M O O D

This song is a great representation of how I’ve been feeling about people and things lately 

Here – Alessia Cara

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5 Tips for Eating Out With your Toddler

Let’s face it.

It is near impossible to go out and have a meal with your young kids.

Your meal may start off really well but can turn into a serious disaster very quickly.
In order to avoid public humiliation and catastrophe, I have compiled a list of things to do when eating out with your little hooligans.

Choose a Family Friendly Restaurant

If there is a sign on the door that says NO STROLLERS, this is a good indication that you should be turning around and walking in the other direction.

This is mostly so that you can maintain your sanity while attempting to shovel down your meal while wiping your kiddoes face.

These establishments are made for people that want to avoid other people’s children and even their own for that time.

The last thing you want is to dine here and be mortified the whole time through your meal because your kiddo just flung a drink at the uppity couple next to you.

Choose an Unpopular Time

Think really early breakfast, late lunch or early dinner.

These are the least popular times for people to dine.

This means that there are less people to give you stink eye as your toddler throws her food in your face while laughing hysterically.

The server is also able to pay more attention to your constant requests for water and napkins for the spills and thrills of dining with your toddler.

Back Corner Please

It is crucial that you choose your seating location accordingly.

Make it the least popular spot in the restaurant.

This way if the place fills up at this irregular dining hour, you are still far away enough from people to be able to avoid their frowns and sighs.

Trust me, you’ll thank me for this one day and so will your kids.

This ensures that you can enjoy your meal with your little’s, even if your favorite jeans are now stained with tomato sauce love prints.

*Love prints are your kids dirty handprints because they LOVE to love you when they are all messy and stuff.

First Things First

Order your kids’ food.

Do this before you even contemplate what drink you are having.

While your kids go to town on their meals you can spend some time not worrying about any huge meltdowns.

If you are there with a friend you can spend a bit of time chatting about something that is unrelated to your children for once, or not.

Make sure to get in a couple of quality bites of your food as this precious silence is very short lived and you will be handling a disaster in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Bring Back Up

Bring clothes, entertainment and water bottles.

You will need it.

The clothes will come in handy for you and the kiddies, especially if you have somewhere else to go after you eat.

Entertainment is GREAT if you are looking to get a few peaceful moments to yourself.

Download one of their favorite shows or movies on your phone and you are golden.

*Make sure that phone is CHARGED at all times!

Whether it be a sippy cup or a plain old water bottle, you never want to be that mom that picks it up from the dirty floor and hands it to her child.

Just bring provisions and you will never have to experience the looks of disgust from that “perfect mom” in the next booth.

These tricks will help to ensure that you get to eat out with your kids without having to experience any major panic attacks.

Sharing is Caring

Every time Nate leaves the house Benny goes right after his favorite toys.

These are Nate’s prized possessions and he isn’t very keen on sharing them.

It’s a huge battle in this house as we are teaching our children to share.

This becomes difficult as reasoning with a three year old about sharing his toys is a huge challenge for us.

Instead of fighting with Nate all the time I just let Benny have his own secret time with Nate’s coveted Spider-Man collection while he’s out for the day.

You know what they say “When the cat is away the mice will play”. 🐱🐭 

A Chicken Puppet Show

This picture makes me happy on a day like today.It reminds me of a time when happiness was a stick of gum and a chocolate milk.

All it takes to make these kids happy is chicken puppet show.

A CHICKEN PUPPET SHOW!

Their enthusiasm and imagination is such a glorious thing to witness.

I can’t remember how it feels to be content with life’s little things anymore.

It maybe because I am tired or just too “grown up”.

I think that’s why having children is such a wonderful thing.

They remind you what “don’t sweat the small stuff” really means.

They make you look at that pack of Juicy Fruit in a new and beautiful light.

They make you get up off your butt and dance to that chicken puppet show with them.

But that’s a whole other picture for a another time. 🐔 

About My First Born

I take advantage of my days alone with him.It’s probably not easy for him to have to fend for himself at times when I’m busy with Benny.

He doesn’t make a fuss but he’s the strong and silent type when it comes to showing his true feelings.

I know that he feels neglected at times when I am carrying Benny in my arms as he holds my hand.

Sometimes he refuses to move until I pick him up in my other arm, which leads to a fight, one hundred percent of the time.

He’s my first born and I look at him like he is such a big boy but in reality he’s still a baby at times and I need to remember that.

So on days like this I carry him if it pleases him.

It helps to remind the both of us that he will always be my baby. ♥️♥️♥️ 

A Mothers Tale

He’s in his pajamas at a restaurant.Let’s face it, I wish I was in my pajamas but I am driven by social acceptance at times.

He’s yet to understand social cues and niceties.

This works well for me on a morning like this.

A morning where I feel slightly defeated by my exhaustion.

A morning I wish would turn to night so I can watch Game of Thrones and go to sleep.

A morning where just ONE coffee won’t do.

Today won’t be an organized day.

I will most likely burn dinner and forget to return an important phone call.

On a morning like this I work extra hard on keeping a huge smile on my face so that my boys don’t feel an ounce of my personal defeat.

By tomorrow morning he’ll be dressed in fresh clothes as I sip on my one coffee.

That thought makes me feel okay about today.

It is the cloudy days that make me appreciate the sun.