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Archive for July, 2013

A laugh for you, wine for me!

How is it Wednesday?  These days are flying by!

Brian and I switched up the daycare pick-up/drop-off days, so that I get a few of the ‘fun’ pick-ups instead of all the sad drop-offs.

It seems to be working better, although I was so frustrated/tired/stressed leaving work last night that i arrived at pick-up in tears.  I think our daycare provider has seen me cry more than my husband has!

It’s days like yesterday that I thank the stars for Dolly Parton: “Momma always told me there’d be days like this…”

One foot in front of the other and off we go!

We’ve actually been doing moderately OK.  Princess Fusses A Lot (we are using her royal name to get her used to it when she is betrothed to Prince George) has had a good few days.  Although they did call from daycare on Monday to tell us that she had eaten all of her bottles by 12:15.  A rough afternoon was had by all!  Fortunately, we left some backup formula there, but I’m thinking we are going through a growth spurt…

Ok, real quick, since I have to run into the office early and I was hoping to sneak into the shower and wash my hair (yesterday I only managed to remember to condition, which made for a pretty, sweated, greasy, matted down mess by the end of the day) and shave my legs (good lord I’ll need a chainsaw).

I’ve needed some ‘de-stress’ time in the evenings lately, so the good news is that I’ve been rocking the FitBit‘s world… this has happened 4 days in a row now!  Woohoo!  (Note: Why is my ass and ‘baby bump’ not getting any smaller?  Could it have to do with the dish filled with chocolate at work?)


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And, for the fun portion of this post, check out this site- I was laughing out loud at what’s to come!



And, for the wine portion- we’re heading down to MD this weekend and I’m so excited to sit with my sister and drink some wine in her kitchen!  Woohoo!  The very thought is what’s getting me through this week!  Love you, Bride-to-Be!  Now, go sit on your ass and stop beating me in steps on the FitBit!

I got nothing…

It’s 5:51am, I’m trying to write this with a baby in my left arm, my coffee in my right, while typing and giving doggie snuggles with the tips of my fingers.

We had a great weekend filled with long walks, shopping, grilling and good, quality family time.

And then Sunday evening happened, and after the piles of laundry, the meal prep, the baby prep and sneaking in a few extra baby kisses, there was no time, energy or brain power left for a post. Plus, to be honest, in the grand scheme of things are weekend was really boring!

Brian worked Saturday so we went with to walk around Providence and indulge in a little retail therapy! Nordstrom was sold out of AGL’s in 38.5… How does that even happen? And, since I’m only buying purses and handbags until my baby belly fully goes away and I can wear my work clothes and breathe at the same time, I was forced to pick up some cute things for Maddie…

On Sunday, Maddie cried and fussed from 6am until 8pm with only a few cat naps and some brief moments of silence. By Sunday night I wanted nothing more then 15 minutes of quiet and a LARGE glass of wine.

So, that was our weekend- tell me you did something wild and crazy! Let me live vicariously!

XO, Mer


Oh Shit. It’s Wednesday…

How did that happen?

Where is the time going?

Is it time to write the first college tuition check?

True confession of a tired mom: I didn’t prep my posts this past weekend.  I didn’t do my homework.

That means that I’m sitting here trying to choose between prepping a blog post, hoping on the treadmill for a few extra steps today, or prepping a bottle and running upstairs to wake Maddie a few minutes early and steal a few extra minutes with her.

The reality: I’ll rush through this post, hope on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and rush upstairs to feed Maddie, dripping sweat from my workout and feeling rushed that everything took longer then I expected.

Finding balance wasn’t easy for me prior to motherhood.  Now it just feels impossible.  I’ve had to work late these last few days, which means I come home to a grumpy-it’s-almost-time-for-bed baby, who really isn’t in the mood to be cute and cuddly.  Daycare is going well, and she comes home tired and ready for bed by 7pm.  Add in some later nights, some Boston traffic, some rain and I’m getting about 15 minutes of face-to-face baby time in the evening.


And, that is the reality of ‘working mom tales’.  I feel tired.  Stressed.  Spread thin.  Frustrated.  Like I’m going through the motions but only giving about an 80% effort (which I’m totally fine with if we are talking treadmill workouts, but not motherhood or work!).

I need another two hours in the day.  Another 3,000 steps in my daily totals.  And, lord almighty, i really need a pedicure.  Oh, and maybe a winning lottery ticket?  I could use a week with the hubby and Maddie by the water.  With wine.  Sand between our toes.  Someone else preparing the meals.

I’ve eaten crustless quiche for 4 out of 6 of the last meals in the last two days.  Crustless because we forgot the crust at the store. Quiche because it makes for a super easy breakfast and dinner- and it only takes one dish to make.  I don’t think I had it for lunch, but honestly, at this point I can’t even remember.

And, on that note, I’m ending the babbling.  Racing down to the treadmill for a few minutes and then racing upstairs to grab the baby, grab my coffee and grab a few minutes of floor time and baby giggles!

Here’s hoping that you relate to some part of this post (and can confirm it gets better!) and that you have a spare beach house we can borrow sometime in August (oh, and your shirtless Italian nephew, Mario, is the cook and butler?  Done and done.)  We’re happy to provide a sad, rescued greyhound and a skittish lab-chow mix for collateral.  Or long-term loan.  Just be forewarned that they pee on the coffee table.  Regularly.

Happy Hump Day,


A quick pic from my early morning ‘check in’- before I grabbed my first cup of coffee and begin chanting chug, chug, chug!

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Collateral… Damage!

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I Need Another Weekend…

One weekend is definitely not enough to fit in the laundry, errands and baby cuddles that I need to fit in!

So, I’m going to be brief this morning- you’ll have to come back for a wordier post when I’ve got more wine, more coffee and/or more time!

So, this morning, suck down your coffee and enjoy the photo recap of the weekend- that’s what I’ll be doing (as I race around in my SPANX trying to find a suit that still fits…).

I started my friday night off right-

A special package from Steffi J- with Maddie’s first CD (and 5 others for Momma!).

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And, as if that mail wasn’t enough!  A magical box of needlepoint came from the stitching fairies.  They are so nice to send me *free* gifts every few weeks :-)  It makes my husband so happy when they arrive…

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Maddie and I had craft time on Saturday- prepping things for Meg’s bridal shower!  She was incredibly enthusiastic, but not particularly productive!  But, we had lots of baby giggles…

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This was my view on Sunday morning… we slept in until 6:30am and Gabby and Fendi were NOT happy about the delayed breakfast service.

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And, Bon Jovi was playing at Patriots Place, which we totally didn’t realize when we stopped at Trader Joe’s there to do our weekly grocery shopping… There was a woman so decked out for the concert with the largest watermelons that we had ever seen… Brian has been talking about it non-stop and made me take this photo to help Lance better understand the situation.

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And on that note, I’m off to start the work week!

What were your weekend highlights?  Can you even imagine boobs that big?

XO, Mer


Friday Favorites- Pinterest Food

It never fails-

Every time I look at Pinterest, I get hungry.

Have you found any good recipes or cooking tips on Pinterest lately?  Feel free to post a link on the Tales of A Working Mom Facebook page and share the love (and calories!) with your fellow readers!

Here are 3 recipes that I’m absolutely going to try this weekend:

Crab Rangoon Cups

Oh yeah!  These look awesome and super easy to put together.  Honestly, I might serve them as dinner with a big, green salad!

Crab Rangoon



Parmesan Quinoa Pancakes w/ Whipped Tomato and Feta Sauce

Holy Yum.  Those are calling my name.  I’m thinking about serving them for dinner on Sunday night, and freezing extra for lunches or a quick dinner during the week!

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Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Feta Quiche

Quiche has become one of our favorite weeknight dinners.  We can prep it in advance, or throw it together that night and hang out with Maddie while it bakes!  This looks yummy, although I’ll have to chop the onions super small to sneak them in for Brian…



Happy Friday, y’all!


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