This Mama Needs Some Motivation

My friend Tracy May over at It Builds Character started a “Motivate Me Monday” weekly link up to help motivate her to train for the Chicago Marathon. Well, count me in. I’m not training for a marathon, but I am attempting to convert to a hot mama for the cruise Mike and I are taking in October.  Due to a variety of reasons, my workouts and eating habits have been pretty lousy the last couple weeks, so I’m committing now to turn things around.  My goals this week are:

1.  Bar take out and make dinner every night this week (M-F, hoping to cook with hubby on the weekend)

2.  Get in six workouts (this will actually be the easiest of the three goals for the week)

3.  Skip Starbucks chai lattes (if I must go, it will be an iced green tea)

Please wish me luck, yell at me if you find out I’m slacking and if you need motivation too, consider linking up.



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Saving the Super Ones Birthday Party

Today we celebrated four terrific little people’s first birthdays: Awesome Alaina, A-MAY-zing Austin, Marvelous Mia and Nifty Noah!  Together they made the Super Ones Squad. Their “Super Stats”:

The three other moms and I had so much fun putting the party together. Activities included a Super Quackers Water Table, Superhero Transformation Station (Capes, sunglasses, stickers, throwing stars, etc.), Defy Gravity Bounce Zone (Bounce House), Color Me Super coloring and comic books and Superhero cutouts.

The Super Ones are ready for their cake!
Super Mom Planning Squad:
Thank you to our friends and family for helping “Save the Super Ones” birthday party!

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Potty Training

We’ve been trying to potty train Evan. What that’s resulted in is Evan “potty training” Mia:

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Why I Support #Moms4Moms

I’m extremely fortunate. I have two amazing young children, a loving husband and a good support system.  I also had excellent care and support during childbirth: My husband, my doula Jeanette and OB plus the Good Samaritan Hospital staff. I was able to deliver naturally for both births and they were relatively uncomplicated–some hemorrhaging during my first delivery, but it was easily managed by the doctor and nurses.  This post is for those who aren’t as fortunate.  Take a look at these stats:

  • One maternal death every 90 seconds — in the U.S.
  • 15% of all pregnancies result in complications during labor and delivery and sometimes are fatal.
  • Pregnancy is the biggest killer of girls ages 15-19.
  • For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer from debilitating complications.
  • We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths.
  • The U.S. is 50th in maternal care–49 other countries do a better job than we do here.

To raise awareness of the above stats and the issue of PREVENTABLE maternal deaths, an amazing group of moms and bloggers came together to form the #Moms4Moms movement.  The powerful group includes: Holly PavlikaKatrina CarefootNirasha (Niri) JaganathJulie ColeLinda GrantKatja PresnalErica DiamondKelly LoubetAudrey Couto McClellandMolly Gold,Beth FeldmanDagmar Bleasdale and Ted Rubin.  They’ve partnered with Christy Turlington’s organization: Every Mother Counts to raise awareness and funds by asking what if 1% of the $14.6 billion spent on Mother’s Day gifts could be given to this cause.  That would be over $140 million for good!

I’m getting involved by posting about this issue here, on my creative outlet blog, This Mom Creates
and on I participated in the #Moms4Moms awareness Twitter party this past Monday. I’m holding a cell phone drive for Hope Phones (stay tuned for my call for phones or contact me now to donate your old phones) and our family is making a donation to

If you want to get involved, here are a few things you can do:

  • Tweet the stats above using the hashtag #Moms4Moms
  • Like the Facebook page “Moms4MomsDay”
  • Post the stats on your Facebook status and/or link to the Moms4Moms Facebook page
  • Write your own post and share it with your network
  • Make a small donation through EveryMotherCounts and Save the Children and/or donate your old cell phones donated through Hope Phones. (They supply everything and pay the costs of shipping.) Or you can give your old phone to me and I’ll send it in for you.
  • Watch, promote and talk about the “No Woman No Cry” documentary

My wish for this Mother’s Day is to reduce maternal deaths. I hope you’ll support this cause.

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Cousin Visit

Cousins Cormac and Addie were in town visiting from Manitiwoc, so the kids and I headed to Bubbie and Zadie’s house to play. After air hockey, music, bouncing and more, we headed to Rainforest Cafe for lunch and then the Looney Toons play area at Woodfield.  Evan and Mia love their older cousins and don’t get to see them enough–what a fun day!  I think my favorite picture is the one of the four of them playing in the Looney Tunes wagon–it pretty much sums up what happens when you try to take a pic of four kids together.

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Happy 2.5

Evan: I have to make poo poos

Mommy: do you want to go poo poo in the potty?

Evan: no, I make poop in that room (family room)

Mommy: are you sure you don’t want to go on the potty?

Evan: no, family room. (followed by loud pooping noises)

Happy 2.5 Lil man!






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Morning at the Morton Arboretum

One of our favorite outdoor places to play is the Morton Arboretum. It was a bit cool, but it was partly sunny and we needed something to do so we headed to the Children’s Garden. We haven’t been in a few months, so it was fun to see how much more Evan can do now and to see Mia actually explore (the last time we were there she wasn’t moving).



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