The pediatrician tells me it’s a good thing if Big C tests his boundaries with me. It means he’s the most comfortable with me. If, in fact, it’s true that it’s a good thing for Big C to misbehave with me, he must be the most comfortable child to ever have taken a breath of human existence.
Just as the properties in PV=nRT are interrelated, so too are the properties in the Stay At Home Mom equation, EE=SETS. Simply: Evening Energy is equal to the product of Sleep, Exercise, Time and Socialization. When one is changed, the others will change in kind.
Note: EE has an inverse relationship with TT (Toddler Tantrums), FP (Food Preparation), DQBS (Drama Queen BS) and HW (Hand Washing dishes or laundry).
The most valuable commodity to a SAHM whose husband works elsewhere during the day is EE.
Store bought soap was drying my hands out so I made my own liquid hand soap. I followed the recipe but for some reason mine morphed into a large white congealed blob. It won’t let you cleanly take some of it’s goopy mass without hanging on. It’s stringy. This is an annoying but acceptable attribute for me because my hands were actually starting to crack and bleed.
I finally got Carnival into the bathroom to wash his hands before lunch. I helped him rinse them then I squirted some homemade soap on his hands. When he pulled them back to rub he felt the soap… fighting back. He Shrieked “Fuzzy in mouth!” (default for “get this the hell off of me!”) and held his hands against his shirt. He wouldn’t let me rinse them. I told him he would see magic as the water would make the fuzzy disappear. He shrieked, “No magic! No magic!”
I eventually had to pick up the whole Carnival to get the hands rinsed off.
I’ve nicknamed my oldest son “Carnival.” Just as no two trips to the carnival are the same, no two days with Carnival, or Big C, are the same. He’s entertaining at home and on the road. Whenever he learns something new, he always tries to take it to the next level… immediately. I taught him how to pull up his pants. The next time he wanted Nice Soft Doggie (that’s the stuffed dog’s name) to help him pull up his pants. I taught him to walk down the stairs holding the railing. The next time he wanted to walk down sideways.
My younger son is only months old but fiery and hands on enough for us to know he could wrangle in a bull. Logically… Cowboy.
Every minute of every day counts.
I wrote a poem for my niece for her baptism. In the poem, I tell her my ideals for living to a high standard. The beautiful thing about writing this down for a child, is that now I must strive for it myself.
“She completes you.” ~Sid the sloth to Manny the mammoth.
And how I’ve missed you, World of Words. One baby asleep on my lap, another in his bed. Finally a solid 7 hrs sleep last night! Like a business exec manages her day, I’ve concluded so must I. Yes, reticent to do so as I hate schedules but my family needs it. Now they’re napping like the angels they are. And I’m not stressing dinner cause I planned out 2 weeks worth in Paprika. A required app for foodies ; )
“An artist does art… even when no one is watching.”
– Ernie’s artist friend
I see a lot of advertisements asking to help fund breast cancer research. It’s true no one has the cure, but we know some basic ways to reduce our risks. Let’s start with what we put on our skin since it’s an organ that absorbs. We don’t know exactly which ingredients “cause” cancer. So… let’s make some body care products that we’re pretty sure don’t. If you’re like me, you have to check lots of websites before you believe it’s a good idea to wash your face with oil. Go ahead, find other sites detailing the why, then come on back for the how. This works well for normal/combination mature skin:
1/4 cup avocado oil
2 tsps clover honey
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Whisk together honey & vinegar first, then slowly whisk in oil.
Rinse your face with warm water, shake this stuff up then rub on using gentle upward strokes. To remove, douse a washcloth in very warm water then hold to face for a few seconds before rinsing with washcloth using gentle upward strokes. I would do this before washing your hair to make sure any residual face cleanser that gets ito your hair is removed. This fits a 3 ounce container.