First, I want to say thank you to all of you who reached out to me in response to my Day in the Working Mama Life post! You certainly made me feel like I have my stuff together when truthfully I oftentimes feel like a huge mess, succeeding in one area only to fail in another. So thank you for all your kind words!
And to the stay at home mamas who sent me kudos on “doing it all”…HA! I have something to say to you (which I have already told many of you offline)…
Dear Mamas, I don’t know how YOU do it. No, seriously. You operate on the same amount of sleep that I do but without child-free coffee runs throughout the day. Your clients require 24 hour assistance with sippy cup refills, potty escorts and so much more. Throughout the day I work on projects with deadlines and you work on a toddler schedule. While I run from conference calls to meetings, you are busy running from play dates to play grounds to keep your kiddos engaged and happy. You don’t get paid time off or sick days. And while you don’t miss any of your baby’s “firsts,” you also don’t miss a diaper change, a feeding or a tantrum. You pick up endless messes, your home is loud all day and your “breaks” are for eating or showering. So while our days may look different, you are the true hero and I admire you so!
one. Pampers Points! We recently redeemed TWO YEARS of Pampers Points for a tricycle for Caroline! If you are a Pampers user you should absolutely be submitting your points! Like many of you we spend a fortune each month on diapers and wipes. So with two kids in diapers it is easy to rack up the points. We cashed in 6,500 points for the tricycle and gave it to Caroline for her birthday. And she loves it. If you also have 2+ kids in diapers (or even 1 kid) you may be thinking “I don’t have time to cut codes off packaging, log-in to the Pampers website to submit a code for 30 points!” I agree with ya, mama! I rip the codes off the packages as we go through them and store them in a little pile. When I have 2 free minutes I use my Pampers app to scan them all in at once. Done. And now we have a free tricycle for the kids to fight over.
two. Austin’s Dig-it 2nd Birthday Party! Last weekend Caroline celebrated her best friend from school 2nd birthday. Upon arrival each kiddo received a shovel to dig in mini pools filled with sand and bugs and insects! They also received canvas aprons to collect their bugs in. I’ve never seen Caroline so excited about a scorpion, centipede, spider, etc. We will totally be adding some bugs and insects to our sand boxes for Thomas’ birthday party. Such a cute party theme!
three. Matt and I cut carbs recently so we’ve been eating a LOT of meat, which means I’ve been frying lots of bacon. I love using the tip of running your bacon under water before cooking to reduce shrinking and I’ve totally seen a difference! And it seems to cook better!
four. Last week we attended Food Truck Friday with 8 other families. It was SO HOT, maybe too hot, but all of the kids had a great time running around, eating grilled cheese and chips. And they collapsed into bed without a fight.
five. I’ve loved hearing from many of you that you purchased Couples Table Topics for your next date night!! I also wanted to let you know that Table Topics comes in lots of other sets too – Girls Night Out, Family, Grandparents, Teen, Cocktail, Therapy, Road Trip, Dinner Party and more!!! There’s really an edition for every occasion and these make for fun gifts too!
Happy weekend friends!
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