Late post

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted yet this week. We just got into our new house and I’ve been busy unpacking and trying to create a routine for the kids. I will post as soon as I can. Thanks for understanding. — Maria

It’s un-corny

cornI hate being a food-allergy family. We resisted for so long, but we can’t resist anymore. My daughter is allergic to artificial colors. They make her crazy and self-destructive (See Dethroning the Drama Queen). And I just discovered that I’m allergic to corn. It was a huge contributor to my migraines. (See A Hill of Beans)

So now, like so many moms, when I go to the grocery store, I read every single label on every single product I buy. Or don’t buy. The other day I went shopping and I told my husband I’d be fairly quick. I only had seven items on my list. I was wrong. With the new regime, I had to read every single label, and reject product after product. It took me an hour and a half to buy those seven items. read more

Who doesn’t love a playdate?

SCREAMING_cropWho doesn’t love a playdate? I do. The kids are occupied, and if I keep my finger on remote’s trigger, I can watch “Orange is the New Black” until they come bounding in. Ahh, mom time. Sometimes.

We have a little trouble with playdates. We are slowly, painfully, teaching my five-and-a-half-year-old daughter to be a good hostess. She will, for reasons only she knows, abandon her friend during a playdate and go sit in her room. Sometimes she will sulk over some perceived injustice. Sometimes the friend didn’t want to go to her room. Most of the time, she doesn’t even invite her friend.

Last weekend, my daughter had a new friend over. She met her at the bus stop on the first day of school. I’m very excited about this friend because she lives in the neighborhood and has time available for playdates. We have some scheduling and personality conflicts with the other neighborhood kids. read more

Product Review: Kidecals

From time to time I get the opportunity to review products to introduce to you. It’s one of the perks I get as author of this blog. Back-to-school’s in full swing, so here’s my latest: 


Kidecals are personalized labels for anything from clothes to backpacks to lunch containers. They’re dishwasher-proof, washer-proof and dryer proof. I got them personalized with my daughter’s name. She’s five and I searched for the right design by age – you can also shop by product, style, use and gender. My daughter LOVED them. She stuck them on all the school supplies I’d bought for her, including her kid scissors. I got the mini set and the package came with 66 colorful labels for $21.

I thought the price point was a little high but there was no shipping charge, the labels were good quality, indestructible and there were so many. What I would like to see from the company is maybe some smaller packages at lower price points so that parents can order labels for multiple kids without breaking the bank. I’d love to see a combo pack where parents could choose different styles with different names. I have a girl and a boy and it would be great to be able to order for both at once. That’s my suggestion. That said, I think that Kidecals are a great product and if you’d like to try them, please visit Right now Kidecals is donating proceeds from certain sales to help victims of the Colorado floods. Yaay Kidecals!

What I did over summer vacation

imagebot (2)Thank God that’s over. A week on a ship in Alaska with two kids. Ugh. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. It was supposed to be a fun and relaxing vacation for all of us.

Before I go forth, I know I sound whiny. I should be grateful that we could take a vacation at all, when so many people are struggling just to get by. I was grateful. I am grateful that we could pay for a vacation. We hadn’t had one in three years. I’d lost my job and funds were tight, until my dad died and left us money, and believe me, I did pay for that (Just search “Dad”). We’d visited family a few times, on their dime, but it had been a long time since we’d gone on a real vacation, where you stay in a hotel, or, in our case, a boat.  We paid good money for this vacation and we expected it to be worth the expenditure. And this wasn’t our first rodeo. We’d cruised several times before and thought we knew what to expect. What could be better? A floating resort with free babysitting, starting and ending in Seattle so no flights with the kids! Woohoo!

It sounded like just what we needed. We chose Royal Caribbean this time, since Carnival (our usual cruise company) was having so many problems. We booked our tickets and eagerly anticipated the trip. read more