As November gets colder and we're stuck inside on early evenings I'm more interested in reading a good story. One of my favorite jobs as a self-employed blogger and vlogger is writing romance books. Why do I write romance, even though I often work in more self-hep and breastfeeding advocacy fields?
Because I love making women happy and one of the big things I've discovered that makes a busy mom happy is having a moment to themselves to read a little steamy fun.
At family gatherings this holiday I know, as I've gotten it before, I'll be asked in shocked tones how do I write romance. It is always a little silly how people, who often read the genre, are shocked to meet romance writer. It's a fun job filled with long hours of editing and writing while my toddler climbs all over me.
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How to Kick 2016 to the Curb and Actually Enjoy 2017
F%ck bad years, for a lot of us 2016 was a total crap year. I am all about seeing the good, growing the positive and raising ourselves up in strength but some years are harder than others. I had some big adventures in 2016 but it was, overall, a hard year with too much negative insights and hard changes. How can we all make the new year better?
Lay it all out and be accountable: Put your goals down and check on them.
Buy a cookie jar and fill it with treats for yourself. This is just yours, you get your very own treat box and nobody is allowed to come near it. Sharing ain't caring if it's my chocolate.
Have a pizza party every Friday night. You can party by yourself, just you and the kids, get lots of friends to drop by or force family to enjoy themselves. Have fun. Do not let a week pass you by without having fun.
Weigh out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Time out anyone that isn't going to make your year good.
You can have a wonderful new year. You can fill your year with adventure, joy and fun. What's the key to a good year? Your mindset; go into 2017 with an open heart and a no nonsense mind.
Supporting small artists and crafters is great but it can seem prohibitively costly. Here are some well priced hand-made toys for your little ones. You don't need to spend a bunch to get great gifts for your little this year.
Getting a Jigsaw Puzzle with Elephants lets you and your toddler play together. Bringing memories and not just gifts into the house.
My son loves to play harmonicas sideways. A Personalized Harmonica will torture your ears and entertain your kid all year.
A comfy ELEPHANT Sleeping PILLOW is a great way to get your little toddler to start resting by themselves after nursing.
I am deeply coveting this Narwhal stuffed animal for myself but my son keeps telling me I can't buy toys for just mom.
A big Growth Ruler is a really pretty way to keep memories fun and portable if you're not in your forever home.
Moms need to be more than mothers, we need to be women and to entertain that part of ourselves. I love reading erotic romance novels whenever I have an extra 15 minutes.
Books I love are:
Meeting strangers on a train: "Ted meets Audrey on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. Her slender, tall blonde looks have Ted hooked, the only problem is she's working as an attendant and Ted would hate to make Audrey break any rules. Filled with hot, erotic scenes and a little spanking for naughty train attendants. A quick moving story Brett Roman's short story will pull you in and keep you going."
Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark): "Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever."
Lick this pussy!!: I love the humor of this one, really it will make you laugh out loud.
We don't get to talk enough about how entertaining erotic material can be for women. We're complex and can be many things to lots of people. So this Holiday season embrace your desires and get reading. It is amazing how much reading can open up your mind and free you to be comfortable with your erotic self.
The Best Holiday Dresses for the Antisocial
It’s gotten to be the dreaded, fake smiles and too much pie season so you need a dress to make it all seem less like sociable season. I am an antisocial bat that lives in a cave. But even I love a good excuse to dress up and try to match my outfit to my kid’s. Holiday dresses can be a fun way to treat yourself, express your new style leanings each year and get out of your comfort bubble.
Every year I want to be a stylish Hepburn lady in a long plaid skirt. This skirt is timeless, comfy and will make you look like a New England prep who doesn't need to care.
A big part of a Holiday dress that will carry over year after year is that I don't end up looking like I spent 2 months on google finding the right piece. Simple, easy lines and soft fabric are big parts of a good outfit for me to feel comfortable.
A greatCape Dress will never go wrong on your frame. I love the idea of swooping into a party, cape at the ready and looking like pure style.
GUESS created a lovely Lace Cape Dress that would be fantastic for Thanksgiving through Hanukkah.
If you feel like showing off those curves, and those extra four slices of pumpkin pie, this Bodycon Dress (it has a cape too!) fits like a lovely glove. A formfitting dress can be great for pregnant ladies, it shows off our form without making us look like shacks with lumps in it.
A vintage classic wrap dress is so easy to wear. I love wraps because they make breastfeeding much simpler. If you're going to be breastfeeding while in your party dress look for necklines with stretch or a wrap dress that you can pull your breasts out of without having to lift your whole dress.
Sticking with your Gestational Diabetes Diet at Christmas
Gestational diabetes food restrictions at Christmas are extra hard to keep up with. I hated being on a GD diet during my pregnancy and found that a lot of the diet recommendations from my nurse made my blood sugars worse.
Just because you need to watch over how you are eating does not mean that you should be missing out on the festive foods and family traditions.
I found it extra hard to resist sweets once I wast told to stay on a gestational diabetes diet. In fact my numbers kept rising and getting pretty high until I listened to my body and followed my instinct. Adapting the diet made a huge difference in both sticking to the lower carbohydrates and keeping my numbers nice and stable.
Talk with your doctor and work with your body. When you do have a sweet treat walk half an hour after eating to lower your blood sugar levels and replace juices or sodas with water.
My nurse counted milk as a carb but I included it as a protein. I would blend up smoothies with fruit and greens and pour in milk with some live greens powder.
Rotisserie chicken was a big help to keeping fed. I would buy two, debone them and toss the slices in with lots of meals.
A handy guide on what Not to say to New Moms this holiday season
Last Christmas I got to hear these beautiful gems. They made me rethink evolution because how on earth would people that say these shorts of things survive.
My sister's favorite comment for 4 straight days. "You're wearing leggings/ sweatpants again?"
Caring friends who seem to have forgotten their manners. "We just wanted to make sure you didn't have depression and want to harm the baby. We read about it online."
Everyone, all Christmas, at every meal. "God, you eat too much."
This one is great and I still get it 14 months after I started breastfeeding. "You're nursing in front of me!"
Now, here you're thinking I'm kidding but I'm not. My premie was a slightly funny color for a while so his grandparents decided this was a good idea to say. "He's kind of a weird color, is he Mexican?"
After the baby just peed. "His diaper's wet, you need to change him more." Hands baby off to me and waits for his diaper to be changed so they can hold him more.
With these wondrous quotes to inspire us I thought those of us living the #momlife needed a helpful tip sheet to hand out on what one should never say to new moms. What have you heard that has made you laugh or cry?
1. Merry Christmas, you look tired.
2. I thought when we invited ourselves to your Christmas you would entertain us more.
3. Just a little sugar. It won't keep the baby up because newborns sleep so much.
4. You aren't really eating for two.
5. Oh, I thought your stomach would be flatter by now.
6. We'll play with the baby while you cook for us.
7. Your hair is dirty, have you tried dry shampoo?
8. Should the baby cry this much? Do something to make them stop crying.
Mommy Peeves TAG
1. What is the worst suggestion you've gotten on parenting?
That I do not need to watch my son all the time. "Just let him play". My son will run towards stairs, knives or cliffs like they are going out of style.
2. Worst baby clothes?
When my son was about 4 months old I got him a wrap-front shirt that had more buttons than anything I own. It was such a pain in the butt to put on him. I love zippers for a reason, they are so much easier for getting squirming babies in and out of.
3. Rudest comment about being a single mom you have gotten?
I think that my kid would wind up in jail as an adult because single moms only raise failures. I like to reply with Presidents Clinton and Obama and then walk away.
4. What is a funny disaster from the holidays with your kids?
My son tried to steal candles as I lit the shamash and nearly lit my hair on fire which meant the dog was nearly crushed by falling apples.
5. You favorite food to make for your littles during the holidays?
My son adores green beans or whipped cream so I try to include those. For Hanukkah I have been on a frying rampage with churros, donuts, latkes and legumes.
6. The worst holiday shopping you have done?
Oh god, one year I had to shop for 29 people on black Friday because my ex-spousal equivalent could not lift a finger to save their life. It was a hellish battle in the hot Tucson air between velour tracksuit clad fake teetas and spray tans.
7. Slippers or socks on Christmas morning?
Slippers for me but socks for my son because he will not keep any kind of shoe on.
8. Your baby's funniest reaction to the holidays?
Christmas tree lights blow his mind and he keeps trying to 'decorate' the tree with random household goods like hairbrushes and wooden blocks.
9. The nicest comment you have gotten about single parenting?
That is a hard one. That I'm raising a sweet and very happy little boy. It is amazing how much a few nice words can mean to a parent.
Vegan Hanukkah Churros
My parents are both vegan and it can be a struggle to bake sweets we all like. For Hanukkah I have been baking all week and decided to attempt vegan churros in my deep fat fryer.
We can find a lot of ourselves within our cooking, it is a way to share outwardly our love for others and for family. So often we forget to be open to grace and how to spread joy at this time of year. The focus can be on buying gifts, going to parties or making work deadlines and we forget that simplicity is so often where we find our grace and love.
I rarely give gifts to adults, normally I bake or cook dishes for them to enjoy and not be burdened with extra things in their houses. Churros were easy to make and fun to watch disappear as stealth nibblers grabbed them and ran around.
Pour 1 1/4 cups water over the butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar into a sauce pan. Bring everything to a good boil and then reduce the heat to low medium. Add in the egg substitute and 1 cup of flour a 1/4 cup at a time and whisk quickly until a shiny ball is formed.
Dust a sheet of wax paper and your hands. Pinch a tablespoon of dough and use your palms to roll out long pillars of dough. Remember that the thicker they are the softer the insides will be.
Cook in your fryer for 3 minutes. Use tongs to grab them while hot and shake in a paper bag with sugar and cinnamon to taste.
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