โ€œMommy Timeโ€ recharging my battery

Ahhh .. the weekend… for most it’s a time to relax… for moms well you see we don’t exactly get to relax. I don’t even think I know how to relax anymore. I remember my husband sent me to the salt caves to detox and I had to sit in a room quietly for an hour with no electronics and relax… at first I thought yes this is what I need! After 15 minutes I wanted to jump out a window… well there were no windows but you get my point right?!?! I forgot how to relax. I’m in charge of little lives now… taking care of a household… keeping my hubby happy… relax isn’t in my vocabulary! My weekends are when I have my husband to help out and we can play man on man defense with our two crazy kids! Weekends are when we run errands as a family. I love this because it’s not just me lugging my 9 month old’s car seat and my gosh she is heavy now, and chasing my toddler around. I have my husbands help and I am so happy to be spending time with him. During the week he is so busy with work and by the time his day ends it’s dinner and bed time routine. And let me just say after a crazy Monday – Friday… I cannot wait for bed time!!!!! There are those special weekend moments though, when my kids are napping, or playing quietly, and my husband is watching golf.. and he says to me “honey why don’t you go out for a little while and take some time for yourself”. My eyes light up… I have that moment of feeling bad to leave my family, but I know I need it to recharge my mommy battery and clear my mind. Sometimes I go to Starbucks, other times to TJ Maxx. I’m not gone long maybe 30 minutes or an hour. It’s just a few minutes alone in my car of quiet time… or blasting my XM radio and singing at the top of my lungs to anything that isn’t on the Disney channel or the Frozen soundtrack! I think moms need these few minutes to themselves. We come home happier, smiling, and much less stressed then when we left the house. Today this is just what I needed…. a little mommy me time. Now I am ready to take on Monday and my two crazy girls. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sugar cookies for the Party!

As most of you know my little Sophia is in preschool and loving it! She loves going to school and seeing her teachers and her friends. As a mom I love seeing my little girl run out the door excited and coming home to tell me about her day and how she can’t wait to go back! It’s an awesome feeling! Her teachers try to plan fun events around the holidays and let the parents join in on the fun. This month is St. Patrick’s Day so I signed up to make the sugar cookies. Of course the cookies need to be homemade and safe for the nut free school! This was no problem for this homemade cookie baking mommy blogger! I was so excited to not only bake for Sophia’s class but to include her in the process. I always say just how important it is to get your kids in the kitchen, well it’s even more important to involve them in something like this. She took extra pride in every step of the process. In the end she told me ” mommy these cookies are so good my friends are going to love them and I am going to tell them I made them by my self “! How exciting is that for a little kid to not only be excited about a class party, but also to bring in the cookies you helped mommy make?! We had so much fun today baking and even made our own homemade frosting. She added the green sprinkles in the end and finished it all with “perfect mommy!” Our time in the kitchen is special. We play music, we dance, we laugh, and today we wore crowns! It’s all about the memories being made. Below is our homemade sugar cookie and frosting recipe, which is a great option if you need to bring a nut safe cookie to school or you just want a yummy sugar cookie to have at home! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients :

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

3 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

1tsp baking soda

1/2tsp baking powder

1/4tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix softened butter and sugar until soft. Add vanilla and mix well. Add egg and whip. Mix in baking powder and baking soda with salt. Slowly mix in flour with spoon till dough forms. Form into 1 inch size balls. Slightly flatten and bake for 8-10 minutes till slightly golden brown. Will still be soft*** let cool completely

Frosting

1 stick butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

In mixer or with hand mixer whip butter add vanilla extract ( I added green food coloring now too *) slowly add sugar scraping sides of bowl after each cup of sugar. If frosting becomes too thick add 1 tsp of milk ๐Ÿ™‚

Healthy dinner in 15 minutes ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

A few nights a week our calendar is pretty filled with events. Sophia loves to be busy and if she is showing interest in an activity we try to get her involved! On those nights that gymnastics or ballet get out at 5:30 I need to act fast with my dinner plans. By the time we get home we have only two hours to squeeze dinner, cleanup, and bath time in before bedtime… and we ALL need bedtime, especially on these days! I love to cook, of course on nights like these it is so tempting to order take out, or stop to eat somewhere on the way home… But it’s so expensive and not healthy. I never know what is being put into my food with msg, calories, and don’t even get me started on going out to eat with two kids! This brings me to tonight’s dinner. I literally had it on the table in 15 minutes! I think what took me the longest was cutting the toppings for the burgers. I probably could have had it ready in 10 minutes if I was being timed and not drinking a beer dancing to Gavin DeGraw on Pandora. This was a meat free burger dinner. You seriously do not miss the meat in these burgers. They are that amazing! I’ll share my quick dinner recipe below along with how I made it all happen ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you try my quickie week night dinner and keep it in your recipe rotation like we do!

Ingredients :

Natures promise black bean veggie burgers chipotle

Cheddar cheese

Jalapeรฑo

BBQ sauce

Mayo

Shredded lettuce

Tomato

Potato bun

Red onion

2 Potatoes

Sour cream

Salt& pepper

Butter

Scallions

Put 2 quick cook potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes wrapped in plastic wrap. Forget about them ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cook veggie burgers with cooking spray on med heat for 5 minutes flipping every few min so they don’t burn add cheddar cheese.

Chop Tomato, onion, jalapeรฑo, scallions. Prep bun with mayo on bottom. * while potato and burger are cooking *

Place burger on bun, top with toppings and add bbq sauce ๐Ÿ™‚ Take potato out of microwave ( be careful) and use knife to pierce plastic wrap to let out steam.

Cut off wrap and open potato. Add butter, cheese , sour cream, scallions, salt & pepper!!!

Enjoy!!!Dinner in 15 minutes !!!!! Wayyyy better than take out!

Target…. why are you so amazing?!?! ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

As I explained my second Target trip in 48 hours to my husband tonight … it got me thinking what exactly is it about the store that makes us women fall so in love. I’m sure for all women there are different things but there are some common grounds for sure! For me… well you see I have trained my 3 year old since she was born the excitement of seeing that big red sign when you get off the highway… for us the Starbucks greeting you as you walk through the doors… and that glorious dollar section that you just can’t walk past without filling up your carriage. And this my mommy friends is all within the first five minutes of walking into the building! How can you not be happy! I feel like I’m on this happy high walking up and down the isles and in those minutes… well…hour I am there…..my girls are happy too! No one is crying… everyone is smiling… maybe it’s the red colors… the happy people… maybe it’s just the vibe in Target. There’s just something about shopping there … moms are happy! You know when people drive Jeeps they have that special wave.. that only people who drive Jeeps know about?!?! Well moms in target have that too it’s called the target look… we all have it, we all give it to each other. It’s that unspoken “yes, we are in our happy place, don’t tell our husbands how much we are about to spend” look. It’s magical. So as I sit here and explain to my husband just what I needed at Target, I went there for diapers,… and a few other small things before yet another snow storm. I realized there’s a much bigger picture. There’s a movement so to speak. There’s a reason moms go to Target and it’s to get happy…. it’s the feel good place… it’s a motherhood. I’m not sure if he’s buying it… but I know I sure am ๐Ÿ™‚ and if you mamas out there are reading this you’re nodding your head too!

My family… my everything

Sunday funday as most call it… I guess that’s what today was! Most of our Sundays start out with church and lunch after, but today was just one of those days where we didn’t stick to our normal schedule. We woke up late, well early if you consider day light savings time… but as a parent my gosh does that throw things off for you and the kids?!?! I don’t know who it’s worse for!! Instead of rushing to get ready we lounged around, the girls played with their toys, we enjoyed our coffee. I finally cleaned the bathrooms which I never find the time to do, even as a stay at home mom,.. there just isn’t enough time in the day to deep clean. We went out for lunch and did a little shopping as a family. It was so much fun. We are closing on our new home in a few weeks so imagining new furniture and paint colors as a family was exciting today, even for the girls! When we got home I got to do a little work on my Normal Mommy collaborations and my husband even got to enjoy some golf! It was one of those lazy Sunday afternoons. When it came time for dinner we decided on Panera. What mom doesn’t run for panera every now and then?!?! Perfect ending to the day if you ask me?!! I had to laugh though… spending so much time home this weekend has had my husband seeing what exactly I do at home with the girls. How I diffuse tantrums or don’t get to go potty by myself. Watching him experience these things for himself … well let’s just say it left a smile on this face … a tiny one… but none the less a smile. Being a stay at home mom isn’t easy… but it’s amazing! All of the events in the day are awesome. I love making memories with my little family but my absolute favorite part of the day is when we end it cuddled up in our king size bed. My girls won’t be little forever, so I am cherishing these moments as long as I can. My family… my everything.

Normal Mommy 1 month Anniversary ๐ŸŽ‰

I have been thinking today about this past month and how much I have learned since starting my mommy blog. I remember sitting down a year ago, still pregnant with Priscilla, with my husband bouncing around blog names and searching for the perfect domain. I was so excited but honestly had no clue what I was doing or how to even start a blog. I ended up having my second baby girl and putting things off for a few months which brings me to this past month! I knew I wanted to start a blog to share my every day life of being a mom to two girls, a baby and a toddler. Share the ups the downs, the tantrums, the good times, the learning experiences, … share it all. Some of my most favorite things about being a stay at home mom are cooking with my daughter and craft time, as messy as those both can be! I love to share just being a normal mom without the glitz and glam. I never knew how exciting this blogger life could be until I started to meet some amazing moms who owned businesses that I have teamed up and collaborated with! How cool is that?!?! Moms are taking care of their kids, running businesses, growing social media accounts, getting dinner on the table, and taking care of the home.. the list goes on! We are rock stars ladies! I am so honored to be a part of this group of women. My husband keeps telling me he sees a sparkle in my eyes again, a pep in my step so to speak. He loves seeing me have inspiration and excitement over something I created and am working so hard on. It isn’t about money it’s about being a mom who also is an entrepreneur. I can honestly say if this path takes me down a road where my only fulfillment is the excitement my daughters’ feel when we get to try out an awesome new product, or the excitement I get when someone new actually reads my blog post… then that is all I will ever need! I am truly blessed. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Normal Mommy! Happy 1 month!

Weeknight dinner in a hurry… amazing pesto pizza๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

When your kids seem to not be feeling well and the weather man is calling for a foot of snow it tends to send a mama into a tailspin. That’s pretty much my scenario for this evening. Sophia has been coughing for a few days with a runny nose and Priscilla started this morning, but for some reason they both just seemed off to me this evening. I decided instead of waiting and worrying with the pending snow within in the next 12 hours I would take them both to the dr to be on the safe side…. and to put this crazy mamas mind at ease. Let’s be honest this years flu season has been scarier then ever, and recently a story came close to our hearts. Thankfully both girls checked out with bad colds and we were on our way home, but it was past 7 pm and we hadn’t even had dinner yet. I thought quick and fed the girls but what about hubby and I.

I quickly prepared this delicious pizza and let me tell you it came together quickly!!!! I normally let my dough sit out for hours to rise but tonight I threw it in the oven for just a few minutes to soften and become easier to roll out. As most of you know I am not eating meat right now after my food poisoning so this was a vegetarian dinner that my husband is still raving over as we sit in bed and I am typing. So I would say it is a hit with meat and veggie lovers alike! I hope you can give this amazing pesto pizza a try! It’s great for this Lent season as a Friday night meal or anytime you want to have a meat free dinner. It would also be delish if you decided to add some grilled chicken!!!

Pizza dough

Buitoni basil pesto 7 oz

Mozzarella cheese shredded 8oz

Feta cheese crumbled 1/4 cup

Spinach 1/2 cup

Broccoli 1/2 cup chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

*Sprinkled garlic powder/ red pepper flakes/ oregano on top to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Roll out dough with flour and place on pizza pan or cookie sheet sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Place in oven for 5 minutes before toppings. Take out dough. It will be slightly golden. Put on pesto and spread evenly. Place mozzarella cheese, spinach, broccoli, feta cheese and spices. Bake for 20-25 minutes until pizza is golden brown and cheeses are melted completely and bubbly. Enjoy!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bloom Kids Essentials

Amazing… first word that comes to mind when I think of this company. From the moment the package arrived I was overly impressed. The owner took the time to write the sweetest note to my newly potty trained toddler. She even included some special princess powers to be the best big sister ever … which was absolute perfection in this mommy’s opinion! Sophia was super excited when the package came and even more excited to wear them! When I opened the paper packaging and felt the fabric I was blown away by the quality of the product. The cotton was so soft and smooth. I could tell these were good quality items and my daughter loved the beautiful kid friendly colors! The company takes pride in being eco-friendly and comfortable. Children, especially toddlers, want to be comfortable when wearing underwear for the first time. These are designed to not ride up on their sweet little tushies and are super comfy on the tummy too! The perfect combination for a little girl to feel comfortable and stylish in their underwear. Sophia put these on this morning and danced around the house. She wore them all day long and begged to keep them on for bed time too! To say she is obsessed with Bloom Kids Essentials underwear is an understatement. To be honest I think this Mama is a little obsessed too! They have got to be the cutest clothes I’ve ever seen on my little girl. I need to start stocking up on these adorable little gems! Thankful we were given this awesome 15% off coupon code: normalmommy to share with all of you that is good till the end of March! Take my word for it and try these undies for your little girl! They are amazing! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–Follow link below to the website!

https://bloomkidsessentials.com

Let me tell you bout my best friend…๐Ÿ’–

When I found out I was having a little girl 4 years ago I cried tears of happiness. I couldn’t believe I was going to be a mom to a baby girl that would some day grow to be my best friend. I imagined what it would be like to do her hair, or paint her nails, or even dress in matching outfits. I don’t think anything prepared me for my daughter truly becoming my best friend though. Think about it I’m a stay at home mom so I spend every day with my sweet girls, watching them grow, teaching them new things, having fun, learning lessons. It only makes sense that a bond would form stronger than anyone could ever explain. I kiss away her boo boos and scare away the monsters. I make things better when someone isn’t nice on the playground or a friend makes her sad. I am the first person there with arms wide open when she is proud of herself or excited when she does something for the first time. But you see a best friend is a two way street… they need to not only accept your love and affection but be there for you too. Sophia is always there for me. Soooo crazy to say that about a toddler but my gosh is it true. When I have a migraine she runs to the freezer to get me an ice pack, or gets her dr kit to examine me and make me all better. She knows when I am sad and to get the blanket and snacks to snuggle. She jumps up and down when I am excited with me and tells me ” mommy I’m so proud of you”. When my husband gives me time on the weekend to run errands alone ..and what mom doesn’t want that after having a long crazy week with the kids, I still take my bestie with me. I mean I am always tempted to run out without her, because the thought of not needing to buckle anyone into a seat and being care free at a supermarket is tempting, but looking at that sweet little face gets me every single time. When she looks at me and says “mama you’re my best friend in the whole wide world” that’s it… I just melt right there! So there you have it! There’s something to be said about a bond between a mother and daughter. I have always had a strong bond with my mom, and now I am beyond blessed to have not one but two beautiful daughters to have as life long best friends. ๐Ÿ’–

Sweet Teething Baby…. the teething monster!

There is nothing cuter then when a little baby smiles and you can see two tiny teeth shining through. That has to be one of my favorite things about having a baby…..just seeing that sweet smile. But now we have to talk about the time leading up to those little chiclets… teething. Let’s just be honest and say it’s pretty awful. You can have the sweetest baby in the world and you throw in teething and it all changes. I worked so hard to get Priscilla on a sleep schedule, sleeping through the night, which we all desperately needed. Now that we are teething, it’s all sorts of messed up. Why does this all have to happen when a baby gets her teeth? It not only effects sleep, but eating, playing, self soothing… everything is completely off all due to these adorable pearly whites. When Priscilla cut her two bottom teeth it literally took two months for them to break through. The poor baby was miserable. She was getting on and off fevers and the worst rashes on her bottom. We had a few months of a break but we are right back in the thick of it now with the top teeth. I am finding P doesn’t want to be put down and wants to be held constantly. She is so cranky and putting every single toy, and non toy, object she can get her hands on in her month. I’ve been trying so hard to find things to keep her happy and soothe her sore gums. I keep thinking my gosh if we as adults had to go through this kind of tooth pain what would it would be like?! I’ve been giving her lots of cool things to bite on and soft foods to chew. I have been doing my best to keep to her sleep schedule because that is the best thing to keep us all sane! But I have decided that if extra snuggles is what she needs to take the ouchies away… why not?!?! How can you turn down a 9 month old saying mama?!?! And how much longer will she want to be snuggled like this before she’s walking and on the go. I’m embracing this teething monster… and showing it who’s Boss. ๐Ÿ˜‚