Occasionally Crafty

March 31, 2015

Introducing: Mom Confessions

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I want to introduce a new segment on the blog.  Once in a month, I'll be hosting "Mom Confessions". I have no problems admitting I'm not a perfect mom.  I hope this is a place where you can share your less-than-shining moments without judgement!

To introduce the series, I'm talking about what makes me a mean mom.

Dear Kids of Mine,

   You know I've never professed to be the perfect mom.  I don't keep a perfect house. I lose my patience.  A lot.  I don't always make the best parenting choices- like that time I let little D swing from the really high rope swing he swore he could handle, then he let go, crashed to the ground, and tore open his lip.

Yes, moments like that don't shine me in the best light.  But though I might tend towards being a strict mom, I'm not usually a mean mom.

The other day, I have to admit it-- I was mean.  

I may or may not have told someone to shut up.

I may or may not have said "What's the matter with you?"

I may or may not have grabbed all the toys left on the floor after the boys "cleaned" their room and thrown them in the garbage.

When you told me "You've been mean all day!", I realized I wasn't acting like myself.  Something was making me angrier than normal, and after going through a mental checklist, I realized I was hungry.

When my days are busy, I often subsist on leftover crackers from D's lunch and a spoonful of peanut butter.  Those are the days my temper flares easily
So kids, I'm sorry what I did and said when I was hangry- you know, hungry + angry?  

Next time I'll make sure to grab a SNICKERS® bar at Walgreens, so I don't take my hunger out on you.

Apparently, I turn into a mean mom when I'm hungry.  

Love, your Mom

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Parents:  If you are prone to anger, don't forget to make a note of your triggers so you can avoid them. I've learned to recognize that some of my triggers are these:

Running Late- I tend to get really upset if we're having trouble getting out the door.

Hunger- as mentioned above!

Fatigue- when I'm tired, I definitely am more prone to anger.  It's important to be well-rested 
when possible.

This quote has helped me a lot, and I hope it can help someone else too.

What turns you into a "mean mom"?  What are some of your triggers?
Join the discussion in the comments below.

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March 29, 2015

Craft A-Z Month GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!  I don't usually post on Sundays, but I wanted you to be the first to get in on this awesome giveaway!

In case you forgot, March is National Craft Month!  I posted a craft for the letter "E" as part of Crafting in the Rain's Craft Month A-Z.  See all the crafts here.

To celebrate our love of making things, we are giving away TWO awesome prizes!

1.  Prize #1:  DecoArt Metallic Paint Set, FloraCraft goodie bag, Duck Tape, Starbucks gift card

2.  Prize #2:  $50 Royal Design Studios gift card, American Crafts goodie bag, Duck Tape, Starbucks gift card

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!  

Giveaway runs 3/28/15 - midnight 4/4/2015. Open to US residents 18 and older. Giveaway not affiliated with Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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March 27, 2015

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Raise your hand if you love coffee cake!
Raise your other hand if you love cake batter!
This delicious recipe is a happy marriage between the two, plus a healthy dose of delicious caramel apple pie filling.  

The best part- it's quick and easy to make- perfect for those lazy weekend mornings when you want to make something special for your family.  This would also be perfect for a potluck or to serve at a brunch or shower.

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
adapted from Taste of Home
Click here for a printable recipe

1 package (18 1/4 oz) yellow cake mix, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (21 oz) caramel apple pie filling
1/3 cup cold butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1-2 tablespoons water
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups dry cake mix, flour, yeast, and water until smooth.  Batter will be slightly sticky.  Stir in eggs until blended.  Transfer to a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.  Carefully spoon pie filling over the top of the batter.
Place remaining cake mix in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly.  Sprinkle topping over filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack.
Combine glaze ingredients;drizzle over coffee cake.
Makes 12-16 servings


Check out the other delicious breakfast recipes from my bloggy friends as part of Create.Craft.Love.'s "Teach Me to Cook" series.

breakfast collage
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake from Occasionally Crafty
Easy Breakfast Sandwich from Organized Island
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