I’ve been reading and “hearting” a lot of funny, clever, quippy thoughts on Instagram (SO many from @TheFatJewish) and realized, “Hey! I’m funny and clever sometimes.” My husband tells me I say one truly funny thing a year. I think he’s a tough crowd. I like to think I say at least 32 funny things a year, but you be the judge. I’m not the first person to come up with the hashtag #MomMemes. In fact, more than 6,000 others have beaten me to the punch. Not all of my memes will be mom-related, but between sickness, snow days, and winter break, I’ve been in a parenting purgatory of sorts since before Thanksgiving with little time to come up for air, exercise, or contact/conversation with other grown-ups. The struggle is real. Thanks to my friend, Christy, who co-created the vacuuming one — I like to think it doesn’t suck. Ha! Is 11:44am on a Tuesday too early for a cocktail? Day two of winter break and SO many to go…



How to Give Sponges a Second Life

I’m not a neat freak by any means. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to keep a clean sink, yet I remain in an arduous cycle of emptying the dishwasher so I can empty the sink only to immediately refill the dishwasher and refill the sink…

But one thing I will not stand for is an icky sponge. When I do finally get around to washing the dishes, I want a clean sponge for the job. I can’t stand it when my sponge gets all mildewy. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the sponge is left waterlogged in the bottom of the sink.

There are so many uses for baking soda, from cleansing and deodorizing to beauty treatments. So many in fact, that one can get blurry-eyed reading through all of the lists and scanning all of the online slide shows. I can’t attest to them all, but this is one that I use on a regular basis. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Use a sauce pan and fill it 3/4 with water

2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda

3. Bring to a boil

4. Throw in your sponge (make sure it gets fully immersed)

5. Let it boil for 3-5 minutes, then drain

6. Wait for it to cool before ringing out

That’s it! Your sponge will smell like new. I’ve been able to recycle one sponge up to three times.

Going Nuclear Chic in the Kitchen

To know me is to know that I put the “mess” in domestic. So I should not have been surprised when my mother-in-law sent me these as a “just because” gift:

I’m sure she didn’t mean anything by it, she’s actually a very loving person, so I’m doing my best not to take offense or to take it as a hint. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say it was a thoughtful gesture in light of my recent clean sink resolution (which is actually going pretty, kinda sorta okay).

At any rate, I do love the retro Wonder Years vibe of these dishwashing gloves. And I’ve found that if I have the proper cleaning tools — i.e. they’re fun and/or cute — it makes the drudgery of desmudging and scrubbing all the more bearable.

Now all I need is a bubble flip and an oppressive husband and it will be just like Mad Men!