Posts in category "Social Butterfly Mom"

6 reasons to visit the nature center and NOT the zoo

6 reasons to visit the nature center and NOT the zoo
It's official. I hate the zoo. I'm basing my dislike for zoos on the Milwaukee Zoo, Brookfield Zoo, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Of all of these, Lincoln Park was the best, because you could easily escape leave and go do something else nearby. Nature and/or wildlife centers, on the other hand, I've grown to love. Here are 6 reasons to visit the nature center and NOT the zoo:...

What do I DO with these kids all summer?! Here's your answer.

What do I DO with these kids all summer?! Here's your answer.
What do I DO with these kids all summer?! Here's your answer: Plan, plan, plan.  Here are six ways to keep you and yours from going crazy:...

I ate salad every day for a month, and here's what I realized

I ate salad every day for a month, and here's what I realized
A month ago, my doctor told me that I was obese. While I mostly scoffed at his words, I did take some action. Salad. For lunch. EVERY DAY. Here are 5 things that I realized after eating salad for a month:...
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Six ways I've become more time efficient

Six ways I've become more time efficient
In the interest of this post's topic, let's cut right to it. While reviewing my six bullet points below, I realized that I was losing most of my time 1) on my phone AND 2) in the kitchen. Here are six ways I've become more time efficient......

Nine things to do when you're "overdue" with baby

Nine things to do when you're "overdue" with baby
I was due with baby #2 on October 8th. Here is my favorite thing about being "overdue" with baby: Stranger: When are you due? Me: Nine days...ago. I get a kick out of seeing the incredulous looks from people (when really, only about 5% of women give birth on their due date). Here are nine things to do when you're "overdue" with baby. "Overdue" is in quotes because, well, #1...

"Breaking Bad" got me pregnant

"Breaking Bad" got me pregnant
"Breaking Bad" got me pregnant. More or less. At the start of 2014, my husband and I had been struggling to get pregnant for 16 months. It was the darkest place I had ever been in, with him and personally. I was not kind to myself. I didn't give myself any breaks. If ever I napped during my son's nap time, I laid a guilt trip on myself for the next 24 hours. "Maybe, if you were pregnant, you'd be justified in napping. You're not up in the night with a newborn. The husband isn't napping on the job, so why are you?" In my opinion, watching T.V. was a waste of time and would be an indulgence that I hadn't earned. My friends questioned my lack of loyalty to ANY show. "There is so much good T.V. out there! How do you not have at least ONE show that you watch?"  Maybe it was their relentless asking, perhaps this article by my friend Jessica about the merits of good T.V., or mayhaps the frigid polar vortex. Something clicked, and I told my husband that we were going to have a show that we watched together...
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Everyone else: Please stop telling pregnant women that they're eating for two

Everyone else: Please stop telling pregnant women that they're eating for two
Seriously. Just stop. No human should ever be eating for two, even if she has twins (or more) in there. I probably need all my fingers and toes to count the number of times people say to me that I can eat for two. But that's an ill informed lie. In the end, only the pregnant lady will choose what to put in her body, so we can't toootally blame others for misguided information. Nevertheless, here's why it hurts mom when people claim that she can eat for two: ...

Five things you should NEVER say to someone trying to have kids

Five things you should NEVER say to someone trying to have kids
After a year and a half of trying to get pregnant, we are expecting Baby Boy #2 in October. I basically coughed and got pregnant with #1, so it was a stressful/depressing/humbling and then, finally, ecstatic experience this time around. Whether you're trying for your first or fourth, infertility is rough. It's the most difficult thing that I've ever dealt with personally, and our most trying time as a couple. Here are five things that you should never say to someone trying to have kids:...

Sorry, moms, but I don't believe in push presents

Sorry, moms, but I don't believe in push presents
I don't believe in push presents. There is a time and a place for jewelry sentimental gifts, and lying in a puddle of your own afterbirth filth and ultra chic hospital gown is not one of them. Yeah, that may sound graphic, but I didn't coin this phrase. If it truly is a "push" present, it should be given in the minutes after pushing a baby out of your hoo-ha which, for several reasons, seems wildly inappropriate. Four reasons why I don't believe in push presents: ...
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I meditated every day for a month, and here's what happened

I meditated every day for a month, and here's what happened
If you're an avid "meditator," this post is not for you. It's for people who hate the thought of meditating, and who probably aren't that good at it. Aka, moi. After conversations with several friends who praised meditation, I decided that it would be my goal, in the month of July, to meditate every day. Here are a few things I knew before I started:
  • I knew I wouldn't do it in the morning, so I decided on 1:15 p.m. (after my kid went down for nap).
  • I knew I had to start small and work my way up, so I meditated for two minutes the first week, then five, then seven, then ten. 
  • I knew I was going to suck at it at first, so I told myself that it was okay when my mind wandered, as long as I brought it back to my breathing.
Here's what happened after meditating every day for a month:...