Posts tagged "mamas"

Right-Sizing for Kids: 10 Smart Mama Tips

The guest bloggers are back!  Today, we’re happy to have author Gale Steves, Right-Sizing Your Home – How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle, serve up a dose of smart-sense for every space strapped mama on a budget. Read her post and then tell us your best advice for dealing with playroom clutter. One lucky...

Hot Pink Polish!

  As a general rule we don’t name names when idiots behave badly, so dignifying the Fox News story about a J. Crew ad with a comment crosses our normal boundaries. But we can’t control ourself and just have to say something. The story is that the creative director of J. Crew painted her son’s...

Every Pregnant Mama’s Fantasy

The Smart Mama Mission Statement (a work in progress)

We will call what we’re doing work. Even if the world doesn’t acknowledge it, we will: motherhood is the hardest work in the world. It’s physically demanding, psychologically strenuous, spiritually complex, and unpaying. We refuse to accept the whole “I-don’t-work-I-stay-home-with-the-kid” thing. We’ve held lots of jobs, and not one has been more intense

Dirty Little Secrets (Redux)

If you haven’t noticed, we like to titillate. Call it arrested development, call it dirty minds. For example, when the waiter asks if we’d “like anything else,” the voice in our head goes to all kinds of places–and we’re not talking dessert. We’re not ashamed. Getting dirty (even if it’s just in our imagination) is...

Every Kid Needs Chocolate Chip Cookies

. We’ve been wondering what triggers warm memories of feeling safe at home? The sweetest of all our childhood memories is coming home from school to freshly made cakes, muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Just this morning we read the results of a chocolate chip taste test done by one of our favorite food blogs- Serious...

James Beard Award Winners 2010

Congratulations to all of the James Beard Award Winners 2010.  We are especially delighted to see one of our favorite food blogs Serious Eats winning this year!  And, Sfoglia, the restaurant we featured during Strawberry Week for their fantastic, fabulous, ultra-delicious, yummy strawberry/tomato sauce for pasta, won in the single subject category! Bravo. Since we think...

Mama B’s Mission Statement (cont’d)

Call it a mission statement, a manifesto, a set of rules, reminders, a way to keep ourselves sane on this crazy journey called motherhood. We will keep adding to this statement from time to time. Some tenets we’re trying to live by: *We will call what we’re doing work. Even if the world doesn’t acknowledge it, we...
College, Shoes and Karmic Happiness

College, Shoes and Karmic Happiness

These are the weeks when seniors in high school are hearing the good, and the bad, and the ‘we’re not sure yet’ news. Even before the letters (or e-mails) arrive, the college admissions frenzy has left both kids and parents emotionally raw. After all the testing, tutoring, campus visiting, essay writing, financial aid form processing...

Random Mama B Gripe

We wish to issue a complaint. We’ve got nothing against Babies ‘R’ Us.  Yes, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the whole idea of a ‘baby superstore’—which makes you think you need waaaay more than you actually need. Don’t get us started on the whole baby bathtub racket. Or changing tables? Useless piece of furniture! Use...

The Mother of Invention

Mama B’s of babies and toddlers don’t usually have time for lots of make-up—most women we know apply moisturizer and lip balm and call it a day. We’re always on the lookout for quick, cheap beauty tips, and recently, by sheer serendipity, we discovered a good trick. A certain inquisitive two-year-old got into our make-up...

A Welcome Madness

Sunshine! March Madness! Baseball! Fiddlehead Ferns! Asparagus! Evening walks! Yes, we’re entering the heady, glorious season of springtime. After the slog of winter comes fresh air, sandals, kites in the sky, little kids tucked in bed while it’s still light out. Happens every year, yet somehow this transformation never ceases to amaze us. Daylight Savings...