Rock☆Mom Rule #1: As long as the underwear smells and looks clean, you can wear it

As a mom of 4 boys who generally looks put together most of the time in public, other moms of often ask me, “How do you do it?” Most of the time, I usually answer with one of these two statements:

  1. By the grace of God.
  2. With a little organization, luck and help from my hubby.

Both of those statements are only partially true.  While God has given me the talent and fortitude needed to survive in a clubhouse of men and boys, other the other stuff is a mix of magic and BS.  To be completely forthright, I have NO idea how I actually do it. Look below to witness some of my mommy mishaps:

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See…I mess up too.

But, since so many people ask me, I thought that I would come up with some general rules.  I’ll start with one per week.

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Rock☆Mom Entertaining: Sangria with Agave Nectar

I love to host little mini-parties—sometimes of one!  Every mommy needs a “party of one” break occasionally.  I decided to have a movie break tonight and have a few toasts to myself.  I found this yummy sangria recipe online and decided to try it.  It’s made with agave nectar instead of sugar so it’s much healthier for you—or at least that’s what I told myself to justify drinking on a Tuesday night.  :)

Take a look at how it turned out! BTW, it was super delish…

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Rock☆Mom Home: How to Make Midcentury Modern Christmas Decorations

I grabbed this from the DIY website.  Haven’t made them yet, but they are on the planning board for this end of this month!

How To: Make Modern Paper Ornaments

By: Chrisjob Dec 03, 2010

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Having completed yards of modern paper holiday garland, I wanted to create some more paper decorations to maintain the look and colors throughout my home. I tried making paper snowflakes from the colored cardstock, but they didn’t really work. Then I recalled an old trick I learned in Sunday school as a kid which we called “onion bulbs” and put them all over the Chrismon trees. They used paper strips to create the shape of teardrops and hearts, and we made them from white paper and glued so many globs of gold glitter that it would stick the coats and fancy outfits of the old church ladies that would brush up against them.

So, I experimented a bit with different sizes, and came up with a more polished decoration with a mid-century vibe. They’re inexpensive enough to remake each year, but sturdy enough that they can be stored for reuse for holiday seasons to come.

Materials

  • 12 x 12″ cardstock (in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store)
  • Paper cutter or scissors and ruler
  • Binder clips
  • 1/4″ hole punch
  • 1/4″ metal eyelet kit (in the sewing notions section, might be called grommets) and hammer or white glue

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1. Cut the paper into 1 1/2″ strips. Keep two at the 12″ length, then cut two at 10″ and one at 8 3/4″.

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2. Sandwich the strips like this: 12″ – 10″ – 8 3/4″ – 10″ – 12″, or long-medium-short-medium-long. Create one flush end, and hold in place with a binder clip. Use the hole punch to create a hole through all five strips, about 1/2″ from the end.

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3. Place the two complimentary pieces of the eyelet on either side, and hammer into place using the included hardware.

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4. Repeat the process by lining up the opposite ends, bending everything into the balanced shape. Clamp with the binder clip, and set with another eyelet.

The eyelets create the perfect space from which to hang the ornaments. You could, of course, use a heavy duty stapler, but I think the extra five cents is worth the finished look it creates. You could also use a bit of white glue, secured with the binder clips while it dries, as we did for this smaller version:

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It was created using 1″ strips, cut to 10″, 8″, and 6 3/4″. The eyelets would be a bit too heavy for this size, so the glue worked just fine. This size is also great if you’re using standard 8 1/2 x 11″ paper.

To hang, just slip some white thread or monofilament (fishing line) through the eyelet or under one edge. Use a few complimentary colors and hang at varying heights for some visual interest.

Season’s Greetings!

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