Adventures of Supermommy

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?

April 23, 2010

Learning How to Let Things Slide

Filed under: Parenting — Tags: — adventuresofsupermommy @ 1:02 am

My house is not clean and tidy.  It probably never will be unless I have hired help and a babysitter.  There are always toys on the floor, dishes in the sink, at least one load of laundry that needs to be washed, and a pile of mail that needs to be gone through.  You just have to learn that this is the way of life when you don’t have a butler like Alfred to clean up after you.  Am I happy about this?  Not exactly, but I just have learned how to deal with it.

The important thing is this–Is your house safe enough for your kids and you?  It’s one thing to have last night’s dishes in the sink, but is there mold growing on dishes from last week?  Do you and your kids have clothes to wear?  Is the living room a tripping/falling hazard?  Are the kids going hungry?  If any of this is true, then you can’t let it slide.

What things do I let slide?  Making the bed, cutting the grass, cleaning out the closet (which you have to do often when you have kids that grow out of clothes so quickly), and picking up the toys (to a point).

April 21, 2010

Lists, Goals and Priorities

Filed under: Parenting — Tags: — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:59 am

I am a list-maker.  I think I get it from my mother.  While I’m sitting there breastfeeding Aby, I can make a list of the things that need to get done on my Blackberry since Kaylee will want my paper and pencil if it’s in reach.  Once it’s all down on the list, I can prioritize what needs to get done first and let the rest slide until I have the time to do it.  Getting things crossed off the list is encouraging!  At the end of the day, you can see what all you got accomplished.

I’m also guilty of breaking down tasks into every little aspect of the job.  Instead of “Laundry”, it’s Gather laundry, Sort laundry, Wash laundry, Put away laundry, etc, because in all honestly, it might take me a few days to complete all of those steps.  I’m not totally silly about it, I don’t put things on there like going to the bathroom or feeding the kids, but it still helps me to know what is important to get done, as well as sharing the chores with your sidekick.  Big projects that are going to require help might need to be scheduled ahead of time, when you have enough hands on deck to take care of things, so having them on the list reminds you to keep those in mind when you will actually have enough people around.

Getting your priorities straight is important.  Taking care of a screaming baby or kissing a booboo is more important than loading the dishwasher.  Keeping the house safe for everybody is more important than making the bed (which I almost never do), which leads me to my next topic: Learning how to let things slide (coming soon).

April 19, 2010

Accepting Help and Learning How to Delegate

Filed under: Parenting — Tags: — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:56 am

Every super hero needs a sidekick and/or support staff.  Batman had Robin and don’t forget Alfred!  Ironman had Pepper to look after him.  At this point, I salute single parents.  I wouldn’t be able to do it if I were on my own.

I will be totally honest, this is my weakest point.  I see something that needs doing and I do it, even if it wears me out completely by the end of the day.  It drives my husband crazy.  I am trying to get better, I really am!  Here are  my thoughts on the matter:

1.  If it takes longer to explain how you want it done or to ask to do it, just do it yourself.

2.  If you have a particular way you want something done and your sidekick doesn’t do it the way you want it done, just do it yourself and save yourself the drama.  For example, I fold the bath towels a certain way so they’ll fit in the linen closet better.  My husband folds them differently.  Hence, I just fold the towels the way I want it done.  It doesn’t bother me to leave them in the laundry basket until I have time to fold them.

3.  If it’s easier to get someone else to do it, just ask.  It’s easier to ask my husband to stop at the store and pick up milk on his way home from work than it is to get all of us dressed and loaded up in the car and go to the store.

4.  Family members are usually glad to come over and play with the kids while you do chores.  Having someone to keep the kids out of trouble and play with them can earn you valuable time to do things.  You can still take the time out to change diapers if your helper doesn’t want to or fix them something to eat, but fifteen minutes can load the dishwasher, (or check your email, or pay bills… ) right?

5.  Divvy up the chores around the house.  What chores is your sidekick good at doing or willing to do?  If you don’t trust your sidekick to sort the laundry the way you want it done, you sort the laundry and let them do the rest.  One of you pick up the toys and the other can vacuum.

April 16, 2010

Taking Care of Yourself

Filed under: Parenting — Tags: — adventuresofsupermommy @ 12:52 am

You often hear the phrase “Sleep when your baby sleeps” and most mothers laugh at the principle.  It’s true.  You’re not going to be able to do anything if you’re tired and run-down, so you might as well learn to let the dishes sit in the sink until later and get a little shut-eye.  This is especially true for parents with young infants that aren’t quite sleeping through the night yet.  Healthcare providers will tell you over and over that not getting enough sleep is not good for you.  Your body needs time to rest and recuperate, they’ve done studies that you can lose weight or maintain your weight when you get enough sleep, and you’ll be able to stave off getting sick if you’re not run down.  Do the research, after you’ve had a nap.

Get yourself “dressed” at least a few times a week.  Wash your face and moisturize or whatever your skin care regiment is.  I’m not saying you’ve got to get up and wear makeup and style your hair all the time, but wear something other than pajamas or sweats all the time.  Put on some clothes that fit and flatter your figure at least a little bit like a pair of jeans that fit, and it’ll boost your self esteem.  I’m not saying wear your nicest outfit, it has to be washable of course, we’re not getting silly here.

Keep current on your medicines and doctor’s appointments.  If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of your kids as well.

I’m not even going to tell you about getting exercise.  I don’t follow an exercise program, I have a toddler and an infant to keep up with.  My idea of lifting weights is picking up the kids, especially the car seat.  I get enough cardio chasing after Kaylee, not to mention doing things like vacuuming the floor, picking up laundry, doing dishes…you get the idea.  If you want help kicking it up a notch, put on some music or wear one earbud of your MP3 player (so you can still hear the kids, of course), and dance around a little bit.  It’ll make you feel good.  And dance like no one’s watching of course!  Shake your booty!  Your kids will not only not care, but they’ll probably love it and dance around with you, and getting them exercising early is one of the best things you can do for your kids.  Lead by example, they say.

Which leads me to the next point:  Eat right.  You’re trying to feed your kids healthy foods anyway, right?  I’m not saying takeout is a sin, but don’t rely on it.  It’s cheaper to cook things at home anyway, right?  I try to limit fast food to one or two times a week, when you absolutely can not manage to cook something.  Your pediatrician will be proud of you.  **I will do my best to post some recipes and tips on how I manage to cook a decent dinner in very little time (and cheap, too).  Find some recipes that you can cook ahead or freeze, re-make the leftovers into something else, etc.

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