I fell victim to the famous "mommy brain" when I was pregnant, and it continued through Elle's first year. Or maybe two. Can't remember;-) First, I became super-forgetful, and had to write everything down. My previously pretty decent multitasking suffered, and my thoughts were jumping around from point A to point Z like a tipsy kangaroo. Thankfully, the brain has calmed down quite a bit as the hormones have settled back down, but I feel have eternal mommy brain when it comes to this blog--I'm always reading things online that make me think "hey, that topic would make a great blog post!", but when I actually sit down to write, I of course can't remember any of these recent gems.
So here we have Mommy Brain Monday--a collection of very random stuff. For you, my fellow Miami moms, to fill your own mommy brains with!
The Eye Roll of the Week Award...: ...goes to Motherlode, The New York Times Magazine's parenting blog, for their way-too-in-depth exploration of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Honestly, I thought this bizarro rant about Take Your Child to Work Day was way overthought, and really odd and convoluted. It's a day when kids get to see what mommy and/or daddy do all day at work, not some boot camp for the realities of adulthood. Geez. Lighten up!
Type foreign language letters and symbols without searching for the keystroke combo: There's nothing like needing to type a simple, everloving "ñ", and having to spend ten minutes searching online to find which keystroke combo you need to use. typit.org is a clever site to have bookmarked for this purpose--you choose the language you need, type the letter or symbol into their textbox, and cut-copy-paste (I think we all have those keystroke combos memorized by now) right into your document.
Make your own safer, cheaper air freshener (and it's really easy!): God, I love a good hack. Between lifehacker and parenthacks, I'm always reading these really cool shortcuts and ideas that I want to share with everyone on the planet. This quick and easy recipe for making your own air freshener spray is great for moms who aren't crazy about spraying random aerosol chemicals all over the house. Even better, you make it with vodka. Love it! What Miami mom worth her salt doesn't have a bottle or three of vodka lying around the house waiting to be made into vanilla-mint air freshener spray?
Who knew the folks at Sesame Street were so funny?: These two videos are parodies of the Google search commercial (which I've never seen, by the way) and feature the Google searches of Cookie Monster and Bert. Hilarious. From "cookie recipes" to "me need clean blue fur", you'll crack up at what Cookie Monster and Bert have been googling.
Yummmmmmmm: Lifehacker does it again with this recipe for homemade Snickers bars. Actually, it's not the recipe, it's the photo that goes along with the recipe that really grabbed my attention. Not that any of us really need a recipe for an easy way to make a sheet pan full of homemade Snickers, but OMG, this thing looks reallyreally good...
photo credit: sxc.hu/artM