Friday, March 29, 2013

Yeah, I Bought Those...(Confessions of Questionable Food Choices)

I consider myself a pretty healthy eater.  I tend to follow the "all things in moderation" adage, and I try to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, etc., with the occasional bowl of ice cream or cookie thrown in for good measure.  I even kind of know what quinoa is (a grain, right?). Before having children, I knew-- I just knew-- I would give my kids only healthy (better yet, organic!) options.  I mean, if they've never had a cupcake, they can't miss it, right?

Well, akin to my other posts focusing on the surprises of Motherhood, I did not expect to buy some of the food (and I use that term loosely) that has become a staple in our pantry.

Here are a few of the least savory, and hard to admit, items you will find at our home on a regular basis these days:

1.  Maybe the worst offender?  Rainbow Goldfish "Colors."  As if the regular old bright orange ones weren't bad enough.  We really took it up a notch in our house.  We bought the multi-colored ones boasting being "packed with real cheddar flavor!"  They come in red, green, yellow, and orange.  They are full of artificial colors and flavors, and yet, my son loves them, so they remain on the shopping list.  (My pre-baby self would shudder at the thought).

2.  Frosted Strawberry Low-fat Pop-Tarts with sprinkles.  Just gross.

3.  A variety of Eggo breakfast foods.  Did you know that you can buy naturally and artificially flavored "Strawberry Strudel Frozen Wafflers?"  Well, you can.  My husband bought these, along with "Cinnamon French Toaster Sticks" with the syrup baked inside!  (I'm assuming the products can't be simply called "waffles" and "french toast" because they only marginally resemble the original).

4.  Last, but certainly not least, my son consumes the Kellogg's Disney Fruit Flavored Snacks (his choice being the Pixar's Cars variety, of course) on a daily basis.  The box proudly claims they are "made with real fruit."  (As opposed to fake fruit?).  I don't know what "carnauba wax" or "corn syrup solids" are, but my preschooler sure likes them.

Feel free to judge me for offering these spectacular foods in our home. (It's not like that's ALL my son eats anyway).  And just remember, one day you might be struggling down the aisles of Target with your hungry two-year old and crying baby, and maybe, just maybe, you'll frantically grab one of those packs of Goldfish at the check-out lane to buy you some time.  Just know, there's no turning back, but you'll be in good company :).

~Frantic Mama
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Lost in Translation

When you have a young child, and they really start finding their voice, some hilarious things come out of their mouths.  Here are a few of my favorites my 34 month-old son has uttered recently:

  • "Row Row Row your is butter dreams."

  • When I took my son out to lunch last week, he picked up the salt shaker and asked what it was (doesn't get out much).  I said, "it's a salt shaker; some people like to put it on their food."  He studied it, then decidedly placed the salt shaker directly on top of his hamburger.

  • My son was examining a new model car. When he asked me what kind it was, I read the label, this is a "3 Door Ford Coupe."  His delighted response?  "A Ford POOP?!"

  • Me:  "Where did you and Daddy go to dinner today?"                                                                 My enthusiastic son: "Old McDonalds!"  

            (I never plan on correcting this).

  • I recently wondered if my son understood the idea of growing up and having a job.

          Me:  "What would you like to be when you grow up?"
          Him:  A Pause.  A big grin.  "A cake!"
          Me: ????

I'm glad I'm writing these down now, because, unbelievably, they are the types of memories that fade away if we don't constantly remind ourselves of them.  And I, for one, never want to forget that "life is butter dreams."

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Frantic Mama Beauty Tips (Really!)

When you are surviving on little sleep, nursing a baby, chasing after a toddler, and changing dozens of diapers a day, it's hard to feel pretty.

But right or wrong, I do feel better if I take the effort to make myself [somewhat] more presentable-- even if I don't leave the house that day.

For my loyal readers-- experienced mothers, new mothers, and soon-to-be-mothers-- here are some of my favorite easy beauty products:

Nars "The Multiple" Blush Sticks.  So easy. So fast.  Expensive, but one stick lasts forever.

Revlon Colorstay Lipcolor.  My lips are so pale that I look half-dead without some kind of color on them.  If I manage to swipe this on at 8 a.m., it lasts most of the day, and I don't cringe as much when I look in the mirror at 2 p.m.  (My go-to shade is Infinite Raspberry).

Eyelash curler.  I know.  This seems advanced.  Taking 20 seconds to curl my lashes opens up my eyes a lot.

Last, but certainly not least, my ultimate must-have: Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller. The name says it all.  It's a cooling concealer you roll under your eyes, and it's simply genius.  I can't live without it.

What are some of your can't-live-without-em beauty buys?

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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Friday, March 8, 2013

New Motherhood: The Bitter with the Sweet

From the moment we give birth, mothers experience a steady stream of bittersweet, or paradoxical, emotions.  You are ecstatic to welcome your new baby into the world, but at the same time a little sad that baby is no longer safely curled up inside you.  You will no longer feel him kick you when you eat a bowl of ice cream, or feel the comfort of those little nudges when she has the hiccups.

This emotional rollercoaster only continues as your baby grows.

It is exciting when your baby outgrows her newborn clothes (because it [perhaps] means she is sleeping longer stretches), but it is surprisingly sentimental to pack those clothes away or pass them along to a friend.

You are happy and relieved to find a sitter to watch your little one so that you can have a long-overdue date night, or go to the dentist solo (what luxury!), but you worry about him the second you close the door.

(That's me, with my sweet, complicated, funny first-born)

It can be a relief when you are ready to wean your baby from nursing or bottle-feeding and move on to the sippy cup, and yet you miss that time together too, and are in disbelief to be packing away pumping supplies, dozens of bottles, and special cleaning brushes.

As your rambunctious toddler demands more and more of your energy, you (admit it!) look forward to him starting preschool, where he will be entertained by someone other than yourself for a few hours a week... and yet you can't believe that this growing, walking, talking big boy was once your tiny baby.

Yes, there are some moments of Motherhood that are universally accepted as purely joyful-- again, sleeping through the night rings a bell, as well as the first big gummy smile, the first belly laugh, and the first word (here's hoping for "Mama").  But I've been surprised to find that more often than not, there is a small sense of longing at certain milestones-- even ones we've been waiting for.

Here's to enjoying more of the sweet.

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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