This month we’ve been talking about birthday parties with less fuss. Note, I did NOT say less fun! You can give your kids a great birthday party without spending lots of money. If you are just joining the party, pun intended, start over here at post #1.
Last week we started the “Minimalist’s Guide to Birthdays” series. I explained why I’m doing the series and discussed birthday party mom-guilt. Another reason we have minimalist parties in our home that I forgot to mention is that it cuts down on overstimulation for Dr. J.
Today we’re talking easy decorations and snacks. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Birthday Parties: Prime Place for Mom Guilt
Back in January I was browsing Pinterest to get ideas for Meatball’s superhero birthday party. While I did get some ideas to transform into my own, I was glad I wasn’t already having a bad day. There is so much out there to make us feel like less-than moms! So many gorgeous pictures of seemingly perfect birthday parties with elaborate decorations and an abundance of games, prizes, and treats.
Now, before some of you yell at me for saying that, yes, I know that some of those women love to be creative and their budget is bigger than mine. I know that some of them are amazingly talented and can do just about anything with craft supplies. I don’t begrudge them that.
However, I decided to do a series in March on birthday parties to help the rest of us–the ones who don’t have time or money to have a magazine-worthy birthday party and those of us who hate crafting or don’t have much creativity. Thus, I bring to you…
Life is Stressful
Let’s face it. Life has a knack for being stressful, hectic, and chaotic. We face demands from our spouses, kids, extended family, friends, bank accounts, jobs, outside interests, and more. If you’re one of my special needs readers, that adds another layer of stress.
I can’t wave a magic wand and make your life calmer. I can, however, pass on things that help me deal with stress.
Between germs, large projects at work, autism, and assorted other things, I did not get a post written for Monday. However, I thought it would be fun to take a break and share some humor. Continue reading
I didn’t have brothers growing up. Just me and my sister. Even our dogs were often female. Let’s just say I’ve learned a lot since being married and then having sons.
Recently we’ve hit some major milestones in the life of a boy around here. Continue reading
As with most siblings, Dr. J and Meatball have their ups and downs. Some days it’s hard for my Aspie to have a little brother who wants to be silly so much. On the other hand, some days it’s hard for my gregarious little man to have an Aspie for a brother. Continue reading
In nice words, November kind of stunk. I was sick for most of it, and still am as I’m writing this. Other stuff happened, ending with spending Thanksgiving in the hospital with Dr. J.
Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed. When you have a month like that, you just get behind in pretty much everything. So, after crying, eating chocolate, and taking a shower, I came up with a plan. Continue reading
Today’s Wednesday’s Woman approached me about something else for my blog. When I heard what she had to say, I decided she needed to be a Wednesday’s Woman! And now, here is Heather in her own words.
My Name is Heather Von St James. I am a mesothelioma cancer survivor. When I was just 36 years old, I was diagnosed with this killer. Mesothelioma claims the lives of 90-95% of those who have it. I am one of the very few lucky ones to have beaten this disease. Continue reading
OK, moms. You are reading this, and most likely no one else is reading over your shoulder. Time for a moment of evaluation. When your husband comes home from work–whether it’s in time for dinner, breakfast, or somewhere in between–do you stop to say “hello” and make him feel glad he’s home? How about the time your family spends together–are you surviving or thriving? (No one is listening to your mental answers, don’t worry.) Continue reading