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Dads vs. Babysitters

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Is it babysitting if it’s a dad? I examine the differences between dads and babysitters.

Dads vs. Babysitters

Want to know the latest thing that has people in a tizzy? No, it’s not the idea of a “me-ternity leave.” That was, like, so five days ago.

It’s when someone has the audacity to say that a father is “babysitting” his children. I assume the people who are outraged by this occurrence have conversations that go something like the one I had recently…

ACQUAINTANCE: Who’s babysitting the kids? Your husband?

ME: Yup.

Cue rage in someone who is bothered by the phrases “husband” or “dad” and “babysitting” in the same sentence. Read More »

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Weddings…Then & Now

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Oh, the excitement of getting a wedding invitation when I was younger! But now?

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Remember when getting a wedding invitation in the mail was cause for excitement? Now that I’m older with children, the feeling I get is a little different.

Not that I don’t appreciate a good wedding…I do. It’s just funny how life changes us. 

Here’s a look at the thoughts that ran through my head when I was a young, fun twenty-something vs. the thoughts that run through my head now (as a boring, tired thirty-something). Read More »

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Men Are From Mars…

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Men really must be from a different planet.

Men Are From Mars

There’s nothing like a few years of marriage and raising children to make you realize that indeed, Men Are From Mars & Women Are From Venus.

Because despite five years of being married to each other, my husband and I still fail at some simple communication techniques. Things like listening to each other. (One of us more so than the other.)

I swear– he does the most infuriating thing.

I will say something to him, like “The dog threw up today.” Or “I won $100.”Anything really. It doesn’t matter what the comment is. Read More »

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Digging Out

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It’s finally starting to feel like things are back to normal after Jonas…

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I say this a lot, but I love the promise of a new month and a fresh start.

January started out pretty blah until Jonas hit, leaving my neighborhood snowed in with three feet of snow. Schools in our county were closed all week. My husband worked from home until Friday.

Yes, you heard me right. MY HUSBAND WAS HOME ALMOST THE ENTIRE WEEK. Read More »

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What to Do If Someone Asks You to Go See Star Wars

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Star Wars. It’s everywhere. Here’s what to do if someone tries to make you go see the movie. Should you resist? Should you accept?What to Do If Someone Asks You to Go See Star Wars

My husband and I rarely go to the movies anymore. It used to be a cheap date idea but after adding in the cost of my giant popcorn, Twizzlers, and large fountain Coke PLUS a babysitter…it adds up. 

Also, there’s the fact that we can never agree on a movie. I like comedies. He likes action films. So we usually just wait and we he will watch them at home when they are On Demand. Read More »

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The Sock Problem

Ben knocking over water

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All signs pointed to the fact that it would indeed be a “yell-y” day, as my four-year-old calls it.

It was Monday, first of all. I had gotten barely any sleep the night before. I don’t know why. It was just one of those nights where I tossed and turned and was awake way too much. 

The baby had a bad cold so he was up at 4:45 A.M. to start the day. Yay! 

The kitchen was not clean and tidy like I like it be when I wake up in the morning, so that was bothering me, too.  Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 6

The Bethenny Project

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We all know the depressing statistic that claims 50% of marriages will end in divorce.

But do you ever look around and wonder which of the couples you know will end up in that 50%?

Admittedly, we only see the sides of a relationship that people show us, but the ones that seem to me the most likely to end in divorce are those that have a control issue.

Maybe it’s a husband who is too controlling over his wife and how she spends her days or her money. Or maybe it’s a woman who tries to control everything her partner does, right down to what he wears and what he eats.

The sixth chapter in I Suck at Relationships is called “Control Yourself.” It’s about learning when to relinquish control and when to take the reigns in a relationship. Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 5

The Bethenny Project

 

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Chapter 5 in I Suck at Relationships deals with what Bethenny refers to as “playing the game.” That cat-and-mouse thing you do when you’re dating and trying to entice someone.

Isn’t it funny how you get married and half the time you’re trying NOT to entice your husband? Please let me go to sleep. Please let me go to sleep. (Or is that just me?)

Still, Bethenny says that “the game doesn’t end when you get married; it just changes.” 

Her advice? Get dressed up and flirt to bring some excitement back into your marriage.  Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 3

The Bethenny Project
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Chapter 3 of Bethenny Frankel’s book I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To is entitled “Master the Catch and Release.”

She gives pointers on how to catch and keep your ideal guy. Since I’m already married and I hopefully don’t have to do anymore catching and keeping a guy in my lifetime, I wanted to share my own story of how I snared my husband.

So here is the story of us. Hold on tight, because it’s quite the rollercoaster… Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 2

The Bethenny Project

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Chapter 1 of I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To was all about understanding men. Chapter 2 is about what women do wrong.

I know, it’s hard to admit that we aren’t perfect creatures. But we do have our faults, and Bethenny certainly has a handle on those (or at least she is identifying ones that I personally have).

One of her tips is to stop talking as much. We recently took a 1.5 hour car ride to a family birthday party. All of the kids were asleep in the back of the car.

I tried several times to start up a conversation, but unless I ask a question, my husband rarely answers. It’s possible that my topics of choice were uninteresting to my husband, since most tend to fall on the list of “Things Guys Aren’t Interested In.” Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 1

The Bethenny Project

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So the first few days of The Bethenny Project were rough.

For whatever reason, my husband and I have been arguing. I am usually responsible for starting the arguments; I’m guessing it’s because I’m sleep-deprived and stressed out (my four-month-old has recently started waking up several times a night, but that’s a whole other blog post).

Anyway, Bethenny’s first rule for “Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After” is “Understand the Man.”

One key point I’ve learned from this chapter is that men are truly simple creatures. They want things to be easy, happy, and quiet. They don’t need to talk or gossip all day. (Guilty.) Read More »

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The Bethenny Project

The Bethenny Project

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My husband and I fight fairly frequently. It’s always over something stupid and it always resolves itself rather quickly. I’m okay with this.

In fact, I find it odd when I encounter couples that say they “never fight” or are always posting sweet nothings about their husband on Facebook. (I do not identify with this phenomenon.)

So while our fights tend to blow over quickly, I’d still prefer to not have them. They stress me out, and that’s the kids’ job…not my husband’s. Read More »

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The Empty Vase Experiment

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Does your husband get you flowers? Mine either!

(Just kidding– I’m sure there are some guys out there who buy flowers for their wives on a regular basis. I’m just not sure what planet they are from or how you secure one of these aliens.)

I can count on one hand the number of times I have received flowers from mine. Once on Valentine’s Day when we were dating, once after a huge fight (his fault), and a few other times when I specifically told him “Go buy me flowers.” Read More »

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You Want to Name the Baby What?!

Last night as we were laying in bed, my husband comes out with, “I want to name the baby _____.”

(Insert name that I do not like into that blank.)

Oh really?

So for months he has had nothing to say about the topic of baby names except for “No” and “I don’t like that one” and all of a sudden six weeks before the baby is due, he has a name he’d like to use?! Read More »

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I Should Probably Carve My Pumpkins Soon

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Wow. How did it get to be October 27? I should probably carve my pumpkins soon, huh?

I really need to make that Task #1 for Monday: carve/decorate/paint/do something to the pumpkins to make them look more festive than they do now.

I’m writing this post on Monday morning and I am exhausted. (Even though it’s 7:30 and my kids are both still asleep, meaning I actually got to sleep “late” today.) Read More »

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The Guilt-Free Glass of Wine

Guilt Free Glass of Wine

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Ahh. The ever-elusive guilt-free glass of wine. Moms of little ones, you know what I’m talkin’ bout. (Willis.)

Remember when you could have a few glasses of wine at night with no other cares in the world? When will that happen again?!

I’m 25 weeks pregnant right now. I have 15 weeks to go. Read More »

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7 Things NOT To Say To Your Wife When She Breaks Her Cell Phone

7 Things Not to Say to Your Wife When She Breaks Her Cell Phone
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A few days ago, I broke my cell phone screen.

I was out for a run with my son (in the jogging stroller) and my dog. I had my phone in the cup holder on the stroller’s handle.

I don’t even remember if we hit a bump or the dog pulled me or what– all I remember is hearing the slap of the screen hitting the ground.  Read More »

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The Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

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So, um, I actually just had to Google “Father’s Day 2014” to find out when it is. It’s June 15th, which means there’s just over two weeks left to get the dads in your life a special gift!

In my opinion, men are notoriously difficult to shop for, so I’m always glad when others come up with lists of appropriate gifts. Thank you, Best Buy! Read More »

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My Wishlist

My Wishlist

I was tentatively going to call this “Things I Want For Mother’s Day And/Or My Birthday,” but I thought that was too obvious. (My birthday is on May 26th.)

I settled on “My Wishlist,” because maybe people would think it was a wishlist about world peace or an end to suffering, and not just a list of presents that I want my family and friends to see.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d definitely like world peace, but I’m not sure anyone can buy me that for my birthday. If you can, by all means- go for it. If not, here is a list of things I want.  Read More »

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Tempting Fate {Book Review}

Tempting Fate Book Cover

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I had been searching for a book to become engrossed in for awhile. Well not really searching, but just hoping that one would plop in my lap.

I haven’t had one of those “can’t put it down” experiences with a book since Gone Girl and that was over a year ago. 

So when I received an email asking if I wanted to review Tempting Fate, a new novel by Jane Green, I immediately said yes. I knew the name Jane Green sounded familiar, so I looked her up. Read More »