Adventures of Supermommy

April 15, 2010

The Mission Begins

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:51 am

“Remember, the important thing is to have healthy, happy kids—not necessarily a clean house.  If you survive with most of your sanity, that’s an added bonus.”

I am a stay at home mom with two beautiful little girls.  Kaylee is almost two years old and Abigayle (Aby) is two months old.  Somehow I manage to feed both of them, keep a not-so-clean house, and sometimes I can fit in a craft project or two.  I often hear “I don’t know how you get it all done with the two of them.”  Sometimes, I don’t know how I get it done, either.  My girls are happy and healthy, though, and that’s the most important part.

This blog is about my opinions on child-rearing, tips on how to get anything done and my observations on the world and a place for me to brag about my babies.  If you don’t agree with any of my opinions, that is not only okay but welcomed.  Some of these things may work for me but not for you, and that’s okay.  I just hope you find something useful or even thought-provoking.

Like I said, I’m a stay at home married mother.  My deepest respect goes to working parents, stay at home dads, and single mothers.  You are all super-heroes to me!  So if I say anything that seems to be gender-specific, don’t take offense.  I only hope you can get something out of my ramblings, if only a tip here and there or even just a few laughs.  Even people without kids might find a few tips here.

March 4, 2010

The Beginning

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — adventuresofsupermommy @ 3:04 pm

This blog started out as a joking text conversation between my friend Jenny and myself. I was telling her about my day and said something about being a SuperMom for the day and she said I needed a cape. Eventually, we decided that I needed a polka-dotted cape and costume complete with food stains and spit up on the shoulders.

In the real world, I am a stay at home mom with a 19 month old daughter and 3 week old newborn daughter. Juggling the two of them isn’t easy, but somehow I have managed to keep the two of them fed and alive without major injuries or insanity. I have a wonderful husband who helps me as much as possible (yes, daddy changes diapers). He will be known as my sidekick, Geekdad, whose mild-mannered alter-ego is the Labyrinthine Librarian. (his blog is LabyrinthineLibrary.wordpress.com)

This blog will be not only my daily adventures with the two of them as well as me bragging on my babies, but my thoughts about parenting, venting my frustrations, and just my general take on the world.

Please note, I will be posting things in between chasing after my little ones, etc. So if there are typos or grammatical errors, cut me some slack. *grin*

July 21, 2010

Dear Pasta Roni

Filed under: Uncategorized — adventuresofsupermommy @ 6:53 pm

Just a quick humor for you.

The Microwave Directions on the side of my box of Shells & White Cheddar Pasta Roni read as follows:

In 2-quard microwaveable bowl, combine 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons of margarine or butter. Microwave uncovered at HIGH 10 minutes. Stir. Microwave at HIGH 4 – 7 more minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup milk and Special Seasonings. Microwave at HIGH 2 – 3 minutes. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3 – 5 minutes before serving.
Microwave ovens vary; adjust times as needed.

Does anyone notice what’s wrong with this? I’m sure there are a bunch of people following the directions to the letter and coming up with… SAUCE!

Yes, I tried taking a picture of it, but it’s not legible, and I have no scanner at home.

July 16, 2010

I’m still alive!

Filed under: Uncategorized — adventuresofsupermommy @ 1:51 am

Just wanted to say all is well, just been running around like your proverbial headless chicken, har har.

I have just about finished completely redecorating my bathroom and Kaylee’s birthday is tomorrow, with her party being Saturday. So, I’ve been taking on too much for one person to handle, of course. Pics and tutorials will be coming, soon!

June 11, 2010

Gift Basket Ideas

Filed under: Gifts, Tips and Tricks — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 3:45 am

Gift baskets are awesome.  Especially when you put them together yourself, tailored with the person you’re giving them to for the specific occasion, with things that you’ve found that make your life a little easier.  I just made a post about Fels Naptha soap, because I’ve found that even though it’s hard to find in my area, it’s worth its weight in fine chocolate.  (Gold would be a little too much of an exaggeration here.)

Tip number one: If you’re giving a gift that runs on batteries and they are not included, get some batteries.  It’s almost cruel to give someone a gift that they can’t get right to it!

Most of these things you can find at Wal-Mart or a drug store.  Some of it you can make yourself if you’re crafty.  Some of it is really cheap but very thoughtful and some is more expensive.  So, pick and choose whatever you like from the following “recipes”.

Baby shower/new baby/toddler gift “baskets”.  If you know that your parents-to-be are going to be getting plenty of the usual stuff (i.e. clothes, baby towels, blankets, sheets, bottles, toys, etc.), here are a few ideas for the extra stuff that most first time parents might not think to get unless they have help from a veteran super-parent:

  • For the “basket”:  Who says it has to be a basket?  Get a laundry basket, a storage box (you can never have too many of them), a laundry hamper, a small pail, a washtub, whatever.  Notice the laundry theme? Parents to a LOT of laundry, having a pail or washtub around is nice to soak really bad messes until they can be gotten to later.  If cloth diapering, get a bucket with a lid to put the soiled diapers in until wash time.
  • Alternate container idea: If the parent has somewhere to plant it, get them a small tree or bush that will grow and hang small things from it (pacifiers, rattles, hair bows, baby socks, etc.).  They get the gifts that decorate the tree and they can plant it in the yard and watch it grow as their child grows.  Sweet, isn’t it?
  • A bar of Fels Naptha Soap
  • A bottle of Mylicon drops (gotta have ‘em, they’re magic)
  • A bottle of each infant’s Tylenol and Motrin (or their equivalent generic brands, they work just as good)
  • A bottle of adult Tylenol and/or Motrin.  When baby screams at you for a while, or you’ve been chasing them around, you’re gonna need it on hand.
  • A couple of cloth diapers for emergency-we’re-out-of-diapers scenarios
  • A bottle of witch hazel (because it doesn’t burn as badly as alcohol on boo boos)
  • Some no-sting liquid bandage spray (I’ve used it myself, it is perfect on skinned knees)
  • Night-time baby bath and lotion-it really does help baby sleep better
  • No-scratch mittens
  • If you know they don’t have them already (duplicates are just fine, we can never find them when we need them, luckily we have more than one) A pair of screwdrivers and sturdy scissors.  The scissors are to help unpackage toys and such and just about all baby toys need a screwdriver to change the batteries.
  • BATTERIES.  Parents go through lots of them.  So many toys need them.  Get them a few sets of rechargeables and a charger.  (Most of our girls’ toys run on AA’s.)
  • A pacifier and pacifier clip.  See Ashley’s Binky Clip tutorial at Make It and Love It.
  • If you know your mom-to-be is going to breastfeed, get her a tube of Lansinoh Nipple cream.  Also, warn her that that stuff leaves a greasy mess on your clothes, so a box of nursing pads would be nice, too.  I prefer the Johnson’s brand myself.
  • Another for a breastfeeding mother: A nursing cover.  Here’s another pair of Ashley’s tutorials at Make It and Love It.  Here’s her nursing cover.  I made mine without a pattern, but I wish I would have made it more like hers.  OR you could just make a set of these clips (they clip onto a blanket) and make it easier to hide things in public.  Basically, if you sew at all, go to her site.  She has wonderful ideas for just about everything!  http://www.makeit-loveit.com
  • If they’re having a boy, a “pee pee tee pee” or “Wee wee wigwam” looks like a great idea.
  • Baby laundry detergent.  All actually makes a Baby variant that smells great and works wonderfully, but I can only find it at K-Mart these days.  I’ve even started making my own laundry detergent (I know, I’m a geek).
  • A 7.5 watt light bulb.  Turns just about any lamp into a night light.  Great to leave one little lamp on for some gentle light when you’ve got to get up in the middle of the night a few times to feed the baby.

Okay, that’s enough baby stuff.

Housewarming: Know someone moving out on their own for the first time?

  • Container:  A kitchen trash can, a laundry basket, a box, whatever.
  • A First Aid Kit!  Tylenol, Ibuprophen (generics are fine), Bandages, Witch Hazel, Rubbing Alcohol, Peroxide, Neosporin, a thermometer, stomach medicine of choice (I hate the pink stuff, the smell makes me gag), etc.  I’ve given a gift like this to my husband (before he was my husband) and he told me how greatful he was for this.  Not only was he sore from all the heavy lifting and physical labor, but he had a few bangs and scrapes and needed a little first aid, too.
  • Basic Tool Kit: Hammer, Phillips and Flat head Screwdrivers, Pliers
  • A set of picture hangers and cup hooks
  • A flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter
  • Household cleaners – Window cleaner, bathroom cleaner, toilet brush, broom and dust pan or swiffer, multi-surface cleaner, dish soap and scrubbers, etc.  Don’t forget a roll or two of paper towels!
  • Bug Spray
  • Duct Tape.  ’nuff said.
  • A Bar of Fels Naptha Soap.  See previous.
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cord
  • Fridge magnets
  • A pair of scissors
  • Notepad and pens or pencils
  • Batteries.  It sucks to not have them when you need them.

Getting a car?

  • Container: A car-wash bucket OR a case of some kind that can be kept in the trunk.  I keep my emergency stuff in my old backpack from college just to keep things tidy
  • Jumper Cables
  • Maybe not for everyone, but for some people: Small first-aid kit: Ice pack, bandages, blanket, latex gloves, gauze, etc.
  • Road flares
  • Car washing soap, Sponge and other car care needs
  • *Tip: I know some people that want to keep the inside of their car smelling nice.  They throw a dryer sheet underneath the driver’s seat.  Smells great!  When it stops working, just get a new one.  The heat in the summer here in Georgia definitely makes it work.
  • Just for fun, throw in a pair of fuzzy dice or an air freshener
  • Personalized license plate (if they have somewhere to put one)
  • Duct tape.  This stuff has saved lives.  Literally.
  • Bungee cords
  • A pair of scissors (you never know when you’re going to need them) and/or a pocket knife.
  • A key chain, of course

These are just the tip of the iceberg, my friends.  I’ll post some more gift basket suggestions later on, but as it is, it is late and we’ve finally got both the munchkins to sleep.

June 10, 2010

Fels Naptha Soap is Awesome

Filed under: Parenting, Tips and Tricks — Tags: , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 1:22 am

So, according to a few people on the internet, Fels Naptha soap will get some pretty awful stains out of clothes.  I have kids, therefore, I have stains.  Kaylee had on a brand new yellow knit dress one day and managed to spill Heinz 57 sauce all the way down the front of it.

As soon as dinner was finished, we changed her clothes and started to pre-treat the stain with a stain stick.  Washing it in the sink the next day, no go.  Still there.  So, I put it in the sink and added a little of the Tide Stain Release.  This part is interesting, it turned the dark yellow stain PURPLE, but it didn’t come out.

I tried Dreft Stain remover, nope.

Keep in mind this dress has been soaking or washing for a few days by now…  I didn’t put it in the dryer, so it hasn’t gotten set by the heat.

So, I actually had to do a little research on where to get the Fels Naptha soap.  According to the internet, Ace Hardware sells it.  I called the one closest to me to ask if they carried it, and I was glad I did, because they didn’t.  So, I called the one that is about 15 – 20 miles away and they had it!  Yay!

For $1.29 plus tax, I had a bar of soap.  I dragged an old wet toothbrush over the bar of soap and gently attacked the stains.  All gone.  End of story.  Dress saved.  I am a believer.

I also hear it’s good for poison ivy.  I will never go without this stuff again.  Go get some.  Do it, now!

Got a baby shower coming up?  Throw a bar in with your gift.  Mommy will love you.  (post coming soon on great ideas for baby gifts that people don’t always think of)

See ya’ll soon, hopefully!

Samantha

p.s. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!  @silverdragons

Just Some Pictures

Filed under: Family, Parenting — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:43 am

I figured I’d upload a few pictures of the girls real quick.

My lil’ bigun.  Look at those chubby lil’ legs!

She’s getting so good at holding her head up!

It’s an older picture, but doesn’t that just make you want to giggle?

You wanna come to my swimmie pool, don’t cha?

June 9, 2010

New Recipe! Cheesecake Eggrolls!

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 11:13 pm

Craving cheesecake?  Don’t want to wait two days to make one from scratch?  This recipe might stave off the craving just a little bit until you can make the real thing.

Okay, I’ve been wanting to try this idea for a while, but finally got around to it.

Applebee’s used to sell fried cheesecake.  I almost cried when they told me they didn’t have them anymore.

This isn’t quite exactly them, but this is SUPER EASY and quick.  From start to finish, it took maybe ten minutes since I had the fryer out already for dinner.

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 4 -5 eggroll wrappers
  • “glue” a little flour and water to seal up the edges
  • Shortening or Oil for deep frying

Beat the cream cheese and sugar thoroughly.  You’re not making frosting here so you don’t have to beat them too long.  I didn’t even soften the cream cheese, I took it directly out of the fridge.

Place a heavy dollop of this mixture in the center of the wrapper and roll it up like you would make an eggroll.  This does take some practice, but you’ll get it.  (sorry, I didn’t take pictures of the construction)  Seal it up.

I cranked up my Fry Daddy as high as it would go.  You don’t have to really cook the contents, you just want to crisp and brown the outside.

The powdered sugar is just for pretties!

Ta-Dah!!!

Additions I’m going to try very soon:

  • Add a little vanilla extract
  • Add a little lemon juice or grated lemon zest
  • Add a few chocolate chips
  • Make a strawberry sauce for dipping….

Holy crap, these are pretty good.  They’re not as good as real cheesecake, but you know what?  For as quick as they are, they’re awesome!

See ya’ll soon!

Samantha

Tinkerbell Dress Mark One

Filed under: Crafts and Projects — Tags: , , , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 1:20 am

So, Kaylee will turn TWO YEARS OLD on July 16th.  It’s hard to believe.  We’ve decided to have a Tinkerbell themed birthday party for her because she loves Tink so much.  I thought it would be awfully cute for her to have a costume for her birthday, but the storebought ones just don’t look quite like what I want.  I’m all about re-purposing discarded clothes, so I figured I would give it a shot!

I do have two t-shirts that are a better color and that are in better shape, but I didn’t want to ruin either of them if it didn’t work out, so I took another of my old green shirts that had paint stains on it and turned it inside-out.  Personally, I can’t tell the difference from right-side and wrong-side of most fabrics, unless they have a print on them.

And so, after drafting a pattern and a few trials and errors, this is what I came up with (please ignore the red eyes):

Tinkerbell Dress part one

I am planning on taking pictures and making a tutorial for the next one-the “real” one- as I go.

I think that this would be adorable in any color, really.  Just leave the bottom hem straight and it’ll be a cute little sundress.

I’m also going to try to make her some fancy wings, though I doubt she’ll wear them.  She might.  I don’t know.

Oh, and some little slippers might be required as well!  Who knows?  I might get her some leggings that are the right color and crochet her a little ponchette to add to the dress to make the rest of the outfit from “The Lost Treasure”.  One step at a time, though, right?

See ya’ll soon, I hope.

Samantha

New Chicken Recipe!

Filed under: Cooking and Recipes, Tips and Tricks — Tags: , — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:38 am

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.

So, The Librarian (hubby) and I have decided that we’re getting tired of the same ol’ recipes.  While they are good and well-liked by our toddler (who isn’t that picky of an eater, thankfully), we’re just tired of eating the same old stuff over and over again.  So, here’s a new way to make chicken that’s super easy!

First, I had some boneless, skinless chicken in the fridge.  Lucky for me, it was thawed out.  Time was  a little shorter than usual, so I cut them up into thin strips so they would cook faster.  (I’m thinking Chicken Fries).  I started marinating it in Zesty Italian Dressing and got out some Seasoned Flour*.  They fried up okay, but the crispies (the breading) kept falling off of the chicken and just burning in the deep fryer, then re-sticking to the food and looking horrible.  I don’t like that too much.  By this point, Aby was screaming her poor little 4 month old heart out to be fed.  She was just wasting away, just starving to death.  *note the sarcasm here*  So, yet again, Supermommy has to cook dinner while breastfeeding and manage to not burn or drop the baby!

I was about to cook the last batch, but I couldn’t pull it off one handed.  I didn’t want to wait, because Kaylee was getting cranky since dinner was a little later than usual.  So, I dumped the flour on top of the chicken that was still marinating, stirred it up a little bit and voila!  A super-tasty batter!  It fried up so nicely, didn’t fall off, and was even tastier than the first batch!  To say that the chicken got gobbled up would be a severe understatement.  Kaylee gave it her seal of approval, she said “Nummy!” as soon as she tasted it. Sorry we didn’t take pictures, but it was gone rather quickly and dinnertime was a little to rowdy this time around.  Maybe next time.

So, here’s the recipe in short form:

Chicken (I used breast meat, sliced thinly)

Italian Dressing, or salad dressing of your choosing

Seasoned Flour (see below)

Make batter to be slightly sticky, coat the chicken, deep fry until golden and delicious.

You could probably use just plain flour since there’s so much flavor in the dressing, but it’s just what I ended up with, try it however you wish!

Seasoned Flour.  I use this often, from making cubed steak real quick, to chicken to… whatever.  So, instead of mixing it up every time I want some, which is time consuming and a little wasteful, since I don’t want to use it after I’ve dipped meat in it, so I end up throwing most of it away.   I just mix up a few cups of it and keep it sealed up tight in a zip top bag.  Then I can pour out just enough for my recipe and I’m done.

This stuff can be made with whatever seasonings you use the most at your household, these are just the ones that get used the most at our house.

Plain, All-Purpose Flour, Seasoned Salt, Nature’s Seasons, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Onion Powder, and Italian Seasoning.

May 22, 2010

Mosquitoes, and How I Hate Them

Filed under: Tips and Tricks — adventuresofsupermommy @ 4:43 am

So, we live in Georgia, the heart of the South.  It’s May.  Yes, mosquitoes are a problem.  I hate them.  I don’t want to go spraying my yard down with harsh chemicals because of the kids or the dog, and I vaguely remembered this mentioned somewhere and I thought I would try it.

Mosquitoes don’t like the scent of lemons or citrus, which is why citronella works, right?  I can’t go burning candles or tiki torches, either.  That’s just asking for trouble.  Plants aren’t going to work either ’cause I’ll just kill them.  (I did not inherit my mother’s green thumb, sadly.)

So, I got a sprayer attachment for my garden hose that I think I bought in the automotive section at Wal-mart.  You add soap to it and it mixes with the water, yadda yadda yadda.  This is sooo simple.  LEMON DISH SOAP.

Yes, that’s right.  Just cheap ol’ plain lemon dish soap.  It doesn’t even need to be the “good” kind.  Just the cheap generic buck-a-bottle stuff that is pretty much worthless for washing dishes.  Spray stuff down a little bit and you’re done.  If you are going to water the lawn, do that first, then spray your soap or you’ll wash it all away.  I hose down the yard and the bushes and the patio in the back yard and I don’t see a single mosquito.  Until it rains, then I have to do it again, which is now.  *scratches a fresh bite*

May 13, 2010

Good Intentions

Filed under: Weight Loss and Exercise — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:58 pm

So, I’ve decided that I’m getting fat.  I weigh the same as I did the day before Aby was born.  This is not good.  I’m definitely not going to start a diet, I can’t really do that because I’m still breastfeeding.  However, I am going to start off slowly getting a little more exercise at a time, whenever I can.  I can’t afford to be stiff and sore, so I’m just going to do a tiny bit at a time, working my way up slowly.

So, I got down on the floor with Aby, put her on my belly resting her back on my legs and did a few crunches.  Then I laid her on the floor, bent over her and did a few leg lifts.  Kaylee was very interested in what I was doing, she wanted to brush my hair while I was lying on the floor and then brought me her “trumpet” to play while I was doing leg lifts.

Maybe I’ll crank up some Lady Gaga in a little bit and dance around with Kaylee, since she LOVES Lady Gaga.

So, my intentions are good, let’s see if I can keep it up for a little bit.  Wish me luck.

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