Pretend Food: Better Than The Real Thing

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I’m nutty for pretend food. Maybe it’s from my childhood or maybe it’s just because fake food is so freakin’ cute. Either way, no matter the reason, pretend food rocks.

Wanna hear something funny? When I was little, my sister and I played with Barbies constantly. I never cared for the bad fake Barbie food, so my sister and I would create Barbie-sized portions out of Play-Doh. We made pizzas, hamburgers, sunny-side-up eggs, donuts, popsicles, etc. We would spend an evening planning Barbies’ meals. We would let the Play-Doh food dry out and harden. It was great!

So here’s my new favorite pretend food. Ice cream and sweets.


This is from Melissa & Doug and you can find it at The Land of Nod. They also have a Cookie Set that’s pretty cute.


These are just divine! Find Fabric Dainty Treats at The Land of Nod too.

cupcakekitA cupcake kit complete with a hat and chicken timer. Is this fun or what? Yes, TLON. So much fake food, so little time!

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Chelsea Handler Might Be My Hero


You may know her as Chelsea Lately, the hilariously sarcastic comedienne on E! I know her as Hero #3. I’m not sure who my first two heroes are, but Chelsea certainly gets the third spot.

Her show is just the right amount of news, celeb gossip and cynicism, which I really appreciate at the end of the day. You know what I mean, everything – no matter how profound – is just plain old stupid or annoying by 10:00 p.m. I don’t want to hear one serious thought after 9:36 p.m.  And Chelsea gets that! Ah, refreshing.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the show yet, you should tune in one night. I assure you it will either make you laugh or deeply offend you. Either way, it’s thoroughly entertaining. Just a friendly TV tip from MommyQ.

Sensible & Sylish Swim Cover Up

There are two things I love about this maternity cover up…it’s not black and it’s not white! This cute cotton Button Front cover-up features a fresh paisley print in shades of green and long sleeves. Perfect for transporting that growing belly at the pool or the beach. You could easily wear it as a top with shorts or jeans too.  Retails for $58 at A Pea in The Pod.

I Heart Donuts. They Make Me Smiley Face.

Croissants are too uppity. Toast it too boring. English Muffins are too hard to split. Biscuits are too questionable. Donuts are just right. If you want me to be your friend for life, show up at my doorstep one weekend morning with hot donuts. Seriously, instant best friend!

I’ve loved donuts since I was a little kid. A trip to Krispy Kreme was something to behold. My husband and I are huge donut fans. Before he went on his recent health kick and lost a bunch of weight, we would eat donuts at least once a week. Shame, shame, shame! I won’t even say how many hot KK donuts I can eat in one sitting because it’s absurd.  And you can add two to that total if I have an ice cold glass of milk. Yummy!

My new favorite donut can be found at The Donut Hole. The chocolate iced is sinful. A new Dunkin’ Donut just opened shop nearby and I am not impressed. How can a fresh donut taste three days old? They always seem stale to me. Every couple of years I retry a DD and end up spitting it out after the first bite. Not worth the fat, calories and carbs. Sorry DD, you suck.

Why is MommyQ on a donut kick, you ask? Well, I stumbled across these adorable Frosted Donut Ornaments and just had to share. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to do your entire tree in donuts? Oh my gosh! That would be sweet, no pun intended. Make a mental note, “buy frosted donut ornaments for X-Mas tree.”

When Good Clothes Go Bad

For some odd reason MommyQ has been obsessed with getting rid of old clothes.  I have boxes of maternity clothes, pre-belly clothes, post baby clothes, post-post baby clothes. Ugh! Every night after the kids go to sleep, I’ve been tackling my closet. Yes, what fun.

It’s interesting what you learn when you go through old clothes. First of all, I was HUGE when I was pregnant. I can probably fit two of me into some of my large maternity and post baby clothes. My friends scoff at me when I talk about it, but it’s true. I gained at least 55-60 pounds — twice!

I have a few pair of maternity items that I really wanted to burn. Why? Because donating them seems too nice.  It was about two weeks before I was scheduled to have my second c-section and none of my clothes fit. Well, I didn’t want to spend much because my days in maternity clothes were almost over. (Or so I thought.) I went to Motherhood and bought these atrocious khaki shorts that were about the ugliest shade of brown you’ve ever seen. And I bought this stretchy pair of black shorts with stupid tiny pockets on the back, so they give you bad “mom butt.” Anyway, I LIVED in these hideous shorts for weeks and weeks. Yep, I had to wear them FOREVER after the baby too.

In addition to the maternity clothes, I’ve discovered that some of my normal clothes have turned on me. They were cute and hip when I bought them, but as they hung in my closet, they transformed into odd articles of fabric that are no longer cute nor hip.  I bought this black and cream sweater-vest top that I loved and now when I try it on I look like the St. Pauli Girl or a French Maid. I have this dress that I loved when I bought it. Now when I try it on it looks more like a witch costume or something Stevie Nicks would’ve worn to a cocktail party. What was I thinking? What’s funny is some of the things I’ve bought and not really liked much are now my all-time favorites.

It’s hard when good clothes go bad. Have any clothes turned on you?