Get Yourself to Bed! 3 Ways To Ensure You Wake Up Refreshed

You do not have to tell me that it is hard to go to bed after you put your child to sleep for the night.
Once their little heads hit the pillow it feels like it’s “you time,” right? You’re on Facebook, catching up on your favorite shows, getting in a little quality time with your boo, and enjoying the quiet that comes with your kids’ bedtime. But then you find yourself staying up way too late, you wake up groggy the next morning and the cycle continues.
I had to finally realize that I was doing myself no favors by starting the day wishing that I still had more time to sleep. One day it hit me that while yes, my children wear me out, I was complicating matters by not giving my body the rest it needed to recover from a long day.

Why I Avoid Some Classic Cartoons Like the Plague

“Mommy you’re a blockhead!” my son happily exclaimed. I immediately knew who was to blame for my son’s insult. Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin. Well, technically I was to blame for being foolish enough to download the app and let him watch the special but who knew how foul the language on a classic cartoon could be.

 

A blogger recently wrote about the issue. He thinks it’s time to retire the beloved special due to the bullying and negative messages. Folks seem outraged at the suggestion and think that parents today coddle their children too much. I disagree.

 

Teen Mom’s son in dog crate. Totally fine or totally gross?

There is a lot to say about Teen Mom. The controversial show tackles a lot of hot topics from adoption to single parenting and everything in between. It’s difficult to find someone who isn’t passionately in defense or against the show. I’m neutral. I don’t watch it anymore because I’m too exhausted by the time my kids go to bed to do anything but stare at a wall while mindlessly stuffing Oreos in my mouth. However when I was pregnant with my son over 3 years ago I watched 16 & Pregnant religiously during my fits of pregnancy insomnia. I know a bit about the girls and their individual controversies.

Rarely a week goes by that one of the Teen Moms isn’t in the news. Amber Portwood is in jail, Janelle Evans has another questionable boyfriend, and Maci Bookout allegedly let her son ransack a Pacific Sun store.

Cyber Bullying: Felicia Garcia’s Tragic Farewell Via Twitter

According to Rolling Out:

“Felicia Garcia of Staten Island, New York is the second teenager in as many weeks to commit suicide after being bullied.

Reports are that she was the victim of slut-shaming. Slut-shaming, as it is called, is the act of teasing a young woman on social networks and in real life about her rumored sexual history.

Felicia Garcia, who authorities reported had sex with four football players at a party last Saturday night, had become the target of such ridicule and the bullies insulted her up until the moment she ended her own life.

Judging from her final Tweet, ‘I’m done,’ the teenager did not have an army strong enough to stop the bullying and/or to bring the culprits to justice.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN POTTY TRAINING IF YOU WANT TO AVOID LOSING YOUR MIND

 

I sincerely thought potty training would break me. The crying, cleaning, and frustration pushed me to the fringes of parenting sanity. I was on the brink of giving up when the skies parted and bathed me in a soft stream of sunlight as my son decided that he was one hundred percent ready to use the toilet forever. It was exactly like that. I wanted to run through the streets screaming “no more diapers! no more cleaning out the potty! I’m free!”.

It sounds dramatic unless you’ve been there. As someone who’s recently been in the potty training trenches I can tell you that it will get downright scary at times. I promise. However there are a few things to keep in mind before and during the process that might save your sanity.

Be patient.

 

Toddlers with iPads

My kids are 2 and 3 years old. Heading out with them is usually a fun adventure. They’re used to visiting malls, restaurants, and going on road trips since my husband and I have traveled almost nonstop since they were born. But they’re toddlers and toddlers have their moments.

We usually bring the iPad with us if we’re headed to a non child oriented establishment. It’s our security blanket. If someone starts to get loud or cranky we can usually avert disaster with a fun game or movie. We don’t always use it but it’s nice to have it just in case. No child wants to spend a few hours at the mall but it’s a necessary evil. The iPad helps make long trips less painful for everyone.

I noticed recently that when my two-year-old is seated in her stroller using the iPad we receive a lot of sideways glances. Most aren’t friendly looks. I asked my husband whether he noticed it too or if I was being paranoid because I read about some crazed woman stealing an iPad from a 3-year-old. He confirmed that there had been an abundance of salty looks in our direction since we handed our daughter the iPad.

 

SO IN LOVE: 15 FLICKS OF RAPPER EVE AND MAXIMILLION COOPER


Rapper Eve is so in love, rightfully so. The 35-year-old married British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper on June 14, 2014 in Spain. Eve splits her time between the UK and the U.S. Max has four children prior to meeting Eve. Eve revealed to Wendy Williams that she’d like to have children of her own. Eve spoke on where she’ll raise her kids:

There is so much culture and history in Europe. We have culture in the U.S. but you have to look for it. A lot of the kids I’ve met in Europe are more mature because they’ve gotten to travel. In an hour, you can be in a different country.

 

SHOULD AIRLINES HAVE DESIGNED BABY FREE ZONES?


AirAsia, a budget airline in Southeast Asia has begun offering a “Quiet Zone” in its airplanes that is designated for passengers twelve and up. This area is separated from the rest of the airplane by the lavatories and bulkheads in order to prevent the Quiet Zone passengers from being disturbed by the sounds of young children.

We are flying from Boston, Massachusetts to London, UK in a few months. I’m terrified to say the least. I’m a horrible flier as is. Add kids and I am teetering on the fringes of parenting sanity. I flew with my daughter when she was eleven months old and while I didn’t lose my mind I was a sack of nerves. She was a breeze to fly with since she was still nursing. This time around it’ll be me, my husband, my two year old daughter, and three year old son who has never flown before. I’m scared.

 

Flashback Friday: Andrea Kelly Of ‘Hollywood Exes’ – Life Without R. Kelly

We previously sat down to talk with VH-1’s hit reality show “Hollywood Exes” star Andrea Kelly. Today we’re taking a look back at the candid interview. Since this time, Kelly has gone through a second divorce from Brian McKee and recently congratulated and supported daughter Jaya, now known as “Jay” on her decision to become a transgendered male. See what was on Kelly’s mind and what she had to say about love, divorce and moving forward in life.

We’ve come to know Andrea Kelly as the quick witted, straight, no chaser cast member who has stepped out of the shadows of her former musical prodigy and controversial ex-husband, R. Kelly – and hasn’t looked back.

 

EXCLUSIVE @ MOMMYNOIRE: ANDREA KELLY – HOLLYWOOD’S HOMEGIRL


ANDREA KELLY, the quick witted, straight, no chaser cast member of VH-1’s hit reality show “Hollywood Exes” has stepped out of the shadows of her former musical prodigy and controversial ex husband, R. Kelly–and hasn’t looked back.

Andrea spoke candidly with me by phone while in Chicago, where she is actively juggling her dance studios, now based in Chicago and Atlanta, with an LA location on the horizon. She’s also in development of a high end, dance wear line: Anonsia.