Life Lately

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Life has been overly busy lately.  I'm not even sure where I begin! But let's find a starting point...

Back in October I took over a new role - I am now co-owner of Indianapolis Moms Blog, the premier parenting website for Indianapolis. We are slowly sorting our way through this business and in the process we have begun to grow an amazing group of writers with a strong and loyal readership. I'm learning a lot about myself in this process. I'm figuring out how it works as a business owner, I'm learning how to manage and collaborate effectively with my co-owner and I'm growing as a person in every aspect imaginable. Being a part of IMB has helped me find my voice again and I've met some amazing people that I would have never known otherwise. I'm excited to see where this journey takes me and hope you will follow along with us!

So what does that mean for this blog?

I have been stewing over this because working full time as a teacher and running two sites isn't happening. But I love my blog and what I have grown it to be too much to let it go. My plan is to continue writing and being visible again but getting back to my roots - focusing on the experiences and life stories of my family. I love sharing my mom life stories because I get it, #momlife is hard! And it's fun to be able to laugh with other people and compare your stories. So that's my plan, getting it focused more on my family and continuing to write so I can have this personal diary to look back on in the years to come.

So let's get to it - what HAVE we been up to lately?

This kid is a rockstar. Kindergarten has been amazing for him both socially and academically and I couldn't be happier with how things are going for him. I love his teacher and school which makes all the difference. His reading and math levels are age appropriate and it has been fun, both as a mom and a teacher, to watch him grow academically. The kid killed flag football season and scored at least one touchdown every game. Next year it's pads and the whole shebang, which will be interesting. He starts basketball next week and then baseball is right around the corner. Cohen is the typical big brother - a lover one minute and a torturer the next. I'm pretty sure it just comes with the territory. While he has a rough exterior the kid is still super sensitive which drives his dad nuts. Personally I don't have a problem with it and feel it just adds to his character. He really had a sweet, sweet heart. Cohen is growing up into an amazing little boy and I struggle to think that he is already halfway through Kindergarten. Time is such a jerk.

Miss Sassy turned 3 in November and may the threenager gods save my soul. One moment she is sweet as can be but the next minute she turns into a hormonal teenager. Girl threenagers and boy threenagers are completely different. I'm not sure I'll make it through one more girl...
Lola loves all things princess, baby and Doc McStuffins and has to wear a dress everyday. The kid refuses to stay in her pjs all day (unlike her brother) and has to get dressed the second she wakes up. Lola is loyal to her people and when you're her friend, you're her friend for life. She is still super mommy attached and shy in unfamiliar situations. I'm hoping to get her into preschool next year to watch her bloom and become more social and less attached to my hip. Lola started ballet last week and I'm not sure who is more excited - me or her. While her shyness took over most of the class, I'm confident this will help her come out of her shell. That darn paci continues to be a thorn in my side and I have slowly started clipping the tips back in anticipation that she will just throw them away. Despite her threenager tantrums, Lola is my sweet little girl and continues to melt my heart on the daily.

Bam Bam has officially turned one! The kid is a champion climber and I have never seen someone go up stairs so fast in my life. After months of ear infections, Remy got tubes in December and it has made a WORLD of difference. While her sleep isn't perfect, it definitely is a million times better. Remy no longer just walks - she runs, jumps and basically sprints to wherever she needs to go. As far an appetite the kid eats more than Cohen and Lola combined. I'm watching her snag a bowl of crackers from her sister as I type this. Remy's favorite word is Dada but will say Ohla (for Lola), Mama, Nana, Sat (for What's that?) and waves bye to anyone that looks her way. She loves to shake her head yes and no and the moment she hears music the girl gets low. Remy can also turn a clean room into a disaster in less than ten seconds which is how she gets the name Bam Bam. But boy does this girl have her Dad wrapped around her finger!

I have missed you all and look forward to getting back into the swing of things!  But now, my wine glass is empty and the Real Housewives are calling my name so I'm sure you can infer what that means.


Our Family Getaway - and How It Was Saved

Monday, January 23, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #MoreMomentsWithExcedrin  #CollectiveBias

This past September we finally bit the bullet and decided to take a family trip to wrap up the end of summer.  I have been a little hesitant about going anywhere out of town with my clan because the jump from two to three kids has been hard for me.  The packing and planning is enough to turn my hair gray let alone the fact that Remy hates all the sleep.  But we did it and decided to take a quick overnight trip to Cincinnati, which is about a two hour drive from Indianapolis.  I told Kurtis we could compromise - I'll agree to a family getaway if we will stop at one of my favorite home stores on the way home.  That, my friends, is the best compromise of all.

The day was beautiful and the weather was perfect for an afternoon at the zoo.  For once in our life, we pulled out of the driveway on time and were on track to make great time.  About twenty minutes into the trip, Lola got really quiet and said her stomach hurt.  Moments later we had the car pulled over and we were cleaning up her car seat with baby wipes, crossing our fingers her projectile vomiting was a one time deal.  While I'm pretty sure it was just a case of car sickness, it probably should have been a sign of what was going to come.  Eventually, though, we made it to the Cincinnati Zoo and the kids had a blast.  It really was a great afternoon.

After a lack of naps and an evening of hotel swimming, I was certain everyone would sleep like rocks that night.  Joke is on me.  Remy, my kid who hates sleep, was in no mood to sleep which then kept everyone else up.  So for the sake of my family and their need to sleep, Remy and I spent the wee hours of the night and morning hanging out in the hotel lobby.  While my body is pretty used to not sleeping,  I was toast from the prior day of walking and swimming.  When I finally got Remy to sleep for a couple of hours, I woke up with a headache, which is quite common for me these days.  But I have learned how to manage these headaches to prevent them from ruining my day.  Luckily I stocked up on Excedrin® products on my pre-trip shopping trip at Walmart because I know it can deliver fast relief for different types of headaches.  After being diagnosed with migraines by my doctor (consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines), I always make sure I am prepared with a migraine solution:  Excedrin® Migraine starts to relieve migraine pain in 30 minutes and is #1 Neurologist Recommended (among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2016).  However, for this headache I knew it wasn't a full blown migraine but I also refused to let it get in the way of the rest of our trip!  That morning I needed a headache solution and fast headache relief.  Excedrin® Extra Strength was able to do the trick.  For some, it can start working in just 15 minutes. Just use as directed!  Even though the amount of sleep I got that night was equivalent to the sleep of a good afternoon nap, I was excited to finish up this family getaway and thankful that I trusted Excedrin® for fast headache relief.

One thing I have found to help my headaches too has been the element of heat.  I have made several rice heating pads because they come in handy for so many things.  Normally I will throw one into the diaper bag in case of emergencies and I actually remembered that I had thrown one in there before we left for the trip.  These rice heating pads are so easy to make and are quite handy to have around.

DIY Rice Heating Pad

You Need:
*Bag of Rice
*Long Sock

How to Make A DIY Rice Heating Pad:
1.  Take your rice and fill up your sock.  I usually go about 2/3 full.

2.  Tie a knot at the opening of the sock to close it off.  You could also sew the end but I'm not that handy nor do I have that much time.

3.  Heat your rice heating pad in the microwave for up to 60 seconds.

4.  Use as needed.

I threw my rice pad into the microwave and placed it on my forehead during the car ride.  With the fast relief from the Excedrin® combined from the heat of the heating pad, when we got to the home store I was ready to go!  The girls even decided to nap for the majority of our shopping trip which made the decision making about the things I wanted versus the things I needed a bit easier to focus on.  It really was a fun little family getaway but I have to be honest, I definitely do not have plans for another one until at least Spring Break.

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What are your tricks for fast pain relief from headaches?