesome. Each month your baby grows by leaps and bounds and their learning is pretty damn remarkable. One month they can barely focus on your face and then they can hone in on the tiniest piece of dirt on your rug, crawl over and then pick it up with their cubby fingers (or maybe that’s just my kid and she hates a dirty house just like her OCD momma!).

From laying them on the floor to chasing them around the kitchen, each phase is sweet, wonderful and has its difficulties. My 22 month old is no longer satisfied by a rattle or Sophie the teething toy. Some days are filled with laughter with silly dance moves, singing songs, reading about Pooh and playing with her dolls. Then are those days where Lily buzzes from one toy to the next while falling to the ground in a very dramatic tantrum in between each toy because she became tired of it. Those are the days I literally pull anything from a purse, cabinet or closet to keep her entertained. Those days often end a very messy house while I prop my feet up to enjoy a well deserved frosty adult beverage.

I have shared with you plenty of ideas on how to keep your toddler busy (here and here). Today I share some of the items that helped keep me sane and an energetic toddler entertained while in isolation for 4 months battling her molescum and the 10 days healing over her 5 stitches (had to remain inside to keep the finger clean and dry). You don’t realize how hard it can be to continue to care for and entertain a toddler when certain activities (like taking a bath or playing in a sand box) are no longer an option due to a boo-boo. So take a look at all the ways I have kept Lily in good spirits over the last couple of months!

Fun list of toys and items to keep an active toddler going! There are plenty of games and activities, but sometimes a trampoline is the only thing that my crazy toddler wants to play with! And that trampoline is GOLD! Great list to save for gift ideas for the grandmas, aunts & uncles too!

1. Jumpsmart Trampoline by Diggin ($69 from Amazon)

Jumping has to be Lily’s favorite activity. Because she loves the trampoline at her gym so much I put the Jumpsmart Trampoline on Lily’s Amazon wish list for Christmas. This toy has been in the middle of my living room since Christmas. Yes it may be an eye sore smack dab in the middle of my family room (no separate playroom in my house), but that toy gets so much use that I don’t care. There are handle bars for your kid to hold on to and a digital counter that let’s them know how many jumps they’ve accomplished. This toy is perfect for the toddlers who are always on the go! Lily get’s on there and bounces until she is tired and then her naps are long and she doesn’t fight bed time…and for that I’m willing to keep it in the living room! (The only time we had to put this trampoline up was when she received her stitches and it was hard for her to hold on to the safety handles.)

2. Bosu Ball

The Bosu ball is for my exercise but because my child is obsessed about jumping and bouncing I let her sit and bounce on her bottom. I also let her hold on to my bed and jump on it (of course I am standing by her for safety). When I’m trapped inside with my kid I will use just about anything to keep her happy, including my exercise equipment! This is proof that you can use items in your house that aren’t marketed for kids!

3. Playhut Mega Fun Play Tent ($59.99 from Toys R Us)

Active toddler or not, any kid loves to play in tents and tunnels! We have a bag of balls from her first birthday and she loves to dive quickly in her tent into the balls {insert funny joke here}. The best part is that it easily collapses and folds into a small bag for storage!

4. Elmo’s World Super Sticker Book ($7.99 from Toys R Us)

We had a blast on the airplane with this sticker book…and we still do. Yep Lily loved it so much I purchased a brand new one so she could have a field day all over! There are over 200 stickers and plenty of themed (i.e. school, cooking, outdoors) blank pages that you can adhere the stickers to for imagination and art play.

5. Mini Bean Bags ($10.69 from Amazon)

This is a recent purchase that we broke out when Lily got her stitches. You get 12 bright colored bean bags the games to play with these are endless. We balance them on our heads and walk around the kitchen. We toss them in an empty box. We throw them in the air and see how many we can catch. We line them up and try and jump over them. We put them on her trampoline and make them bounce and while we play I quiz her on her colors and try to get her to use her words.

6. Kidkraft food play set (125 pieces)($19.99 from Target)

7. Playskool Sesame Street Come ‘N Play Cookie Monster kitchen playset (Purchased for at Target with a clearance sticker (whoop whoop) for $40 and online it reads $59.99)

Watching your child’s imagination is a lot of fun. Lily will mix an egg with a hot dog, sprinkle some salad dressing on top and serve it to me with a proud grin. In her world she is a chef! Plus this activity is perfect in the mornings when she is buzzing around from 8 hours of perfect sleep and I can enjoy a cup of coffee in attempts to reach her energy level. For Christmas we gave Lily Sesame Street kitchen set and a cheap set of plastic food from Target. This kitchen is perfect for a small area and because I wasn’t sure if she would play with it often I opted for a smaller kitchen set. Cookie Monster makes funny “nom nom” voices when you place food near his mouth and you can place food in Elmo & Abbie’s mouth (the food falls into the oven for easy collection. The Kidkraft food play set is the only one I could find that for the price gave you so much! The one we purchased had 89 pieces and the one Target sells now has 125 pieces of food for only $19.99!!! Plus all 125 pieces can fit perfectly in the container it comes in for easy storage.

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8. Mala Art Easel ($14.99 Ikea)

Lily is a coloring fool and this art easel sits in the corner of our living room so she can doodle whenever her little heart wants to! I also gave it a mini-facelift with some gold paint so it blended in with our home décor better (read about that DIY project here). The best part….the price….only $14.99. We keep some crayons in a tiny bucket from Target’s dollar section. Tip: When you’re out at a restaurant save the crayons they give you and bring them home! If your kid doesn’t even play with them then the box or plastic bagged crayons are perfect to store in your diaper bag for emergency Picasso moments!

9. Megabloks 80 pc large classic bag ($17.99 Amazon)

They may be noisy, but Lily gets a kick out of building a tall structure and knocking it down! This set has large blocks so there is no choking hazard. Plus I like the reusable storage bag it comes in!

10. Melissa & Doug Jumbo Knob Wooden Farm Puzzle (under $15 on Amazon)

11. Melissa & Doug Farm Sound Puzzle (under $12 on Amazon)

Puzzles not only keep your kid busy, but the learning that goes hand in hand with the play time makes the purchase a no brainer! Your kid builds hand eye coordination, is encouraged to problem solve, develops fine motor skills and learns language. Our two favorite puzzles are from Melissa & Doug. The farm animal one is perfect for beginners due to the large knobs making it easy for pick up. The animal puzzle actually makes noises! When you place the dog or horse in it’s correct spot you will hear their bark or neigh!

12. Step2 Frog Sandbox ($59.99 0n sale $44.99 Toys R Us)

We live 45 minutes from the beach, yet we rarely visit. So we have this frog sandbox on the back patio for Lily to go crazy in. We have umbrella in a stand next to it to provide some comfort for her and me while we hang out in the heat. For all the sand toys I snatched up some cheap ones from Target

13. Crayola Sidewalk Chalk (under $2 at Walmart)

Chalk is an activity that Lily can do inside when it rains on her Ikea art easel or on the patio. This chalk is washable and for under $2 you get 15 pieces! Tip: only give your toddler five pieces of chalk (or more its up to you) and save the rest. Lily has thrown her chalk in the water and somehow lost a few in the backyard, but because I hoard some extra in the garage I have plenty to replenish the lost or broken ones. Another tip: grab a cup of water, a paint brush and let your kids use imaginary paint to create shapes or squiggles on the driveway!

14. Room Essentials Spot Sprinkler ($3.99 from Target)

Sprinklers and childhood go together just like peanut butter and jelly. Heck take the sprinkler off and a kid will have a blast with the water hose alone! This cheap sprinkler head is not only charming but creates a great water fountain that my kid will play in. This sprinkler will get a lot of use this summer!

15. Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon ($79.99 from Amazon)

We have had a lot of fun with our wagon. We loop around the neighborhood pretending to be a choo-choo train and use it to collect treasures (aka rocks or fallen magnolia leaves). With the brutal sun in Florida we have the canopy shade attachment to keep the babe as comfortable as possible while strolling the hood.

All of these items have been purchased, however there are so many items around the house that I have used to pacify my active toddler. Take a flashlight in a closet or under a blanket for some fun. Or bring that flashlight under a fort made from blankets and chairs. I give Lily rides around the house by pushing her in the laundry basket (warning this is a workout and they will want you to do it again…again…and again). Empty oatmeal containers filled with some uncooked pasta make fun sounds. Pots & pans, Tupperware, wooden spoons, mixing bowls, cotton balls, tissue (yes we toss them in the air to make them fly!)…you get the point!

 
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Praying…

ohklahomaLike many I have been glued to the television with a broken heart as I watch the scenes from Oklahoma. Today I can’t even think of a clever tip, recipe or toddler tale. Today I am going to hold on to Lily a little tighter and continue to pray for those in Oklahoma and their families…

 
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Simple No-Bake Key Lime or Lemon Pie

The EASIEST dessert perfect for summer! A simple NO-BAKE key lime (or lemon) pie. With a pre-made graham cracker crust and only three ingredients you can whip up a pie perfect for the summer time. You can swap out the key lime juice for lemon juice for a different flavor, but it's just as tasty!  Oh the dreaded Florida heat has approached us. The humidity is a hair killer and a tantrum maker. We are huge fans of otter pops or frozen yogurt while we attempt outdoor playtime. With the heat I am always looking for simple recipes that don’t require too much cooking so I can escape the heat outside and in the kitchen! Today I bring you a simple no-bake pie that is perfect for hot summer days.

Another bonus about this recipe you can change up the citrus to change to flavor of the pie! I made this key lime pie for my in-laws who are visiting from Pittsburgh and they loved it….and so does Lily!

Enjoy!

No-Bake Key Lime or Lemon Pie

1 Graham cracker piecrust
1 (8 oz) container of fat free Cool Whip
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
½ cup of key lime juice (or lemon juice), I purchased a bottle of Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice.

  • In a bowl mix the key lime juice and the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Pour mixture into the piecrust and refrigerate for 4 hours until it sets. Sometimes I save a little and pour it into a glass bowl to and chill. I crush up one graham cracker on top and eat it like that!
  • Cut and serve when ready!

Not sure about what to do with your left over key lime juice? Head over to Nellie & Joe’s website where they have plenty of recipes for cocktails and marinades for your leftover juice.

An Easy no-bake key lime pie recipe that even your toddler will go gaga for!

 
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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    May 21, 2013 Reply

    Yummy! I love anything lemon and would love to have a piece right now. I’ve craved citrus-y things during this pregnancy.

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Friday Link Love: vol. 3

linkloveIt’s Friday whoop whoop!!!

We are starting our Friday off by paying a visit to my friend Rachel’s new home and having an outdoor play date with some of Lily’s buddies. Mike gets home from a two day work trip and we start the weekend off right with sushi for dinner. Junior year in college my roommate convinced me to try a California roll and now yearn and obsess of getting my raw fish fix.

So to start your Friday off right take a minute for these hilarious links!

The labor pain simulation has been hitting up the Internet by storm…and of course it is! I think every wife would like their husbands to experience this so they would really know.

Still on a Mother Day high here is the cutest ode to mothers. This kid cracks me up and his giggle is contagious!

Prenatal Pole Dancing??? Of course Funny or Die thought about making a video about this and Christina Applegate kills it!

Lily will watch videos of herself forever. The videos on my iPhone have saved me more times to count from a public tantrum. From the createters of JibJab (those funny videos you can make of elves dancing with your face) comes a cute website Story Bots. There you can upload a picture of your child’s face to a robot’s body and y’all can laugh and sing along to your mini robot while they dance along to some classic songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider and Old McDonald. Your robot kid can even star in his or her own online book! They have an app for your iPhone too and it’s FREE called ABC Videos by StoryBots where your kid can learn their letters in a fun and interactive way. That’s robot Lily singing “With a Cluck cluck here…”

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You Know You’re A Mom When…

Funny post for all mothers, especially soon-to-be-moms, on all the funny, dirty and gross situations that make you realize "you ARE a mom"! Examples like you know your'e a mom when you start to spell out conversations with your husband....catch yourself singing the hot dog song in the grocery store. Lot's of funny mom moments!Mother’s day was wonderful. we spent half of the day celebrating with my family and the second with a family nap and playtime in our pajamas. In honor of the holiday I’ve started a list to find the humor in motherhood. Enjoy!

You know you’re a mom when…

Somehow you can function on 3 hours (and that’s not continuous) sleep.

You head to the mall for some retail therapy and you leave with 3 pair of shorts and five tops that can be mix and matched, a bathing suit and a pair of Toms…all for your kid. This is because tiny Sperry’s and a blue gingham one piece are just too darn cute to pass up.

Or you head to the mall and you get five minutes in a store when your angel turns into a crazed psycho yelling, kicking, spitting (yep that’s a new one!) and hucking Cheerios all over the nice display of folded sweaters and you put your beat red face down and quickly leave (but as you’re driving home frustrated and embarrassed you realize that the tantrum tired your kid out and the nap might be a little longer!).

You learn to accomplish everyday tasks with one hand.

You don’t think twice to use your own shirt, hand or arm to wipe up that two inch snot rope that your child is about to lick because there is nothing else close by and you will gag when your kid slurps up that “rope”.

The one time you get to shop alone you start to hum the theme song to Yo Gabba Gabba or the hot dog dance.

You run to Target or the grocery store in tennis shoes, black yoga pants, oversized t-shirt and a sports bra….because this has become your uniform.

When you get home from Target or the grocery store you realize that you had vomit, dried pieces of banana or snot smeared all over those black yoga pants or shirt.

Getting a shower and being able to blow dry your hair is considered a victory.

You get a check for your birthday and your first thoughts are upgrading your stroller instead of the Jack Rogers thong sandals you have been eyeing.

You can’t remember the last time you went pee alone or with the door closed.

You have snacked on Goldfish crackers (& yogurt melts!) while driving because you were hungry and they were there.

You could easily scrape up a cup of broken or smashed Goldfish or Cheerios from the floor of your backseat.

You offer up your hand to catch chewed up Cheerios (because your kid wants Goldfish instead) or Vomit (to protect your couch) or an explosive diaper.

youknowyourmom2You think of visiting Disney World instead of St. Thomas for your five year anniversary (true story!) because seeing your kid freak over Minnie Mouse is priceless.

You spell out half of your conversations with your husband.

Sleeping to 7:45am is considered sleeping in.

You start to DVR a majority of your shows so you can pass out for that early wake up.

You realize that cleaning up during the day is a pointless activity.

You believe its perfectly acceptable to smell your child’s butt to determine if a diaper change is necessary.

Going to Target or the grocery store alone gets you giddy.

You get nervous and cross your legs when you feel a sneeze coming on. You also cross your legs while laughing too.

Your recommended products on Amazon are Melissa & Doug puzzles, cheap diapers and coloring books.

You watch a full episode of Jessie, Shake It Up or Sofia the First when you realize you put your kid to sleep an hour ago.

You can change a diaper in the dark but when you get to the grocery store you forgot the only two items you needed.

You constantly use your dog’s name for your kid and your kid’s name for your dog (damn that “pregnancy brain”).

You quickly place your baby or toddler on the other hip when a complete stranger starts to reach out to touch them because who knows what germs they are carrying (even though you may or may not have puke or boogers on your pants).

At the end of the day you finally notice you shaved only one leg.

Your topic of conversation with your husband over dinner is the change in the color of poop.

You find an Elmo racing car in the freezer.

You start to purchase toys depending on their annoying sounds.

You reach for your morning coffee and it’s cold.

When you pause a movie and tell your husband you “have to go potty.”

You refer to your self in third person.

youknowyourmomDo you  have any other funny ones to add??

Sorry for the fuzzy iphone pictures! Most of these can be found on Instagram…come take a peak at more photos at @lilyandbliss!

 

 
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  1. Melissa commented:
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    This is the best post ever! Im seriously dying laughing! Thanks for the laugh 🙂 and all is true in our household!!

  2. Kelsey commented:
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    You get in the bath with your toddler because then you don’t have to take a shower later… Then this convenience turns into one of those great little memories that you recall because now they’re bigger and you can actually shower while they play in their room.

    Love this one Amy! Most of this seems like so long ago and are memories now. Being a mommy can be crazy! xoxo

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 16, 2013 Reply

      The bathtub is great, until your toddler becomes fixated on your boobs (especially the nipples) and wont stop grabbing them!!!!!! Motherhood is crazy, but all the crazy becomes a great story or a great laugh eventually!

  3. Colleen commented:
    May 16, 2013 Reply

    Amy,
    This is such a cute blog and oh, so true!!! You have it all nailed… Just wait until the second child comes along!!! Thanks for sharing. :).

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 16, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Colleen! Oh this list will triple I’m sure with a second!

  4. Eboness Belin commented:
    May 17, 2013 Reply

    Oh my goodness…..I needed this today….so funny. I LOVE “Jessie”….is that wrong? Yes, I laugh louder than my kid sometimes when I watch it, and she is no where around. ha!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 17, 2013 Reply

      oh we LOVE Jessie. We sing (and dance) to the theme music! Ravi is my favorite. I have caught myself (and my husband) watching this without the kid!!

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Healthy Black Bean & Couscous Salad

This black bean and couscous salad is the best recipe!! It's simple, delicious and healthy...plus toddler approved! It's very forgiving...you can add more dressing, omit peppers and add olives...etc. This recipe is in my monthly rotation now! Plus it can be made for vegetarians!I love it when a friend or family member gives me a recipe that I actually love enough to keep in rotation. Big thanks to my friend Kelsey who handed this off to me because Lily loved this so much she actually stopped eating her macaroni & cheese for this healthier option! That left me shocked!

You can find this recipe on food.com and you will find this is a very forgiving dish to prepare. If you don’t have enough cumin…no problem. Want to add more lime juice…go for it. Don’t have red bell pepper…use a jar of roasted peppers you already have in your pantry. You can’t really mess this up unless you make the couscous too mushy.

There is a Mexican flare to this dish so you can pair it with tacos or flank steak. Even with the cumin and beans you can still serve it up with some fried chicken…or maybe it’s just me & the fact that I will eat this with practically anything! While my in-laws were visiting I served it with steak kabobs.

Want to make this completely vegetarian? Just sub the chicken stock for a vegetable version! Add feta or black olives or cucumbers. If you want to give it more flavor add more cumin or limejuice. My advice is to make the recipe first and taste it. You can always add more of the dressing. Again this is a very forgiving salad!

Enjoy!

Black Bean & Couscous Salad

1 cup couscous, uncooked (I purchased Rice Select that takes 5 minutes)
1 ¼ cups chicken broth (use vegetable for vegetarians!)
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, well drained (try and get the low-sodium kind)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
8 green onions, chopped
1 cup frozen yellow or white corn kernels, thawed
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil (I use the light version)
2 tbsps lime juice
1 tsp red wine vinegar
½ tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper

  • Bring chicken broth to a boil and add the couscous. Stir, cover, remove from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl mix the beans, red pepper, corn (make sure they are thawed), green onions and cilantro.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lime juice, red vinegar and cumin.
  • Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to coat.
  • To fluff the couscous take a fork and rake over it to break it up. Once it is fluffed mix it in with the bean mixture.

You can serve this warm or cold. My suggestion if eating this cold would be to take this out of the refrigerator and have it come to room temperature to get the most flavor.

 
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  1. kelsey commented:
    May 13, 2013 Reply

    And now I’m craving this… again. It is just so delicious and I’m glad it was a hit, especially with Lily!

    xoxo

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Favorites Lately: vol. 1

favoritesvol1titleWith our trip to Disney World and Mother’s Day this weekend I have been treating myself to a few shopping trips and have fallen in love with everything. Everything! Most times I get home I either second guess a tunic or the blazer doesn’t fit right (because Lily’s tantrum prevented me from tying it on!) and I make a few returns. Some of these purchases are so awesome I have gone back to get them in other colors! And yes I’ve thrown in a few items that are for Lily…it’s so hard not to shop for my mini me!

So take a peek at some of my favorites lately!

1. Drapey Woven Shorts from Loft $39.50
I’m a huge fan of Ann Taylor’s Loft brand. When I went searching for some cute but comfortable shorts for our trip to Disney World I was so thrilled when I stumbled upon these. The sorts are a light linen, perfect for Florida heat, and the elastic waist bumps that comfort level even higher. I loved these so much I purchased three pairs in black, rust and grey.

2. Viola Flower Sandals from Loft $39.50
Sandals are a staple for Florida living. As a stay-at-home mom to a toddler slipping on sandals to run errands makes my life easier. These charming flower sandals are so light weight I went ahead and picked up another pair in black (I got them on sale too!).

3. Gapfit drapey tunic from Gap $26.95 $24.99
Now that I’m getting back to pre-baby shape (finally) I purchased this work out top so I could feel prettier when I worked out. I don’t know but there is something about actually looking good while I attempt a burpee or running jumping jacks that keeps me going back to my trainer. I’m starting to like my body again and I‘m tired of sporting oversized shirts! This shirt is ridiculously soft Lily rubs her hands back and forth on it just like her lovey!

favoritesvol1middle4. One Shoulder Applique Dress from Soma $89 $64.99
Have you heard of Soma? This store has more than just intimates and loungewear! Sometimes I have been able to find some super cute dresses and they are so comfy that I could sleep in them. I own two maxi dresses from them but the one above is my favorite. You can dress it up or wear it to Panera with flip flops. I’m obsessed with the super soft stretch knit jersey material. It receives major points for removable foam bra cups that help shape and conceal on those days I just don’t want to put a bra on! If you head into their store check out their pajamas. I have two pairs and they are my favorite pjs, but warning for the young hip momma some of the prints are a bit scary…but there are plenty of options!

5. Dior Nail Glow from Sephora $24
This stuff is fab. When your just not feeling a specific color apply Dior’s Nail Glow to give your nails a shiny light color of pink. Your nails will appear as if you went and got an American manicure!

6. Lowercase “L” letter initial necklace in gold from Olive Yew
My dear friend Emily Ley gave me this sweet neck candy for my birthday. I had been wanting a light weight necklace with Lily’s initial and Emily must have been reading my mind. The 17 inch chain hangs at the perfect length and for someone with sensitive skin I have had no problems wearing this sweet charm. (Thanks Em!)

7. Gold Envelope Clutch in gold from Gap $39.95
It’s nice to own a cute clutch for the rare times I leave the house without my diaper bag! You can’t beat this price either.

favoritesvol1minime8. DVF babyGap Wrap Dress from Gap $45
Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg is back with her second collection for the wee ones at Gap. Known for her wrap dresses I picked up this bright snorkel blue print for Lily. I purchased a white eyelet wrap dress when she was one and the material was a bit crisp and Lily wasn’t comfortable in it. This time around the material is stretchy cotton that has me full of envy over that tiny size t-3 (I got it in a bigger size so she can wear it longer!) Because the material is so soft I will be picking up another one before they sell out again!

9. Embellished flower jelly sandals from Gap $16.95
Memories of my jelly sandals as a child hit me when I saw these and of course I needed to get Lily a pair. With spring and summer weather these shoes are perfect for errands or trips to the beach or pool. Gap sells another style with a strap across the foot and I found that these are a lot easier to get on and appear to be more comfortable for her feet. I may or may not be going back for the neon yellow and blue sandals too!

10. Gingham one-piece from Gap $24.95 $19.99
Gap had me at gingham. Yes the weather in Florida has already allowed us to wear bathing suits and this one was too cute to pass up!

 
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