Mommy Blogger Winter TAG

Mommy Blogger Winter TAG

Today I thought I would have a little fun by starting a mommy blogging tag. I thought it would be a great way for my followers to get to know me a little better, get to know some other awesome mommy bloggers, and invite others to participate. So let’s begin!

1. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? 

I am definitely a tea drinker. I have tried coffee so many times and I honestly think it tastes like mud.  I’ve had lattes, cappuccinos; vanilla flavoring, pumpkin flavoring, peppermint flavoring, and I just don’t like it. I really only just started liking tea a few years ago and now I have become a bit of a tea snob. I must have at least a dozen boxes of assorted tea flavors in my cupboard as well as a big can from Teavanna. I prefer fruity flavors although at the moment my favorite is Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride by Celestial Seasonings. I actually went to Target to stock up on it since it is a limited holiday edition.

2. Favorite thing about winter? 

I love a snow day, and not just because as a teacher I get to stay home, but because the boys and I stay in our jammies all day, build a fire in the fire place, and just stay warm and cozy reading or watching movies or a Netflix marathon. It is hard for me to watch shows when they air so it is quite normal for me to suddenly have six or seven episodes on the DVR and then spend an entire day watching them.

I also love to watch the boys go sledding. We have a fairly decent ravine in our back yard so the boys will bundle up, grab their sleds and play for an hour. Then they come in for hot chocolate and thaw out.

3. Favorite winter candle scent?

I pretty much have two candle scents that I burn, Yankee Candle Macintosh Apple or Vanilla Cupcake. It’s really nice to burn both at the same time. It makes the house smell like apple muffins.

4. What are your top 3 winter essentials?

My first one is my new Touch Gloves that I got at Costco. No more taking off my glove to use my iPhone outside. Second would be scarves. I love scarves and own way too many of them yet requested even more for Christmas. Honestly though, scarves are the best thing to have when you are just wearing a plain t-shirt and need to add a bit of color or style, and as lots of moms know, they are really good at hiding the spot your child got on the front of your shirt. Last, would be shea butter.  The Body Shoppe makes the most wonderful body butters. My hands get so dry in the winter as do the heels on my feet. My heels used to crack and split and, oh my, that was so painful. Now every night I put that stuff on thick and no more cracking.

5. Must have winter lip product? 

I wear Honest Lip Balm most of the time.  I have them tucked all over the house and in my bags. I like that it is organic since it is on my lips. I also like EOS but they aren’t as buttery feeling as the Honest products.

6. What book are you currently reading or just finished? 

I just finished The Highbury Murders: A Murder Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen’s Emma. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and have read all of her books.  This book was written by Victoria Grossack and I must say she did a great job of keeping true to the characters. I might have tweaked the ending however.  Now I am reading Gone Girl. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I would like to, but I always have to read the book before I see a movie. It’s a habit I can’t break.

7. Favorite wine or cocktail?

This is a tie.  I love Barefoot Riesling and an Appletini. It’s funny because I am a cheap wine drinker but I only want high end vodka when it comes to my Appletinis. I can tell the difference right away. Grey Goose is so smooth. True story, when I heard that the US was going to ban some Russian imports the first thing I did was grab my Grey Goose. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw it was a product of France and not Russian vodka. Viva la France!!

8. What is your go to super fast dinner?

I have two. The first is Tyson Panko Chicken Tenders from Costco with Alexia Organic Sweet Potato fries.  Dump each on a baking sheet and in 25 minutes dinner is served. Add a bag of salad and it actually is a pretty healthy dinner. Second is another frozen food, Chicken Alfredo Voila. It takes two bags to feed us and I like to add in extra frozen peas, carrots and broccoli florets to make it go a little further and to make it more healthy. Frozen foods and veg really are a mom’s best friend.

9. What cartoon or show do your kids love that you hate?

This is a no brainer for me. I can’t stand Teen Titans Go! My boys will watch it and laugh hysterically. Honestly, it really is the stupidest cartoon. Plus, then they will repeat the catch phrases from the shows for days, and they don’t make sense. In one episode the only word they said the entire time was “waffles.” If I had a nickel for every time AJ and Casey then walked around saying waffles it would probably be enough for a new Coach purse.

10. Where is your favorite place to hide when you need a break from your kids?

I’m sure my answer is the same as most moms. The bathroom! My bathroom is big and pretty. The window looks out to the woods and ravine behind our house. It’s full of girly products and nail polish. I keep a stack of magazines in there. Plus, I always grab my iPhone before I go. (You know you do too!) As I said in a Facebook post, I could stay in there for hours!

So, now you know a little bit more about me? If you like this post let me know in the comments below.  If you have questions you want to ask me that weren’t here ask them and I’ll reply!  ~Tina

As I said, this is a TAG post so below are some awesome Mom Bloggers that I think are funny as hell and I am going to TAG them and invite them to join in. Be sure to check out their pages!

J.D. Bailey from Honest Mom

Alyson Herzig from theShitastrophy

Stacy Gill from One Funny Motha

Sarah Cottrell from Housewife Plus

Kathy Radigan from My Dishwasher’s Possessed

Teri Biebel from Snarkfest

Sara Wells Green from Motherfluff

Lisa Jacqueline Lewis from Moms Who Write and Blog

Gina Gaetano Fenton from Extreme Mom

Julie Maida from Next Life, NO Kids

  1. Favorite candle scent?
  2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
  3. Favorite thing about winter?
  4. What are your top 3 winter essentials?
  5. Must have winter lip product?
  6. What book are you currently reading or just finished?
  7. Favorite wine or cocktail?
  8. What is your go to super fast dinner?
  9. What cartoon or show do your kids love and you hate?
  10. Where is your favorite place to hide when you need a break from the kids?

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Why I Won’t Reinvent Myself in 2015

Why I Won't Reinvent Myself in 2015

As I was tidying up this morning I picked up a magazine and the big title was Reinvent Yourself in 2015.  Yesterday as I scrolled through Facebook and several of my favorite websites I saw blog after blog sharing their resolutions for the things they want to change for the New Year.

I admit I had toyed with the idea of putting out a blog myself on this very topic, yet I couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to do it.  Then today it hit me, and I mean it really hit me as I tossed that magazine into the recycling bin.

The reason I couldn’t find the desire to write my list of how I was going to be a new me in 2015 is because there was nothing wrong with the 2014 version of me.  In fact, I have spent many decades of living, screwing up, making poor choices, making right choices, and learning from my mistakes to become the self confident, wine loving, foul mouthed smartass that I am today.  And you know what?  I like me.  I like me just fine!

I wasn’t always a confident smartass bitch.  Oh no, once upon a time I was a timid little mouse who cared way too much what other people thought about me.  I wanted to please everybody.  I wanted to be everyone’s friend.  I trusted everyone to be a good friend in return and got burned more times than I can count.  Don’t even ask me about high school! I spent most of my 20’s and a small part of my 30’s feeling worthless.

It took a failed marriage to an abusive guy to teach me that I don’t have to take abuse from anyone…ever!

It took me getting stabbed in the back and betrayed for me to learn to recognize a real friend.

It took me putting my foot in my mouth repeatedly to learn that I didn’t have to voice out loud ALL the thoughts in my head.  (It’s better to save those thoughts and share them with a glass of wine with those real friends I mentioned.)

It was by needing help that I learned it was okay to ask for help.

Could I stand to lose a few pounds?  Sure, but I am much more interested in being healthy and having more energy to keep up with my boys than being skinny.  My hubby loves me just the way I am, curves and all.

Even if I do lose some weight my stomach will always be a mess.  It is covered in stretch marks that resemble the painted flames on a Harley Davison.  For the record I earned my stretch marks, every last one of them.  They are a reminder of the infertility that I struggled with for two years to conceive my first child.  They are a reminder of the miracles that can happen when you finally let it go and put it in the hands of a higher power.

Does this mean that this is it?  Am I done growing and changing as a woman?  Not at all.  Hopefully I have another four or more decades ahead of me to continue this journey called life.  With more mistakes comes more knowledge.  With more living come more opportunities for happiness and even sadness, but it only by knowing sadness that we can truly appreciate the happy.

So if I can share one message with you this 2015, it’s that you are already perfect.  You don’t need a list to make yourself a better self.  You will have that happen to you quite naturally with the passage of time.  Love your curves, wrinkles and stretch marks for the badges of honor that they are, proof of a life lived, challenges faced and met, smiles formed.

If you chose to go on a diet this January, do it because you want to be healthy, not because you want to fit in a different pair of jeans.  If you do make a resolution make it to carve out more time for yourself.  Make a resolution not to carry guilt over the past or worry what others think about you.  Tell the negative people in your life to get lost.  Make a resolution to cut yourself a little slack and smile more.

Have a happy, safe, & healthy New Year!

Love,

Tina
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