There, I said it!

They all say it. All moms do. It is no surprise. Nor is it something new. “Being a mom is the best job ever!

BUT!!!! Did anyone ever tell…..shhh…lean in closer. Are you ready? I don’t think you are…..IT IS HARD! Being a mom is downright hard. There I said it.

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I love my little girl with every fiber of my being. I do. But, wait. I’m going to say something else that not a lot of moms say out loud for others to hear (er…read). I miss me. I miss feeling like me. Tiffani. Not wife. Not mom. ME!

Sure, call me selfish. I am fine with it. I cater to my family hand and foot. I am a stay at home mom for now. I have been home with my daughter since May. It has been very nice to be with her and get some quality time in with my daughter that I have missed from the very first time I had to leave her at 6 weeks old to head back to work. My husband works Monday through Friday and takes care of this family financially and I am entirely grateful! There are a lot of moms out there that would love to stay home with their kids and here I am complaining about it. I know. Sounds ridiculous.

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My husband doesn’t have to lift a finger in this house except I ask him to mow the grass (you don’t want me to unless you want a hack job!) and to take the trash out. That’s it. I do all the cooking, all the cleaning, all the care taking of our daughter, all the laundry, and all the grocery shopping. I pick up after him and I pick after our daughter. And myself.

Honestly, I am tired. I just ask for some “me” time. To feel like a human to just feel like the person God made. But, I keep going on doing what I do and that’s a mom and a wife. I don’t go out. Ever. I never get texts or calls to do anything. Yes, I am complaining right now. I am asking for a big fat pity party! I’ve lost sight of who I am. What makes me, me. And I never say this to my husband and I smile when my daughter chucks “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” at my head to read it for the 5,999 time that day.

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My husband works hard every day, and I am at home. Of course, I am not going to ask him to help me during the evening. He’s been at work on his feet to ensure we are financially stable enough to survive. He is an amazing man. He works hard and cares for our daughter and myself. I am so blessed to have him, I really am.

Just every so often, I would love to do something for me. I want to go to the book store to walk around for a few hours to find that perfect book and not have to leave because my toddler is throwing a fit and everyone is looking, er gawking. I would love to sit down at a restaurant, with my husband and see the looks he used to give me when we first started dating. And enjoy the meal, I chose and didn’t have to cook OR clean up.

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There are just times that I miss being me. But then again, I look at my daughter, holding her baby doll and giving it kisses and hugs, and I smile so big and think, “I wouldn’t trade this for the world”.

Being a mom is hard, but it is so worth losing sight of some of my unique features and share them with my toddler.

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Fruit Pizza

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This past Sunday, I was in need of a dessert to bring and I am getting tired of the same ole same ole. Whenever I think of summer and gathering, usually I think of hot dogs, hamburgers, and fruit. LOTS of fruit! Summer is the best time to find fresh fruit of vibrant colors! We love fruit in my house. My daughter would eat her weight in grapes and blueberries if I’d let her! Oh and don’t forget mandarin oranges (even though those are usually canned 😉 )! So, anyway, I decided that I wanted to make fruit pizza! And oh my gosh! Best life choice, EVER! It was delicious!

So, since I am new to blogging, I forgot to take pictures of my step by step process! BUT, it is sooo easy that you can have your kids join in to help put toppings on the pizza or smashing the cookie dough into the pan!

Now, we all know very good and well that pizzas are round BUT I needed to feed a few more people then my round pizza pan could feed. I doubled my recipe and used one of my rectangle cookie sheets instead. I doubled my recipe and had enough to feed everyone plus have some leftovers for a midnight snack….or two! And remember, I doubled my recipe!

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

  • 1 (16.5 oz) pkg refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • assorted fresh fruit (such as kiwi and strawberry slices, bananas, blueberries, diced pineapple and canned mandarin oranges)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a rimmed 12-inch pizza pan, line with a round of parchment paper and butter parchment paper (or alternately line with foil and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray). Crumble cookie dough over prepared pizza pan and spread into an even layer to completely cover bottom of pan. Bake 13 – 14 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. (Remember, I used a rectangle cookie sheet. And I didn’t line my pan, just a good ole spray of baking cooking spray did just the trick! I didn’t have much time to cool my cooked crust so I popped it into the freezer for a few minutes and it worked out perfectly!)
  • In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), whip cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Spread evenly over cooled crust. Top with fruit.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours then cut into slices.

Recipe altered from Kraft

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I love making art with our food. We eat our food with our eyes first! And I love making food visually appetizing!

**If you are doing this with your child, like I did, be sure you have enough fruit for them to snack on and have enough for the pizza. My daughter ate all the mandarin oranges except for the four on the pizza. Silly kids! 🙂

Introductions

Introductions! I am Tiffani. I am a wife and mother. Two very rewarding but difficult jobs. Marriage isn’t easy neither is parenting. But, the most rewarding titles, in my opinion. I love to cook, be crafty, and teacher. I drink large amounts of coffee on a daily basis.
I am finding it difficult to find inspiration on this first post because it is not just localized into one topic. So, here is a breakdown on what I hope to convey with this blog:

  • Parenting/Being a Mom: Being a mom, is so hard. And there is so much advice out there that I do not know where to start! (For the record, this is not an advice column. I am not here to tell you how to be a parent nor will I say I know how to be the best parent either!) I face so many challenges with my daughter. She is very active and does not stop unless she is laid down for nap or bedtime. But enough about this. I will post more about this later!
  • Cooking: I love providing and prepping food for my family. I love looking up new recipes and creating delicious food! I don’t always stay in the healthy margins because we love a variety of foods and flavors. But I am always trying to communicate with out child healthy eating habits and lifestyle. I will be posting various recipes we like all the time and new ones I try.
  • Marriage: We are very NEW to marriage. We said our vows in May. I am NO expert. We have been together for eight years now. We have been through a lot and overcome a lot of obstacles but I know there will plenty more to come. I will be posting about marriage probably in struggles looking for advise. (Just a fair warning!)
  • Crafting: I love creating rustic pieces of my home. I love rustic/country themed pieces for my home. I also have a mixed tastes of coffee and wine pieces throughout as well! I would love to post about my pieces I create and find! I love antiques and re-purposing!!
  • Teaching: I am a new teacher and am starting my career as an assistant. I will be working alongside two classroom teachers. I am looking forward to my own classroom but that will come with time. I love children and helping to create lessons that are valuable to the child! I hope to eventually make a difference and create a career in education that matters and changes the way we view the educational field.

I plan on trying to post at least once a week but I hope to make time for more than that. I would love to have input too on what readers might like to read! So, feel free to contact me! And as always, happy reading!

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