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Sometimes you can’t make lemonade

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 5 Comments

Yesterday was hands down one of the worst days ever. And I’m NOT exaggerating. I can’t get into details, because some of it is extremely confidential, but it was baaaad. Think of the chances of an asteroid landing in your living room during the season premier of Weedsthat bad. At one point, I was ready to throw in the white towel and say screw everything and everyone.

I’ve gone into today with a clearer head – accepting the fact that sometimes life does indeed give us lemons. And the reality is, you can’t always make lemonade. Sometimes things are just sour. That’s life. Read more

The Things Tweens Say

Posted on by Crystal in Cadenisms, Motherhood | 3 Comments

While being an older mom has many advantages, there are also some drawbacks. The further away you get from your youth – the more distant you are to teen and young adult “lingo”. For instance, Caden walked into my bedroom yesterday to give me something I had dropped in the hallway. I thanked him, to which he replied, “No pra, bra.”

Whaaaaat? Read more

Crockpot Country Chicken Recipe – New England Style

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It’s September here in Maine and for us New Englanders that means crisp, cool air, trees exhibiting colorful displays of leaves and all kinds of yummy cooking! The other day I made my version of Crockpot Country Chicken – New England style. Give it a try. You’ll love it! Read more

The End of Halloween?

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My daughter’s Halloween costume arrived in the mail the other day direct from Carter’s. Since it’s her first Halloween ever, it was a remarkably difficult decision deciding on which costume to buy. I knew I wanted something warm since we walk in one of the local neighborhoods. But I also wanted something that represented her personality. In the end it was a choice between the flower and pink zebra – the flower won. It’s colorful, cute and cuddly – just like her. Read more

And the world’s largest penis award goes to?

Posted on by Crystal in MUDDies | 1 Comment

Yesterday, my best friend and I had a discussion about large penises and strange sex. I’m still trying to visualize certain “things” from our discussion. Here’s how it went: Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Mom Madness

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Pinterest is a haven for women and a true magnet for moms everywhere.  When we’re not busy working, cooking, cleaning, nursing or caring for our families, you can bet we’ve got some pinning action happening – by “we” I mean “me”. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite “Mom Madness” pins of the week: Read more

8 Things I Love About Being an Older Mom

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I love being an older, middle-aged mom. Even though my energy level is less than it was years ago, I feel like I’m in a better “place” to raise my daughter. My feet are firmly planted and I have peace in knowing that no matter what lies ahead, I will do my best to raise her as a good, honest person. There will be times when I fail, but I won’t second-guess every little decision I make. I’ll do my best, because, as a parent, that’s all you really can do.

Here are 8 other things I love about being an older mom (please keep in mind that I’m not a first-timer): Read more

How Not to be a Debate (or Discussion) Dickhead

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 2 Comments

On Facebook yesterday I added my thoughts to a discussion regarding the human impulse to take initiative. I commented that I believe initiative is sometimes tied to work ethic and character – which I stand behind. Well let me tell you, I set off a shitstorm. Sadly, most of those referring to my comment failed to follow the rules of a civil debate and were actually, in my opinion, extremely rude. Now, I’m not going to point out the discussion or name names, because that would be breaking the number one rule of etiquette – that we do not point out others’ gaffes or shortcomings.  I can be a big ole’ bitch and curse like a sailor 80 percent of the time, but I also know where the line is between being civil and just being a dickhead. I used to be a dickhead. It has taken me many years to learn to keep it real and nice.

Here’s where mistakes were broken yesterday. Read more