Archives for July 2011

Mommy Moment at the Monster – Liz Style

A couple of weeks back I told you I was changing the name of Monster Mommy Moments to Mommy Moments at the Monster. I decided to change the name after people kept asking if they had to write about a horrible parenting moment…and that is not the point of MMM at all! All stories can be shared…monster moments, happy moments, funny moments, and on and on.

Let’s welcome Liz from a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog! Liz is one of my oldest blogging buds; we started blogging around the same time, immediately found each other and have pretty much been connected ever since. Liz is super helpful, knows a TON about blogging and social media (so much in fact that she c0-founded Eli Rose Social Media), and like me loves to, cook, garden and is a Twitterholic.

So once again welcome Liz! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!

We, as parents, are charged with raising tiny humans to be compassionate, responsible and independent adults. Our jobs are to feed and clothe, guide and correct, and kiss boo boos and wipe boogers.

But what if we miss an owie and our kids remain in pain?

Like, 24 hours worth of pain because mom thought they just pulled a muscle when in actuality, they dislocated their elbow?

Um, yep.

Happened to me.

And what the doctor had to say about it made me feel *that* much worse.

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Kate was 2.5, Maddie was a newborn and we had just moved from NH to TN. Kate was dancing around near the sofa when she fell and landed on her butt. She started crying, saying that her arm hurt, and told me that her arm had gotten “stuck” on the sofa when she was dancing and slipped.

Basically, she went down to the floor but her arm had not.

I incorrectly assumed that she had pulled her shoulder muscle in the fall. I know that I’ve over-extended my shoulder muscle by doing things like reaching around to backseat of the car while I’m driving. It really hurts if you stretch too far, and given the circumstances of her fall, that’s what I thought had happened.

I gave her some Motrin and she survived the day. She wouldn’t move her left arm, but just kept up with her normal activity, performing all her tasks with only her right arm.

Day turned to night, and the next morning Kate awoke still in pain. Craig said he could take her to the ped that day, and made the appointment.

When Kate and Craig got home was when I learned what actually had happened. Kate was diagnosed with Nursemaid’s elbow, a common condition to occur in toddlers. Luckily, our doc was able to move her elbow back into proper position, and as soon as she did, Kate was pain free.

I had to see our ped shortly after Kate’s elbow appointment for some well-baby visit of Maddie’s. During Maddie’s visit, our doc said, “That was the first nursemaid’s elbow I’ve fixed in a long time!

When I asked her why that was, she said, “Well, most parents rush their kids to the emergency room as soon as they see their kid can’t move an arm.

How’s that for a #MomFail?

Ugh! Sounds like something that would happen to me, which is exactly why we share these Mommy Moments! Liz, thank you for sharing your Mommy Moment with us…and for reminding us that we all make mistakes. There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.

Now head over to Liz’s place a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!

Monster Likes #28


Every Saturday, it’s Monster Likes time! I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week.

So this week, I was on a mini vacation most of the week. I want to apologize if I didn’t respond to an email, tweet, or comment that you sent to me…things were a little crazy and I ended up deleting a lot of stuff just so that I could start from scratch! But I did have time to read some great posts so that I could share them with you!

If one of your posts is listed below and you want the badge, just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll send you the badge to put on your post!

And now on to the good stuff….

Law Momma over at Spilled Milk (and Other Atrocities) wrote a post about relationships. Or gardening, really. Or well, both! The writing was brilliant, and the meaning behind the words was beautiful.

Tracy over at Sellabit Mum wrote about how her 8 year old daughter occasionally claims she has ruined her life. This post? Scared the hell out of me. Because I’m gonna have two of them doing it at once! But with Tracy’s humor, I somehow think I just *might* survive it!

I just found the coolest website, Michelle’s Dinner Bell, and it’s full of recipes and menu plans! Check out the entire site, and if you’re looking for something to make for dinner, how do Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos sound?

This post over at She Posts gives you 5 simple ways you can make readers fall in love with your blog. Good stuff!

At Feels Like Home, I found two really cool posts! One gives you 10 ways to use baking soda in the kitchen and the other shows you a bunch of crafty projects…with links to the tutorials on how to do them yourself. Can somebody please make one of those capes for me? I have ZERO crafting ability!

Also, a big congratulations to Monique from A Day In The Life of A Surferwife! She won the family 4-pack of tickets to Raging Waters!

Have a great weekend…and I’m really looking forward to meeting a lot of you at BlogHer next week! If you won’t be there, no worries! I’ll be tweeting like crazy so it will be just like you really are there.

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop: A Sweet Memory

Mama’s Losin’ It

Okay, okay…yes, I’m going to send you to a post that I wrote long ago…a recycled post if you will! I got the writing prompts for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, and as soon as I read this prompt, I knew what story I wanted to share.

Prompt #1: A moment your realized your child was growing up.

You see, there’s a moment that will be forever captured in my mind; one that I can see now as clearly as the day it happened. It was the moment I knew that Ethan was becoming a little boy and was no longer a baby. And it was so bittersweet.

So read Sweet Memory. I literally put my heart on paper when I wrote it.

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I’m Either A Sadist Or A Masochist…Depending How You Look At It

Definition of a sadist, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary:

delight in cruelty -or- excessive cruelty

Definition of a masochist, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary:

pleasure in being abused or dominated : a taste for suffering

Now if you remember our trip to Parker last year, then you remember our jaunt through hell.

Which explains why Jason and I are either sadists and/or masochists, depending on your viewpoint. Because guess what? We are going to attempt it again, people! We are going to talk the kids away for a few days…Sea World, Legoland, the beach…you name the cheesy tourist stuff people do in San Diego and we’ll be there!

So wish us luck…I have a feeling we are really going to need it!

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Fast and Easy Chicken Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken

What’s for dinner? This easy chicken recipe for Cilantro Lime Chicken! Marinate the chicken in the morning and leave it in the fridge to do its thing all day. When you are ready to make dinner, you can have it on the table in less than 20 minutes!

Easy Chicken Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken


4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs.)
Note: If I’m short on time or don’t want to do all the pounding in step #1, I just buy the chicken tenderloins instead.

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness (about 1/2 in.) and place in a shallow baking pan.

2. In a small bowl, mix all remaining ingredients. Place chicken in a large ziplock bag. Pour the sauce over the chicken and turn pieces to coat evenly. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or overnight. The longer you let it marinate, the stronger the flavors…just don’t forget to turn the bag occasionally.

3. Lay chicken on a grill over medium heat (I have also cooked the chicken in my NuWave oven and on my Foreman Grill…works great on each). Cook, turning once, until no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side.

See? A delicious and easy chicken recipe! What is your family’s favorite easy chicken recipe? Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comment section.

Looking for more ways to get creative with chicken? Check out all of my chicken recipesCurry Chicken recipe is another one of our favorites. I’ve also got more healthy recipes here. Still want more? You can visit my Healthy Eats and  Chicken board on Pinterest.