And this Monday, Day 14 of The Melissa Gorga Experiment, sucked even more because I was exhausted from the wedding and hours spent in the car. Plus a baby who either was actually starving or just wanted the pleasure of my company at three different times during the night.
It’s been two full weeks of the experiment so far. I’ve learned that being Melissa Gorga is exhausting. If I’m not getting up early with the kids so he can sleep in, I’m staying up late to make sure his sex quota is filled.
Today, however, he did get up with my daughter and I got to sleep in til 7:00 A.M. (Thanks, honey!)
But while this experiment is lots of hard work, I have found a few tricks and shortcuts that make being a Superwife a little easier:
1. Make lazy dinners. Sometimes I will make a complicated recipe that takes hours and creates a mess. Now I’ve learned to look for easy ones, or “lazy” ones.
One example is spaghetti with meat sauce. Boil the spaghetti, brown the ground beef, and add sauce- poof! You have a meal.
My second sneaky trick is to buy the grocery store rotisserie chicken, which I did today. Heat up a bag of frozen veggies, make five-minute couscous, and the meal is complete…and delicious!
A third lazy dinner is a quiche, another dinner I made recently. Use a ready-made pie crust, whisk together eggs and milk, and add in whatever extras you want. The one I made had ham, shredded cheddar, and scallions. Any dinner that is a one-dish meal gets my approval. It is low-maintenance and gives you more time to do other stuff, like clean and shave your legs.
2. Dry shampoo. My hair is thin. It gets greasy if I don’t wash it frequently. But some days, there just isn’t any time for a shower. Gross, but true.
I have now tried out a couple different ones: Bumble & Bumble, Suave, and stila. I hated the way the Suave dry shampoo smelled, and Bumble & Bumble’s always left powdery residue in my hair.The stila Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo is the most expensive, but also the best.
So today, when 5:00 came and I was supposed to be sprucing myself up before my husband came home, I grabbed my dry shampoo. It’s a great cover-up for when you don’t get to wash your hair. It makes my hair seem thicker and smell nice. And no one is the wiser.
3. Get help. Melissa Gorga has two sisters and a mom who sometimes help her out with her kids. Guess what? So do I! Whenever my mom wants to come down for a visit, I am grateful. She wants to bring dinner? Even better! My sister feels like coming over to help with bathtime? Perfect. Anyone who ever wants to come over and help me out is more than welcome.
This weekend, while we were in Rhode Island at the wedding, my sisters watched the baby and my in-laws watched the two-year-old. When I came home, my sister had not only done ALL the laundry, she had also switched out my daughter’s summer clothes and organized her fall clothes in her drawers.
She texted me later on Sunday night and said, “Sorry if I got a lil crazy with the housework.”
I wrote back, “What!?!? It’s great!!!”
They say that it takes a village to raise a child, but I’m finding that it takes one to be Melissa Gorga, too.
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