I’m the Mean Mom Who Has Never Thrown Her Kid a Party

The future is so bright, you've got to squint. Thanks for the tee, @sheenatatum! I love when my girl isn't covered in pink. Somehow it managed to be one of her favorite colors.

The future is so bright, you’ve got to squint. Thanks for the tee, @sheenatatum! I love when my girl isn’t covered in pink. Somehow it managed to be one of her favorite colors.

I’m supposed to be sharing my monthly parenting posts with you at least 2 times a month, but man, I’ve been so forgetful. If you’re bored enough and read some of these, you may come across a particular hidden treasure. Heheeee…

5 Signs I’m Not That Mom – I love writing posts about the other side of motherhood. You know, for us mothers who aren’t all Pinterest’y and NOT okay with sleeping with toddlers and working mamas who actually really like sending their kids to daycare. 

That Time I Wanted a Boy But Had a Girl – Ohmigoooodness, what kind of parent actually admits this? Hehe. Me. And unapologetically so. But then, check out this post on my fear of having a black son. 

4 Reasons Why I Refuse To Throw My Kid a Party – In a world where parents feel obligated to throw lavish parties for kids who can’t even speak yet, there are parents like me. Parents who refuse to shell out money for little people who won’t even know what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean I’m a total grinch who doesn’t celebrate her girl’s birthday in some way. Really, I blame Karen Alpert for this post because after reading this I was terrified to host (shoot, and even attend) a kid’s birthday party.

I Am the Only Mom of Color At Playdates. Why? – Look. It’s a fact that I hate I hate playdates. I’ve never been secretive about this. But shoot, why is it every time I attempt to show up at one, I notice that I’m the only mom of color? What’s with that?

Seen any cool parenting posts/thoughts/ideas out there in the e-space? Please share! I’d love to check ’em out! 

Purple Tutus Make Life Better

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So I’m back to only sharing pictures of Elle with her back facing the camera. I kinda took this idea from Beyoncé. Many of the pictures she shares of her daughter showcase Blue Ivy (and um, I’ve never hated that kid’s name) looking adorable or doing something insanely cute, except you oftentimes don’t see her face. Some people think this is dumb because…why show the picture at all? Yeah, I get that but I got a little lazy with publicly showing pictures of Elle and ugh, it backfired. One word: creepers. Going back to my mama gut and only sharing the sweet stuff with friends and family and the rest the world gets back shots. 

But is is a cute back, isn’t it? Ha!

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I Just Want to Live – Like A Toddler

I’ve been biting off and chewing A LOT of words since becoming a parent. As a non-parent, I talked soooo much crap about what I would neeeeeever do.

-I would never feed my child fast food.
-I would never let my kid play in dirt.
-I would never take a kid under 5 to Disney World.

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First time parents put sooooo much stress on themselves. Between what doctors say, what their parents say, what scientific research says and what snotty women at playgroups say, it ends up being A LOT of unnecessary stress.

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Elle!

Guess who turned 2 today? Well, technically not until 5:29 pm EST (or somethin’ like that) but today 2 years ago, I gave birth to my first and only child.  I mean, WOW…I still look back at those pictures that were snapped immediately after she was born into her Daddy’s arms and I am amazed that my body did it all. And relatively easily.

I am truly one of those natural birthing free-spirited hippies who gets all emotional over things like that but seriously, it’s amazing stuff.

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My Dirty Child and Beauty Tips for Busy Mamas

This morning was a rough one for our household. Elle used to be such a morning person. She would wake up babbling and singing and was always so pleasant. But honey…those days are over. This girl is so anti mornings. She’s like her Daddy in that regard because me? I’ve always been a morning person. This morning she cried when I woke up her. She cried on the potty. She cried when I wiped her face. She cried when I brushed her teeth. She cried when I looked at her. She cried when I stopped looking at her. She cried while eating. She cried when I put her shoes on. She cried when I wouldn’t let her carry my laptop bag.

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It’s true, y’all. By the time I get to work I am just…emotionally DONE and I’m in that Watch what you say to me mode.. But, I can’t let it show because I don’t ever want to be “The Mom” in my office. I’m a business woman and don’t let the stresses of my crazy toddler get to me at work. Gotta keep it professional, baby. Can’t let ’em see you cry.

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Did I Tell Y’all That I am A Part Time Mommy Blogger?

Yep! I blog over at Mom.me and each week I toss up a post about…parenting stuff. I’ve been a mama for almost 2 years now (OMG!!) and it is the most time-consuming, hair pulling, stressfully rewarding experience ever. I mulled over starting a parenting blog but I didn’t like writing about parenting stuff THAT much. Being a contributor to Mom.me is great because it gives me a platform to share my thoughts and experiences without letting the entire world IN on our lives. Because y’all know how I hate sharing a ton of Elle’s pictures and experiences on the internet…

But from time to time, I think I will share a post over here with the Clumps family. I know that a lot of you all are parents (or parents to be) and knowing that you aren’t alone in the struggles is always so so helpful. That said, check out my most recent post

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I put my heart and soul into that post and did a lot of crying while writing it. I know. I’m a sap.

And while you’re at it, check out 10 facts about Elle Belle. It has been forever since I’ve written about her on Clumps so I’m thinking these facts will give you a clue as to what kind of character we’re dealin’ it. 😉

  • Elle and I both have moles on our chins!
  • Elle’s name is mispronounced 80% of the time.
  • Elle’s bedroom is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom inspired.
  • Elle was born on the same day as Blue Ivy Carter.
  • 90% of Elle’s wardrobe are from consignment stores.
  • Elle is a picky eater and eats rice and eggs with spinach almost every day.
  • Elle learned her colors by playing with Mommy’s nail polishes.
  • Elle is the first and only grandchild on both sides.
  • Elle communicates with words and she also knows sign language.
  • Elle is almost 2 years old and barely weighs 20 lbs. She’s tiny but healthy!

Suzy Sew Crafty Whips Up An Amazing Gift!

Elle has gone to 3 birthday parties this summer. The kid is more popular than me which I’m finding both hilarious and…sad. Because we didn’t have a 1st birthday party for our girl (we plan to do parties when Elle is older), I am always stumped on what to get these wee babes. I’m not big on buying toys because…really? Don’t they have enough of those? They grow out of clothes quickly and they are too young for the really fun things. I usually opt for books because I feel that’s something that can grow with them but giving a book isn’t really a personal gift. I’ve been trying to do better and wanting to do more personalized gifts and that’s when I knew to reach out to the talented Suzy over at Suzy Sew Crafty.

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I’ve always wanted to be the woman that can knit, sew and create beautiful pieces with my hands. And yeah no. I can’t. But Suzy? Whoooa! She is the Embroidery Genius of Central Florida. This wife and mom of 3 works from home in her state-of-the-art studio (no seriously…it’s amazing!) and cranks out everything from fun shirts and bodysuits for the little ones celebrating birthdays to hand towels and beautiful designs for the grownups in your family.

More about what she whipped up for Beauty by Cat’s little one…

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Cat told me that her son Sebastian was a huge lover of trucks so I thought it would be very cool to get him a hoodie towel that he could use for years. I told this to Suzy and she came up with the idea of a dump truck that could dump out Sebastian’s name. Um…wow!

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I would have never thought of this. But you see…this is why I deal with pros. And within days, I picked up this gorgeous towel that, I thought, was the perfect usable and memorable gift for a sweet little boy who I’ve known since birth.

Suzy also does…

  • Custom embroidery/appliqué clothes (including onesies, shirts, dresses, aprons etc.)
  • Custom embroidered home decor (including towels, robes, pillows, shams, Christmas stockings, etc.)
  • Monograms (including men’s ties, golf towels, polo shirts, wedding favors, etc.)
  • Nautical accessories (including flags, personalized fishing shirts, caps, towels)
  • Logos (embroidering logos on any apparel or clothing)

I’ve got a list of things I’m going to have her make. Some hand towels, t-shirts with Clumps logo on it, Christmas stockings, wedding gifts – the list goes on and on. I also have a giveaway coming up in the next month or so. Stay tuned but in the meantime, swing by her site and let Suzy know that Brittany sent you.

 

Disclosure: This towel was gifted to me in exchange of a blog post. Suzy is a personal friend of mine and we are big believers in the bartering system. 😉 But because I believe in supporting my local entrepreneurs, I will definitely be making purchases from her to support her flourishing business.

JOHNSON’S Baby Has Some Incredible News

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One of world’s favorite baby brands has been doing some serious work. JOHNSON’s Baby has recently reformulated many of their products. And why you ask? Because the consumer asked them to. What sounds like a simple request is really heavily involved and detailed. Remember when I told you about my visit to the headquarters in February? It was there where I got a chance to meet with some of the chemists and marketing professionals behind the brand. They were so candid and honest with us bloggers as they talked about how challenging it was to reformulate some of their most popular products.

But they felt like they had to do it. Because the consumer asked them to.

And before you get all “What GOOD! How hard is it to remove an ingredient or two or 10?” on me, think about your favorite skincare product. You use it because you love it, right? You like the way it feels and the way it performs on your skin. You’ve been using it for a while because it is consistent and you can always depend on its efficacy. You would flip if the formula changed, wouldn’t you? Especially if the scent was different or if wasn’t as moisturizing. JOHNSON’s Baby had the daunting task of reformulating their products without changing the consumer’s experience. Wow. Far from easy. But they did it.


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Because the consumer asked them to. They reformulated the following products:

o JOHNSON’S® Baby HEAD-TO-TOE® Wash
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thick and Curly Hair
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin and Straight Hair
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender
o JOHNSON’S® Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath

Exciting, right? It’s a big deal and I can’t wait to see what loyal JOHNSON’S Baby fans are thinking about the products and if they can detect a change. Having played around with them, I can guarantee you that I haven’t noticed anything different. Which is a good, thing, right?

In honor of the new changes, JOHNSON’S Baby put together a lovely video that acts as an open letter to moms showing scientists and their families coming together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of our promise. So sweet.

Ya gotta love a brand that actually listens. Check out the video and let me know what you think!