Witches’ Hat Pudding Cups

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We are finally getting into the fall season, and the weather around here is finally beginning to turn.  The other morning I even noticed the smell of fall air when I walked outside to get into my Mommy Van.  Guess what?  That means that it is the perfect season for wonderful fall crafts and recipes!  This week we are beginning to decorate for halloween, and today I want to share a Halloween snack craft that is a perfect way spice up your Hershey’s Ready-to-Eat Pudding Cups and make it extra spooky for halloween!

My Mom Made That: Witches' Hat Pudding Cups #ReadySetSnack

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We Interrupt This Blog Post for… Illness

I have had this vision of life as a mother, particularly a SAHM.  Life running as a well oiled machine.  Daily tasks getting accomplished.  My household checklists getting marked off, day after day.  No big laundry piles.  Trying one new dinner recipe each week, and finding the time to bake weekly.  When I started staying home with the Little Monkey in the fall, I imagined all of these opportunities.  Things that I thought I wouldn’t ever had the time to do as a working mom.  Things that I wanted to have the chance to experience at least once in my life.  Plus, I should have all of this free time, lots of free time, right?  I can complete lots of crafts, write clever blog posts, and even take up a few new ventures and hobbies.  Just so you know—that didn’t happen.  Instead, a lot of life happened.  Now it’s April 1, and I feel like I’ve been steam rolled since Thanksgiving.  Has that ever happened to you?  Thank goodness Spring is here!

My Mom Made This: Blogging and Illness
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It’s Snow Atlanta 2014!

Well, I meant to finish up a project and take lots of pictures yesterday.  It didn’t happen.  Instead, the Greater Atlanta area got our first taste of snow in slightly over three years.  Snow Atlanta 2014 finally arrived!  Now I know that you people above the Mason-Dixon line that are suffering from the Polar Vortex laugh at us, but snow is a big deal around.  For children it causes dances of joy because of a snow day.  For our city, it is an emergency.  Yes, in fact, our governor has declare that Georgia is a state of emergency.  I have friends who spent hours trying to get to their children home from school or drive home from work.  Some of them still aren’t home (for example, check out Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality Facebook page). Some children were stuck at school, spending the night with their teachers instead of their parents.  We Southerners don’t know how to handle this weather, and our lack of experience and adequate equipment has caused lots of problems.

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Hello Angus! Adopting a Bahamian Potcake

In case you missed my pictures on Instagram, we recently adopted another dog. He’s about four and a half months old, and his name is Angus. He came to Atlanta from a Haitian village in the Bahamas, and he’s a “breed” known as Royal Bahamian Potcake. Isn’t he adorable?

My Mom Made That: Welcome Angus Potcake
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In the Great Green Room…

I went to college in Connecticut, and used to take the train into New York City.  It was a nice weekend day trip, and I particularly enjoyed visiting Central Park.  During one visit to Central Park, I remember seeing a mother pushing a stroller with a cute, blond baby, who was probably right around a year old.  She was reciting to him, from memory, Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.  I remember marveling at the fact that she had read the book so many times that she knew the words by heart.  By the time Frog was one year old, I understood why she knew the story by heart.  It is a perfect bedtime book.  If a book could be a lullaby, then Good Night Moon is one.

A Tossed Salad LIfe: Good Night Moon Painting

This time around, I already know the story by heart, and I decided to make it a part of Monkey’s bedtime.  Once his acid reflux got under control, we decided to implement a consistent and rigid bedtime routine.  We also “Ferberized” him.  (Much to the horror of my attachment parenting soul!)  Every night, we follow the same routine: Bathe, get dressed, nursing without falling asleep, and the finally I recite Good Night Moon.  I recite the story as I walk him to his crib, and I place him in the crib during the last lines:

Good night stars.  Good night air.  Good night noises everywhere.

I’m not sure if he associates the story and words with bedtime yet, but eventually he will. I love those last lines of the book. They make me feel snugly and peaceful.

My Mom Made That: Good Night Moon Nursery Painting

A week or so ago, I was rummaging around my office closet and found a nice sized canvas that I bought more than a year ago. There is a blank spot over the double bed in the nursery, so I decided to paint my version of the last two pages of the book.  If you go back and read the book, you’ll see that the last lines of the book are in black and white, but otherwise, you’ll see stars, rolling hills and a night’s sky.  I figured I could make a nice primitive rendition of the book for Monkey’s room.  I used paint that I already had in house, some of it was Martha Stewart pearl finished craft acrylic paint.  I also used some Lumiere paint.  I sketched out an idea of house the layout should look, and then just spend a couple of hours painting.  Like the book it was very relaxing.  Granted, it’s not museum-worthy, but it’s a nice personalized piece of art from me to my little Monkey!

By the way, if you are looking for some other great books to read to your little one, Eva, over at Tales of the Scotts, has some excellent suggestions.  Just look up the “Read with Me Category.”

What are your favorite bedtime stories for your little ones?

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