Category: Social Butterfly Mom

Coronavirus won't ruin my birthday

Coronavirus won't ruin my birthday
If you have a birthday coming up, I hope that you can still find ways to make it fun. Here are 12 ways that I'm celebrating this year:...

My COVID Coping Plan

My COVID Coping Plan
"Coping" sounds a little dramatic to me, because I have it better than most. I'm used to my kids being at home, and my husband will now join us- AND keep earning a salary. We live in a house with a yard, so we can escape each other. No one is on any medications or has allergies. We're not in the stage in our lives where we'll be missing out on high school or college memories, weddings, or big travel. I feel very grateful. But, I'm me, so I also feel much more sane and safe with a PLAN. God bless the moms and teachers out there who are creating and sharing content for our kids. We will all adapt and overcome with this e-learning in place. There are so many good ideas out there, so this post will contain a structure for implementation, plus a few creative ways to connect with people without physically being around them. Weekday Schedule (explanations at bottom; outside time based on hourly weather)...

Some days are better than others

Some days are better than others
My husband and I have come to the realization that some days are better than others. We used to get caught up on the bad days, feeling paralyzed in our negativity. And then, when the good days came, we'd feel a weight lift, like everything would always be okay. Inevitably, though, we'd have another bad day, and get down on ourselves...
These kids fight constantly. They're going to be the adult siblings that never speak to each other. Wow- I can't believe how well they're building that Lego tower together. They're definitely going to vacation together when they're older! We're having the same argument again. Are we just always going to resent each other? Oh my gosh- he's making me laugh so hard. Maybe we can get the pre-kids "us" back! This baby is never going to sleep through the night... Huh- the baby hasn't woken in the night in forever. This is amazing!
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This mama has a hobby, and you should, too

This mama has a hobby, and you should, too
My husband would argue that I have too many hobbies, but performing with The Chicago Red Line is the main one. I am beyond grateful that over the course of 11 years, three kids, two moves, and a career change, he has supported me, even when it was NOT easy. Here are 11 ways in which performing with my friends "fills my mommy water bottle:"...

Five summer #momfails

Five summer #momfails
Well, the longest summer ever is drawing to a close (three days to go)! Here's a recap of five summer #momfails, and what I can improve on next summer...

My game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever.

My game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever.
This year, our summer is 3+ months long: end of May until early September. Part of me loves that; part of me is mama deer in headlights. Here is my game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever. ...
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Nine twists on fall traditions

Nine twists on fall traditions
  1. Collect leaves --> Go on a fall scavenger hunt: Take leaf collecting a step further and print out (or create) your own fall scavenger hunt. Kids can arrange their treasures on a large sheet of paper for parents to adhere with a hot glue gun. Pro tip: do this after the cherubs are in bed so you don't burn yourself. #beentheredonethat
2. Pick apples/pumpkins --> Do some apple/pumpkin baking: We all visit the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, and I bet we all bake something with our fall fruit loot. My kids LOVE using the "apple snake" (apple peeler, corer, slicer) that you can buy for $13. And since I don't need loaves of pumpkin bread tempting me, we bake using this pan ($13) and then give individual mini loaves to family and friends. 3. Chug apple cider --> Sip a fall steamer: Don't get me wrong. I appreciate a good mug of apple cider, but it's so much sugar, and my kids and I slurp it down so quickly. Buy a few bottles of Torani syrups with flavors such as Pumpkin Pie and Butterscotch. Steam some milk and add a tablespoon or two for a fall steamer. Add coffee for an autumn latte. 4. Go out for the game --> Create a DIY sports bar: It's fun to take the family out to a restaurant for the Bears game. Wait...what am I saying? No it's not! Avoid the meltdowns and overpriced appetizers by purchasing some frozen snacks at Costco. Throw them in the oven, set up a plastic table cloth near the couch (or ON it, if your kids are like mine), turn on the t.v., and open a beer that you didn't just pay $7 for...

Six ways that ice cream saved our summer

Six ways that ice cream saved our summer
We had our third baby boy in February, but I was determined NOT to be home bound this June, July, and August. In late May, we kicked off our Gosser Family Ice Cream Adventure. Here are six ways that ice cream saved our summer:  ...

What a cop and father of two says you should do if you witness a sexual assault

What a cop and father of two says you should do if you witness a sexual assault
Last week, I added my "Me too" to all the others going around social media. One of my friends responded with this: "Most people don't do anything when forced to react to a tough/awkward/scary situation... Most men know that saying something about a butt slap will accomplish nothing productive, and then put them in a confrontational situation with someone that is probably drunk and/or has low (or no) need to conform to polite society." That got me thinking: what should people do if they witness a sexual assault?  I contacted my friend, Tim, a police offer and father of two, and asked him for an interview. Tim would like to remind readers that this is not 100% guaranteed legal advice that will always keep you out of trouble and protect your physical safety. This is a hugely broad topic with many variables...
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I like the Cook County beverage tax, and here's why

I like the Cook County beverage tax, and here's why
Illinois is in debt and we need money. Sure: you didn't get us into this fiscal mess, and you like your fizzy drinks. Sure: you didn't get us into this mess, and you drink Coke instead of coffee. Sure: you didn't get us into this, and you consume diet beverages with zero sugar! If your argument is that it's unfair for the government to tax something you like, then I guess you're right. I just wish there was another way... Oh, wait...It's not a required tax. Amazingly, there's a way to avoid these products: Stop. Buying. Them. (Gasp!) Like fizzy? Get a soda stream. Need caffeine? Switch to tea or coffee. Love diet beverages? There are still ones out there sans tax (just sampled some fizzy flavored coconut water at Costco, and that was a huge selling point). This leads me to point #3. These beverages are not necessities. We are fortunate to live in a country where we have clean running tap water (in most areas). Even if you partake in fizzy, caffeinated, diet beverages, they are full of fake crap, and THEY ARE NOT HEALTHY. Are they fun? Yes. Satisfying? Of course. Delicious? You bet. But they're not good for us, and we don't NEED them. They are a splurge, and should be treated as such...