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Valentine’s Day After Having Kids

Valentine's day after having kids

 

Valentine’s Day with my husband used to be fun.

Valentine's Day with kids

We used to live in a big city, and we would always go to our favorite seafood restaurant.  (Though, we were never overly romantic, getting messy with crab legs was romantic enough for us.) We would fill our bellies with delicious crab legs and giant mixed drinks that make it hard to walk once you’ve finished. Afterward, my husband would usually surprise me with a new piece of jewelry, and we would go wherever the night took us.

Now we live in a tiny town where no one offers decent crab legs. We also have two children. For some reason now we act about 15 years older than we really are. I’m not kidding.

We watch Family Feud every night. My husband and I go on a date maybe once every two or three months. Yes, I know, wife of the year award should go to me. It’s so hard to find the time or energy to go anywhere together.

Needless to say, the last several Valentine’s days have been uneventful. We made our own tradition of having crab legs at home. (My husband is an amazing seafood cook, thank the good Lord.)

I haven’t been able to have a drink with liquor in it in over three years, and if I had one now I’d probably just end up pregnant again. So I usually get a nice water bottle, or if I’m feeling crazy a cup of lemonade.

We top the night off with watching cartoons in bed, me sneaking chocolate, and wondering where my newest diamond is? Just kidding, sort of.

Although, I may long for the days of sipping ice-cold blended alcohol while taking pictures to show off my newest diamond earrings, having Valentine’s dinner at home with my kids is kind of fun. It’s our new tradition. It may not be romantic at all.  We may not get any alone time,  but it’s fun. It’s ours.

Let’s be real, as long as my husband brings me chocolate I don’t really care what we do for Valentine’s day. I am a chocoholic and I could sit on the sofa shoving my face full of delicious boxed chocolates watching Family Feud all night.

You know what, that is exactly what I want to do after our “romantic” Valentine’s dinner. Just leave me alone with chocolate and Steve Harvey and I’ll be the happiest woman in the world.

Other at-home romantic V-day ideas could include:

Bubble bath and Prosecco (A cheap bottle of course.)
At home massage (After the kids fall asleep if you want it to count.)
Movie and a foot rub. Keep it simple.
An uninterrupted poop and shower.
Send the kids to Grandmas house.

Update 2019

Now that the kids are no longer babies. I finally have my boobs all to myself. The plan is still the same. I still celebrate with Steve Harvey. But, now I can finish a bottle of wine with my chocolates.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What do you do for Valentine’s day? Go on a romantic date? Involve your kids? Let me know in the comments!

Valentine's day with kids

Check out the newest post about the struggles of being a millennial mom here!

 

January 8, 2019

The Struggles Of Being A Millennial Mom

Millennial mom

I’m a millennial mom and I don’t need your judgment.

The stigma around millennials is ridiculous and honestly a bit annoying. We are looked down on because of the years we were born in.

Our generation tends to have different values than our elders. Times are different and according to baby boomers and beyond we are doing it wrong.

The judgment never seems to end especially for millennial moms.

We are helicopter moms and we are too hands off. We baby our kids and then we spoil them too much. It’s obviously a no-win situation for millennial moms.

So, the only way we can actually move forward trying to be good moms is just that. Move forward and tune out the constant judgment.

Life for moms my age is different. When I was a kid my mom let us play outside unsupervised from sun up until the street lights came on. Of course, I would love those things for my kids.

But the truth is I can’t allow that to happen. Did my mom have to worry about the amount of human trafficking? I can’t let my kids out of my site because I have to live in constant fear of them being taken.

Millennial moms also have to deal with the internet. A place where we get 1000 different opinions on one parenting subject. Then we are constantly shamed by internet warriors. No matter what we choose we are always wrong.

Moms my age are choosing to have kids later in life. They are doing it alone on purpose. They are career women and stay-at-home moms. We even put ourselves first sometimes.  

Moms before us likely had the same judgment but they didn’t have social media. Unless another mom had the guts to give her unwanted opinion face to face it was likely unheard unless through gossip. I’m sure that was annoying but it can’t compare to the every single day judgment.

As a millennial, parenting is just different. I would say I am sorry for not pleasing everyone with my parenting styles, but, I’m not. Another millennial quality I have is not caring. Which I am judged for. Do you see the endless cycle?

So, all in all, yes I am a millennial mom and frankly, I don’t need your judgment.

December 12, 2018

How To Make Fake Snow At Home

Fake Snow Snowman

This winter we haven’t received much snow. Which is such a bummer for the kids because we love to play in the snow. The last time it snowed we stayed outside as long as we could. We made snowmen and had a pretty epic snowball fight.

How to make fake snow at home. Winter crafts for toddlers. Easy DIY 2 ingredient fake snow.

 

We may make a profit from the items in this post!

Coming inside to warm up with hot cocoa by the fireplace was definitely a hit too.

We are dreaming of a white Christmas but if it doesn’t come we will do it ourselves!

This recipe was SUPER easy to make. We got the idea from my sons preschool teacher and it didn’t let us down. (Thank you, Ms. Patty!)

Some things to know before you start

It gets messy. I decided to put a cheap tablecloth on our kitchen table with a large tray.

My 2-year-old had a hard time keeping the fake snow on the table so there was quite a bit to clean up afterward. Clean up was easy breezy though! (I promise!)

I swept the excess off the kitchen floor then ran over it with a mop. For the mess left on the kitchen table, I saved what I could then shook the tablecloth outside. After that, I just wiped it down with a wet rag and I was done.

What You Will Need

  • Shaving Cream (I used sensitive unscented)
  • 1 lb Baking Soda
  • 2-3 Drops of Essential Oil (Optional)
  • Glitter (Optional)

Fake Snow Ingredients

 

How to Make Fake Snow

My kids were able to make the snow completely on their own. This is a good project to let them have some independence.

  1. Pour the entire box of baking soda onto your tray or in a bowl.
  2. Add about 2 cups of shaving cream to start with. (We gradually added more to get the perfect snowy texture.)
  3. Add your essential oil drops or glitter if you are using it.
  4. Mix the ingredients together with your hands. Have your kids work with it like they are working with dough.
  5. Start Playing!

Fake Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we got the perfect snowy texture my son noticed that the snow felt cold. He was SO excited that it resembled real snow.

My 4 year old built “snowy mountains” and a snowman. While my 2-year-old liked to explore the sensory side of this. She would make it snow, massage the snow, and rub it in her hands. She got the full sensory experience.

Fake Snow Snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My kids were content playing like this for about 30 minutes. After that my younger one decided it was fun to make a mess with her fake snow.

We are still hoping for some real snow but if we don’t get any at least we have this as a backup!

Fake Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What NOT To Do When You Are Pregnant

Pregnancy

The Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Story… Ever!

Update November 2018. First, I can’t believe how many women shared their horrific pregnancy horror stories with me. I am beyond happy to know I am not the only one!

Pregnancy does the oddest stuff to our bodies. We are aware we will become large and sore. We are not aware that we will become leaky shitting machines.

So to all of the moms who have pregnancy horror stories please tell us in the comments or head over to this Facebook post and tell us here!

*Disclaimer, you may laugh your ass off or violently gag while reading this story.*

The most embarrassing pregnancy story ever.

The Day I Shat Myself While Pregnant

I was about 25 weeks pregnant when one of the most embarrassing things EVER happened to me.  I was on a road trip with my mom and my son who was one at the time. We were out of town to soak up some sun and visit family. After a few days, we finally decided to head back home.

We stuck with tradition and ate at our favorite restaurant. My mom and I consider ourselves to be chicken wing connoisseurs. The spicier the wing, the better.  If it doesn’t make your throat bleed then we are not interested.Continue reading

7 Items Every Hot Mess Mom Needs

What is a hot mess mom?

A hot mess mom is a mother who drinks enough coffee to give an elephant a stroke. She always has a box of wine ready to go when the kids fall asleep.

Hot mess moms embrace the messy bun and dry shampoo. She’s always running late so she probably didn’t shower this morning. Her clothes are probably covered in boogers and food. Who knows the last time she did laundry.Continue reading

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