November 30, 2006
Posted by Justice Fergie at 9:09 AM
November 29, 2006
Warning! A shameless plug follows...
My auntie has been a certified aromatherapist for the past several years and recently made her products available online. Check her out at www.oilsscentsandmore.com The gift baskets are cute gift ideas for everyday occasions (i.e. Get Well, Housewarming, Vacation, etc.) I have used several of her products and they really do work! My favorites (so far) are the Headache Blend (I use it all the time) and the Kitchen Synergy Blend to clean all kitchen surfaces. And she'll even customize a blend for you if you tell her what ails ya...
And now back to your regularly scheduled progam :-)
Posted by Justice Fergie at 9:13 PM
Thanks for the wholesomebabyfood.com link J. Jones! It led me to wholesometoddlerfood.com which is exactly what I needed. I have to pack DD's lunch everyday and I'm often at a loss as to what to send. [For example, the curry shrimp I made last night wasn't the best thing to send for her today] Also, I am getting tired of the usual Teddy Grahams and Dole Fruit Cups for snacks. Anyhoo, this website has lots of good suggestions, not only for food, but for learning and crafts too - and they're all printable. Check this recipe out - I'll think I'll make her some tonight!
CHICKEN POTATO CHOWDER
1/3 C. diced and cooked boneless breast or ground chicken 1/4 C. cubed and cooked potato 3 T. shredded mild Cheddar or American cheese 1/4 C. milk 2 tsp. butter Peas, carrots and/or cornMix chicken, veggies, potato, milk, and butter in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in cheese. Serve warm.
Posted by Justice Fergie at 3:31 PM
"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"
Ummm, how come none of the other justices are posting? Let me apologize to the MamaLaw readers right away - reading a blog entirely about my life is sure to be mind-numbing. Please stay awake. We'll see if we can't get the other Mamas to post...I know for a fact that they each have tons of excitement going on in their mama lives: a new home purchase-mastitis-job hunting-nanny issues-pregnancy updates - all [hopefully] infinitely more exciting than nursery school waiting lists and artichokes.
[I hope that you took a sec to click on my "Bueller" link - I put in work to find that one!
"...I stay fly. No lie. You'll notice. BALLIN'!"]
Posted by Justice Fergie at 9:01 AM
November 28, 2006
Posted by Justice Fergie at 8:26 PM
November 27, 2006
GirlTrip 2004 (Bahamas) - Sad Turnout
GirlTrip 2005 (Chicago) - Sorry (Diva) Turnout
Girltrip 2006 (Houston) - No Turnout!
I have hopes that we'll get it together one day. In light of the pathetic success rate of our yearly GirlTrips, maybe I should have been focusing on a 5-year reunion instead. Can you believe 2007 is pratically here?
November 20, 2006
November 18, 2006
Posted by Justice Fergie at 11:50 PM
November 17, 2006
You know what we're talking about... Sometimes, you just need some time for you. Being a mom is a full-time, 24-hour, 7-days a week job, and sometimes we need and deserve a little break. Because we are so busy doing for others, we often forget that we need attention too! Whether it be going to get your nails done (ha!), reading a favorite book or magazine (ha! ha!), or ordering a Venti-Skim-White-Chocolate-Mocha with Whip (you get the skim so you can get the whip!), taking the time to regroup and renergize will not only benefit you, but it will benefit those around you to be a happy and grounded mom. So, drop the kids off with a friend. Take the day off of work. Or take a trip to Borders after the little ones are asleep. But remember that there's only one YOU and that you need to treat her special :-)
Ready to plan your mental health day? Check out this mama blogger for ideas.
Found this one too - clearly, she's talking to US!
We'd love to hear how your mental health day went...
(I know I'm breaking my "1 law per week rule" but hey, I'm on a roll)
Posted by Justice Fergie at 12:42 PM
November 15, 2006
In-laws should be more understanding during the Holidays:
Every Christmas, since I met DH, have been spent with his family partly or wholly. That's worked out great for him, but I think that we've created the erroneous expectation that we should spend every Christmas with them. I would like to spend Christmas with my family. The problem is that because we've done it this way for some time now, DH believes that we should simply continue the tradition. It's a point of contention with us...so much so that I don't even want to think about it any more. How should I handle it?
Posted by Justice Ny at 6:19 PM
Isn't the holiday season supposed to be about Joy, Peace and Happiness? How come as soon as Halloween is over the country loses its mind? Decorations go up, "seasonal items" aisles appear in the grocery, and don't get me started on the doggone Red Envelope catalogues I receive everyday. Then you start thinking about your holiday plans. Should I invite people over? Should we go to (fill in the blank)'s house? If we go there, will (fill in the blank) be offended? How much is airfare? Do I have to cook? Do we have room for all those people? And the gift thing just puts me over the top. Quick! Make my holiday gift list. Gotta start early this year. Dang! I'm already late. Maybe I'll shop online. Nope, can't - the item is on backorder/shipping is a rip-off/the item can't be delivered until January 17th. Dare I venture into a brick and mortar store??
I was just telling my friend this morning that last year's Christmas shopping was a nightmare. I got started late and I was 6 months pregnant and determined to purchase the best educational, fun and exciting toys for my then-1-year old. I carefully compiled a list of everything I wanted to get for her and went to......Toys R Us. [I know, all you veteran moms go ahead and laugh - but I didn't know any better!] But alas, here I was, in the middle of, well, BEDLAM. I kid you not. Nothing was on the shelves. They were really and truly bare. Why? Every single item was on the floor. People were wading through toys and screaming at each other, and you could forget about asking a salesperson for help. I heard one salesgirl tell a woman: "Ma'am, you'd better just grab something, buy and wrap it up, 'cuz ain't nothin' left." I was like, this can't be for real. So I went to register, begged to skip the line, bought a Kit-Kat and went outside for a mental-health break (I take those fairly often by the way). Once I re-grouped, I went back inside, managed to find a few decent toys (absolutely nothing from my list, mind you) and waited in the mile-long lines to checkout. Oh, did I not mention the mile-long lines? For the life of me, I cannot understand why a store has 10 checkout lanes if they only ever open 3?? I mean, if you're not going to open all 10 lanes on December 23rd, then WHEN ARE you going to open them?
But this year will be different. For Thanksgiving, I am ordering the meal from La Madeleine. I am looking forward to it. As for Christmas, we have officially decided that we are going to Atlanta to my sister-in-law's house. That means my first Christmas EVER without my Mommy and my sister (they're gonna rent a vacation house in Sanibel with some of my other family members so they won't even miss me) BUT it also means a couple of other things: (1) No tree! I mean, I'll put up my other decorations for the heck of it, but finding, putting up/taking down, and decorating the tree always takes the most time; (2) Nobody tearing up my house! I love my family. I really do. But having guests means cleaning up your house perpetually, making sure that everyone has what they want to eat and drink; showing people how to work the cable remote; reminding people not to turn on the microwave while the diswasher is running (it'll trip the circuit); turning off extra lights so that my DH doesn't have a fit and on and on; (3) No cooking! Sure, I'll make a dish. Heck, I might even make 2. But I don't have to worry about the entire meal, grocery shopping, table settings and whatnot; and finally (4) Only a few gifts! We're doing a family gift exchange so we each picked numbers and are buying gifts for one family instead of 5. And of course I'll end up getting 3 or 4 gifts for K-dizzle and the same for L-Boogie. Now, I promise, I'm not a Grinch. I LOVE the holidays but lately they have become more stressful than joyful. So, I'm making a change.
This year, my holidays are going to be SIMPLE. Holla if you hear me.
November 14, 2006
The funny thing is, it's not like I don't have 5,000,000 other things to do. But doing this is way more interesting than folding the mountain of laundry that has piled up at the foot of our bed. Things are looking up though: I've begun to notice a pattern - every day when I do my cleaning routine, I start in the kitchen, go to the dining room, pass through the girls' bedroom and bathroom and by the time I get to our room, I'm beat. So I "leave it for tomorrow" and then the same thing happens all over again. And so our room looks like "the Wreck of the Hesperus" as my mom and granny would say. So, now that I've identified the problem, what to do? Why stop off in the office, logon and blog of course ;) Hey, nobody's perfect. Besides, who has time to fold laundry - Gilmore Girls is on and Lorelai and Chris are dating again.
Posted by Justice Fergie at 8:41 PM
November 13, 2006
When do we make men accountable for their inadequacies as opposed to just discounting them because they are "just men" and don't know any better?
Ok, I really can't take credit for this timeless question - Justice PJ came up with it. The problem is that she says she "doesn't have the time to blog." But let me tell you..if she can manage taking care of 3 children (all under 5), being a great wife, looking fly, AND teaching a law course, all while nursing...then she can definitely handle (and use) a l'il ol' mommy blogging. Yes, that is a dare chica :)
MamaLaw has arrived. It's about time that us mommies set some rules to manage the chaos that has seemingly taken over our lives. Between us four, savvy, professional moms, we can surely come up with life laws to simplify the drama that takes place in our everyday lives - whether it be at the dinner table, the changing table, or the conference table...
Court Is Now In Session!
Posted by Justice Fergie at 2:03 PM