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Mom Brain

If you haven’t used the excuse, I’m sure you’ve heard someone else say, “Oh, mom brain!” The Breakwomb did a hilarious skit with mom brain, and I’ll do the favor of sharing it with you right now …

I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself after that amazingness.

“Mom brain” has been getting moms out of missing the peanut butter in that peanut butter and jelly sandwich for years. This phrase is often code for “overworked-forgetful-whoa-man-that-still-does-it-all-but-still-forgetful.” In other words, it’s not always the nicest excuse to toss out on the table. It’s basically blaming the fact that you’re a mom for a fault – no matter how crazy that fault may be, like leaving the garage door open and allowing a pack of wolves to ransack the place. Not a huge fan. I’m not trying to be dramatic but {HELLO!} I know these little things that run around uncontrollably, a.k.a. our kids, may steal our youth, boobs, date nights and lives but isn’t that what we signed up for? And, yes, they steal our brains. It’s out of control … but we can handle it. We can handle it BECAUSE we have the mom brain. <Yes, this makes sense. Because it’s mom brain.>

Let’s set the mom brain straight.

What does my mom brain actually sound like?

/// New Lion Roar premiere date was announced on television. Tell hubs to schedule U-verse, write down on calendar, do I need to tell g-parents?

/// Wait, did I take her extra pair of underwear out of this bag? What bag is it in? I thought that ziploc bag was in THIS bag!

/// Did she get a vegetable today?

/// Don’t curse. Don’t curse. Don’t curse.

/// I wonder how long I can sit here before she notices that I’m just sitting here …

/// Does she have enough night underwear clean?

/// Tigger is always sick. Why is he always sick??

/// She smells so good in the morning. I could eat her.

/// <prepping meal> I know she’s not going to touch this.

/// How did that mom get her bubbles so big?? I need to know where she gets her bubbles.

/// She already grew out of these?

/// “It’s gonna be my time … to show them all that I’m … SOPHIA THE FIRST!!!”

/// Can we just have ice cream for dinner? Would that be the worst thing for just one night? F*** it.

/// She’s my best friend.

/// Well, she’s my worst enemy.

/// Why does she hate me so much?

/// How did I get so lucky?

/// I wonder if that waitress actually mixed water with this lemonade …

 

It’s a jumbled mash-up of thoughts and emotions. Not faults. Not excuses. It’s what goes on in our mind … because we’re moms. We can’t turn it off the constant stream of mom brain.
mom brain // mads and mom

The list could go on and on. And it’s just exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. I wouldn’t shut if off if I could.
I’m sure you’ve got a few that stick out in your mind. What goes on in your mom brain?


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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream with Caramel Sauce

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I’m a chocolate nut. Also, if you don’t remember, I can’t get enough of any {and all} frozen treats. The time of year does not matter. Clearly. As I post this ice cream recipe during the month of January. This recipe is delicious and simple. I snagged the base of the ice cream recipe from my grandma’s ever-so-faithful Betty Crocker’s Cookbook but with a few updates {since I’ll be using the Kitchen Aid standing mixer ice cream maker attachment and the original recipe didn’t call for enough chocolate … or caramel sauce … }.

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Let’s get started! I’m hungry.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chilled whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • Kitchen Aid standing mixer with ice cream bowl, chilled in freezer for at least 8 hours

01. Mix milk, sugar, salt, eggs, cocoa powder and melted chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until everything is incorporated and smooth.

02. Continue to stir on medium heat until liquid starts to form bubbles around the outside. Just before the boiling stage.

03. Remove from heat, run through a mesh strainer to remove lumps and let the mixture sit until it reaches room temperature. If preferred, you can pop it into the refrigerator to help speed up the process.

04. Once completely cool, stir in the vanilla and whipping cream. Stir to combine.

05. Assemble ice cream maker and turn on to “1”.

06. Slowly add ice cream mixture to machine as it runs. Allow it to run for about 15 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency.

07. Pour in freezer-friendly holder or serve it up and enjoy!

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BONUS!

If you’re looking for a delicious but quick caramel sauce, you need to check out The Pioneer Woman’s recipe. No candy thermometer needed. B L E S S I N G.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup cream (of half-and-half)
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • pinch of salt

01. Melt all ingredients in saucepan over medium to medium-high heat.

02. Let it come to a slow boil and bubble for a few minutes

03. Pull from heat and cool

Simply delicious! Hope you enjoy!!

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Top Ten Posts of 2015

As 2015 rapidly winds down, I wanted to take a moment to share my top posts of 2015. So much has happened in just 12 months. Busy, to say the least, but oh so much fun. We can’t wait to kick off the new year. Also, I may have a few things up my sleeve for 2016. Please check back soon! In the meantime, let’s walk down 2015’s memory lane on eat. sleep. market.

Click on the titles to read the full post. I was going to share which of the top ten were my personal faves … but I ended up marking almost all of them. Ha. Go figure. Please enjoy!

Happy New Year, friends.

10. Day Dates with My Favorite Two Year Old

Sneak Peek:

This age has brought a world of change to our daughter. And I’m sure it’s a world of change to your little one, too. She can articulate needs. She can refuse. She can take. She understands sharing. She is vocally empathetic. She walks into the world with eyes wide open and sees things differently than me. A breath of FRESH air. In turn, I’m experiencing EVERYTHING again.

As a mom that works outside the home, time F L I E S. I want to soak up as much time with her as I can. I want to be with her and share experiences, darn it! So, what do two gals do that are eager to get out and love on life? Age-appropriate day-dates, of course!

park date hide and seek

09. Random Acts of Kindness

Sneak Peek:

My partner tells me that he appreciates me. He tells me that he never wants to take anything I do for granted. I do believe that to be true. However, when I opened up this card, this simple act seemed to speak volumes. A simple act of kindness. It went a long way. I just looked at him. I hugged him. Everything I do, I do because I love it. It’s not a chore. It’s not a duty. I’m called to do the things that I do, but it can be exhausting. Sometimes. And his single act of kindness recharged me.

bubbs card

08. Toddler Activity: Pasta Art

Sneak Peek:

I saw a fun toddler sensory activity circling around on Instagram and Pinterest that I thought would be the perfect start to an art project: dyed pasta. It’s seriously one of the most simple DIY sensory projects ever, and the entertainment lasted for hours … on multiple days. Score. Added bonus: we used it for a really sweet art project for family and friends to enjoy.

Noodle Rainbow | Toddler Activity

07. 5 Ways to Survive Kids’ Birthday Parties

Sneak Peek:

Friends {aka parents}, if you thought you were “young” pre-kid’s birthday invite, just wait. You’ll feel like someone hit fast-forward. Your youth vanished. Their youth is very much here and present.

And, of course we’ve been to parties of the birthday and wedding variety with Mads, but these were family and adult friends. Familiar. Now, we’ve turned the page. We’ve entered the world of kid friends. And other kids’ parents.

kids' birthday parties // surviving brithday parties for kiddos

06. I Blinked

Sneak Peek:

I know what happened … I blinked. Truly a mother’s curse.

I’ve never been so scared and yet so anxious to blink.

I remember when we were finally able to bring her home from the hospital. Those first few days were a hazy dream. Those newbies can s l e e p t h r o u g h t h e d a y. Wrapped up like a baby burrito, just like the nurses taught us in the hospital, our tiny Madeline quietly slept in her bassinet as her dad and I picked ourselves off the floor, literally*, and slept in our own bed until that first nighttime feeding alarm sounded.

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05. My Mom Journey with Google

Sneak Peek:

And by some miracle, many most of the time, we ultimately fashion a solution out of shoestring and spit that comes out looking like golden treasure. Why? Well, one, because we’re awesome creatures. We’re the closest thing you’ll find to a unicorn. And another? We love Google*. This search engine is our sidekick. Next to Pinterest, Google could be the one that holds the solutions to our most ridiculous questions so we can continue on being the most magical, can-do, will-do-{almost}-everything creatures.

kids' birthday parties // surviving brithday parties for kiddos

04. First Time Moms: 10 MORE Things They Don’t Tell You

Sneak Peek:

The first installment of First Time Mom // Things They Don’t Tell You was definitely a very accurate summary of the first year of Madeline’s life and my first year as a first time mom. It focused on the itty-bitty of it all. The very beginning. Now, we’re winding down the second year. I have no idea where that year went {AND that is one thing they DO tell you – you blink and time vanishes}. So let’s jump in! A few brand-spankin’ new things that rushed in this year …

Mads

03. 5 Reasons I Shouldn’t Have Married Him

Sneak Peek:

There are a ton of articles out there that tell us what makes up the perfect man. A LOT. I’m sure if I went the opposite direction and looked up the ideal woman, I would be greeted with 10x more “research” and be equally disappointed. But to be quite honest, I think I did receive the perfect man … for me. He was made for me, which I think is pretty cool. And I for him. Although some days I’m sure we are wondering what HE was thinking when He paired us. Regardless, after reading so much ridiculousness, I wanted to share a few reasons why this whole “marriage” thing should work against us, according to our lovely society – and why in the end, these are actually our dealmakers.

So, here they are – the five reasons I shouldn’t have married the bubbs …

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02. Let Them Be Little

Sneak Peek:

Having this brief moment of clarity brought forth several reminders to my mother self. Every day, we dedicate ourselves to helping shape the lives of these little people – these little, precious gifts that will continue to grow. One day, they will make decisions, go to work, vote, grocery shop and everything in between, including laundry, picking car insurance and making their own doctor appointments. They will trade in naps for all-nighters and juice cups for coffee tumblers. Perhaps they will sit at a computer after a long day and start pouring their heart over a keyboard, like so many have done before them, or maybe they will just call it a night and get the recommended eight hours of sleep. In a blink of an eye, they became adults. They are us. No longer babies. A time when Winnie the Pooh is … babyish.

Laumeier Park with Mads

01. At-Home Honey Lavender Latte {No Fancy Equipment Needed}

Sneak Peek:

There’s a coffee shop in town that makes the best honey lavender lattes. I’m addicted. #NoShame However, because weekends are lazy and let’s be honest, I’m not going to travel too far each weekend to get my latte fix, I needed to come up with a way to make it at home. And I cracked it. So, so happy. When I tasted it, I shouted to bubbs, “This is it!” And so, my coffee-loving friends, I’m passing this on to you!

honey lavender latte


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Hide and Seek Kisses

We all experience it. Whether it creeps up on us unexpectedly or we can pin point the day and time of the occurrence, it happens and we can’t escape it. And the holidays are no exception.

I’m talking about stress. I started thinking about the ways I cope with stress, what ways others have told me about how they cope with stress and then also what I do before and after a stress episode happens. I know – it’s possible that I overthink. But, friends, that is exactly my problem. I overthink. It’s this overthinking that causes me to overexert myself in several ways that triggers the stress. In the end, I’m a total stress ball. I’m not fun to be around and definitely don’t want to be around you, as sad as that may sound. However, as I’m starting to recognize the strong pattern and how I’m starting to come out of another stressful place, I wanted to start a new {and fun} way of handling my stressful clouds. Introducing: hide and seek kisses.

Whenever stress comes in, it not only effects us, but it could put a small burden on those lovely family and friends that stick around to hear us talk through our stress. Gross. But in the end, they stick by us. KUDOS to them. And really, this activity is as much for them as it is a small stress reliever. It’s a day-brightener for all parties. I introduce to you …

Hide and Seek Kisses

kisses on a napkin, hide and seek, stress relief

Step 1: Get white napkins

Step 2: Get awesome lipstick {dudes, you can do this, too – why not, have fun!}

Step 3: Hide the “kisses” where your family or friends may come across them at some point in the next day or so, preferably when you are around, but if not, you owe them!

Step 4: When they discover this napkin with a crazy lip stain, and they ask you what’s up, let them know they found a kiss!

Step 5: Pucker up! Lay a big one on them. Or give them a hug. Or a handshake. Or just a thank you – take the time to share with them how thankful you are to have them in your life.

I just hid three … we will see how long it takes for my hubs and Mads to locate them. Let the little adventure begin!!

xoxo

 


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The BEST Breakfast Biscuits

I come from a long line of breakfast fans. Morning, noon or night, I am so, SO down for having any type of breakfast food. The ultimate, of course, is biscuits and gravy. {which may be followed by baked donuts or eggs … anyway …} As a result, I’ve been on a mini-quest to find a biscuit recipe that fits the bill for this comfort food classic. I found it here. It’s incredibly quick, easy, flaky and perfect not only for biscuits and gravy, but still moist to enjoy with butter and preserves (obviously we tested it …)

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This biscuit recipe makes 6 great size biscuits.

Ingredients

All-purpose flour – 2 1/4 cups
Salt – 3/4 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 4 tsp
Butter – 1/3 cup*
Milk – 1 cup*

*(The original recipe called for the butter and milk to be “very cold”. When I was prepping all of the ingredients, I put the milk in a measuring cup and butter in a dish, and then I put the two ingredients in the freezer to wait for me. If you remember, go ahead and try this. If not, keep those two in the refrigerator until you are ready to measure out and use them.)
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  1. Preheat your oven to 450°.
  2. Mix flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into pieces and either mix the dry ingredients with the butter in a food processor or get your pastry cutter out of storage and put the muscles to work. Work it together until it resembles course crumbs.
  4. Mix in that super cold milk just until it’s combined.
  5. Dump out dough on lightly floured surface and bring together into a ball. Roll out with rolling pin. I did it about 3/4″ thick.
  6. Cut your biscuits. If you have a 2″ cutter, that will get you about 6 biscuits. If you don’t have a biscuit cutter {*raises hand*}, use a glass. Works like a charm every time.
  7. Place on lightly greased or parchment covered pan.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Don’t forget to watch them as ovens vary. These babies don’t take long!
  9. ENJOY!

Let me know what you think! I know you will love them.

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This recipe is “Bubbs Approved,” which means the main squeeze AKA my husband totally loved this. A compliment in my book.

 

 
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