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For Mommy

Summer 2013 Blog Raffle GIVEAWAY!


This Giveaway-Raffle ended August 8, 2013.
It’s the Summer 2013 Raffle Giveaway!  
Two lucky readers will win a $50 gift certificate to!


$50 Gift Certificate to
2 Winners!

Two winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to  So how do you participate in the Mommy Mia Monologues Summer 2013 Giveaway?  It’s simple.  Because we want to hear about the must-have items and products that are in your life, all you have to do is comment on this post and share with us the must-have items in your life (please see below for more details).

What inspired this Giveaway?  Well, yesterday I was trying to think of all the “Must-Have” items for mommy (a deserved change of pace from our Top 25 Must-Have Newborn and Baby Items  post).  I had a million ideas on my “favorite things,” but I narrowed it down to five  –  five of my current must-have, favorite items that I frequently use (see list below).  These five products make my life significantly easier and/or better and make me a happier person on a daily basis.  Here is that list:

Top 5 Current Must-Haves
by Mommy Mia Monologues

1.  Roomba Robotic Vacuum
Link:   Roomba Robotic Vacuum

I am in love with our Roomba Robotic Vacuum.  It leaves beautiful vacuum lines in our carpets for me to see when I get home, and you  should see the dust and dog hair that the Roomba picks up from our floors on a  daily basis – it’s incredibly gross yet extremely fascinating  all  at the  same time.  I love it.

2.  Sketchers Women’s Work Shoes (Secretly Tennis Shoes)


I have two pairs of Sketchers shoes for work and I am obsessed with both them.  They are SO comfy!  The Sketchers Mary Jane Work Shoes and Pumps look like fancy work shoes from the outside but they feel like tennis shoes when you wear them.  If you add a Dr. Scholl’s insert to the liner, then I swear to you that I do not believe a more comfortable work shoes for women exists.  I’ve been buying Sketchers work shoes for 8-years now.  I use the Skechers for Work Women’s Abordene Work Boot during the winter time, and the Skechers Women’s Best Girl-Captains Mary Jane Pump during the warmer months.

3.  Simply Powder Foundation, by Cover Girl

I’ve been using CoverGirl Simply Powder Foundation since the 8th grade (that was a very long time ago!), and I sometimes have panic attacks that Cover Girl will discontinue it.  It covers  up all of my blemishes and takes away shine.

4.  Hemp Hydrating Shampoo


This shampoo, made by Hemp, Hemp Hydrating Shampoo, is one of the greatest smelling shampoos (in my opinion).  It is my current favorite, and I get happy every time I inadvertently smell my hair during the morning after my shower.  

5.   Fiskars 7870 Uproot Lawn and Garden Weeder – “The Dandelion Weeder”

If you have dandelions anywhere in your yard that you want to get rid of, then the Fiskars 7870 Uproot Lawn and Garden Weeder  might become like a health form of “crack” (i.e., super fun addicting) for you! This dandelion weeder is SO addicting-ly fun and awesome! I became obsessed with weeding dandelions from our yard this summer.  It works too!  It gets the dandelions from the root like no other!  I have so much fun with this thing that I seriously have contemplated sneaking over to our next-door neighbors’ house late at night with a flashlight and plucking out all of their dandelions from their lawn.  

Now, it’s your turn to share your favorite things!


If you can’t already tell, I feel quite passionately about these five products  (listed above), and now I want to hear the products that the readers at Mommy Mia Monologues are equally as passionate about.  What do you consider to be your “Must-Have” products that help make your life easier/better/happier?  Share your answer in the comment section and then on Thursday, August 8, 2013, we will randomly select and announce the two winners, who will each get a $50 Gift Certificate to Amazon.  Good luck!

Gift cards will be distributed via email. Be sure to check back on August 8 (8/8/2013) for the announcement of the winners!

Before I Became a Mom…I Went Skydiving.


Long before I became a mom, I went skydiving.  I highly recommend it.  This was how I spent my Spring Break during undergraduate school.  
Here is the video:

Important Note: That thing that I am holding at about the 1:00 minute point in the video: I had no control over. If you were about to jump out of an airplane (and were about to pee your pants), then you’d have probably held it too! I was terrified, and I tend to be a bit spacey when I’m terrified. I was an college as an undergraduate.

While I was absolutely terrified until the exact moment that my feet safely hit the ground, I loved skydiving.  It was the biggest rush of natural energy (i.e., adrenaline) that I have ever experienced (caffeine cannot begin to compare).  This experience has led me to believe that any person who believes that they are falling to their death, but then survives, experiences the same type of energy.

Originally, I intended for this post to be about, “how facing your fears energizes you.” But then, I realized that one of my biggest, current fears is the ant hill (i.e., ant colony) that is currently located alongside the outside foundation of the side of my house; and then I realized  that I have absolutely no interest in facing my fear of ants (I absolutely despise bugs…especially ants…those sneaky little as*h*les can’t be trusted).  I’d jump out of a plane any day before touching ants. 

What “crazy” stuff did you do before 
you became a parent?  

Other Posts That You May Enjoy:

How to Stop Crying Over Sliced Onions

Tip for Slicing Vegetables 

(such as onions):

Great for occasions like a Large Baby Shower

I despise cutting onions, and I am terrible at slicing tomatoes, so you can imagine my fear when I was put in charge of bringing the sandwich toppings for the ‘Sandwich Bar’ for my friend’s baby shower that had sixty guests attending.  I’d be crying all day long if I cut enough onions for 60 people…just the thought of that makes my eyes water.   I didn’t have the time do it, nor did I want my eyes for to burn for the next week.

Solution:  Ask the deli department at your grocery store to slice the vegetables for you.

Onions Sliced By 
Grocery Deli

Ask your local deli department at your grocery store to cut the onions for your before you spend valuable hours crying over onions and tomatoes!

These people have professional-grade slicing machines!  

Outsourcing the onion and tomato slicing was one of the greatest decisions of my life.  Not only do delis have the best slicing equipment out there, but they can slice veggies five times faster than you.  

The best part: I didn’t have to cry over the onions.  My eyes didn’t water – not even once.  What made me even happier:  the onions and tomatoes were sliced so thinly and perfectly.  There is absolutely no way that I could have done that.

Tomatoes Sliced by 
Grocery Deli

The grocery store in my city charges $4.99/lbs. for their food slicing service. (You don’t pay for the original price of the fruit/veggie – just the $4.99/lbs.)  For example, if “Tomato A” original price was $2.50/pound when you buy it from the store (without the deli-slicing service) and “Tomato B” original price was $3.50/pound when you buy it from the store (without the deli-slicing service), then both Tomato A and Tomato B would be $4.99/pound with the deli slicing service and there would be no original price fee for either. Some stores may even do it for free (the Safeway store in Arizona once cut my onions for free).

Another Idea:

Onion Goggles
Onion Goggles, by RSVP International 


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