Secret Loving

I stand in the dark room with the hall light shining behind me and watch him.

He looks so sweet, so innocent when he sleeps.

I love listening to the slow air in his little nose as he gently breathes…a quiet snore here and there.

The drool running down his cheek.

A slight twitch of fingers or a kick of the leg.

A glisten of sweat because he is all covered up in so many blankets even though it’s warm.

He is getting so big so fast. He doesn’t like me to snuggle him anymore. He pushes away if I try to pepper him with kisses and I get a “Mooooom!” if I hug him to tight or for too long. He waves bye instead of kissing me in front of his friends. 

I climb on his bed, hoping he won’t wake. I get behind him and pull him close to me, he doesn’t pull away. I lay there with him quietly. I listen to his his breathing and feel his soft breath on my hands that are entwined with his. I put my nose on his head and smell his hair. He doesn’t pull away.

I kiss his head, his shoulders, his fingers. He doesn’t pull away.

I hug him tightly for as long as I want. He doesn’t pull away.

I want to stay like this forever. I want to keep snuggling. I want for him to stop growing up so quickly. I  want for him to stay a little boy, my little boy, forever. To never pull away.

I pull away. I easily climb off the bed and walk towards the door, looking back on him one more time. Tomorrow morning he’ll wake up and give me a quick hug and kiss and that will be enough. Because I will know that if I need more love I’ll just climb in bed with him again tomorrow night and get my fill.




  1. oh Natalie. Yes. This. You just wrote my heart right here. Beautiful. Katie recently posted..Affresh Review…and a Giveaway!My Profile
  2. So beautiful...and totally capture a mom/child/son moment. I often do the same to my little boy...I know someday he won't let me..... Debra recently posted..This Valentine’s Day My Heart Belongs To….Optimus Prime??My Profile
  3. Oh very sweet. We just can't get enough of them, can we? Sherri recently posted..Denial: A Page in my Christmas BookMy Profile
  4. Oh my. This is so lovely. Robin | Farewell, Stranger recently posted..A Valentine for EthanMy Profile
  5. Awwww. Treasure it. Especially the part where you still want to smell him :) Poppy recently posted..Threesome Thursdays – 3 Bloggers I’d Like to Invite me to DinnerMy Profile
  6. This is so sweet! Why do our children have to keep getting bigger! :( Mrs. Beer recently posted..Awww snapMy Profile
  7. They grow up too fast, don't they? My 2nd grader won't kiss me at school anymore. So sad! PragmaticMom recently posted..Top 10 Winter Books for KidsMy Profile
  8. Oh, my heart. Why do they grow up so fast? This is beautiful, Natalie. Tonya recently posted..Something You LearnMy Profile


While recently writing My Life In Drafts, I got to go through all of my old drafts and post ideas and it was a walk down memory lane.

I had saved this picture as a draft, but without any title or anything else to help my remember to post it. So of course, I promptly forgot about it. This was takes when they girls were just a few months old…back in the days of bliss when all they did was sleep and I could take them out and about without any trouble.

We were invited to a birthday party for the kids’ cousin (actually, he was a cousin of a cousin, but in our family that still counts and makees him a cousin and family). He was turning two, and his favorite thing was the movie Cars. So of course there was a Cars themed cupcake cake, topped with red and black frosting. Kids were excited, moms were not. Because we all know frosting gets EVERYWHERE and the food coloring in that stuff stains like the devil.

Tater had one, and then two cupcakes. You could barely see the kid’s skin underneath it all. It was at that time that Tater decided to run up for no reason and kiss sleeping Lila, who happened to be sleeping on my legs at the time, smack on the nose, leaving a smear of frosting on her forehead, too.

I love that he was playing with his cousins, stopped, and for no reason ran over to kiss her. This is still one of my favorite pictures…especially that considering now all they do is fight!


  1. AWW! That is so cute!!! Going through old memories like that make me cry. I am such a hormonal wuss right now. Oy!
  2. So sweet. I'm so over the fighting! Your blog is fixed, Yay!! Tayarra recently posted..Picture dayMy Profile
  3. Awwwwww! That is precious. You will always remember the story behind that photo.
  4. I love that he kissed her too. The picture is priceless! JDaniel4s Mom recently posted..Pinterest- Leaping into Groundhog's DayMy Profile
  5. Haha.. that's so cute and sweet =) viviene recently posted..Expressions to RememberMy Profile
  6. This picture just made me smile! How cute and sweet! Barbara recently posted..Color my Heart HappyMy Profile
  7. Oh! I love that you kept that...and that he planted one on her like that! Sherri recently posted..The Long GoodbyeMy Profile
  8. I love that picture! Thanks for taking us down memory lane with you. xo Tonya recently posted..February 9, 2002My Profile

So What’s Your Favorite Post?

When I’m trying to think of things to write about, sometimes I go back through my old posts for inspiration. With over 400 of them now, I have a lot of them that I love that I’ve forgotten I had written.

To pick one? Would probably be impossible. Think back…which one single post epitomizes your blogging philosophy? Your life? Your family? Your childhood? Who you are today? One can’t do it, right? There’s just too many different aspects of who you are as a person to just have one single post that you love above all others.

And let’s be honest, my favorite post might have only gotten a couple of comments. Or a post that I didn’t think was that great might have gotten a TON of comments. Some posts are crowd pleasers, some post are your own personal pleasers.  

So I thought I’d pick some of my top faves and link back to them. If you haven’t been reading me for long, there might be some that you haven’t seen that you might enjoy!

My Fave:

Pictures That Should Be Framed and Hanging, But Aren’t

Sweet Memory

Crowd Pleasers:

The Usual Suspects

To Respond or Not To Respond, That is the Question

Six Degrees of Separation

Syndicated Posts BlogHer Thought Were Good Enough To Pay For:

Blogging Must Haves (and Have Nots) for Newbies

Feeling Trapped

Scar Tissue

Fave Twin Post:

The Doggy/Baby Door

Fave Tater Post:

I Found Bravo’s Next Top Chef

Fave Picture Post:

Baby Jail

Fave Fiction Post:

The Window

Fave This-Is-My-Life Post:

A Typical Phone Conversation

Post When I First Opened Up to The World:

I’m Baaack…Kinda…

Post That Gets the Most Hits From Google Searches:

White Trash Backyard Bash

Now it’s your turn! Pick your favorite posts and include them with a comment! I think it’s a great way for us to get to know each other better!

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  1. One of my favourite posts is where I write about trying to maintain a glass half full attitude. I blog to capture the highlights and lowlights, but I also want to try to see the positive in most things. I enjoyed your White Trash Backyard Bash. Looked like fun.
  2. I love the idea of looking back at old posts for inspiration. I like to sometimes rewrite my old posts, the ones from the beginning that were not very good.
  3. I have plenty of favorites, but as they say, you never forget your first: Hard to believe I popped that cherry so long ago.
  4. Still being new to your blog so haven't seen them all but I love, love, love the "Pictures" one (Note: that's what mantels are for. Lol) And, the "Usual Suspects". Totally cracked me up. Make sure you have refridgerator locks too. Think Toddler, bare butt, sour cream and Linoleum floor! (LoL)
  5. I think my favorites that are really "me" and my "life" are Mommy Farted and Soccer Mom: You're right - the others are tidbits and must be considered, but I really enjoy re reading those myself. I can't wait to come click on everyone's favorites!
  6. I haven't been in the new blog (Daddy Runs a Lot) for long enough to have a favorite, though the origins of #inappropriateChurchTweets was certainly the most fun to write). So, going to my old, segregated blogs, no single blog entry was more-rewarding to write than My First Marathon at my fitness blog, and none more well-received than dealing with the adoption process over at my adoption blog.
  7. I'm proud to say, I've read all of these. Also, we've been blogging about the same amount of time and I have less than 200. I am suck a slacker!
  8. Love The Doggy/Baby Door! Too cute! I'm new to blogging but so far my fav is
    • UGH! Ok, so I think I messed up the link thing but apparently it's attached to my name above? Impressive! Never realized this before. It's titled Impromtu. (in case anyone was wondering)
  9. I LOVE this! I will have to do this over at my place! The post I think that epitomizes my IRL voice was about meeting my now husband: The post that got the most attention and where I poured out my heart: And yes, I knew many of your fave posts and love them all!
  10. You have so many amazing posts, Natalie. You have so much of which to be proud! My favorite post that I've ever written is this: It still chokes me up.
    • mommyofamonster says:
      This is one of my all-time favorite Nichole posts,'s so perfect. And I remember the first time I read it, it made me cry. Everyone should read this one for sure!
  11. Oh, I'll have to check out some of these. Here's an old fave of mine- from back when I had like 60 readers:
  12. This is a great idea Natalie! I'm going to read your "Blogging Must Haves for Newbies"...I'll take all the advice I can get.
  13. I'm going to spend some time going back and reading the posts you linked. I'd have to say my favorite (fiction) post you've ever written was for TRDC and it was when you had to have each line start with the letters A-Z. That was the first post I ever read of yours and I was blown away! I don't really know what are my favorite posts but I'm going to share two: 1 that shows my fun side: and then 1 that is a little bit more serious & sweet:
  14. What a great compilation. You have so many posts you should be proud of! For me, my latest is always my favorite. I really like my fiction pieces: And my farewell/love letter to our house in SD:
  15. Choosing a favorite post can be difficult. As you said, personal faves might not be the ones you get the most comments on. Some of my best work apparently meant more to me than my readers, because those posts don't always get the response I was expecting. And then the lame brain posts that mean little to me, wind up with a record breaking response. You just never know.
  16. I saw this post a couple days ago, and have been thinking... I like these two for different reasons:
  17. O, man! I am laughing so hard! Baby Jail and the Doggy Door... lol! The White Trash Bash... okay, I need to stop listing the ones I love because I am just going to list the whole list :P My favorite post that I've ever written was super hard to write and way more "serious" than most of my blog posts: I am seriously in love with your blog.
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Mini Quiches: Breakfast Doesn’t Get Any Better!

Because I’m trying to get rid of my fat ass in time for bathing suit season, I am trying to eat better than my normal chips, french fries, donuts, and any other junk food I can cram in my mouth. Which is why I am eating a lot of these mini quiches.

This is my all-time favorite breakfast recipe. It’s a twist on the Dr. Atkins Crustless Quiche recipe, but I like my mini quiches recipe better.

A recipe for mini quiches that is low cal and easy to make breakfast-on-the-go. Mix it up by adding in any veggies. Freezes well - you can make in advance.

Mini Quiches


Mini Breakfast Quiches: Breakfast Don't Get Any Better!
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  • 1 cup liquid egg substitute or egg whites - OR - 4 large eggs
  • Large handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers (color of your choice)
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Dash of hot pepper sauce
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oven to 350F
  2. Spray the muffin tin cups with the cooking spray (do this or else the quiches will stick to the baking cups and it will be a mess, trust me).
  3. Mix the spinach, eggs or egg substitute, cheese, peppers, onions, hot pepper sauce, salt in a bowl.
  4. Fill the muffin tin cups with the mixture.
  5. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. They are done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Recipe Type: Breakfast


The great thing about this mini quiches recipe is you can throw in anything you want. If you don’t like spinach, try kale or chard. Or maybe add in some mushrooms. It’s completely up to you!

These mini quiches also freeze so well. I always make two batches and then freeze one. I heat them up in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and they’re perfect.

What are your favorite yummy but super easy recipes that you make when you are trying to lose weight?

Looking for more breakfast recipes? Check out my Breakfast board on Pinterest.


  1. Oh my goodness! What a great idea to put these in muffin tins! I will HAVE to try this recipe when my husband gets home (from yet ANOTHER Navy operation)! Thanks! -CK
  2. I'm not a cook and I don't try to loose weight but this recipe looks so yummy and so easy and healthy, I will try it myself. Thanks for posting.
  3. Love that you can freeze these and eat them whenever. Speaking of swimsuit season prep - I'm not really in the market for weight loss recipes...but if I ever stumbled across a recipe that would make my extra "twin skin" spring back into pre-baby shape...I would eat it morning, noon, and night. *sigh*
  4. I don't have any but I'm stealing this one.
  5. That looks good! I'm so lazy about eating breakfast. I usually grab a bowl of cereal or a fiber one bar.
  6. Those look awesome! I love things like that...such great flavor.
  7. Although I have a hard time believing you have a fat ass, I do believe you that those should be eaten. Mostly by me.
  8. Ooh! I am definitely going to try this. I am always looking for quick breakfasts to reheat while I run around getting ready for work!
  9. Oooh yum! I love that you freeze and reheat them, what a great idea! I'm totally stealing this recipe.
  10. Yummy!! So easy even I could make them. I bet Lucas would eat them too. Thanks for the recipe.
  11. Yummyy.. The looks good. I am so lazy about eating breakfast. Thanks... Here I have some more recipes. crossfit paleo diet Regards, Johny


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If You Really Knew Me, You Would Know That…

…you would know that I love quotes and “-isms”. “-isms” are those things that people say that make them who they are. I wrote a post last year called “Dad-isms”, and it was a bunch of quotes that my dad is famous for saying. He’s a funny and VERY sarcastic guy.

I was recently going through some old posts after my move to Word Press, and ran across an oldie but goodie from my old You Know You’re a Mom When-sDaze posts.

Never heard of You Know You’re a Mom When-sDaze? It was a meme that I used to head up every Wednesday, and blogging moms from everywhere would link up with their funny stories and pictures about things that only other moms can understand. It was a lot of fun, and sometimes I miss doing it.

This was my favorite You Know You’re a Mom post. I crack up everytime I read it and watch the video.

So in honor of my old meme, and my love of quotes and -isms, here are a few things that I say on a regular basis that would probably sound extremely strange to anybody that isn’t a parent.

A Tribute To You Know You’re a Mom When-sDaze
Mommy-isms Said In Our House On A Regular Basis

You Know You’re a Mom When You Say….

Get off of your sister
Don’t wrestle with your sisters
Don’t squish your sisters
Your sister’s fingers/legs/arms don’t bend that way
Don’t pick your sister up by her head

Who pooped
Did you poop
Are you pooping
You pooped again
Who stinks
Are you stinky
You poop more than anbody I know
I just changed your diaper

If I have to tell you one more time
I’m not gonna tell you one more time
How many times do I have to tell you
One more time and I’m gonna…

Just eat one bite
If you aren’t hungry enough to eat your chicken and green beans, you aren’t hungry enough to eat a treat
I don’t care if your tummy hurts, eat it anyways
I thought your tummy hurt

Can you please be quiet for a few minutes
Please quit talking
Just be quiet
Take it down a notch

My pee pee is different than yours because I’m a girl
Yes, your pee pee will have hair like daddy’s when you get bigger
Lila/Mia! Don’t pull on your brother’s pee pee

We don’t say shit/dammit/f*ck…
No, mommy shouldn’t say that word either because that’s a bad word
Daddy can say that word because he’s big
No, asshole isn’t a nice word

Can I please pee without an audience
Can’t you give me a few minutes to go to the bathroom by myself
You want to see the poop before you flush it? You want me to flush it after you look at it?
You have to wipe your butt after you poop
Lila, get your face out of your sister’s butt when I’m trying to change her

Mommy’s belly is big because I had a lot of babies in there
No, there’s not a baby in there anymore, but it’s still big
Mommy eats to much junk food and drinks too much wine. That’s why I have a big belly
No, you can’t have any wine, that’s mommy’s treat

What are some of your favorite mommy-isms?

This post was written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, Prompt #3: If you really knew me, you would know that…


  1. Oh, these are cracking me up! All the poop and stinky... that is so my house.
  2. Classic. I love the "You poop more than anyone I know." Your house sounds a lot like mine. I wrote a "you know you're a mom when" post right after I started my blog. I love that stuff!
  3. Don't stick your hands down the back of your pants and get shit all over them. I say this over...and over....and over.....
  4. Hahahaha, I totally loved this!!! I've said those same exact things, especially the part about "if I have to tell you one more time". And the little smart-asses actually say back to me, "Why are you telling us AGAIN after you just told us that you wouldn't tell us again?" Sometimes I just wanna smack them.
  5. These are awesome, especially the pee pee and poop ones. And they all sound way too familiar. :)
  6. So funny! I say many of those frequently in my house.
  7. I can totally relate to the pee and poop ones.. I too want some me time alone in the bathroom instead of having the little ones peering over me every minute.
  8. Ha! I love this. I love how you categorized them. I think you should record them and then sell them. I know I'd love it if someone else did the yelling/lecturing. And with a different voice, my kids *might* actually listen.
  9. I do believe that I have said some form of each one of those things. :) LOVED this post.
  10. OMG! These are so right on! I have said "Don't sit on your sister's head" more times than I can't count. And "get your face out of your sister’s butt when I’m trying to change her" is probably #2! Well played!
  11. Yup...I'm learning!!! BTW, cute new redesign...guess its' been awhile since I stopped by. Bad bloggy friend!
  12. This is cracking me up! My son has recently discovered the word "pee-pee" and there have been some pretty interesting conversations lately! The latest thing I said to my kids that made me shake my head... "We do not swing bats at each other's heads!"
  13. I'm laughing and crying all at the same time! These are hilarious because they are so perfectly true!! I'm now nostalgic for you meme too! (even though I didn't know of your blog then). Maybe u could bring it back every once and a while... So funny! Thanks for the laughs this morning!!
  14. I laughed so hard when I read this. I am Mom to a 10 year old boy and a 10 month old daughter.
  15. Kids are always fascinated with butts but never changing their own diapers. It's a total scam.
  16. Great one! Thanks for digging it out of the archives and sharing! It gave me a good laugh. Visiting from Mama Kats
  17. Natalie! I loved this! As always, you brought a smile to my face and laugh outloud. Such a great way to start my day...well, actually the day started at 5:30 am but that's a different story! lol You inspire me to make my own list someday. I realized that my posts have been "deep" lately...need to write on some of the light moments once in awhile. I linked up to Mama Kat's too...same prompt..different spin! Have a peace filled (and poop free) day!
  18. ROFL! Thanks for the double dose of laughs this morning. Both were great! :)
  19. CUTE poem... I am a quote girl and "ism" girl too... I also go around finding people's "ness". (like in You, Me and Dupree.)
  20. OH MAH LAWD. I am dying! Yes...all the poop ones. Even with ONE child. Plus also? He yells WOE every time I change his poopy pants. Seriously? Who's life is this?
  21. For Serious, I love this meme. And you. But you know, that's a given. I'm constantly saying "Look at my face!" because the little bastards won't focus when I'm trying to yell at them.
  22. I think you've just about covered it. But then, I haven't had the joy of mothering a BOY yet. Oh JOY!
  23. So Cracking up...I think I just wiped away a laugh tear...Yup I did!
  24. Hilarious! Why did you stop this meme? I love it and would totally link up every week! Bring it back.... ;)
  25. lmao, I think I've said at least 95% of these:)
  26. Oh, that cracked me up -- my favorite has to be "no, asshole isn't a nice word" Hee. Don't play in the dog water Why are you standing in the dog water? Really, smile as you stand with one foot in the dog water is not going to make me any less mad. And why the extra step of hand to jeans to remove a booger? Surely there is a sleeve available?
  27. It is like you've secretly recorded our conversations in our house, only changing the names. "We do not tackle baby sister." "We do not shove our foot in someone's face." "We don't run around the house naked." "Why don't you use the potty BEFORE you have to pee?" "We do not do flips off the back of the couch." I could go on. I think I would've enjoyed that meme...
  28. Ha ha ha!! Those are great. There are so many times I've found myself saying things my parents said that I swore I never would. It's ridiculous. Hearing the little mina bird that is our 3 YO is always a sign, too. "Settle down!" and "That is NOT necessary" have been said a LOT recently. Too many to list. :)
  29. oh wow I have def. said pretty much 80% of those haha
  30. Hilarious!! My son is almost 12 and still fascinated with butts! "Don't call your sister a big buttt, butthead, buttface, buttmouth, buttstink, a butt for a head, buttworm, etc., etc."
  31. I love this. I can so relate! Especially to wanting to pee alone!
  32. This cracked me up! My personal Mom-ism... "NO, I'm very certain that the goldfish doesn't want a bite of your strawberries n cream oatmeal!" I'm keeping a list of things I never thought I'd have to say...
  33. These are so awesome! Love it! Mine are, "Do not call your sister a douche monkey at the table." "Eating your boogers in public is gross."
  34. These are great, I think I have said almost all of them, especially the poop ones. Oh the life of someone always in search of who stinks. Such fun.
  35. These are all soooo awesome! This right here perfection: "No, you can’t have any wine, that’s mommy’s treat."
  36. Hilarious! Those things I HAVE said bring back so many memories of the days my kids were little. Interestingly, I still say all the poop ones, and my youngest is 7...I know, it's probably not a good thing. Don't judge me please.
  37. Oh, those are so good! It's funny cause it's true. It's also sad cause it's true. I would also add "I can't hold you right now, I'm pooping. Oh, okay, I'll hold you now."
  38. The "you poop more than anyone I know" really cracked me up. I can't believe how much our lives revolve around poop.
  39. I could go on forever. The latest in this house? "Do NOT jump on your brother's head like that!"


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My Kids Are Pigs – Part 2

I recently told you that my kids are pigs when it comes to eating, and that they make a HUGE mess at nearly every meal. So it goes without saying that their clothes are almost unclean-able by the end of the day. Sometimes, I get lucky and find good products that help make my life easier. This is one of those times…

As a Purex Insider, I get some pretty cool opportunities to try new products. Recently, I received in the mail one of Purex’s newest products, Purex Complete with Zout Free and Clear:

This stuff? Rocks! I was shocked by how effective it was, so I want to tell you more about it…PurexComplete with Zout combines the proven performance of Purex detergent with the triple-enzyme stain-fighting power of Zout pretreater…an added stain fighter! It’s also specially formulated to work in both traditional and high efficiency washers. The Free and Clear formula is fragrance free, and is hypo-allergenic for sensitive skin – perfect for the kids.
You can use it just as you would a regular detergent, or pour it directly on stains, rub into fabric, and let sit for 5 minutes before adding to the washer.
My daughter Lila has very sensitive skin, and since using the Free and Clear, she hasn’t had any red marks on the backs of her knees and elbows as she usually does. That proves to me that the claims Purex is making about this product are all true!
THIS STUFF WORKS! I’m a fan of PurexComplete with Zout, and will definitely continue using it. It’s priced right – $3.49 to $7.99 depending on the size and retailer, so it’s pocket book friendly. Don’t believe me? You can go to and get a sample to try it for yourself!
I also had the pleasure to try out the Purex Complete Crystal Softeners.

I seriously cannot say enough about this new product. First of its kind, the crystals aren’t messy, are easy to use, and they don’t cake up in your liquid softenter dispenser because you add it directly to the laundry! It’s 92% natural, and the unique crystal form works differently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. It also penetrates fabrics to reduce fiber entanglement and smooth frayed fibers providing a naturally soft feel.

It’s available in three fragrances: Fresh Spring Waters, Lavender Blossom (which I LOVE!) and Tropical Splash. And if you like Purex Complete Crystal Softeners on Facebook, you can get a coupon for $1.00 off!

And Purex wants to give you all a chance to try these products as well! Two lucky readers will win a coupon for each product: Purex Complete with Zout AND Purex Complete Crystal Softeners! Leave me a comment and your entered!

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  1. Sounds awesome, Purex is one of the few detergents my son and I can both use without breaking out! I want to try it!
  2. I'm kind of addicted to cleaning supplies and I really love laundry. Weird, right?
  3. Or you could just feed the kids in the bathtub. Dinner, bathtime, playtime, all in one. Only towels to hang dry.
  4. Interesting! I used to use Purex Free and Clear for my boys, but I always thought that it didn't get everything out that it should. I'll definitely try it again with the zout added!
  5. I am always looking for a good product that gets stains out of clothes. My 3 girls are SO hard on their clothes - if it isn't food stains then it's dirt/grass stains. On my oldest it's paint and markers from art class. So frustrating. I'd like to keep her clothes as hand-me-downs for her little sisters, but so far no dice. She's a slob. Gonna check out purex - I haven't tried them yet.
  6. I'll give the softener a try. Recently I changed to Tide Free & Clear and my husband complained that our clothes don't smell as fresh...maybe this will help! :)
  7. I have a washer covered in fabric softener so obviously this appeals to me.
  8. My little one is learning how to feed himself and his sleeves and belly end up cakes in whatever he eats! This would be great to take out all of that.
  9. I don't want to be entered because I already won (YIPPEE) a coupon for a free bottle of the crystals on Married to a Geek...but I do want to say that this stuff is amazing and smells so good in the Lavendar, it's my new favorite thing in my house!!!!!
  10. Sounds like a great product!
  11. We love Purex, but I haven't tried any of these products yet!
  12. With 4 kids I need all the stain fighting help I can get! :)
  13. GrammaGramma says:
    I'm up for trying new the way...I love your new website pics...specially the girlies...which one is Lila...which one is Mia? Since they're not identical, you should be able to tell them apart! :)
  14. I didn't even know Purex made laundry detergent. I am going to have to check this out. Thanks, Natalie!

Monster Likes #12


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

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….

My in real life friend Tonya (Letters For Lucas) guest posted at a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog and it was all about the witching hours…you know, those hours of the day that the kids are horrible and you’re at your wits end?

Kristi at Breathe…Shine…Love wrote a beautiful poem called Go My Child – it made me cry, but it’s beautifully written, too!

Yes, this post is from over a week ago too, but I got to spend the weekend catching up on blog reading and found it and instantly knew this was one of my favorite posts that I’ve ever read – EVER – because I related too it so deeply. Go read Shell’s post on being a work-at-home-mom (which I am) at Things I Can’t Say.

My super funny friend Gigi at Kludgy Mom cracked me up with a blogger’s dictionary – you have got to read it!

If you love to write and are looking for tips on how to improve, check out this list of tips I found….there are some good ones! 

And my friends Liz & Kristin over at Eli Rose give you the how-to on using a WiseStamp email signature to help you promote your brand by letting others easily find you on social media sites.

I was interviewed by Lindsay over at The Lindsay List, it was all about being a mom, and I was very honest with my answers!

A big fat thank you to Shelly at Twinpossible for bestowing the Stylish Blogger Award upon me…I really appreciate it!


  1. YAY! Thanks for including our post! This WiseStamp thing is the coolest tool I've come across in a long time.
  2. I've read most of these- off to check out the rest! Can I have the new Monster Likes button code? :)
  3. Sorry I'm late to this party...i love your new design! Thanks for the shout out. :) congratulations, this is the only blog post I'e read this week. :)
  4. Love your Mommy Likes. It's like speeddial for me, on what I missed. Lovin' your new place, Nat. So very fun.
  5. Thank you for including my guest post! You know the witching hours far too well, I'm sure. And can I just say again how much I love your new design?! Those little monsters make me smile every time I visit. Off to check out your other Monster Likes.
  6. Kludgy's post was the best. I'll check out a couple of the others.
  7. Great list, as always! And I'm loving your new cute!
  8. Thanks for the list. I love checking in with you to see what good ones I've missed over the past week. Wanted to say too that I love your new blog design. The little twin pink monsters are adorable. Can't help but chuckle every time I see them!
  9. Hi Natalie: Thank you for linking to my post on writing tips. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  10. Natalie! Thank you SO much for noticing my post and giving it a "shout-out"! :) It's one of the nicest things that has happened to me/my blog yet! I love your looks awesome. I look forward to reading you whenever you pop up on my follows list. Would love your badge to put on the post if you wouldn't mind sending it. Let's hope I know how to do it...still learning all of this! :) Thanks again!
  11. Thanks for bringing everyone to my attention. Behave yourself and come visit when you can... love the comment love.
  12. Again, Momma Likes Monster Likes. Good summary for - since my reader broke up with me.
  13. I liked so many of these , it took me DAYS to get to them all.. THANK YOU!!!!!! :)

Spring Has Sprung!

Mommy's little helper/garden gnome. That may or may not be soil around her mouth, on her hands, and in between her eyes. Sigh.

Spring is finally here! Well, kinda. Last week at this time? We were stuck inside to avoid the rain. This week? 95+ degree weather. And I’m okay with that. I’m ready for warmer, dry weather! And I’m not gonna lie, I’m also ready to be able to send the kids out to play outside so I can have a few minutes of quiet time inside.

But what I’m really looking forward to? Gardening. I LOVE when everything is blooming and coming back to life. I’m also looking forward to gardening with Tater who planted his first strawberry plants and garlic bulb this week! (more…)


  1. I wish I could have a lemon tree at my house!
  2. (Wondering if you can see the green tinge of jealously seeping through the computer screen...) It is sunny here but still chilly, and the weatherman mentioned snow last night before I angrily turned off the news. I am not a gardener (we have mostly shade, so I can't grow anything fun), but I love other people's gardens :)
  3. I am pretty sure you live in paradise. I love having beautiful plants and flowers! This year I am going to try some strawberries for the first time and maybe a tomato plant. We are always adding new perennials and flower beds. My mom always kept the most lovely landscaping and it has rubbed off on me.
  4. I can't garden to save my life. I wish I could but I can't.
  5. YAY! Spring is here! I come from a long line of green thumbs... I'm not quite there yet, though. My parents house is beautiful. My mom is one of those rare gardeners that can do flower beds, vegetable gardens, AND indoor plants. Beautiful pictures!
    • mommyofamonster says:
      Jason's mom was like that - her gardens were immaculate! My dad is fantastic with outdoor gardening...especially growing veggies which I have a hard time keeping critters like rabbits out of...
  6. *sigh* It's "spring" here too, but after 80 degree temps a few weeks back, we're back in the 50s.
  7. I love having a lemon tree! I use lemons for everything now- in water, on fish, stuffed in a chicken, to clean with, in place of salt...
  8. I love your lemon tree! My family is coming to the OC for 2 weeks this summer and listening to you talk about the weather right now - gets me so excited! I do garden - my favorites to grow are raspberries, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, basil and rosemary. Hoping to expand a lot this summer. Have a goal to have 50% of our foods per day come from our garden. We'll see!
  9. Totally jealous! We had a taste of it 2 weeks ago and then it just left! Can't wait to see what pops up in your garden this year! Enjoy the sunshine for all of us on the east coast.
  10. I wish I had your green thumb!
  11. Oh my goodness, that first picture is glorious, look at that face. :) and I wish I had your green thumb, I am no gardnerer but when I see these pictures it makes me want to be. WOW!!!
  12. I know, can you believe the change in the weather out here in Cali? Crazy! I love that you guys are into your gardening, and that it's important to both of you! And your helper? Adorable...
  13. Ok, wierd. Your new updates aren't showing up on my sidebar. I'm gonna have to look into this. Did you say you have an avacado tree? NOW I'm jealous. I really love to see all your beautiful blooming things in your yard.
  14. I envy you your calla lilies!
  15. Oh, Natalie. I just want to visit you and sit in your backyard, look at your gorgeous landscaping and chat, wine glass in hand.
  16. I can barely keep my child alive, let alone a plant, flower, fruit or vegetable. We do have a flourishing orange tree in our front yard, but pay a gardener to keep everything (including the tree) green and lush.
  17. I have been wondering about those ghost peppers! I always tell people who brag about eating hot things that I have a friend growing them. Can't wait to see how that experiment turns out.
  18. I'm so happy to see these pictures. I think you're in California, right? I'm in Southern Ontario (an hour from Detroit) and we got SNOW today. It's nice to see that, somewhere in the world, it IS spring. Can't wait to get in the garden.

10 Things I Never Thought I’d Say

things mom was right about

if you’re hungry, eat an apple. No, you won’t starve before dinner

because I said so

spending $x on a pair of jeans is ridiculous!


talk with hands

public speaking without looking like a bird flapping its wings to take flight