My Biggest Pet Peeves as a Mom

I consider myself a fairly patient person, especially when it comes to my kids.  Here lately, though, I've noticed that certain things have been getting under my skin WAYYY more than they should.  Can you relate to any of these?

1.  When the eight-year-old talks in a baby voice.
Not just to her baby sister, but to anyone within hearing range.  Seriously kid, you're 8.  No one wants to hear it any more.

2.  The never-ending "why?"
The three year old has been absorbing everything around him, and I love that he wants to know exactly how the world works... but c'mon.  There are only so many times I can answer "Why?" before we get into an existential debate that I'm not sure you're equipped to argue.

3.  Whining.  Any whining.

4.   Nibbling 
I know how big your mouth is, kid.  I see it when you're yelling at me about how you don't want to take a bath.  Use it to take a bite, because nibbling your crackers like a mouse is just making a big, crumby mess for me to clean up.

5.  Arguing with everything I say
I remember getting yelled at a lot as a kid by my stepdad, "Don't you backtalk me!" but I never really understood what he was talking about.  Now, I'm a stepmom who gets to deal with sass constantly.  "Come into the living room," usually gets a exaggerated sigh and an, "I am!"

What are your biggest pet peeves when it comes to your children?

Spooky Halloween Snacks to Delight Your Toddlers

This is the first year that Sammy is actually grasping the whole Halloween thing - he's already decided that he wants to be "Eeperman" (Spiderman) and wants ghosts and witches everywhere around the house. I want to make this year special for the little guys so I've been trolling the internet for some awesome spooky snacks to make for them.

Fall Fashion For All #Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Fall Fashion for All Giveaway Hop, 
hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

What better way to celebrate the upcoming Fall season than with a Fall Fashion Giveaway Hop!? A group of your favorite bloggers have come together to offer the best Fall Fashion Giveaways for the entire family - so be sure to hop around to them all below my giveaway. Don't forget about the amazing Grand Prize - a $200 Gift Certificate to Mimi and Maggie! (More about that in a minute)

But first:  my giveaway!  Here at Momma Without a Clue, I'm offering one of you a $25 Walmart Gift Card for you to be able to pick out your own fashion favorites. USA, LLC

When it comes to little ones, I love buying their clothing staples at Walmart.  They grow so fast that it just makes sense to me to save as much as possible on those mix-and-match pieces that make so many different outfits.

Dishwashing Made Easy with Cascade

That's right, I was lucky enough to be chosen by Cascade and Double Duty Divas to host an awesome house party showing off just how great Cascade Platinum Pacs work.

Unfortunately, not many people showed up to my first party since it was a little last minute.  Those who did show up were super-impressed with the homemade Mac N' Cheese that I made from the provided recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.

My mom immediately picked up the pan after the mac n' cheese was served and was about to rinse it when I stopped her. The creamy, starchy mess inside the pot was tickling her OCD, but I loaded it straight into the dishwasher.  Same with the brownie pan from the night before.

Everyone was arguing with me that the dishwasher would never get those clean, when I let them know that they've been washing their dishes wrong.

With Cascade Platinum, you can skip the pre-wash, and here's why:  the enzymes attach to grease and other food particles to thoroughly clean your dishes and leave a sparkling shine.  If there's no food soil to attach to, then your detergent isn't working its hardest for you!

To properly load your dishwasher, simply scrape the larger chunks of food into the trash and arrange them into the dishwasher.  Don't worry about the food left on the dishes damaging your machine or pipes.  Most dishwashers have a built-in garbage disposal just like the one in your sink that keeps your pipes from getting clogged!

Overcoming #MomRage

No one has willpower like a mother.  The amount of restraint it takes to keep from slugging your kid in the face when they spit a loogie on your glasses?  The sheer godliness that is used when your pre-teen rolls their eyes at you and ignores everything you just said to them?

Last weekend was a long rough one around here.  My step-daughter's ADHD was in full swing as she ignored everything I told her and antagonized her little brother, who would then turn around and make his baby sister cry.  I was screamed at, hit, bitten, and argued with.  Messes were made and never cleaned up, eyes were rolled in my direction, and there was constant fighting between the kids.

I can honestly say that I understand why child abuse is so common.  No child should ever be in pain, especially not by the hands of those who are supposed to be protecting them, but I cannot claim to have never had the thought of picking up my three year old while he's kicking his little sister and chucking him into a wall.

I hate having these thoughts.  Daydreaming about locking your kid in a closet?  Fantasizing about scenes from Flowers in the Attic?  It doesn't seem right.  But Moms - if you have these thoughts, I am here to tell you, it is completely natural.