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Rewards & Responsibility: How I Got My School-Aged Child To Stop Pooping His Pants

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On one of my favorite mom blog discussion boards, a fellow member spoke openly about her frustrations with her 7-year-old son constantly pooping his pants – even while at school. Despite their best efforts, she has been unable to break her son of this less than pleasant habit.

I had a similar experience with one of my own school-aged sons – who shall remain nameless. For a period of more than two years, he constantly pooped his pants and then tried to hide the “evidence”. I’d walk into his bedroom and instantly smell something hideous. Somewhere lingering in a drawer, behind a bureau or tucked behind boxes in his closet, I knew there was a pair of underwear with days-old poop stuck to them. To make matters worse, my son would also hold his poop causing ongoing problems with constipation.

We tried many tactics – from talking opening with him and trying to reassure him that it was okay to have an occasional accident, but it was not okay trying to hide it to scolding (not appropriate in this situation, but we were desperate) and taking away special privileges – but nothing worked. We did seek the help of his pediatrician, who prescribed mineral oil daily and Miralax as needed. This helped with the constipation end of things, but not with the accidents.

After constantly having to buy new underwear and bombarded with accident after accident, I, as a mother, couldn’t take it anymore. I finally broke down and set up an appointment with a local child psychologist. It was the best decision I ever made with respect to this situation. The psychologist came up with a game plan that literally saved our lives. Read more

Decadent Whoopie Pie Cake Recipe

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As many of you know, I was born, raised and still live in Maine. I love this state which is home to the likes of L.L. Bean, lobster, Moxie and the infamous whoopie pie. Although some states claim to have “invented” whoopie pies, it is considered synonymous with New England and believed to have been “invented” in Maine back in the 1920s.

Also “invented” in Maine is the whoopie pie cake, a decadent, melt-in-your-mouth dessert fit for a King (or Queen). It’s relatively easy to make and a great treat for the kids! Enjoy! Read more

My Thoughts on Lance Armstrong, Self-Serving Tygarts and What Martha Stewart Would Say

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It was a sad morning to wake up and read headlines talking about Lance Armstrong on the verge of being banned from the world of cycling FOREVER and losing his seven Tour de France titles (which is now a reality) – all at the hands of a little outfit known as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency or more specifically, it’s fearless (and obviously narcissistic) chief, Travis Tygart. Non-analytical evidence is being used this time around – testimony from fellow cycling teammates, several who claim they saw Armstrong inject himself with “EPO”, a naturally occurring hormone.

No one can say for sure what really happened – but Armstrong has stressed time and time again that he is innocent. Whether or not you believe him, he has passed hundreds of drug tests and was exonerated of all charges years ago. Obviously, that wasn’t good enough for some. Read more

We All Have Our “Quirks”

Posted on by Crystal in MUDDies | 2 Comments

I think and do some weird shit. I admit it. For instance, I use K-cups twice. The second time around might yield a weaker cup of coffee, but I still get a good fix off a slightly used K-cup. Plus, it saves money. That’s always a good thing, right? Here are some other weird things I think and do, see if you can relate (and don’t be shy – comment and let us know!)… Read more

Finding Success as a Mommy Blogger

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Recently I’ve been speaking with a handful of successful mommy (and daddy) bloggers about how they achieved building strong readership and, for lack of a better term, brand recognition. A theme has definitely emerged – each blogger found one thing that united or excited the people of their individual communities and ran with it. For a few, this was a special cause or charity they established. For others, it was an ongoing story centered around a specific theme, like moms who wear high heels, or topic, like adoption. Most started blogging without any intended purpose – they just wanted to share their crazy lives with others. They didn’t expect to achieve anything too significant and they certainly never thought they would be considered among the most influential bloggers in the world. It was that one thing that made all the difference – transforming each of them from unknown blogger to rock star blogger. Some did it in as little as a few months, others it took years. But each has achieved something great.

All of this chatter and excitement has caused me to reflect on my own mommy blogging efforts, which I began almost two months ago (not a first-time blogger). Read more

Stonewall Kitchen: Great Products for Busy Moms

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I mentioned in a previous post that I recently placed second in a Pinterest contest winning a gift certificate to Stonewall Kitchen. If you’ve never heard of Stonewall Kitchen before, let me just say, it’s to die for! This purveyor of specialty foods got its start at a local farmer’s market. Today, the company has 9 stores throughout New England and is featured in retail establishments nationwide. And I happen to love their products! Read more

How Mommy Bloggers Can Use LinkedIn

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Think LinkedIn is all about showing off your resume and qualifications or simply a tool for performing a job search? Think again. LinkedIn is actually a very beneficial tool for mommy bloggers and can be an incredible resource for your blog. Considered the ultimate B2B social networking platform, I use it extensively for my social media clients and believe it is one of the most effective drivers of leads, traffic and referrals (when used correctly).

Now you might be cringing at the thought of adding yet another social media platform to your efforts. I promise you will not be disappointed. Thankfully, once set up, LinkedIn requires less time and effort than maintaining a Facebook page or keeping up with Twitter.

Here are a few reasons you want to be on LinkedIn: Read more

Old-Time Fried Cakes Recipe

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Still digging into the old recipe tin I found stashed in a moving tote. Another gem turned up, again in my grandmother’s handwriting, a recipe for “Fried Cakes.” I had to improvise because I think she assumed we would all know how to whip these up. Enjoy! Read more