The Daily Dose by The Queen Mum

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lifes Little Pleasures

Okay girls, sometimes we can't fork over the dough for spa treatments, expensive clothes or shoes to pamper ourselves. So we must find inexpensive tiny treasures that will brighten our daily routine.

Grocery shopping is a drag, especially if you need to tote along your kiddos! And if your like me, I must have a list or I will forget something. I found this super cute Shopping List pad that will cheer up any grocery shopping excursion.

In the car all day taking kids to and fro? Do your keys seem to get lost in your purse? Here are some cool key caps that will make you smile and hopefully make them easier to find at the bottom of your purse!

If all it takes is a little vino and chocolate to treat yourself, why not combine them! RedEnvelope offers Wine filled chocolates - are these guys genius or what?!!
You can choose from dark chocolate/cabernet, dark chocolate/port, dark chocolate/champagne, white chocolate/chardonnay or a dark chocolate sampler. Yum!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wiggle Jiggles

This was news to me, though I'm sure some of you seasoned moms will simply chuckle at my revelation...

Young boys, about the age of 7-8, suddenly and uncontrollably, cannot hold still! While reading a book, he twirls his hair (which we finally cut really short last weekend). While talking his eyes dart about as if he were a criminal under brute force and major investigation (usually that's half true). While eating, writing, or doing anything that requires sitting in a chair, his feet swing like dualing pendulums.

It is enough to cause me to ask for a large dose of anxiety medication. Not for the kid, for me!

I get it now. I read the papers that come home from school (ok, not all, just a few each month). I've learned that seven/eight can't hold still. Fine. I get that. Unfortunately though, it drives the %*&#@ out of me!

So, seasoned moms...when the chuckling subsides, please tell me that this ends. It does end, right?


Monday, April 28, 2008

Managed Chaos

I need help getting my chaos organized! There are toys everywhere, constant crumbs on the floor and a stack of papers on the kitchen counter. But, no matter how many times I pick up the toys, my toddler is right behind me pulling them out again. I can sweep the floor, but one snack later there are crumbs strung out. After a day full of play dates, errands, etc; dinner is prepared, cleaned and baths are given, my stack of papers is still in the same spot. Wait, the pile has grown, because I just keep throwing that days mail right on top. Ughhh! I can't be the only one, can I?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bikini Mama?

It's that time again, whether you like it or not...swimsuit season. This time of year, while glorious for some who simply love the budding trees and singing birds, for many of us is simply horrible. Compounding the distress of the shopping excursion ahead, you're pregnant.
But let me tell ya something sister...your pickin's are WAY better than they used to be in "the day".
A few finds to get you motivated:

This cute and colorful little number is trendy with it's spring colors, and not hideous like swim numbers of the good old days. New Arrival - Lilly Pulitzer Printed Tankini $165 at A Pea In The Pod, and my favorite, machine washable.

Now, you might think this a ridiculous price for a swimsuit. If you can afford it, spend it. A good suit that can last you through the season, and maybe another pregnancy down the road, is totally worth it.

This black and white abstract print Tankini from Mimi Maternity is a lesser expensive option at $78, but still great quality and a good fit. The bottoms ride under the belly, which was my preference when pregnant in the heat of the summer.

Being pregnant and stuffing all that into a swimsuit isn't always easy. I think you should treat yourself just a bit in the clothing department. If you look good, you'll feel better. If that doesn't work, there is always chocolate!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Yo Baby!

Okay we all know that the sun can do some pretty awful things to us… and our kids too! We slather the kids with sunscreen, strap on their hats and use canopies on everything from the stroller to the wagon. But wait, we forgot their eyes. I know what you are thinking; your kiddo would never keep on a pair of traditional shades. Well friends, my tot has been testing out one of the coolest pair around. Baby Banz has a pair called Retro Kids Banz that comes with a stretchy headband that is adjustable by Velcro. Not only do these babies look hip, their eyes are protected by UV400 lens. These lenses block out the entire spectrum of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from the sun. Pretty cool, eh? My kid loves to wear them; he calls them his “goggles”. He can put them on himself with ease and I feel good knowing his little eyes are protected.

Did you know that until approx 8-9 yrs old a child has no filters in the eye to block out UV light? You can actually do MORE harm to the eye if you put an inferior lens in front of the eye. Behind tinted lenses, the iris opens to allow more light into the eye; if the lens doesn’t protect properly, and more UV light gets into the eye potentially damaging the child’s eye.

If the Retro Banz isn’t your kiddo’s style, check out the Baby & Kid Banz in the original style. This style is only $15 each, that’s a drop in the old sand bucket!

Coming Soon: MobsLounge will have a contest so TWO MOB readers can win a pair of Baby or Kidz Banz! Be sure you have joined our list for free email updates, so you won't miss out.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mother Earth

You probably already know that tomorrow is Earth Day. We have been gradually making changes around our house to be more earth friendly. Almost every light has the new energy saving bulb, we recycle paper and cans, purchased (& use) the reusable bags from the grocery store and I have been filling my own cup with filtered water from home vs. buying bottle water… it’s astounding how many end up in the landfills. I know our efforts are just a small drop in the bucket, but at least we are trying. If you are looking to fit “green” ways into your lifestyle, has a few articles that are a must to read: 28 Ways Your Family Can Protect the Earth (Real world ways to go Green) & Earth Day Every Day (Fun ways to teach kids to care for the environment). Hope you find a few Earth saving tips that fit into your life.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Fab Find: Potty Training

Are you starting to think about potty training or in the midst of it, but need some help? Well, I came across an offer that you can refuse... because it's FREE! Huggies Pull-Ups is offering a Potty Training Success DVD. It's a high-impact video and interactive guide to potty training. They say the approach is flexible - to fit the way you and your child live. And fun - to keep your Big Kid® engaged from starting out to successful finish. I'm anxious to get mine to see if it works. If your interested, get off the pot... it's only available while supplies last!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


If you have a toddler or already been through that stage, you know that some words can be a mouthful for the little ones. The easiest fix is to make up new words in it's place. Again, I will reference Toy Story, since my tot has adopted a recent fondness for this movie. The other day he got up on his step stool and raised his arms above his head and said something that resembled Buzz Lightyear's slogan, "To infinity and beyond", and jumped off the stool onto the couch. He kept repeating this action, so I was able to comprehend his new word: In-fid-e-yond. This is now a regular word in our daily lives, just before Jr. Buzz is about to jump off something. Oh heaven help me that he doesn't try to fly from the top of the stairs next!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Absolutely Charming

I completely adore my Tommi Crystal Design necklace and charm! It was a hard choice with so much to choose from, but I opted for an Initial charm and a Cross toggle necklace. I tend to hear "where did you get that?". Not only is it fun to wear, it fits perfectly into most of my wardrobe choices, which nowadays consists mostly of t-shirts and such. There is a vast array of choices that you could find something to go with any type of outfit. There are scads of charms and gobs of necklaces to browse through. I bought mine at a Haute Market party and so can you... if you would like to see it in person to try on a few, head over to the Haute Market Vanity Fair party tonight, 5-9 pm at the Ritz Charles. Its posh adornment suited for any Queen!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Coming Soon

Are your boys entertained by pictures of themselves? Our son sure is! For Christmas we gave the Grandmas digital photo frames and loaded them up with pictures of our one and only 2 year old. The Prince quickly learned they were all pictures of him. When we arrive at one of the Grandma’s house, he turns on the digital frame to watch the “D-man Show” as he calls it. As the frame powers up, our movie buff announces “Coming Soon”. Maybe he has seen one to many trailers before his beloved Toy Story. Regardless, we all get a chuckle!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dude Sounds Like a Lady

If I wasn't right there to witness the source of an ear piercing noise, I would of swore it was the neighbor kids shooting off fireworks. However, since I was sitting right next to my prince, I knew it was him. He can belt out a scream that sounds just like a bottle rocket - no kidding!

Today we were visiting some friends and during playtime he proceeds to shrill. Both my son and my friends daughter are running around the kitchen island screeching at their loudest. Well, let me tell you, my half-pint can squeal louder than any damsel in distress. If I didn't know better, it sounded like two cupcakes instead of coed's!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

What is your beauty wish?

Come explore your beauty at Haute Market's first event with a Beauty Bar, an area dedicated to exploring your beauty wishes. If somehow you don't already know, Haute Market puts on premier shopping & beauty events in the KC metro! It's a great way to escape from the kids, browse through the coolest stuff, and enjoy some time with your girlfriends.

So, grab your pen and mark your calendar for The Vanity Fair, a fabulous shopping/beauty event. It's NEXT Wednesday, April 16th, 5-9pm at the Ritz Charles in OP, KS. Bring your cash and credit cards my friends, there will be 40 boutiques and vendors with gobs of stuff you will want to snag up! Did I mention the new Beauty Bar area for complimentary pampering services? Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. And for $10 more you can get a Swag bag full of awesome goodies, well worth over $10! (Swag is only available with advanced purchase tickets).

All the hip fashionistas will be there!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A New Arrival

It was just a matter of time before the sweet designs of babyGap labored into nursery bedding, blankets, bibs & burps and more. BabyGap Home has arrived!
They offer two cute baby boy designs for the nursery, safari and busy builder.
Everything you need for a beautifully cozy crib; each set includes: a fitted crib sheet, a quilt, bumper and bed skirt all for $249!
Where were they when I needed nursery bedding? The choices out there for boys are disappointing, but babyGap home is changing that. Besides the cute designs, babyGap home is working with the world’s most trusted baby brands for the best in quality, safety and style. You can feel comfortable with your purchase, whether for your own baby boy or as a gift.

You can check out the newest bundle of joy on-line or visit select stores.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Mommy, That Boy Hurt My Feelings

Today's Blog entry is by Guest Blogger:
Amy from Olathe, KS (1 son, Miles-4yrs)

After being cooped up for weeks we enjoyed a full afternoon at the park. My son Miles is immediately attracted to a game of tag with the "big boys" (kindergartners). He's their height but just not quite on the same language and development level. He's off again and I find a rock to park myself on for a nano-second of rest until I hear the crying. You see, I'm usually the mom who perks up when I hear crying because I'm sure my son has done SOMETHING to someone, usually a loud dinosaur growl to a sweet little toddler or something that produces shrills and an evil eye from another mom. I've found mamas of little girls are very unforgiving of the dino growl and any loud noise for that matter when their princess is being disturbed. Okay, please don't write me off just yet, I grew up as that little princess, with a sister to match! I'm new to this rough and tumble boy stuff but I'm learning by Miles' fourth year not to sweat it and it's okay if he gets dirty! Okay, moving on with the story. The cry was MY son! No, he didn't fall he was called a "name" by the big boy! Oh my! My heart was broken. This was the first experience where he was very upset by what another kid said to him. When he was a toddler and even in this preschool phase,"poo-poo face" is about as bad as it gets, and usually erupts in laughter. No, this was hurt feelings producing tears and questions. "Why did that boy say a naughty word to me Mommy? He hurt my feelings." Holding back my mama bear instinct leading me to give that little punk a piece of my mind, I realized these are babies and I need to use this as another teaching moment. I just don't remember many of those moments when I was a kid. Are we less tolerant, more sensitive, or so paranoid that our kid is going to be bruised emotionally from experiences such as this? He recovered, I recovered and hopefully our teaching moment will prompt him to reconsider before he decides to 'not make a positive choice' and hurt someone else's feelings. Boy, are we PC or what!

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Dapper Dan

Our morning begins as usual, and all is going smooth. I grabbed a pair of jeans, a shirt and a fresh diaper for the prince just like any other day. He never has protested clothing, until today, that is. He looked at what I picked out and started crying. “Is that striped T-shirt really that bad?” I asked myself. Then my little style swami started repeating “guitars, guitars, guitars” in a desperate tone. “What is he talking about?” I ponder. Then I realized over the weekend we bought a new shirt with guitars on it. I was completely shocked he even remembered we bought it… and to go a couple of days before he demanded to wear it. He must have had a t-shirt flashback or I have a vein sprout on my hands. In the end, my pint-sized fashion plate did look rockin’ in his guitars!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Do Gooder

Okay Queen’s, I know you are use to having your Wednesday goody about beauty products, hip attire, accessories or great tips. But let’s face it; nothing warms a heart more than donating to a worthy cause. So, here is your chance to donate to Kansas City Dream Factory. The mission of The Dream Factory is to grant dreams to children 3 through 18 who are critically or chronically ill. McCarthy Auto Group has donated a brand new 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible to the cause. Virtually every penny raised will go to make a child's dream come true. For a $50 donation per ticket, the $65,000 car could be yours. You can purchase as many tickets as you want, but only one ticket per person as there are only 4,000 tickets available. Last year they only sold 1,333 so your odds are really good! Please visit or call 913-791-DREAM (3732) to learn more. The promotion will end May 9th and they will be selecting a winner for the brand new 2008 Corvette during the week of May 12th, 2008.

If you live outside the KC area, click here to see other Dream Factory chapters.

Best of Luck!

The picture is of John McCarthy, Dream Factory spokesperson Larry Moore of Channel 9, last year’s corvette winner and several dream kids.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Fun with Food

Go ahead let them play with their food! This set of construction utensils will get them shoveling it in. This genius set includes a "Fork Lift" Fork, “Bulldozer” Pusher and a "Front Loader" Spoon.
What boy wouldn't love forking, lift or pushing their food?! Hard hat not required.
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