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It's still Twitter Tuesday!

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In my quest for more Twitter moms I have "met"some fascinating gals and a dad that I had to include because he’s funny and cool. I found moms of all shapes sizes and interests. I found moms who discovered   surprise pregnancies. I found moms committed to Christ and their families. I found moms committed to baking and loving. I found a mom who says that she is living in a “sea of testosterone” and she isn’t living in a frat house! I also found a ton of moms who are multi-tasking their asses off.   They sell #Silpada jewelry. They are wives, mothers, maids, bookkeepers, doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs in addition to being moms.   Well, I didn’t actually find an Indian chief, but I bet I could have if my work and mothering obligations hadn’t intervened!   The most rewarding finding this week was finding a mom who describes herself as “rotten”. I loved that she claimed that label for herself since most days I like I am barely earning a passing grade as a mom myself.

Tales of Thanksgiving...

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I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't have at least a brief posting to pay homage to our national holiday, Thanksgiving. After all of the preparation, we had a good day full of fun, food, and fellowship. However, this wouldn't be Chaton's World if there wasn't a twist. So, let me tell you, something funny happened on the way to Thanksgiving dinner ...  Andre decided to fry the turkey. I had no idea that frying a turkey was such an investment of time, money and faith. First, we had to buy the materials. Instead of going to the turkey fry place and buying a fryer we had to compare. We compared prices and options. We compared the oil -free fryer to the take it out back, pour in the oil, and light up a flame fryer. As you might imagine, the take it out back, pour in the oil, light up a flame fryer won. Apparently, according to Andre, the oil-free fryer is also called the "fake, punk fryer". I didn't see it on the package, but apparently everyb

Hip Hop-The Baby Tamer: Creative Baby Soothing Tips

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I have had many nights where I didn't know how to soothe my baby.  If I had known that Biggy Smalls lyrics and music had such skills I would have tried it. I am not proud. I am in the school of the practical mom. I do whatever works baby!  This dad is brilliant!

Twitter Tuesday!

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On this dreary Tuesday knowing that there are other mothers our there sharing my struggling makes my day a little brighter. Some of the women listed below bring levity to the Twittersphere and make me laugh. Some of the women below help to ground me when I am spiraling out of control because their world seems a little crazier than mine. And some of them make me feel like a complete slacker, even though I work, care for my toddler, my man and blog because they seem to do all that and more. In the interest of my sanity I seek balance. So, I have also listed some who make feel like a mommy rock star because they can’t cook, don’t manage to clean their house and don’t work! They even seem to look great doing it and manage to relax at the end of the day with a good glass of red wine. I realize that I may not be able do everything, but I think that I can really excel at the red wine part. CHEERS!!! 1. @resourcefulmom 2. @themotherco 3. @MOMeo 4. @NeverHomeSAHM 5. @PampersandPin

Life of the Working Mom: Happy Hour

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A few weeks ago a friend hosted a farewell event at a swanky, new restaurant in town. It started at 5:30 PM, the height of happy hour. When I read the email, I was game. I planned to arrive at 5:30 and stay for about 30 minutes or so.  That way, I could experience the festivities and get home before I ruined our nanny's Friday night plans. I wore an appropriate day-to-night outfit to work. So, cool outfit--check! I was excited about going. So, intent to appear--check! Did I actually have the fun time that I envisioned??? NO! Work intervened.  My assistant was on vacation the following week. So, that Friday we tried to get as many things out as we could. I had been on vacation the previous week.  So, I had lots of emails that began, "Welcome back! Where's my...."  I grew to loathe the phrase "Welcome back!" So, I had great planning, but poor execution.  I did get to wear a cute outfit though.  And, when I arrived home, the baby greeted me with a smil

Twitter Tuesday!

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As you know, last Tuesday I promoted moms who Tweet.  Since there are so many moms saying interesting things I have decided to make this a regular segment, at least for a while. The moms below are committed to telling the truth about motherhood with unapologetic honesty. They tell the truth and shame their husbands. They also help me know that I am not alone on this blessed journey called motherhood. I've also included someone who Tweets about fashion. Who said that mama can't be fly?! Here's to the Tweeting Moms!!! @mochamomma @thesmartmama @askmoxie @scarymommy @herbadmother @vodkamom @strollertraffic @lilsugar @selfishmom @mom101 @foodiecitymom @familymoms @krisjenner @mommyofamonster @1momof5 Related articles The Motherhood Manual: How I've brain-washed my kids (twyste.com) This Motherhood Gig (4tunate.net) Motherhood (parenting-success.com) An introduction to Organised At Home - Juggling Motherhood (organisedathome.wordpress.com)

Babies, Bills and Surprises!

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Photo credit: ABC news True confessions... Sometimes I use my cell phone as a baby soother.  Something about it puts her in a trance. She studies it like an she's an engineer trying to figure out how it works. It's kind of funny actually.  She has three "baby cell phones", but she has little interest in them.  Somehow she seems to know that they're fake and she likes the real one.  I never let her play with it for long, but it can usually buy me 5-10 minutes of free time to do my makeup.

Wednesday Words: Baby Talk (speaking a language she understands)

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Yesterday I wanted the baby to stop crawling in the direction she was going and come back me. We were in our great room , which is impossible to close in. Baby in living area with talking table and dinosaur toy, great! Baby in kitchen placing her hands all over the stainless steel refrigerator, not so great. So, I called her name in my best mommy-in-charge voice and said, "Come here!" She completely ignored me in her all too frequent you-are-not-the-boss-of-me-despite-what-you-may-think-attitude.  She didn't even flinch! So, half jokingly and half out of frustration. I started whining really loudly.  Don't you know she looked at me, broke stride, turned around and crawled to me! She literally crawled onto my lap and looked up at me.  I am not exaggerating. Was it coincidence or did I stumble upon the secret that has eluded parents for generations?  Is it possible that in that moment, I decoded baby talk and what sounded like gibberish to me really meant, &qu

Twitter Tuesday!

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I am all about moms helping other moms succeed. To that end, I am starting a tradition on this blog.  Every Tuesday from now on is Twitter Tuesday!  I will promote other women who tweet.  This Tuesday I am promoting moms.  I've just decided to promote moms first because out of everyone on the Twitter universe I could relate the most to them. You don't have to be a mother to follow these ladies though.  Their tips are universal!  So, please follow the moms below on Twitter. You'll be happy you did! 1. @RickisMommy 2. @workingmoms247 3. @commercialmommy 4. @cocoamom 5. @kourtneykardash 6. @hollyrpeete 7. @bethenny 8. @workingmomsonly 9. @heidimurkoff 10. @ShabbyChicMom 11. @cammiescorner 12. @1storybuilding 13. @mamacreates 14. @karensugarpants 15. @mommydigger

Contest Results: Proud of our Little Ladybug!

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Blog Readers! As you know my daughter was a finalist in the Pinxav Cutest Baby Contest on Facebook . Thanks to all of you for your patience and support. We received gave it our best shot and made a strong showing. We earned an impressive 380 votes and made a very respectable showing resulting in third place. Because our little ladybug was a finalist she will receive exposure on the PINXAV site and free product . Since she seems to use a steady supply of diaper rash cream that makes her parents happy! Even though she didn't win first prize she's our #1 baby and pretty darned cute! Now I can stop harassing all of you for votes and get back to the business of regular blogging! Please forgive me for the nudging.  For my Pittsburgh followers, go to the PINXAV Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/Pinxav )  and indicate that you are visiting from Chaton's World and that you live in Pittsburgh.  You can get a free sample of the diaper rash cream! If you are not fr

Thirsty Thursdays (a/k/a a mom seeking votes!)

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Blog Readers! As you know my daughter is a finalist in the Pinxav Cutest Baby Contest on Facebook .  We are still in third place and we are in the last hours of the contest.  (Votes received before 2:00PM 11/4/11 count.) The baby with the most LIKES wins. Please show us your support.  However, be careful and like the correct photo. There has been some confusion. So, be sure and "like" the ladybug! :-) Please use this link below to vote and to direct your friends to vote in the contest. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.294268830601483.86550.214203651941335&type=1&l=fdc857243c . Thanks a bunch! Please have your friends vote too. The ladybug and her fan club thank you!