Mama Said

“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.”

Buddy Hackett

Food is an Important Part of a Balanced Diet

Italian Meatloaf with Smashed Red Potatoes

This comfort food recipe is brought to you by Amy Clark in her blog Mom Advice and includes a link to, get this, pumpkin cornbread muffins!!! YUM!

Mothers of Invention

This step by step tutorial for a tissue number birthday sign from Prudent Baby is fairly easy and a really cute touch for any birthday party – big or small!

Mama Said

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

— Erma Bombeck, American humorist

Food is an Important Part of a Balanced Diet

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Who could resist a crunchy sweet and salty treat on a dreary day? Not us! Pam shares this quick fix kid friendly treat with us from her blog For the Love of Cooking.

Mothers of Invention

Question: How long does it take for children to get their clothes dirty?

Answer: The amount of time it takes them to reach drink, food, paint, ink, the great outdoors, ad infinitum.

Never fear, Simply Modern Mom gives us a tutorial for an adorable reversible skirt! Sure the other side will probably last as long as the first, but the term “do over” should always be included in the mommy vocabulary!

The Playdate

By Marilyn Kentz


Years ago, whenever my nine-year-old had a playdate with a friend after school I would rejoice over the bonus free time I’d get – especially if it was an impromptu phone call from school. Elated, I’d usually cram in way too many tasks or talk on the phone the whole time or even dare to take a nap. So when the time would arrive to pick up my daughter I’d be rushed to head back home, put dinner on the table and do her homework. Did I say do? I meant, help her. I would want a “clean” pick up – this means no girls giggling and hiding, no taking thirty minutes to find shoes and absolutely no begging to stay.  It didn’t usually work out in my favor. The other mom, who was most likely busy herself, would inevitably invite me in. Inwardly, I’m a frustrated control freak who never allocates enough time for chitchat. Outwardly, I’d throw this cheesy smile around like I thought our daughters’ antics were adorable, and then feel pressured to accept the invitation of the cup of coffee. I mean, how many times can you say, “Sorry, I’ve got Lean Cuisine melting in the back seat”? I cannot believe my impatience. I should know better, too, because whenever I’d relax and allow myself that little bit of extra time, I always benefited. We all do. The kids would get to practice female bonding for a little while longer, the other mom enjoyed the company of someone who’s in the same place in life, and I’d find out that there was a report due.

Mama Said

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.”

Jill Churchill, Author

Photo by Isaac Alongi

Mothers of Invention

Heart Shaped Bird Feeder

This simple project from Cindy Hopper at Alphamom will keep the kids busy and the neighborhood birds happy!

Food is an Important Part of a Balanced Diet

Clean Out The Pantry CrockPot Chili

Here is a seriously easy and hearty meal for a cold day when all you want to do is ladle something nutritious in their bowls and be done with it! This recipe is brought to you by Stephanie O’Dea, creator of the blog A Year of Slow Cooking – 365 days of CrockPot recipes. Check out the link for crockpot cornbread too!