Unbreakable Mom: 5 Ways My Kids Try to Break Me

“Parenting is easy.” – said no parent ever.

 

In fact, parenting is often considered one of the toughest things to do, but it can also be the most rewarding. Kids sure make you work for those rewarding moments, though, don’t they?

For every kiss on the cheek there’s 10 toy throws.

For every “I love you, mommy” there’s 20 “NO!”s.

For every adorable moment of quiet sleep there’s 100 crazy, headache-inducing moments of loudness.

Day after day, we put up with the craziness, the loudness, the crying, and the stubbornness, just so we can have the smiles, the love, the hugs, and the happiness. Let’s face it, our kids try to break us, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything, and that’s why us parents are unbreakable, just like Kimmy Schmidt in the new Netflix Original Series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The first 6 episodes are premiering tomorrow, March 6th, but I was lucky enough to watch them early and loved it! You can read about the premise at the bottom of this post (and enter the giveaway), but one of Kimmy’s mantras to help her be unbreakable when life hands her lemons is to just keep telling yourself to “make it through the next 10 seconds.” That’s a great mantra to have, don’t you think? Maybe we should use that when our kids try to break us!

 

Here are 5 ways my kids try to break me.

 

A Clean House

The Dream

A sparkling, clean, germ-free house that’s ready for guests anytime. Bonus points if Brett and Trent do the cleaning.

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The Reality

I seriously just picked up all these toys and you dump them out everywhere? I’m just going to leave them on the floor and pretend we’re not home if someone knocks on the door.

 

 

Working Out

The Dream

Because I have all the free time in the world, I spend half the day on the treadmill practicing my dance moves!

The Reality

This.

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Sleep

The Dream

I have the King bed to myself and sleep the entire night with no interruptions. I wake up peacefully on my own.

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The Reality

Am I dreaming or is there a foot in my face? I’m going to ignore it, I must be dreaming. No, wait, now it’s kicking me.

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New Purchases

The Dream

Oh look at this…a shiny new tablet just for me?! I am going to use this thing so much! I’ll have my apps on there and will be organized and have books downloaded and everything. I’ll keep it so clean that it will always look brand new!

New iPad

The Reality

There is no room for any of my apps because there are 10 Disney movie downloads, 2 seasons of Jake & the Never Land Pirates, and 30 toddler games. He has taken control of it and since it’s covered in food pieces, I wouldn’t want to touch it anyway.

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What I’m Watching on Netflix

The Dream

I get to binge-watch Orange is the New Black (new season coming in June!), new action thrillers, popular shows, and anything else my heart desires.

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The Reality

Mickey. Jake. Super Why. Clifford. On the tv and the iPad. At the same time. He’s a multi-tasker.

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Luckily, since I can watch Netflix anywhere and the kids eventually go to sleep, I do treat myself to something I want to watch. Recently, I had the opportunity to preview the upcoming new Netflix Original Series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s hilarious new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) and Tituss Burgess (30 Rock).

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Kimmy escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York, encountering many circumstances that try to break her. Not only was the premise of the show hilarious, it’s from Tina Fey, so you just have to see it! And best of all, when it premiers on March 6th, you’ll have 6 full episodes to watch! Push those toys off of your spot on the couch, get comfy and be prepared to laugh! Check out the trailer below!

 

After all, because we’re unbreakable moms, we get the best rewards, don’t we?

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So tell me…what unbreakable moment are you most proud of? Or one that makes you laugh the most?

 

 

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Trent-isms

One of my favorite bloggers does a series where she shares some funny things her daughter has said lately. I find it cute and funny and since Trent has said some funny things lately, I wanted to share some of them with you. After all, it’s hump day and we could use some funnies and feels to get us through the rest of the week. ;)

 

“Orion, shut up! Bad dog! No! Go lay on your bed!”

This was after Trent wasn’t watching where he was going and ran into the dog, who was laying on the floor not bothering anyone. Trent got embarrassed and said everything he has ever heard us yell at the dog. Ever. I don’t like that he says shut up to the dog, but that one is completely my fault. And although we should have been telling him not to say it this time, I couldn’t help but laugh so hard I was crying.

 

“Go now, mommy?”

Oh no, we are in trouble now. He said this when he was watching me edit our videos from our December trip to Disney World. He now knows it’s a place we go to and is requesting it. Then a commercial came on tv. It’s like they know…. Until now, it’s been up to us to decide when we take trips to WDW, and we hold ourselves back because babies in 4 hour car rides aren’t fun, but as Aubrey gets older and Trent starts asking to go, well, we might as well move down there now.

 

“A Nana, a Papa, a Wee?”

Nana and Papa are Nana and Papa, but “Wee” is Lily, Trent’s cousin. Usually we see all three of them at the same time, so he has come to associate them all together and will ask for them as such.

 

“Sissy go for a ride?”

He likes when we put Aubrey behind him on his Buzz Lightyear electric car and asks to have her go for a ride all the time.

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“Goodnight stars. Goodnight moon. Goodnight Big Sheepy. Goodnight Baby Sheepy. Goodnight Trent. Goodnight Mommy.”

Trent says goodnight to everything he has in the bed with him. The moon and stars come from the nightlight turtle and he now has 2 Sheepies he brings to bed. And yes, he says goodnight to himself too.

 

“I’m so happy”
This one kills me. He knows what it means too. My heart gets so full when he tells me he is happy. Because that’s what matters most. :)

 

“Puppy commercial”

The way Trent says “commercial” just makes me want to have him repeat it all day long, it’s adorable. Every syllable is enunciated. And when a commercial for dog food came on, he said “puppy commercial” and it took every ounce of his brainpower to get all the syllables out perfectly.

 

 

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Cars Party

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. Enjoy!

As you all already know, we are huge Disney fans, even from before we had kids. As much as we’d love to live closer to a Disney Park, the 3.5 hour drive to Walt Disney World prevents us from going as often as we’d like. I’m sure we’ll go more often when the kids are older and driving for 4 hours doesn’t involve any hysterical crying to get out of a car seat and be fed. ;)

However, one of the upsides is that we find ways to creatively bring Disney home with us and celebrate our #DisneySide even when we can’t be at a park!

So, imagine my excitement when I was chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration! My dream would be to work for Disney (hiring an accountant or blogger?? hehe) but until then, I was ecstatic to partner with them, and others, to host a party for Trent/Aubrey and their friends so we can all show our #DisneySide!

The theme we were given was Cars! Trent loves cars and has a Cars table already, so this was perfect. We were anxious to receive our box full of party supplies to see what fun stuff was inside.

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As it is with every shipment to the house, Brett was the one at home when our #DisneySide party box arrived, so they filmed a fun video of them opening it up!

Then, it was time to plan. We had so many ideas of our own, and there are also so many ideas on Pinterest for a Cars party, we had trouble deciding what to do. And as anxious as we were to have the party, our weekends were full for a few weeks, and then all the kids invited to the party were sick on the day we chose…yikes! We rescheduled to the following week and everyone was able to make it. Time to party!

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{Start Your Engines Sign here}

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{Racetrack Runner here}

The party Table!

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{Similar tablecloth hereSimilar hanging decorations here}

 

Since our party was a brunch, we kept the food light…and since our guests were mostly toddlers, we kept it bite-sized too!

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Part of the supplies in our #DisneySide box included these cute mini Cars buckets, perfect for holding popcorn!

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{Similar Snack Pails here}

We were so excited to find this Mater Snack Caddy on Amazon…so fun!

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{Mater Snack Caddy here}

 

We cut up a block of cheese to be Sally’s Cozy Cones.

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Small chocolate donuts became Luigi’s Casa Della Tires.

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I printed Dinoco labels on sticker paper and cut them out to put on bottles of Jones soda.

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We put some cheesy crackers in our Mickey’s Kitchen Sink from Magic Kingdom.

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Costco was a big source of our treats, including these mini cinnamon buns that went into checkered cupcakes cups.

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{Similar snack tier stand here}

No brunch is complete without an iced coffee bar…aka the Fueling Station.

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Coffee ice cubes!
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Instead of regular cups for the kids, we got Cars Take and Toss sippy cups to prevent spills.

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{Cars Take & Toss Sippy cups here}

We found these really sturdy and awesome Cars plastic favor bags on Amazon to put a bunch of Cars favors in for the kids to take home. We filled them with Cars cups, pull-back cars, tops, keychains, pit passes, and other toys.

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{Plastic Cars Favor Bags here}

Temporary tattoos at Ramone’s House of Body Art were a hit!

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{Cars Temporary Stickers here}

 

We got a huge Mater cutout for photos – the kids loved it! {Jumbo Mater cutout here}

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Aubrey insisted on learning how to drive during a Cars party…big brother showed her what to do ;)

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Thank you for reading about our #DisneySide @Home Celebration Cars Party! Since Trent doesn’t go to daycare, he doesn’t get the opportunity to play with other kids his age as often as other kids do, so I am always grateful when he can play with friends. I am thankful for being chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration, thankful to all the sponsors that included their items in our box of goodies, and hopeful that everyone that joined us had a wonderful time. :)

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I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for reading!

Surviving the Daylight Savings Time Change with Pampers

The start of Daylight Saving Time is quickly approaching on March 8th and, for many moms, that leads to nervousness and anxiety about their baby’s sleep patterns. Funny how I used to dread “Springing ahead” because I didn’t want to lose that hour of sleep, but as I got older, I have come to look forward to that extra hour of sunlight after work. An extra hour after work can translate into more family and play time. :)

Trent has never been the best sleeper. He stays up late and naps at random times (if ever). Thankfully, time changes have never really affected him because there was never a steadfast schedule to affect.

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Aubrey, on the other hand, is as close to a schedule as you can get. At 7pm, she better be in her crib or else she will tell us how unhappy she is. Then, she sleeps all the way to at least 7am, sometimes later but almost never earlier. I’ve said it before, but it truly is something I am so grateful for. If both kids did that, I could get so much done! While I’m not super nervous about it, I do wonder how the time change will affect her. Will she go to sleep an hour later? Wake up later? Or slowly transition back to the normal schedule?

Aubrey

The time transition of “springing forward” is so top-of-mind for parents that a recent survey conducted by Pampers found that 77% are concerned with Daylight Saving Time affecting their child’s sleep pattern. More than half of parents surveyed dread the anticipated disruption to their child’s sleep schedule more than tax season! As an accountant and a mom, I can understand this!

Another survey conducted by Pampers found that nearly one-quarter of mothers (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night. Through Pampers’ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet. And a dry night means baby is more likely to be more rested, less fussy and more content the next day. That’s why across their entire line, Pampers diapers offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection and are up to three times drier than ordinary diapers to help babies get the uninterrupted sleep they need for a great morning.

Hopefully, Aubrey will continue her amazing sleep habits and we quickly learn how to adjust, if necessary.

What about you? How do your kids adjust to the time change? What actions did you do to help with the transition?

Want to discuss your questions or tips with other parents? Please join @Pampers on March 3rd from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with renowned sleep expert, “The Sleep Lady,” Kim West! Kim will be sharing her tips for helping little ones through the Daylight Saving Time sleep transition and will also be answering your questions regarding baby sleep! RSVP here: http://vite.io/DoubleDutyDivas

 

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Peanut Butter Granola Snack Mix

Peanut butter is a weakness of mine, which is funny because as a kid, I never wanted to find a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my lunch bag, but now I’ll make a pb&j sandwich a couple of times a week. In my quest to be a little healthier, a pb&j sandwich does not make the cut as a healthy “snack” so I decided to find another way to snack on some yummy peanut butter. I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Granola Snack Mix on the Hormel Recipe site and decided to give it a try…and although we questioned how it was going to turn out, we really like it!

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Total Time: 1 Hour

Preparation Time: Under 15 minutes

 

Ingredients for 18 Servings

  • 1 cup SKIPPY® SUPER CHUNK® Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups dried banana chips
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

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1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In large bowl, combine peanut butter, oil and honey; mix well. Stir in oats, peanuts and sunflower seeds. Transfer to baking sheets.

3. Bake granola, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheets. When I said earlier how we weren’t sure how this would turn out, it’s because before the mixture cools, it does not look like it would turn into a dry snack mix….but after brief cooling, it transforms! All the ingredients soak in the peanut butter and you get flavor in every bite.

4. In large bowl, combine cooled oats mixture and remaining ingredients; mix well. Trent helped with this step. :)

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I think we need to make this often now, since the picky-toddler-that-won’t-eat-anything has been eating it non-stop since we made it. He thinks it’s fun to eat it out of the big bowl, so that’s how we stored it.

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I also brought some to work in a small mason jar.

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You could also put portioned amounts into small baggies. This would also be a nice gift addition.

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To see the original recipe, visit the Hormel Recipe page, where you’ll find a bunch of recipes using Hormel’s Family of products.

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This post was written by me as part of my involvement in the Hormel Family Blogger Program. Thanks for reading!