Earlier this week, I added a few new blogs to my "What MiamiBabyMama Reads" blogroll over there in the right hand column. So I've pulled some favorite entries from these newly listed blogs to include in Mommy Brain Monday, plus some other irresistible tidbits I came across in my internet wanderings. Enjoy!
Toilets of Color. Just read it--I can't begin to explain, but I'll just say that quite often here in Miami, truth is stranger than fiction.I had the pleasure of hearing this hilarious story from Teal in person in the schoolyard. (Is it still called "the schoolyard" these days? Hmmm.) Check it out, and more, on her blog One Bad Mother Runner.
Eyes Rolling Award of the Week. Blah, blah, blah. You know, whenever I'm looking for a random essay written by some smarmy wannabe supermom to really rile me up, I go straight to babble.com. Do not pass go. Do not collect $100, but perhaps instead collect a Valium to pop before you read such essays, because your blood pressure will likely rise if you are what I consider a halfway normal person. On that note, check out "In Our House, There Is No Santa Claus." Chill out, lady. It's just for FUN!
The Tough Love Approach to Table Manners. I Wish I Liked Flan is another blog I added to my blogroll earlier this week. So. Effing. Funny. I'm including one of my fave posts about table manners, because it makes me crack up, and also because I'm endlessly involved in teaching the fine art to Elle and Skyler, neither of whom have quite mastered them. These little reminders are definitely for adults, though: ("How the f*#k do you not know how to cut your food?...It’s not hard. My three-year-old daughter can do it and she thinks we own a cat when we don’t.")
I Didn't Learn That Word in Spanish Class, But I Get It. Sweet Home Hialeah blog is must-read for Miami residents. Check out the labeling on these moving boxes....jajajaja as one of my friends would say. Love it.
"Do not stress. Just feed her. But make sure she is on a three-hour schedule." (from "Why first time moms lose their minds", featured below. I must admit, I'm a little obsessed with Xtranormal.com lately, thanks to something posted on the Eater Miami blog. So I searched for one about parenting and came up with this little gem:
Number One Photo Tip From Me, The Worst Photographer Ever. It's true, I am the worst photographer ever. If you've seen cute pictures that I've taken, that was probably a result of mass quantity snapping (one of my techniques) or due to the sheer super-photogenic qualities of the subject of the picture. So here's my number one photo tip to aid you in your holiday photos: Take Real Advice from Real Photographers. Lifehacker.com has been kind enough to assemble such advice for point-and-shoot cameras specifically.