I love you just the way you are…

There was time when I couldn’t relate to the woman who appeared on TV in desperate need of a makeover.  The recurring theme was that she was just too busy with the demands of family life to maintain her looks.  When I was single and free, it was impossible for me to grasp how these women could just “let themselves go.”

But alas, I understand.  I have finally arrived at that place where .I would be selected as an obvious candidate for a makeover today.

In my youth, my hair was done on a weekly basis, or sooner in preparation for a night on the town.  (The only thing I prep now are meals.)  And in between these regular visits, I would style it at home, if needed.  I could spend hours with a curling iron to get my hair just right for a date and with ample time to spare.  Now, I simply pull it back into a bun.  How cliché.

Although I was not much of a fashionista, I did maintain a polished and professional appearance at work.  I loved to shop during my lunch hour for anything I could find that would flatter my body type.  I was very good at camouflaging or emphasizing what needed to be, in order to look and feel as confident as possible.  So, whatever the occasion, I always had a selection of appropriate outfits ready and waiting in my wardrobe.  And of course, a woman could never have enough shoes or accessories to go with it.  So, there was always room for another bracelet, belt or bag.

I was also able to indulge in mani/pedi sessions, whether or not I was actually due for another.  (The only pampering I recall since then has been changing diapers.)  Other scheduled appointments in the old days revolved around spa treatments, hot stone massages, waxing and taking impromptu classes just for fun– like dance or yoga.  Chores and constantly chasing my kid around is how I move now.

Then there were the toiletries.  Oh, how I loved to make pit stops at places like Aveda to take home their latest sustainable product or Sabon for another batch of my favorite salt scrub.  Quick showers have since replaced leisurely hot baths in which I surrounded myself with scented candles as Billy Joel played in the background.  I miss threading my eyebrows, too.  Plucking them is just not the same.

Even though I was all set with an array of lotions or perfumes, I would routinely stop by the fragrance or cosmetic counters, mostly on a whim.  While I was there I listened to the sales pitch even though I didn’t need to hear it to make a purchase either way.

High from my goodies, I would stop at Godiva for the real thing and enjoyed my chocolate covered cherries on the subway ride.

Now, I do realize that for some women, none of this has become a thing of the past.  We all have our own unique set of circumstances in life and for me (after motherhood) it most certainly did.

It’s not the end of the world but I wanted to reminisce a little bit.

What I have learned recently is that self-care applies to things other than the focus on our physical appearance, too.  For instance, personal fulfillment through our interests and hobbies but of course, there’s nothing wrong with being able to look good while you’re doing them.

Nevertheless, devoting my free time to what feeds my soul matters more to me now than what I’d like to see reflected in the mirror.

Furthermore, the reality is that the average woman cannot have it all or do it all.  She has to choose between painting her fingernails or a blank canvas whenever she has a free window because there’s only so many hours in a day.


Ladies of The View

Around the time I’m preparing lunch for the kids, The View comes on ABC (perfect name for a network when the alphabet is being practiced daily on my end.)  Speaking of, I was only too happy to discover that Schoolhouse Rock! (a beloved children’s program for many of us while growing up) is part of the ABC App Throwback collection!

But, I digress.  I simply appreciate daytime talk shows because even though I’m making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I can still feel like I’m seated at the Grown-Ups table when they go live.  So, until I return to the business of early learning, I’m just…

Taking some time out to enjoy The View

Because Whoopi often says, what I’m thinking too

When Sara’s old teacher was there by surprise

Their reunion made tears pool in my eyes

Y yo también pense, que lo que?

When Sunny pronounced it “covfefe”

I understand Joy, when she’s feeling enraged

And congrats to Jedediah for getting engaged

While Paula stays cool throughout all the tension

Thanks for the banter, just wanted to mention!


Pineapple Day!

Turns out that June is just loaded with a variety of themes: Flag Day, Father’s Day, first day of Summer and in sweet succession, wait for it… a day for the Pineapple.

Yes and yum!


Admittedly, I didn’t know all that much about pineapples except that they’re readily available in tropical places and how wonderful they taste (by the way here’s a smoothie recipe and another with Piña Coladas for us (aka Bacardi.)

But, back to the kids.  So, with a little bit of research I was able to piece together a slide show to include some simple facts, images and even a recipe for us to enjoy (thanks social media!)  By the way, these early learning presentations are so much fun to create and share with fellow parents and caregivers!

Maybe while you’re reading this you’re stuck in a waiting area with a child who’s starting to become impatient.  If so, you should be able to distract the little fellow or princess by bringing up the fact that there’s such a thing as Pineapple Day.  Then, view our slide show found here (that also contains printable coloring page for later, if they’re interested.)

If you didn’t have anything prepared for tomorrow, enjoy this lesson theme too!

Thunder, Lightning.

It’s not just the little ones that want to run under the covers during a thunderstorm. It’s pretty scary for everybody, even when you’re indoors.

Trying your best to calm a child through one isn’t always easy and even more difficult once you lost power (it happens.)

Photo Image Source: https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/16700/why-is-the-cumulonimbus-cloud-formation-so-dangerous

We’re always talking about the weather, but it was time to go beyond the temperature and what to carry with us when its raining. Mainly because I wasn’t able to explain this intimidating force of nature to myself, much less a child. I think we all know at the very least, that it’s dangerous to be outside at the time.

I knew thunder was loud and frightening, but does it always follow that flash of lightning? Thankfully, the Weather Wiz Kids had us covered, like an umbrella. You’ll find the answer to the question under Thunderstorms along with the causes, patterns and helpful safety tips. We also learned a new math game we can play during the next storm to find out how far away it is from us.

Also, try saying cumulonimbus clouds really fast? Soft Schools has more facts about them. Ever heard of Upward Lightning? Find it in this list of 10 Natural Phenomena You Have To See To Believe.

When the lights finally came back on, we sang about electricity leaping toward the ground / lightening is the flash of light / thunder is the sound: