Target Is My Self Care

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .
CS Lewis

Until this point, I credit two things with my suburban survival: self care and Target.  Two weeks ago, the two collided beautifully as I got my hair done and bantered with my new stylist.  After opening up to each other about breastfeeding struggles, how we trick our toddlers into eating, and the loss of identity when you’re “just a mom” for the first time, she bashfully posed a question to me.

“Do you ever, like, just go to Target. At night. After the kids are asleep.  And just sort of walk around?”

“Oh man, I thought I was the only one!” I said, mentally noting that this woman was a strong candidate for BFF status.

I didn’t give this exchange much thought until last Thursday when I […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Girl Gab, MOMents, Musings|0 Comments

Working From Home Is Easy. And Other Misconceptions.

Last week, I took M to the office on a work-from-home day.  I needed to grab a few things and check in with a couple of coworkers because I had called in sick the previous day. I set-up M at my desk with our tablet, and I remarkably managed to get some work done.

“It must be so easy to work from home,” My coworker said.  She glanced over my shoulder at my silent, angelic child, who sat at my desk watching Yo Gabba Gabba and pretending to type on an unplugged keyboard.

Words cannot express the 5 million visceral, animalistic gut reactions I had to suppress. I’m pretty sure she thought I gagged. There was some full-body spasm that escaped me – I guarantee it. I was lost somewhere between hysterical laughter and the tears of defeat.  Nothing about working from home is easy.  Nothing.  And obviously my coworker was unaware that this […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Awkward Moments, Family, Girl Gab, Little Ass-Kicker, MOMents|3 Comments

A Plus-Size Disney Princess Is Not What We Need

Brace yourself, I’m going to voice some pretty unpopular opinions here.

I recently read an article praising a teenage girl who has garnered 11,000 signatures for her petition for a plus-size Disney princess.  And I think it’s the wrong approach to teaching little girls about body image.

Before you get hot and bothered about how politically incorrect I may come across, let me explain where I’m coming from.

I was a fat kid – complete with chipmunk cheeks, a bad case of the roly-polies, and a closet full of clothes whose size tags were appended with the word plus. I’ll never forget how I felt when, after several years, I realized that the plus that followed my dress size – which was sometimes bigger than average to begin with – didn’t mean that the clothes were made with something special or were better quality.  Plus  didn’t mean anything about the clothes. Plus meant my size. It […]

By |February 3rd, 2014|Gender Issues, Girl Gab, MOMents|10 Comments

Mama’s Bag of Tricks

Now that I need to get Mackenzie dressed and ready to leave the house as well, I’m looking for ways to save time and money. I’ve found a few great products that are saving me a good bit of time and/or money. There are some of the products that I love…

 

1. Baby Lips – Lip Balm by Maybelline | $3.96 @ Walmart

I wanted to find a light lip moisturizer with a bit of colour to replace chap stick and lipgloss.  Baby Lips has successfully  replaced both.  I like that it applies like a lipstick, since I can put it on one handed. It wears like a gloss without all the stickyiness that can become a nightmare when a baby is grabbing your hair (envision pink smudges all over my face).  I have a tube of Baby Lips in “Grape Vine,” which is a universally flattering colour. It’s quite similar to one of […]

By |October 16th, 2013|Girl Gab, Things That I Love|2 Comments

Suit Up!

This month we’re heading to Florida on vacation.

Florida means sunshine.

And sunshine means hot weather.

And hot weather means it’s time to…

And I don’t mean that I’ll be wearing a pant suit. Less than three months postpartum, I’m going to have to put on  swim wear and I am not looking forward to it.

None hardly any of my pre-pregnancy summer clothes fit. There are a few dresses that still look good and several tanks and tees, but I haven’t toned up the post-baby bump yet, so there is no way that I’m getting into any of my cute mini skirts or shorts. And even if my tummy was toned and taut, my legs look pale and pudgy from sedentary months of a desk job in a church basement while carrying a huge, exhausting baby.  Don’t even get me started on the concept of “bikini,” because that’s entirely too depressing.

On a good day, swim suit […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Girl Gab, MOMents, Uncategorized|3 Comments

You Are What You Read: A Slightly Irritated Rant

Literary appreciation is a large part of my life philosophy. I could wax eloquently about the importance of early literacy and my emotional connection with literature through the years, but I’m pretty sure most of you would only hear something akin to the disembodied voice of the Peanuts’ gang’s school teacher.  I do want to preface tonight’s rant by saying this: I think every book you read becomes a part of you – you carry it with you. So, in many ways, you are what you read.

I plan to be very careful about the reading materials that come in contact with Mackenzie.  I know that what she reads will become a big part of her. I don’t want her to read fluff and nonsense (sorry, Dr. Seuss with all your fantastical made up words).  I don’t want her to pick up subtle biases, a damsel in distress complex, and so […]

By |August 23rd, 2013|Gender Issues, Girl Gab, Little Ass-Kicker|3 Comments