Mommy Talk: Date Your Kids

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I sat across the table from Micah. I watched as a big smile lit up her face.

“Thanks for taking me to lunch, Mommy. This is the best day ever,” she said, her crooked smile getting wider and wider.

It melted my heart.

I focus so much on the day to day that I let those special times with my daughters get lost in the jumble of laundry, making dinner and homework. It becomes the last thing on the list, the optional thing that can be crossed off if need be.

But as I sat across from my daughter, eating pancakes doused in strawberry syrup, I realized that I had it all wrong.

How can she trust me if everything else is more important than her?

What I’ve discovered is that parenting is intentional. I became a mother seven years ago and quickly discovered that there are no instructions on how to raise a well rounded, respectful daughter. But the one thing that I’ve learned in seven years that trumps any other “tip” is that being intentional will save your child.

Part of being intentional is going on dates with your kids. They need to feel special, loved, listened to, cherished. Just like I do as a wife.

Lunch with my daughter this weekend proved one thing to me. She needs the attention and I should put aside my “busy work” and lavish it on her.

These days will fly by and before I know it, my seven year old will be seventeen and won’t want to spend any time with me. Unless I make an intentional investment of my time now.

I can’t see into the future, but I know that the time I invest in my girls now, will give me great returns down the line.

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Eat: Chicken and Dumplings

Now, this is one of those comfort food recipes that must, must, MUST be in your recipe book. It’s bordered on the chillier side here for the past few days and I got a request for chicken and dumplings. It’s something that I make so rarely, that it’s super special when I do make it.

Don’t worry. It’s super simple.

Here’s the deets:

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INGREDIENTS

1 large rotisserie chicken, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 cup chopped carrots

1 medium onion, diced

1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth

2 bullion cubes

salt and pepper to taste

DUMPLINGS

2 cups of flour

2 cup chicken broth

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs, beaten

PREPARATION

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  • Saute celery, carrots and onion in butter until soft. Butter makes it better.

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  • Add chopped rotisserie chicken, broth, bullion cubes, salt, pepper and enough water to cover all ingredients
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, let simmer while preparing dumplings

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  • In a mixing bowl, combine dumpling ingredients and mix well to form a stiff batter. Drop by tablespoonfuls into simmering soup.
  • Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

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Watch: The Coalition

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I’ve been on the whole making dreams happen kick lately and realizing that it’s time to get it. I’ve been a reader of a blog for while and this woman is truly living her dream.

She’s a writer and a director. And she made a movie. Like she went out and made it happen. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

So I moseyed my way to Netflix and watched her movie, The Coalition and let me tell you, I felt proud. Proud because I suddenly realized that making stuff happen is real. And I just had an overwhelming need to say thanks for the inspiration.   It was right on time.

And the movie, y’all, was really really good. It was a fresh concept and it had so many twists and turns I didn’t know what to expect.

So if you’re searching for something good to watch, check it out. You’ll be pleased.

Michelle

Starting Something

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

–Stephen King

I quit my job in March of 2011. I was pregnant with my third child and we were moving from Philadelphia to Tampa, Florida. I was scared to stay home. I had two daughters and all I had ever known was dropping them off to daycare. Overnight, I shed my working mom title and became a stay at home mom.

That was a shock to my system but I adjusted and I’ve pretty much got a firm handle on things. Wake up, get two out of three littles off to school, clean/cook, homework, bedtime, rinse, repeat. But now that I do have such a good hold on the home stuff, it’s time for me to take my dreams off pause.

And that’s where the scary comes in.

It was sort of a relief to be able to hide behind being a mom. Oh three kids, you  get a pass. But now I have elementary aged kids and a toddler. It’s time for me to give up my pass and get to work on making things happen in my life.

I want to write a novel. I want to start a publishing company and extend that dream to others.

The past two years, I let my creativity go for more practical things like changing diapers and cooking dinner. Those things are no doubt important but it’s time to focus on me again.

I’m ready to start something. It’s scary but it’s time.

Michelle

Decorating a Rental: One Room at a Time

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Decorating a rental is hard. Let’s be real. Most places don’t allow you to paint walls and reno is definitely out. So if you don’t like that random wall that closes off the kitchen from the living room, you’re out of luck.

I’ve lived in rentals for the last 8 or so years and the first couple of rentals I did zero decorating. They were transitional places and I didn’t want to commit to anything.

Fast forward to our current rental and my thoughts have totally changed. I want to feel at home. I want to see pretty things when I walk in the door.

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The way I went about decorating was simple. Pops of color are my best friend. I’ve discovered that textiles and accessories really finish a room. Just like getting dressed. Nothing finishes off an outfit like a scarf and a bracelet.

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When we got married a hundred years ago, I loved these purple chairs. We found them at a department store that was going out of business. I still love them but they’re huge. Back when we first got married my husband and I could both fit it one…AT THE SAME TIME. Now not so much.

They have been a challenge because they are eggplant (read: purple), any color I choose has to work with them.

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For awhile now, peacocks have been stuck in my head and the colors I chose for the living room are based on the beautiful bird.

My palette is literally this feather:

I’m working the chartreuse, turquoise and gold into the room in small doses.

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The room is small so every piece that I choose has to be functional. I’m happy with the way the room is coming along but I have so many more plans for the space.

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What tips do you have for decorating a rental?

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