I didn't watch the Emmys on TV this year, but here is a clip of the performance of one of my favorite singers, Josh Groban. I loved it! He sings snippets of TV themes - many that us baby boomers would recognize. My favorites were from The Brady Bunch, Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Love Boat, and finally Carol Burnett - he even pulled his ear! I also loved Cops - "whatcha gonna do"!
Unfortunately, I think I'm old enough to be his mother.
Let me rephrase that - do you know what a spam folder is and do you know how to check it? I used to live in blissful ignorance about my spam. Now I have a pretty aggressive filter and I learn to check it FREQUENTLY. 'Cause a lot of good stuff ends up in there. And I'm just saying - check yours because there might be something from ME in there! For some reason, I must have SPAM instead of SOAP written on my forehead. Wah.
You come home from work, slip off your shoes and drop the mail on the counter. Now what? Settle on the couch? Flip on the news?
Not in my house. I’ve got a daughter clamoring for something to eat, a dog who needs to go out after a long day cooped up and a husband who has just walked in the doors himself. Chances are, I won’t be sitting down for another hour to an hour and a half.
Even with a father figure who does more than his fair share around the house, I’ve got to tell you – like mamas on the move the world over, I’ve got a bit of the “I can do it betters.”
We want help, we really do. But when’s the last time you felt like anyone else did it just as good? A study published a few years ago in the Journal of Marriage and Family confirmed – moms are just as stressed at home as they are at work.
Then there’s the Harvard University study that says we’re, ummmm, stressing out our spouses too.
So what’s a busy girl to do? How about a little retail therapy?
I said a little – I’m not advocating you shop your way out of the doldrums, especially in this economy! But a little mad money shoved aside each paycheck can make our lives that much less maddening. And if less stress for us means less stress for him, let’s just say it’s an investment in your family’s future, shall we?
A few musts for moms who need a little something for themselves – and I promise, at under $40, we can all afford to splurge:
Favorite Letter Dainty necklaces from Homespun City is just the right kind of Mommy jewelry. The hand made, hand stamped charm is just as the name implies – a dainty reminder of your special little someone hanging round your neck all day. Artist Catie Baumer (who says she’s not a mom . . . yet) creates these one-of-a-kind pieces to add a bit of feminine flair that’s not over the top. You pick the initial, and she engraves it. Only you have to know who it’s for – perfect Mommy jewelry for business or pleasure. Moms with little ones who are still grabby beware - these are dainty by name and dainty by nature!
For added stress relief, pick up a Calm Flower Necklace. With prices no higher than $32, this is a store where mamas can buy without breaking the piggybank.
The girls in the office are all salivating over the newest member of Ju-Ju-Be’s bag line, the Be Light. I’ll tell you what they’ll never guess – it’s a diaper bag. Yup, the funky orange and blue flowered bag that alone weighs barely more than my iPod is Ju-Ju-Be’s newest mom bag, but the 19-year-old in the office still wants one. With a 3-year-old, I don’t need to haul her entire nursery everywhere I go, but I still love the extra compartments – not to mention the Teflon coating that will protect my cell phone and iPod when she spills a bottle of juice in the backseat of the car. Even better it’s just $35!
Surf on over to Mamas and Munchkins for the Be Light and check out the rest of mama on the move Teri’s goodies.
Ju-Ju-Be will be giving away a new bag from their line every week this year to moms who need a little bit of love to sling over their shoulder. Check out their Bag a Week Giveaway each week and make a post on the top of the week. You might win – or you might just meet some other cool moms. Their “pink room” is a great place to dish, another good stress reliever for mamas!
Of course the ultimate in stress relief is a long, hot relaxing bath. Hahahaha. Remember those moms? I don’t think I’ve been alone in my bathroom since 2003 BK/D – that’s before kid and dog. On the rare occasion when I sneak in a little soak, I confess I’ve taken to stealing Jillian’s bubbles for my scrub in the tub. Little Twig’s Tangerine Bubble Bath is organic and loaded with Vitamin E and aloe – because it’s supposed to help baby’s skin. But it smells so delish I just can’t resist! I’m not completely selfish – I leave Jilly’s bumblebee bath mitt for buzzing around the bubbles only when she’s in the tub. Although I will say it’s tempting . . . The wallet damage? $16.49 – pricey for a bubble bath, but soooo worth it.
Of course bubble bath only works for the bath, so in the absence of tub time I make do with the Add-a-Tubes from Soapourri. These simple scented soaps are a soothing glycerin, and each one slips into the long-lasting scrub bag so they won’t slip out of your hands and down the drain. The suction hook for the bag ensures this is a Mommy pleasure that can be hung high above the hands of little monkeys who always want to try Mommy’s stuff.
Before you get shopping, how about a few stress relievers of your own? Leave them in comments!
If you are old enough to recognize that quote, raise your hand and tell me where it's from!
Yesterday, I contracted a case of "Hunan Hand". This is actually contact dermatitis from exposure to chili peppers.
I've never experienced anything like it in my life. In the afternoon, I started cutting up vegetables. I started with about 8 or 10 red peppers. Then came onions, garlic, eggplant. Then a bunch of different kinds of chili peppers, which I roasted and then froze. When I started peeling the yellow zucchini, I noticed that my hands were sort of slimy. Hmmm. Then I finished up with some tomatoes.
I spent a lot of time chopping these up. After I was done I noticed that my hands had some kind of weird coating on them. In retrospect, I think maybe that it was dried skin that had started to come off before? Kind of felt like dried glue. So I scrubbed all that off.
A little while later, it felt like there had been a couple of tiny cuts that had gotten salt in them. Oh well, that happens, right?
Well, it got worse and worse. It started out as stabbing pains. Then it turned into intense heat. I spent the hours between 3 and 8 with my hand in a bowl of ice water. After that, I turned to the "internets". Google is my friend.
I tried all their remedies - diluted bleach, oil, vinegar, Ibuprofen, rubbing alcohol. Nothing worked. Until the Neosporin. That stuff was a miracle! It knocked the burning right out. Before that, it felt like my hand was on fire.
Today, I am so grateful - some of the stories that I'd read said that their Hunan Hand lasted 3-6 days!!!