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I'm just not Supermom anymore....

I think I’m just worn out with blogging. I’ve been around a long time and I think I have given all the advice that I know. You firs...

The Real Housewives of Lake View Park

*A new reality show brought to you by Supermom staring Supermom.*

Imagine me in lounge clothes, frazzled and soooo needing a drink.

Conversation with Superdad,

"Don't forget the organic strawberry milk and some Corona Light for me when you go to the library."

I don't think I had my hand on my hip but I might have.

I should have done the In Living Color snap snap snap and move my neck left to right.

Stay tuned for more The Real Housewives of Lake View Park staring Supermom as herself.

*giggle* I cannot help but giggle when I see this picture.

In eight days we will be the proud parents of a beautiful puppy and everyone is excited.  During her arrival we will be working on crate training her for school runs, shopping or whenever I leave the house for a short trip. 

But every time I think of crate training this picture comes to mind and I laugh.

I'm wondering if we may need a bigger crate.  I'm just sayin'.  It never hurts to plan ahead.  

Bringing home baby.

Sort of.

Our puppy gets to come home next week at nine weeks old.

Taken today and sent to us.
Isn't she just beautiful?!?!?!? 

Today, I was restless so I twisted Superdad's arm to take me puppy shopping at a place near our house.  We came home with her a new bed, shampoo, brush, toys, collars, leashes and three sweaters. 

Superdad wasn't too keen on the sweaters so I picked out a pretty blue one for him.  She has a pink collar and leash along with a purple set and a green set. 

You just never know when you might need one. 

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

Now, if we could just give her a name.  Do you know what that means???  It's survey time.

Wordless Wednesday

I found where she was putting the ones that she didn't like.


Lil O ~ What's he doing?  *referring to a man doing YARD work with a weed eater.* 

Supermom ~ *to Superdad*  I'd be ashamed of yourself!!  Your daughter just asked what that man was doing with a weed eater. 

*shaking head*

I guess you can tell that Lil O has never seen Superdad use one.  Come to think of it, I don't think I have either.

Meeting the parents: When your kids want a sleepover.

The time has come for my son, who is almost 13, to venture out into the big world of sleepovers.  He's had a few with families that we know from the neighborhood and scouts but not with a friend from school that we haven't met yet.  It's hard being a parent and trying to explain to your children that you just want them in a safe environment and you really aren't trying to make their life hell.

A sleepover came up a few ago, after my hysterectomy, and I said "No" because I didn't know the parents of my son's friend.  He was so mad at me for not letting him go over or the boy to come here.  I tried to explain to him that I wasn't just going to let him spend the night with strangers.  One day I hope he appreciates when he's a father himself.   YIKES, a scary thought!!  My son becoming a dad one day.  It's not scary because I don't think he'll be a good dad, it's just scary because I see him as my baby and the whole being a father one day scares me!!!

Anyway.....  let's move on before I get all depressed.

Last week there was a teacher work day and B2 wanted to invite his friend over and the mom so we could meet so a sleepover could be in their future.  I'm glad he "schemed" this because it was a lot of fun!

I was able to meet B2's friend and his mom.  They were great!  I enjoyed my visit!!!  They are good people and I knew that B2 would be in safe hands.  After their visit here B2 went to their house for dinner then they brought him back home. 

It all worked out.  Now, we know that B2 can go over and his friend can come over here anytime knowing that they will be in a safe place.

How do you handle sleepovers?  Is it different for boys verses girls?  At what age did you start having them?  Details people!  I want to hear!

Friendship Bread from the beginning.

About two weeks ago I had the great pleasure of helping my daughter's class make their very own friendship bread starter.  They named their bag Friendship.  It was a lot of fun!

After 10 days of the kids taking care of their starter I was able to bake their bread today so I can take it to school for them tomorrow.

Their Starter.

Recipe 1, Banana without eggs.


The Banana fresh out of the oven.

Beautiful Banana.


Butterscotch fresh out of the oven.


I was able to freeze 1 cup for later use. 

Blueberry out of the oven.




As you can see I did a lot of baking today!!!!!!!  I cannot wait to see their faces tomorrow and hear how they like their friendship bread.

I love cupcakes!

Whew, wiping brow. I'm so exhausted I'm afraid I might start to drool all over myself. Plus, I'm coming off my sugar high! Today was Cupcakes for Cures at the Grove Park Inn. Not only did I enter cupcakes but I was also a judge in a category. Which basically meant I was able to eat a lot of cupcakes.

I thought I would do a picture show of how today went.  (Some of yesterday as well.)

I was able to use some friendship bread starter to make my cupcakes. 

The mixing of my cupcakes.

The baking of my cupcakes.

Cupcakes cooling.

My dishwasher is at it again.

My pretty cupcake.

Getting ready to head to the Grove Park Inn.

One of the judges table.

Grove Park Inn.

My cupcakes on the table.

It was a wonderful event and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of this event!  I cannot wait to see how much was raised for the American Cancer Society.

Cupcakes for Cures 2011

Today is the 2nd annual cupcake competition!!  I was so happy to participate last year and even more excited when I was asked again this year to enter a cupcake.  I was jumping on my couch, like Tom Cruise, when they asked if I'd be a judge in the youth category this year.  I was afraid I wouldn't feel like making cupcakes after my hysterectomy because I wasn't sure how I would feel while recovering.  I'm so glad I agreed because I feel awesome!!!! 

If you are anywhere near Asheville today then you must come to Cupcakes for Cures!!  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!!!  A WIN WIN situation.  All the cupcakes you can eat while supporting an awesome cause!!!! 

The Asheville Cupcake Competition is a cupcake connoisseur's dream... a room filled with scrumptious culinary creations that all fit in the palm of your hand. Event tickets can be reserved for a $25 suggested donation. Bakers and kids do not need event tickets. Everyone with an event ticket will receive 10 cupcake coupons (1 coupon = mini cupcake and 2 coupons = regular cupcake). Don't worry, we'll have cupcake to-go boxes!

See you later alligators!  I'm off to ice my cupcakes!

I just want to tell the Supermom Book Club members that I am very sorry.

*hanging my head*

Sigh.....   where do I begin?

It all started out in Target one shopping day as I was browsing the books for a few selections for the book club.  I happened to see a book that had already been made into a movie and I'd heard some good things about that book.  I bought it.

I read it and even finished it last week.  It was the March pick.  The Time Traveler's Wife.

The book was very confusing at times that I even had to back track and start over a few times in different parts.  I really, really wanted to like this book!  Really, I did.

I finished the book feeling as if I'd missed the grand finale.  Like sex without an orgasm!  That type of feeling.  The book was a very emotional book that had me sobbing in places.  It mostly made me feel very sad without any part of the book actually making me very happy.  This book just left me confused.

Did I really want to see the movie?  Would the movie be better than the book?  I could only hope.  I'd made plans to watch the movie with my friend Greg after he was finished reading the book even though he had already seen the movie. 

While waiting, Superdad gets the movie for me.  Hmmmm.   Do I wait or do I watch it?  Maybe I can just see how it starts. I know Greg won't get upset with me.  Right, Greg?  Yeah, let me see how it starts. 

What's this movie rated anyway because **SPOILER ALERT**

in the book Henry and Clare are sex addicts?  It's all they seem to do.  There's that one time she even brings up all the sex they do have.   At least someone is getting an orgasm in the book.  ha ha  Not only was the book a total chaos of disappointment but the movie was much worse than the book. 

Don't even get me started on chain smoking Gomez who doesn't even smoke in the movie.  I had Gomez pegged as a dark skinny poet guy that hangs out in coffee houses but no, he was the guy from Office Space with a few extra pounds. 

Then there was no mention of the suicidal ex girlfriend of his, that he saw commit suicide, that has the lesbian girlfriend.  Weird.

What about the Asian woman Kimy that Henry grew up being around that was friends with the family??  Was she not important enough to make the cut?

Then there's his drug friend Ben who's dying of AIDS.  Nope, not even mentioned. 

No one even mentions the fact that their daughter Alba is a time traveler and does it naked.  Yeah, hard to time travel with clothes.  Wouldn't that freak them out??  Their daughter out there in the cold, naked unsure of what situation she could end up in. 

Not that any of this would have helped the movie because it totally sucked.

*hanging head in shame*

I don't even know where to begin.  I tried to convince Superdad that the book was much better than the movie but when you sit down, and I did, and think about it you know it's total shit.  You cannot find one good quality about this book except that it ends and the same with the movie.  I was thinking, "Man, I could have blogged, watched TV or even had sex."  Because it would have been way better than watching that movie.

Please, I beg you, don't go there.  If you are a fan of the book then leave it there.  Do not, I repeat, do not watch the movie. I promise, you will end up coming to the same conclusion I did.

The Time Traveler's Wife is better left off avoided at all costs.  I'm sparing you.

Long story short, I didn't like the book and the movie was much worse.  

For the first time ever, EVER, I'm going to give TWO THUMBS DOWN.

There you have it.

Have you ever?

Gotten so tired of your kids moaning, groaning and arguing in the van that you actually pulled over, opened the door and told them you hoped they remembered how to find their way home because they were going to be walking?

Yeah, me neither.  *wink*

Wordless Wednesday

Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3 and Thing 4.

Things you can do in the school line.

~ Pluck your eyebrows.

~ Read a book.

~ Play on your Droid HTC.

~ Sleep.  *I haven't actually done this but I have seen a few do it.*

~ Eat candy that you've hidden from the kids.

~ Enjoy a moment of silence with your coffee.

~ Daydream that you don't have kids....I TEASE!!!

~ Take notes on what to blog about. 

I want that body back.

This morning I was in the bathroom getting out of my pj's to put on some "normal" clothes to head to school with the kids when I caught a glimpse of my body in the full length mirror wearing my panties and bra.  It was different seeing all the changes that having children and age has done to my body.  Stretch marks there.  Sagging there.  Weight gain there. 

About that time, Superdad walked in and saw me.  I told him, "I wish you could have seen me when I was 17 and could wear a bikini and rock it!".  Of course he always tells me how beautiful I am.  *eyeroll*  But seriously I wish I could just borrow that 17 year old body again from time to time.

Beach season.

Skimpy dress once in a while.

Know what I mean?

I'm avoiding my favorite grocery store.

I'm avoiding my favorite grocery store of all time, I won't mention their name because they read the blog, because they have made a change.  *waving, hey guys*

The last time I went in with the babies my shopping trip was pure torture!!  T. O. R. T. U. R. E.  I know they did it to be all cute but please take them away!!!!!!

They added these little grocery carts for your kids to use to "help" shop.  More like knock over merchandise, run into people and bruise my ankles.  How am I supposed to shop my grocery list when I am constantly guarding not one BUT TWO carts?  More like guard everyone that is in a 5 foot radius of two moving kids and two moving carts. 

They added carts similar to this one.

The carts are green and have this long pole attached that waves up in the air that has a flag attached that reads something like, "Customer in Training".  I don't know exactly because I've blocked it out of my memory.

So, yesterday was grocery shopping day and I had BOTH babies with me.  I quickly revisited my last trip and said out load, "There's no way in hell I'm going there because of those carts!".

*hanging head*  So, I went to another grocery store so I could keep my sanity.  I go to the grocery store so I can STRAP them in the cart and not have to chase them around the whole store.  I don't go to the grocery store to be traumatized ending up in the fetal position wanting my mommy.

Pretty please, get rid of the carts!  Or at least hide them so my babies cannot see them upon entering your store.  I wonder if they have a "Suggestion Card" for that one.

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!! I just went to school to help take care of the friendship bread!!

I came home with my face painted, a pretty clover on my cheek. NOT THAT CHEEK!!! On my face!

Enjoy the video! Go vote for my Supermom Reviews blog, brownies and enter the giveaway!

Enjoy your green beer!

The best Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Icing!

Supermom was asked to enter the contest that Better Homes and Gardens is having about finding the best snack to go with your coffee.

When I think of the best sweet treat to go with coffee I instantly think of CHOCOLATE!  Who doesn't love a chocolate dessert to go with their coffee?  That is a rhetorical question so you don't have to answer.

I decided to make my awesome Homemade Chocolate Brownies with Homemade Chocolate Icing.  I used the Better Homes and Gardens Stand Mixer, Better Homes and Gardens Bakeware and the Better Homes and Gardens Coffee Maker for this challenge.

The making of the perfect chocolate brownie.

Ready to bake.

The perfect chocolate icing.
Came out perfectly from the BHG Bakeware.
Iced Brownies.

The PERFECT chocolate brownie.

How did you use the coffee maker in this challenge?  I made the perfect cup of coffee to go with the perfect sweet treat!

If you think my brownie is the perfect treat go to with coffee then click HERE to vote. You can vote once a day until the contest ends on March 30, 2011.

Sharing a bedroom with your children. Bedroom for four please.

I've blogged about this several times and have gotten lots of encouragement from people.  There have been a few disagree but I won't judge them.  *said with a smile*

I've always believed in sharing my bed with my babies from day 1!  They were carried in my warm belly listening to my heart so why would I stick them in a cold crib alone.  Yeah, I don't think so.

All four of my kids have shared my bed during their baby-ness.  Before you worry about having them in your bed until they are 24, they won't be, I promise.  H and B adjusted to their own room in their big bed with no problem.  When it came time for Lil O to move from our bed into her toddler bed it was still in our room pushed up next to our bed.

Baby M still sleeps with us.  It's AMAZING!!!!!!!!

Last weekend Lil O got a new big girl bed because she had outgrown her toddler bed.  When asked where she wanted her bed she said in our room.  We had no problem with that.  In fact she wanted it pushed up against our bed.  Guess where her bed is?

Right beside our bed just where it belongs.  I know that my babies will only be small for a short time so I want to enjoy every moment with them while I can.  

So, Supermom and Superdad love having a family bedroom.  We both will be sad when the girls move to their own room.

Thankfully we'll have the puppy in our bedroom....

Wordless Wednesday

From our front yard.

You're invited to the Vaseline Dry Skin Rescue Mission Twitter Chat 3/16!

You're invited to the Vaseline Dry Skin Rescue Mission Twitter Chat 3/16!

In November 2010, Vaseline® Intensive Rescue embarked on a mission to rescue women from dry skin and deliver one million good skin days this winter. To demonstrate how well the product works, the brand gathered a team of women—The Dry Skin Patrol—and sent them to events all over the country, where harsh winter activities put their skin to the test.

The Dry Skin Patrol was comprised of 3 bloggers (including me) who Vaseline found online, complaining about their dry skin, Dr. Jessica Wu (dermatologist for Everydayhealth.com), and Wendie Malick (star of Hot in Cleveland).

After participating in events like the Aspen WinterNational and the Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island, NY, we can’t wait to share our experiences on this amazing journey with you.

Please join two of my fellow Dry Skin Patrol team members—Kari (A Giveaway Addicted Mom) and Kailani (An Island Life)—and I this Wednesday for an hour-long Twitter chat.

During the party we’ll share details of our adventures—including exclusive behind-the-scenes stories, shocking truths about dry skin, and dry skin tips that helped us conquer the harshest weather conditions we’ve ever been exposed to. Plus, we’ll reveal how you can get a chance to WIN a trip to Aspen or another destination on the tour, and give away Vaseline Intensive Rescue kits randomly throughout the party. Don’t miss it!

All the details you need to participate are below. Help spread the word. Tell your friends and followers to join in on the #DrySkinPatrol fun. See you online this Wednesday!

Michelle aka Supermom

Details of the live Twitter chat:
Date: Wednesday March 16, 2011
Time: 8pm EST – 9 pm EST
Hashtag: #DrySkinPatrol

Follow these hosts: @KariEllen, @Kailani, @Supermom, @RocketXL, @VaselineBrand

How to enter for a chance to win: By joining the conversation with the #DrySkinPatrol, you will be entered for a chance to be randomly selected to win a Vaseline Intensive Rescue prize kit.

Prizes: Every 15 minutes we’ll randomly select a winner to receive a Vaseline Intensive Rescue prize kit, no purchase necessary. Open to US Citizens 18+. Void where prohibited. Ends 3/17. See full giveaway rules below.

Prize Kit Contents:
- 1 Vaseline Dry Skin Rescue Mission long sleeve limited edition shirt that reads “I’ve Been Rescued”
- 2 Full-size bottles of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion
- 1 MoistSense skin moisture sensor which allows you to test your skin’s moisture level before and after applying V.I.R. lotion

*For more information visit www.dryskinrescue.com

Comment below to RSVP that you will be there!!!  Talk to you tomorrow!!!!!