Category Archives: SAHM

Things I’m Loving Lately

I had a really great, but BUSY Christmas season.  I have been baking and cooking up a storm, and spending lots of quality time with my family.  There are a few things I have discovered lately that I’m really loving, and I thought I’d share them with you today 🙂

Babycakes Cupcake Maker

I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond a couple of days ago and found this cupcake maker on the “As Is Merchandise” shelf.  It had been a display model, so it was marked down to $14.99 from $29.99, and I also had a 20% off coupon.  So I paid $13 for a $30 appliance!

The Babycakes lets you make 8 mini cupcakes at a time, and it only takes 5 minutes.  Using this really couldn’t be easier.  All you do is put the liners in, spoon a heaping tablespoon of cake batter into each cup, and let the machine work its’ magic for a few minutes.  This is perfect for when you just want a little sweet snack, and you don’t feel like turning on the oven.  I used this yesterday, and my three year old helped me decorate the cupcakes.


Yes, I was quite late getting onto the Pinterest train!  But now that I’m on it, I can’t believe how many great ideas and recipes I’ve already found.  People are so creative.  I think I joined Pinterest last Monday, and within a couple of days I had already made 3 recipes I had found on there!  How cute are these Santa hat pretzels that I made?

While I’m not one of those people who will spend hours and hours on Pinterest, I love that there’s always new inspiration to be found there whenever I need it.

Professor Layton and the Last Specter

This was a Christmas gift from my husband.  I LOVE this series and I have beaten all the previous games at least twice.  The Last Specter is the fourth game in the series, and serves as a kind of prequel to the previous three games.  I am about halfway done and the puzzles on this game are the most challenging yet.  I also love that there are more minigames in this one, so even when I beat the main story, I can still get hours of enjoyment from this game.

The Caster Chronicles

A couple of weeks ago I was stuck in bed with a stomach virus, and I read the entire 600 page Beautiful Creatures in about 15 hours.  I am currently in the middle of Beautiful Darkness.  The novels are set in the small Southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina, where everybody knows everybody’s business, and anybody different is not welcome.  So when the beautiful and mysterious Lena moves into town to live with her infamous recluse of an uncle, everybody takes notice…especially Ethan Wate, who is exasperated with his small town life since the death of his mother a few months prior.

I am liking this story because of the fact that the writers put so much detail into everything.  I hate YA books where everything just magically falls into place, and the love between the two main characters seems to happen instantly.  It’s just not realistic.  In the Caster Chronicles, events happen in a more leisurely pace, and I really like it that way.

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer is a book blog I discovered a few weeks ago.  It is run by the awesome Kathy, and she hosts many blog hops and always has several giveaways going on!  I am hoping to be able to participate in a few of the blog hops in the upcoming year.


Let me know of anything you are loving lately!  Wishing all of my readers the best in the New Year!

What I’m Reading Right Now

For my whole life, I have always been a big, big fan of reading.  My mom says I started when I was 3!  In high school, I was the girl who checked Shakespeare anthologies out from the library and read them…for FUN.

This love has only been made deeper since I got my Nook.  I love being able to take it anywhere instead of a thick book.  And, I love being able to read whatever I want, instantly.  The only problem (if you would call it that), is that with my Nook I tend to be in the middle of several books at once.  It takes me longer to finish them this way, but I like the variety.  Maybe I am weird. 🙂

So, this is what I am reading this week.


Bossypants, by Tina Fey— I love Tina in everything I have ever seen her in, especially 30 Rock.  In this book she tells anecdotal stories from her life, skipping around from childhood, to marriage, to her parents.  She writes with a dry humor and a somewhat short, choppy style, and I like it.  I can imagine her doing all of the things I am reading, which makes it funnier.


Crossed, by Ally Condie–Dystopian fiction is now a huge genre, and will probably only get bigger with the release of The Hunger Games movie next year (which was a GREAT series, by the way).  “Crossed” is the second book in the “Matched” series and was just released last week.  The story takes place in a not so distant future, where a person’s whole life is controlled by the powers that be, even down to their death.  When a girl turns 17, she is matched with a boy from her community, and they are to be lifelong partners.  Cassia is happy to discover that she has been matched with her best friend, Xander.  But she soon finds out that this may not have been entirely correct.  Did the government actually make a mistake, or are they just playing mind games with Cassia?  The first book was very fast moving and clever, and I cannot wait to finish this one–even though it probably means another long wait for the next book.


Darke, by Angie Sage–This is the sixth book in the “Septimus Heap” series.  In case you haven’t noticed yet, I do like to read books in series!  It allows an author to give a deeper study into a character, which I think is difficult to accomplish in just one book.  I guess some would compare this series to Harry Potter, and yes the two do have some things in common…wizards, spells, adventures without parents, etc.  But I think this is a much darker series than Harry Potter.  At the ends of the books, not everything is always wrapped up in a happy ending.  I’m not sure if this is the last book in the series, but I do know I have enjoyed it so far and I don’t know why it isn’t more popular.

Do you love reading?  What are you into right now?  I know some might give me flak for reading “Young Adult” series, but honestly I love them and they are definitely page turners.  I know there are many adults out there who feel the same!

Are You SURE It’s Just a Phase?

As a parent of a small child, there are some things you secretly hope he will never outgrow.  How he wakes up in the morning, races to your bed, and says, “Cuddle you, Mom.”  The adorable way he pronounces some of his sentences: “I’m berry hungee!”  The way he almost instantly falls asleep at night even though he protests when you put him to bed.

Then there are those things you can’t wait for him to be done with.  The fact that he pretty much has no concept of inside/outside voice, especially in public places…like church.  That even though you are done with diapers, he still calls you from the bathroom for you to come wipe his butt.  And the pickiness.  The. Freaking. Pickiness.

My son will be three next month, and it has been a battle for the last half of his life to get him to eat anything.  Every time I bring him to the pediatrician, she assures me that since his weight is fine and since  he is steadily growing, his eating habits are not affecting him.  “It’s just a phase toddlers have, he will grow out of it.”  I’m always told to keep him on his multivitamins to “stimulate his appetite.”  But his appetite itself is not the problem–lately I’ve been seeing him eat more and more of the foods he does eat…he’s just not trying anything new.

Nate has a VERY limited list of foods he will eat–I’d say maybe 30?  And most of that list is fruit.  I have been told by many parents, “Well you’re lucky there–my kid won’t even touch fruit!”  And I am by no means complaining because my child eats so much fruit.  I just wish he would eat the same things my husband and I eat, so we could have meals together.  When we go out to eat, we have to look at the menu online before we decide on a place to make sure they will have french fries–pretty much the only thing Nate will eat from a restaurant.  I’m sure ya’ll know this, but food culture is HUGE in the South, and even more so in Louisiana.  We have big family dinners probably once or twice a month, and when we go to eat at my family’s home, I have to either bring Nate’s own food, or call and make sure they have something in the fridge he will eat.  Everyone is fixing their plates and sitting down to eat,  while I’m in the kitchen cutting up a hot dog for my son.

Like most mothers, I feel at least somewhat at fault for Nathan’s eating habits.  Was I wrong for feeding him organic baby food as an infant instead of skipping to table food?  Maybe.  But he is my first and only child and I honestly did what I thought was best.  Since I am somewhat of a picky eater, is it possible that it could be genetic?  Who knows?  On the opposite end of the spectrum, my husband eats almost anything, so genetics may not be to blame.

I have been given so much advice, both solicited and unsolicited, that I honestly don’t know what to do about the problem anymore.  One thing I have heard again and again is, “If he doesn’t want to eat what you want to give him, just don’t give him anything else.  When he gets hungry enough, he’ll eat it.”  This sounds unnecessarily cruel–I refuse to ever starve my child.  On the other hand, it seems like he’s getting old enough to where this picky eating problem needs to come to a halt.  I continue  to try to feed him whatever my husband and I are having for dinner, but he refuses even a bite.  I can’t very well force the food into his mouth.

As it is now, we seem to be at a stalemate.  Nate has his 3 year checkup in a couple of weeks, and I’m anxious to hear what the doctor will have to say.  In the meantime, I’m open to any and all suggestions anyone else wants to give me!