Today was a day out of sorts. It was one of those parenting snaffus that I would like to forget. Like seriously, I would pay big fat dollars to wish away. It was that bad. Deep breath, here goes...
Theo had a pretty bad accident at school. He scraped his face, bonked his head and was beside himself with fear. The school did every rational thing that they could do to help him, but when they realized the size of the bump on his noggin they called me.
But I'll be damned...my phone was on silent. Elliot and I had fallen fast asleep after a night of bad dream aerobics. Let me repeat, they called for an emergency and my damn phone was on silent.
I didn't hear the most important call to grace my cell phone, like ever.
And I've felt like the world's crappiest mom ever since. Luckily it wasn't anything too serious. Luckily he was able to go back to class and resume painting like nothing happened. Luckily he was fine.
But my mind can't stop wondering the what ifs. What if it were more serious and Theo needed me and I was God forbid...sleeping? Oh and the questions when I arrived at school and realized that this had all happened. It was like an FBI interrogation. Where was I? Why didn't I answer? What is wrong with my voicemail? It was as though the guilt was chewing through me like a sharp knife on the edge of the administrators questions. All I could do was apologize, gather my brave Theo, and head to the car, sulking in all of my regret.
And when Theo asked me for an Icee on the way home, I did what every guilt ridden parent would have done.
I donned my sympathy band-aid and eagerly marched into Target, because dammnit, I may have royally screwed up at the moment of impact, but I was sure as heck going to make up for it in the blue Icee department.
This morning I was on FOX 45 explaining some great DIY mom gifts for the holidays. Here's the segment and a how to below. ENJOY!
Okay, so here's the deal. I am a total crafter, at least when I am at home and alone, able to yell whatever I want when I hot glue my fingers together.
I am also in love with the concept of homemade Christmas gifts. They are so thoughtful and did I mention cheap? Compared to store bought gifts, anyway. Not to mention that the best way to see tears is to create something with love. So naturally, I combed the internet for gifts that moms would actually like, and these are the two gifts that I came across, and the tweaked a little just to make them my own.
The first project I chose were super cute DIY Photo Coasters.
-4x4 ceramic tiles (you can find these at the local hardware store) -Photos printed into a square (I used Instagram photos from my phone, and had them printed at Walgreens) -Modge Podge glossy -Felt -paintbrush
First you take your tile and apply a thin coat of Modge Podge all over including the edges. This is creating a base for the photo to stick to.
Then you stick your photo on the tile (I didn't get a photo of this step). And cover the photo edge to edge with a layer of Modge Podge, being careful of brush strokes. Let dry for 20 minutes then Repeat.
You can do up to 5 coats, which is what I did, since these will be exposed to liquids. Let dry, then flip over and hot glue felt onto the corners to prevent slipping and scratching.
Let them cure for 24 hours before using, and VOILA! You have adorable photo coasters!
For the next gift, I found this simple easy way to doll up a regular vanilla candle for the holidays with Cinnamon. And let me tell you, my life weakness is yummy smelling candles, so I just had to try them, because hello...cinnamon vanilla. Amiright?
-Vanilla PILLAR candle
-hot glue gun
-scissors or knife
-Burlap string or Twine
First cut the Cinnamon Sticks to the height of the candle. This was by far the hardest step. I used 10' Cinnamon sticks and it would have MUCH easier to use a 10' candle. Oh well, lessons learned.
Then you will take each Cinnamon stick and hot glue it to the pillar candle. Continue this as you move and cover the entire diameter of the candle.
Once your candle is covered with the hot glued Cinnamon sticks. Take your string (or twine) and cut it so you can wrap it 3 times around the candle to further secure the Cinnamon Sticks.
REMEMBER: THE STRING IS A VITAL STEP, BECAUSE AS THE CANDLE BURNS, THE HOT GLUE WILL MELT, AND THE STRING WILL BE THE ONLY THING SECURING THE CINNAMON STICKS TO THE CANDLE.
Also remember, always use candles with caution, away from flammable objects and within supervision. It is recommended that you frequently check the cinnamon sticks and string to make sure that they aren't in danger of catching fire.
And there you have a perfectly delicious smelling, rustic inspired candle! Just don't forget to burn it on a decorative plate or dish, to prevent fire hazards and wax spillage!
After perusing Facebook and Instagram this holiday weekend, I couldn't help but notice how incredibly jolly and into the Christmas spirit everyone has become. There's something about all of this holiday music and Harry Potter showings that just turn my insides into mush. Really, Christmas is the best time of year.
However, I've noticed that a ton of my cyber friends are cutting down their own trees this year. No judgment here, in fact, the hubster and I have had many a conversation about hauling out the old hatchet and hiking into the woods. But we have yet to do so.
Blame it on the convenience of our pre-lit faux fur, or the realization that I don't want to wrangle two toddlers through the wilderness while supervising my husband with sharps, knowing full well his history with this sort of thing (almost chopping off limbs etc), but we have decided to put a pin in that discussion for this year.
And even though I'll be jonesing for a real tree finding experience and pine scented goodness, I'll be busy not sweeping up stray pine needles and watering a tree. I mean, I've never done this, but trees are alive and I assume they need water, right?
It's been rather quiet around these parts. Chalk it up to the cold weather, or my aversion to putting on real pants, either way we've been holed up around here doing crazy out of character things like making our own deodorant.
I know. The cold just does it to me. It turns me weird. Okay perhaps it brings out the weird that is already there... regardless I'm letting my freak flag fly at full mast.
But since we've been re-organizing for the big Christmas decoration day (I know we are totally those people who have to seriously move furniture to put up our tree), I've been really trying to be good and "minimal" by Goodwill-ing items we don't need, and strategically packing away things that we REALLY don't need. I've realized that this is the very first holiday that I don't want anything.
Now, maybe it's because I 've already listened to "The Christmas Shoes" 13 times, but I feel like this Christmas I am really getting the whole point of the season. Can you believe it? I'm growing up right before your very eyes. But before I get too ahead of myself, we have Thanksgiving. and since I am really bad at keeping up with the Fcebook daily thankful posts, I thought that I would summarize some of the things that I am thankful for on my blog this week. Because, you know, I'm nothing if resourceful.
As you can see I am very thankful to be a mom. I love these cats, like more than anything in this entire universe. I mean, I gave up real deodorant, is there really a greater love than parenthood? Surely there is not. These guys are perfectly adorable, and absolutely hilarious. Perhaps I'm partial, but strangers mention this stuff too, so I know it's true. They get me, they love me and they just enjoy being together. The whole thing just makes my heart soar.
So today I want to take the time to say Thank you to my boys for making me a better human. You guys are truly the apples of my eyes. Or my tree. Is that how the saying goes? Oh well, you get the picture.
Anyway, momma loves you kids. Thanks for being you.