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Laundry Pile

My house has more than one.

Dirty clothes:

  • There’s the main dirty clothes hamper in the laundry area.
  • But there’s probably a messy pile of dirty clothes on the bathroom floor as I write this. Even though I scooped them all up once already today.
  • There’s also a dirty clothes hamper in Jacks room and his Grammys room.

In-between clothes:

  • These are the coats and sweaters gathered on a chair or two in the kitchen.
  • Also, the many used kitchen towels on the counter near the sink.
  • Oh, and some stray items on the patio chairs out back, hats, sweaters, blankets etc.

Clean Clothes:

  • The central collection of clean laundry consists of every piece of laundry I resent the most. I keep this pile hidden in my bedroom.
  • Then there are Jacks clean clothes which live in the laundry basket on top of his dresser.

All of these piles get dealt with eventually just never at the same time.

Clothes get washed daily, but I loathe the putting away of laundry.

It runs in my family; my parents had laundry piles. Three kids and a dirty laundry pile that covered the entire floor of the laundry room.

We used to chuck dirty clothes on the messy pile and wait for them to end up on the neat heap.

It’s a cycle of laziness indeed; I am not blind to the obvious. But I can hardly bring myself to care. It’s just so damn tedious washing, sorting, folding, hanging, all in their proper places. It’s a never-ending nightmare.

Why hasn’t a machine been invented to accompany a washer and dryer that eliminates the need to fold and hang clothes manually?
(Actually, I think one has been invented…)

The bottom line is I’d rather wash all the dishes because I fucking hate laundry.

And no, my husband takes no initiative in the laundry department ok. I recall my leaving the house for lunch with the girls once last year, and I got a phone call from him because he didn’t have a clean towel because all the towels were dirty. Part of me felt like a failure, the other part of me slapped the shit out of that part and told her to tell him to “WASH SOME FUCKING TOWELS THEN!”

 

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Jack is Four

Jack turned four years old last weekend, and we celebrated with pizza, cake, ice cream, balloons, presents, and MONSTER JAM! We had a total blast, and as of yesterday, we’re still recovering.

My plan, (don’t laugh) is that now Jack is four, to start making him sit for practical homeschool lessons. We’ve been focusing on letters and numbers, what they are, where they go, and who they belong to for much of this past year. I’d like to advance into handwriting this year.

Jack draws, he draws cute little stick people, but that’s a relatively recent development.

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I got him a new chapter book for his birthday, I read it to him, of course, and the lack of pictures tortures him but it impressed by the presence of so many letters.

Jack is still really into vehicles and play acting. He’s always acting out little scenes and monologues and telling us stories, and that’s how he processes new information and stores it in memory. He also likes to teach his little-stuffed animals their colors and numbers etc., and it’s adorable.

Anyway, here are some pictures of us from the last few weeks.

 

 

Blog Mom Responds To Claims That Her Sponsored Content Exploits Her Kids.

Ok, I don’t know if you guys took my advice and started following Ana-Maria Klizs aka blue bird kisses, but if you did, then you know about the interview she did for CBC Radio this past week where she was asked about her mom blog and her sponsored posts.

Apparently, after Ana’s segment, there was another guest on the show, a fellow mom blogger named Heather B. Armstrong and she told a cautionary tale about the dangers of sponsored content and exploiting your personal life on social media in order to get paid.

In response to Heather’s tale of caution, Ana took to Instagram in a hurricane of furious video stories obviously feeling very defensive, and denying that she exploits her kids or her family life, or that she as Heather puts it, “manufactures content.”

Honestly, I always thought Ana’s photos felt a little contrived but overall I think she’s a down to earth chick. I was shocked at how pissed she was at the other mom blogger though. You know the guilty yell the loudest. So is Ana feeling guilty? Or is her outrage warranted? It’s evident that Ana’s feed (specifically Instagram and her Blog) is very well defined and controlled. As a lifestyle blogger, her home and her boys are the biggest parts of her brand. If you follow her, you know that her feed is very commercial looking; her life is a Target or Ikea add at a glance.

Ana may be a self-described “slob mom” at school pickup/drop off but she’s the cool, stylish boy mom on Instagram and it pays. In her defense, though she seems to be handling herself, she let her followers know that she writes up her own contracts with the brands she collaborates with, something that Heather B. Armstrong has only now started doing since returning to blogging after a hiatus. Ana also says she doesn’t include the boys in sponsored content against their wishes, and that she always discusses posts with sponsored content with her husband.

I’m curious if anyone else has any thoughts on this? Or if I’m the only one who follows the popular blog mom’s and talks about them like their celebrities? What do you think about mommy bloggers who manufacture content in order to get paid? I know they’re out there, but is Ana one of them?