Real Food for Busy People Online Cooking Class

Real Food for Busy People Online Cooking Class - Don't Mess with Mama.com

It’s every parent’s dilemma: How to get healthy, nutritious foods to kids without slaving all day in the kitchen? And for eco-minded parents, there’s the additional dilemma of how to get real food (organic, GMO-free, pastured eggs and milk and grass-fed meat) on the table while saving time and serving up delicious food that the […]

My Kids Have A Better Social Life Than Me….

My Kids Have a Bigger Social Life Than Me - Don't Mess with Mama.com

Checking my appointment book is part of my morning ritual. I long ago gave up trying to remember everything I need to do without actually writing it down and as much as I love technology, I love putting pen to paper and seeing everything written out in front of me, so my book basically maps […]

How to Use Hot Rollers Tutorial

How to Use Hot Rollers

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BlogHer BHTV. All opinions are my own.  I love getting haircuts because my hairstylist does an amazing job with my cut and always (on my request) curls my hair. My hair is straight, and I’m all thumbs when it comes to curling my […]

“Watch What Happens…” In Our House Regarding Kids & TV

Kids and TV

The other day I caught up with the mom of one of my son’s besties from school. While waiting for our kids to be dismissed from kindergarten we talked about their recent after-school playdate at my house. I recapped of how much fun they had and mentioned how worn my son was afterward and that […]

Mom’s Solo Weekend with the Kids – A Survivor’s Story

Mom's Solo Weekend with Kids

I recently did something I had never done before. No, I didn’t skydive, get a tattoo or even go on a wild spending spree at Bloomies (I wish!). I spent the entire weekend with my kidlets, ALONE. No husband, no extended family, no mommy friends, no playdates… NOBODY but me and the kids. I know, […]

What Do Kids Really Mean When They Ask, “What’s For Dinner?”

What's For Dinner? DontMesswithMama.com

Lately, I noticed something my son was doing that his friends in kindergarten weren’t. They ran up to their mommies and daddies when they came to pick them up after school and gave them big hugs and kisses. Mine just always wanted to know, “What’s for dinner?” After a long day at work I always […]

Guest Post: Organizing Your Kitchen Pantry

The following is a sponsored guest post.  You have a secret weapon just waiting to be unleashed allowing you to have a rock-star kitchen: an organized pantry. No fear if your pantry is currently more of a dud than a stick of dynamite. Every pantry has the potential to be an effective tool for a well-run and […]

Media Training Workshop for San Diego Entrepreneurs and Businesses

Angela Chee, Zen Media, Inc. Are you a San Diego entrepreneur or small business? Do you want to get TV and media exposure or build buzz for your business and don’t know where to start or feel overwhelmed? Then, check out the Win Over the Media workshop lead by local mom-preneurs, Angela Chee at Zen Media, […]

Little Back-to-School Routines That Make a Big Difference

back to school routines

This summer went by way too fast. It seems like the school year ended just a few weeks ago; yet now it’s August, and my kids have just finished summer camp. We have a week off before my sons start second grade and kindergarten. I’m still reeling from the thought of having two kids in […]

Why I Chose to Give Up My Full-Time Career

Recently, I did something I never thought I’d do. In fact, it was terrified of it for my entire life. I resigned from my full-time management job to spend more time with my kids. I’m still having a hard time saying it because I’ve always been focused on my career. I thought I’d climb the corporate ladder […]

What Would Your Kids Do: Dateline’s Scare Tactics

Have you seen Dateline NBC’s show My Kid Would Never Do That? The premise of the show is to put kids in situations like “stranger danger” or driving and texting to see if they make the right choices. Dateline NBC uses actors and sets up scenarios through hidden cameras to show parents how their kids […]

Homeschool Domination

Love this infographic about why homeschoolers outperform public school kids from Collegeathome.com. Created by: College At Home

Fabulous Five

My little stinker is such a joy to be around these days.

We’ve been back from Hawaii for 3 weeks, and I’m starting to pinch myself. Since we’ve been back, my 4-year-old son has done a complete 180. On our 2-month sabbatical in Hawaii, he was… well, a pain in the ass. I felt like we were walking on eggshells to prevent him from having a 2-hour […]

Why I Love to Chaperone My Kids on Field Trips

Last week I chaperoned my boys on two separate field trips. It was back to back and to the same location – to watch a musical for two hours. I wasn’t sure I was going to survive because I can’t stand musicals and I knew my 4 year old would be squirmy before act two, […]

Homework Organization

My strategy for organizing homework

Who knew organizing for homework would be so challenging? I had no idea. My 1st grader is coming home with some serious work. Granted, the teachers told me it should only take 30-45 minutes each day – but keeping track of what needs to get done each week and turned in every Friday was initially […]

Mommy Time Off – Why You Need It

My annual girls' getaway weekend with one of my best mommy friends

Love this blog post from my very good friend Jeanne about the importance of girls’ weekends for moms. We’ve been friends for years – through work, weddings, big moves, and babies. I started having my babies first and went through all the typical mom mistakes. I played the martyr and refused to take time for […]

BlogHer ’11 Swag & My Favorite Products

Baby products from Dolphin Organics

When I registered for BlogHer ’11, I had no idea what I was in for with the swag. The sponsor expo was huge and featured big brands like P&G as well as new brands like Dolphin Organics. I couldn’t believe how much the sponsors were giving away – and that didn’t include the contests and […]

My First BlogHer Experience

Though I haven’t been blogging that long on DontMesswithMama.com, I have kept a blog for my family since 2004. I work on social media for my day job. I’m a Twitterholic and love reading parenting and homeschooling blogs instead of watching TV. I’ve known about BlogHer for years, so when I heard it was coming […]

Pinterest – Are you on it?

Don't Mess with Mama on Pinterest

If you haven’t checked out Pinterest yet, you’re missing out. It’s basically a social bookmarking site but displays photos – so you can “pin” your favorite hairstyles, style outfits, products – and I’ve been using it to pin ideas for homeschool and Montessori lesson plans as well as kid activities. I’ve you’re on Pinterest, follow […]

New Business Cards

Business card

I’m so excited for BlogHer next week. I just ordered my business cards – yes, I know I’m a procrastinator. But they should get here in time. Here’s the big unveiling…

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