Like many people, I have spent the last 10 years eyeballing the Toyota Prius. At first, I laughed at them – there was no way this would catch on! Then, I marveled at them – how neat and quirky they were! More recently, I’ve boiled with envy as they flew past the gas pump while I plunked down all but my firstborn child in exchange for the diesel my car gobbled up like peanuts at a dive bar.

That is the question. I have no problem washing clothes. As a matter of fact, I would be happy to wash clothes all day long. That’s not the issue. The issue is folding & putting away. This is my least favorite chore and one I would be happy not doing, ever.

Step 1 in the breastfeeding basics was to do your homework. Hopefully you have found an intro to breastfeeding class, you’ve been on youtube searching latching tutorials and instructional videos and you’ve picked up a few breastfeeding books. While you’re sitting at home twiddling your thumbs anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival do yourself a favor and actually flip through that book and educate yourself on what to expect.

It’s no secret that I am a much happier person with Swiffer products in my life. Just see for yourself. I wrote previously about my obsession with the Swiffer Sweeper Vac and after all the total fails of purchasing other vacuums, I discovered the sweeper vac. It lasted me 3 whole years, people. 3 years of sucking up all kinds of junk. It’s a definite “mom must-have” and I would give you all one, if I had my way.

If you’ve ventured over to my personal blog www.mamasurfs.com you would notice that my 4 month old son is very rarely photographed wearing clothing. He goes naked majority of the time for a few reasons: 1. That baby chub is just too cute to cover up and 2. It’s far too hot and humid for my little guy to rock anything more than a diaper and the occasional lightweight t-shirt.

A few years ago when my daughter was 18 months old and starting to draw everywhere, I decided to give her a wall to color on. I went to Home Depot, picked up a can of chalkboard paint for only $9 and turned my hallway into Audrey’s future masterpiece. I taped off one long chalkboard on one side and three smaller rectangles on the other. It has been my best idea yet! She has walls that she can color on, preventing her from sneaking off behind my back and turning my other walls into her own pieces of art. Over the last few years we have worked on learning colors, shapes, and letters; she even wrote her name for the first time on it. We play matching games, I write little notes on it, and enjoy decorating it for parties and on holidays.

I love to cook! I subscribed to satellite television for the sole purpose of the Food Network Channel. Okay, and for Grey’s Anatomy. I used to spend several hours a week planning my weekly menus and challenging myself to create new and exciting dishes to eat. I would spend an hour or two every night cooking a fun, delicious and oftentimes intricate meals. Beef bourgiugnon, tamales, pies, the more challenging, the more I enjoyed making it. It gave me a sense of accomplishment when I could make something incredible out of raw ingredients.

Crazy right? With Upromise, that’s exactly how it works. Upromise is a great savings program with your future (or your child’s future) in mind. They partner with online retailers, restaurants and more, to help you put money in the bank. It’s really easy too! All you have to do, is log into your free Upromise account, pick the store you would like to shop at, buy through the link, and the savings are automatically put into your Upromise account. Every store has a slightly different savings rate. For example, right now, Target.com is offering 2% of your purchase. That means, 2% of how ever much you spend online at Target will get saved! And you don’t have to do anything at all, but shop like you usually would. 2% doesn’t sound like much, and I am certain this won’t build your child’s entire college fund. But, here’s what I figure. We shop at Target very frequently in my family. I generally buy the majority of my home decor, some clothing, baby gear, movies, etc. I estimate we spend about 50 bucks a week just at Target. Going on that average, we will be putting 52 bucks a year into a savings fund. Not much right? My daughter is only 1. If we keep doing that, she will have 881 bucks to put towards college, just from shopping at Target. Gonna pay for her entire tuition? No way. Is 881 bucks going to help a lot? You bet!


I was introduced to this amazing bike carrier a few months ago while visiting with my husbands parents.  They were camping at a beach nearby so we decided to visit for the day.  While we were there we saw a dad riding his bike with his toddler.  Unlike most bike carriers we’ve seen, this one was different and we were sold on it immediately!  Most bike carriers are mounted onto your bike from behind, only allowing your child to look at either your back, or the views from the side.  Well, guess what?  The WeeRide mounts to the FRONT of your bike, allowing your child to be able to fully see what is going on in front of them.  Not only do I love the fact that my child is able to look at more than my back, I love the fact that I can keep an eye on what he is doing while still paying attention to where I am riding.  Having them in front of you also makes communicating with them 100% better.  Which is worth it to me.