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Super-Duper Parenting Idea

I don’t often have great ideas when it comes to parenting/housekeeping/life in general, but when I do, I have to publish them here for the rest of you to behold. So, if you’re keeping track, this is “Super-Duper Parenting Idea” number . . . sorry, there are so many I can’t keep track. This is probably number . . . let me think. Number . . .

Let’s just start with 1 to keep it simple for everyone.

Basically, in 19 months as a mommy blogger, I have had ONE good, original idea. 

All the other good ones came from Pinterest. Like this one:

Bear Toast

How cute is that? I owe it to a pin from a fellow blogger over at Sassy Dealz. (Also, follow my “Kid-Friendly Food” board on Pinterest if you have picky eaters in your house.)

Sure, the bananas I used were horribly unripened (green, in fact), and my kids asked why they tasted like grass. But I just considered this particular meal an opportunity to provide good(ish) food and a science lesson.

I killed two birds.

And two kids’ love of bananas.

Eh, can’t win ’em all. 

So, as I mentioned, I had what I think is a super-duper parenting idea. Or probably more like a good-ish idea. But it’s hard to drive traffic to your blog if you write titles like “Good-ish Parenting Idea.”  And if I don’t drive traffic to my blog, then all of this is just for my entertainment. And if all of this is for my entertainment, then why do I FREAK OUT and run to my computer when my dad calls me with a grammatical error?

These are the things that keep me awake at night.

I’m just kidding, y’all. NOTHING keeps me awake at night. Not even screaming/crying/vomiting children.

Just ask Brian. 

How did this become a mile-long post? I was going to show you a photo and be done with it. That was an hour ago. Ugh. This is why I never would have made it in TV news.

“Coming up at 6 o’clock on KCTV5, we’ll tell you more about the chimpanzee who coerced his fellow . . . what do you call a chimpanzee’s friends? Are they roommates? Zoomates? Cagemates? I dunno. Anyway, we’ll tell you more about a chimpanzee who coerced his fellow tribe . . . or are they a troop? Then they sound like they should be selling cookies. Still, I think I remember that from high school. Or from Google just now. Yes, they’re called a troop. A troop of chimpanzees escaped from the Kansas City Zoo. Stay tuned. Except that’s pretty much the whole story. Dangit, I just told you the whole thing. So, there’s really no need for you to stay tuned. Unless you want to hear me say this again but in a more drawn-out fashion . . . so . . . don’t change that dial! Or is that what you say in radio?”

Needless to say I decided not to pursue that career in broadcast journalism after college. 

Instead, I’m using my expertise to entertain the masses (Hi, mom and dad!) and duct tape my garage floor. Which brings me to the point of this whole pointless blog post. Behold the product of my genius:

Super-Duper Parenting Idea

Yeah, those are parking spots for our kids’ toys. I made them with mustache-themed duck tape.

Duck Tape

If we’re getting all technical about it, I know it doesn’t fall into the category of genius, but I’m pretty excited about it. Wanna know why? Because my two children and my 3-year-old first cousin once removed (who thinks I’m her aunt) practically fought over who got to clean up the garage when we finished playing yesterday morning.

And for a woman who spends most of her days saying things like, “PLEASE stop practicing your MMA in the house” . . .


. . . a toy parking garage ranks right up there with the world’s great parenting inventions. Like bouncy castles. Or breast pumps. Or Spanx. Or mustache-shaped duck tape.

I just recommend not using any of those items simultaneously. 


Comments to "Super-Duper Parenting Idea"

  1. Rachel Fish

    May 20, 2014

    Hilarious! Love reading your blog posts first thing in the morning! I love that I can hear your voice saying the words when I read it! Great idea with the parking spots, love it!

  2. Katy's Mama

    May 20, 2014

    Great Idea! You have to make cleaning up fun or you will be doing it all by yourself!!

  3. LaLa

    May 20, 2014

    I think it’s a GREAT idea. You don’t give yourself enough credit!! P.S. How do you get your kids to eat green vegetables. I have one VERY picky eater…

    LL in GA


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