Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend. For some of my friends, this will be their very first Mother’s Day with their own little squishy to hold and love. For me, this is my first Mother’s Day without my mother. In fact, last Mother’s Day was the last time we saw my mom before she went into the hospital for the last time. Her birthday was May 7th, so we always celebrated her birthday and Mother’s Day together. Last year, we all went to my niece’s softball game, then back to my sister’s house for dinner and cake.

Mom had been sick for a long time. In 1998, she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. She’d had two successful bone marrow transplants, as well as countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She was no stranger to hospital stays. Throughout it all, she kept a fighting, upbeat attitude. Mom was known for her offbeat sense of humor and wit. She was a smartass; always ready with a one-liner. She was also the queen of self-deprecation and deflecting attention away from herself.

With that in mind, I’ll do my best this Mother’s Day to honor her in quiet, subtle ways. I plan on donating some kitty food to our local shelter (Mom was THE crazy cat lady). I would like to have a meal out with my family and leave some lucky waitress an exorbitant tip (Mom was a waitress). Lastly, I want to find some Lily of the Valley or Baby’s Breath to plant in my yard (her two favorite flowers). Other than that, I plan on enjoying the weekend with my family. Our grandson’s birthday party is this weekend, so we’ll be hanging out with him and our granddaughter. I’ll be loving every minute of my time with my girls and baby boy, content to have them all by my side, happy and healthy. That’s what Mom would have wanted.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my lovely weasels, and our beautiful readers. <3

Introducing analogwatch!

Hi everyone! My name is Erin. I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona: a place which sucks in many respects but I still rather unfortunately miss dearly — particularly in the wintertime. In late 2007 I reactivated my World of Warcraft account, which is a hobby that I can never quit for too long at a time, and joined a guild. (This is relevant, I promise.) The rogue class leader of that guild was a guy who started flirting with me first as a joke, then more seriously once we got to know each other. We hit it off, he came out to Arizona to meet me, we drove to California in a car for a week, then a month later I came to Michigan and I’ve been here ever since! We got married in February of 2009 then had our first child, a daughter, in August of 2009 and our second, a son, in December 2015.

When I’m not running around trying to accomplish everything ever all at once, up to and including parenting two children simultaneously, I enjoy video games and writing. For video games, I adore just about anything BioWare has ever made (Jade Empire was woefully underappreciated). For writing, I have mostly stuck to short stories of the LGBT romance variety though I have recently begun an endeavor to branch out into novels. I also adore musicals, and have very recently fallen down the hole that is Hamilton.

I also have an avid interest in both the medical fields and parenting,with a special focus on parenting children with special needs (most notably ADHD and sensory issues, with a more minor focus in autism). I particularly have an interest in the attachment parenting school of thought, and I suppose you could probably call me “crunchy,” if that’s a term you’d apply to someone’s parenting ideas.

I am looking forward to working on this project with all of my weasel-tastic Mama friends! I can’t wait to see what it’ll bring!

Introducing Babiicakes

Hello everyone, I was born in Brooklyn NY and raised in the south. My husband is a cross country truck driver and I am a nurse. We currently live in eastern NC, with hopes of buying a house in the next few years. I have an awesome and adorable step-son, and I became a first time mom in December of 2015.

I spend a lot of time attempting to balance motherhood, marriage, school, and work. (When I a schedule that gives me more than 4 hours of sleep I will let you guys know.) I enjoy video games, baking and documentaries. I “fangirl” over too much to mention.

I’m excited to be a part of our diverse group of weasels and share the things I have learned.

Introducing Missy!

Hi my friends! I am Missy. I was born and raised in California, right about where Google and Apple have set up shop. When I was a teenager we had to pick up and relocate all the way across the country to the frozen tundra that is the Northeast. It was either that or get a passport and learn to speak Taiwanese. It actually turns out that I enjoy the snow. The move also led me to my husband and two beautiful children, for which I am constantly incredibly grateful.

When I’m not harassing my eldest about homework and tooth-brushing or babbling with and feeding my squishball, I love to make crafts. Some of which I half-ass in the interest of keeping my hands busy, others I agonize over to perfection.

In all honesty, I like to get things *just right*. I like to try new endeavors and see what happens. I am also lazy if I can get away with it. So my specialty is doing really neat things, really well, with minimal effort because let’s be real, here; if you want to do something cool and have it work in real life, you need to be able to do it quick and painlessly. Probably also with at least one child begging for attention.

I can’t wait to get this project started with all my dearly loved fellow Mama Weasels here on A Dash of Mama. I just know this is going to be great!

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Hi! I am Roro. I was born and raised about an hour outside of beautiful Philadelphia, PA and now reside on the sunny beaches of Florida. I count that move as the best decision of my life. Besides getting me away from the snow, it led to meeting my husband, who was a single father of 4 when I met him. I adopted his 2 youngest girls, and we have been blessed with another daughter and a son together. Our 4 kids range from newbie to college aged, and always keep us on our toes. They are my greatest pride and joy.

Besides my little darlings, some of my favorite things include: soaking up rays on the beach, camping, sports (especially the Philly teams), listening to music, and gardening. My contributions to A Dash of Mama will include simple projects to do with the babes, going on adventures with the babes, and plenty of outtakes.

I think my favorite part of this project is working with this group of ladies I love and am so glad to have met. The Weasel family has become an extension of my own family, and really, truly, some of my very best friends. I love how diverse of a group we are, yet we can all relate to each other, learn from each other, and grow with each other.

Please be sure to leave me a comment. I’d like to meet our readers!

A Short History of the “Weasels”:

Our group of friends met on a popular baby-themed forum. We were all expecting new bundles of joy around the same time. From a forum of more than 20,000 users, a small group of about 20 of us grew closer, and began to lean on each other as real friends. Soon, we found ourselves becoming friends on other social media sites. From there, we’ve expanded to real-life meetings and this new endeavor, on A Dash of Mama the blog, and the soon-to-launch youTube channel.

The Status Quo

It’s official: I have the most perfect baby ever.

I know a lot of people say that, but hear me out. he’s three months today and already sleeping well. He’ll do a 6-8 hour stretch and then at least one more 2 or so hour stretch after that. I’m getting enough rest – well, except for the last few nights but he just had his shots so part of that is my anxiety and paranoia keeping myself up to watch him. Last night he had trouble falling asleep, but once he did he slept good so we just slept in today. But his sleep habits that rival his daddy is not the reason why we have the most perfect baby ever. Well, not the only reason anyway.

He’s so chill. He doesn’t cry unless there is something wrong. Sometimes he fusses when he’s a bit bored or wants to move, but the Mamaroo we got just clears that right up. By the way? I know it’s a bit of an investment (we took advantage of the Babies R’ Us trade in event that allowed us to trade in an old used bouncer I’d picked up at a consignment sale for like $10 to get 25% off of a new purchase, so it was about 70 dollars cheaper than it actually would’ve been purchasing outright) but it is worth its weight in gold. While Kristopher would sit in the bouncer and rest sometimes, he got bored easily and would fuss until someone picked him up and walked him around. The roo has 5 different motions and 5 different speeds, and even has a bluetooth hookup and you can play mp3s or playlists through it. (Note: I have a Galaxy Note5 and it is incompatible because it’s the newest phone and the software version is too advanced or something. I could still plug it in via the jack and play music if I wanted to, though) He will sit in it quietly and talk to me, watch Little Einsteins, Curious George, or Daniel Tiger (our three favorites! I personally love Little Einsteins) and he will nap for long stretches as well.

I am one lucky mama. He is advancing well enough (except for things like rolling and tummy time because he still pretty much hates that). He loves to talk, coo, laugh and smile at mama and he’s already sleeping well through the night. He hasn’t gone to his own bed because we’re going on a trip next month and he’ll be in the pack and play for that. Plus, he hasn’t hit that 4 month mark yet. To be honest, we’ll probably start the crib transition when Clayton is home in April. I kind of like having him close by when it’s just the two of us at home.

Coming soon: A pic dump of special photos from month-birthdays and holidays so far!

New Changes and New Directions

No, not the Glee group.

See, I started this blog to strictly be for recipes I create and to display wearable art I was selling on ETSY. While I will still do both of these things, I have decided to make a few changes on this blog. My friend at Disasters in Makeup told me I could do anything I wanted and this blog could be anything it wanted to be.

So it’s anything it wants to be now. I had a recent doctor visit. Diagnosed with diabetes, I had to make a lot of changes in my diet. It was long overdue, being Fatty McFatterton anyway. I’m just trying a lot harder now. I’ve been cooking most every night and working on formulating meals that are not only healthy, but taste good. I have a skinny husband that can eat everything and not have him affected in the least. I have a process when I go through trying to make a new recipe for this site. I experiment the first time I make it, and if it works well, then I work it up for the site the next time I make it. So I’ve been doing this for a couple weeks now. Initial tests are good, so I’m going to start posting more healthy, diabetic friendly recipes as I go.

The next change is this: makeup and beauty. I’m a crazy makeup buff. One day I’ll post a picture of my “workstation” so you can see just exactly how many beauty products I actually have. This same doctor visit diagnosed me with rosacea. I’d known I had it for a while but at least now I’m being treated for it. I start my medication today, so I’m going to post a “before” photo. I’m also posting a photo later to show you how much makeup helps deal with rosacea. It’s a terrible affliction, really. My cheeks and nose are super red and splotchy, and not only that but it breaks out, it peels, and it stings. It also itches to high heaven, especially when I wear makeup. So it’s like damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I am pretty good with foundation and concealer though, and look like a normal person when I’m done. Here’s my before! #nofilterlolz

All my red-faced glory

Later today I will post a full makeup covered up photo and talk a bit about my routine. And show you my battle station! Huzzah!