EASY Christmas Crafts for Kids! (and lazy moms..)

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids MomCave

Two more super easy Christmas crafts for kids!

Kids love crafts. But planning and executing Pinterest-worthy projects takes work. And we’re too lazy for that. Check out the videos below where we show you two EASY and cheap Christmas crafts for kids.  Make Christmas ornaments out of Popsicle sticks and sequins and a Christmas tree out of Duck Tape!  

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

If you missed our previous craft video (Pom-Pom Pinecones), check it out here.

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EASY Christmas Craft for Kids | Pom-Pom Pinecones

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I’m lazy. And cheap. Pinterest makes me crazy. But I LOVE Christmas. Christmas trees, Christmas ornaments, Christmas pajamas… And I love my son, who loves crafts. I searched ye olde Google for an EASY Christmas craft for kids and found one I reckoned we could handle. On one freeze-your-butt off Manhattan evening, we ventured to the very new to New Yorkers craft Mecca called Michael’s and for less than the price of a round-trip subway ride, bought the supplies to make these Pom-Pom Pine cones! Preschoolers LOVE working with glue when they do their crafts. They can never have enough!

Easy Christmas Craft for Kids | Pom Pom Pine Cone Ornament

Easy Christmas Craft for Kids MomCave Pom Pom Pinecones

See our other craft videos here.

 

Last Minute Holiday Gifts | SLACKER MOM’s Guide to Holiday Gifts

Slacker Mom's Guide to Holiday Gifts

 Slacker Mom Saves Your Ass… Again.

Ah, holy hell. It’s holiday gift giving time. And if you’re a slacker like me, that means last minute holiday gifts.  As if having to roast overstuffed bloated birds while squabbling children run underfoot wasn’t enough, we’re also expected to find and select personalized holiday gifts for family members far and near.

Well, Slacker Mom’s Guide is back, ready to save your ass with last minute holiday gifts that are easy, cheap, and appear thoughtful.

 

Last Minute Holiday Gifts… Slacker Mom’s Guide to Holiday Gifts

 

 

For behind the scenes photos of our Slacker Mom shoot, check out the gallery below. And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss a video! 

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A Mother’s Thanksgiving… What I’m Thankful for

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My husband hates turkey. No matter how it’s prepared, he’ll complain. My uncle voted for Trump and my cousin is still feeling the Bern. My daughter has pink eye and a diaper rash and my son refuses to wear pants. I meant to shower, but ran out of time and am hosting in my yoga pants. But on this mother’s Thanksgiving, I’m grateful. And so are these moms from across the web.

  • I’m thankful for white noise machines and boxed wine.  -Elly Lonon, BugginWord
  • I’m thankful that just when you think the box of wine is empty, you can take the plastic bag out and salvage two more glasses. Win! -Jennifer Weedon Palazzo, MomCave
  • I’m thankful for a day off from carting my daughter around for dance. I’m also thankful for secret candy stashes. -Amy Mayo
  • I’m thankful that none of my in-laws speak or make an effort to speak English. -Rina Mae, Finding Dutchland
  • I am thankful that after 8 months of potty training my youngest is down to one accident a week or less. -Lola Marguerita, Live By Surprise
  • I’m thankful my daughter is not playing 2 sports this winter. Being a good, dedicated mother is tiring my ass out. -Teri Biebel, Snarkfest
  • (and one from a dad…) I’m thankful that I’m slowly going deaf. In addition dulling the sounds of screeching six-year-old girls it also provides me with plausible deniability in my relationship with my wife. -Richard Black, The Unfit Father
  • I’m thankful that turkey is a food that all three of my kids eat. -Jennifer Malia, Munchkin Treks

A Mother's Thanksgiving

Baking Shortcuts | Slacker Mom’s Guide to Baking | MomCave

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For the love of all that is holy, WHY is baking a staple of the already chaotic, labor-intensive holiday season? Can’t a mama get a break?

SLACKER MOM is here to help you learn how to fake bake like a pro! Baking shortcuts are well and good but when you really want to slack off, you have to fake bake it. 

We asked some of our friends on the “internets” for their favorite tips. Read what they had to say below and then WATCH the hilarious video we made on a fun girl’s weekend away!

  • Baking is actually one of the few things I don’t slack off on too much, as I try to make everything from scratch. What I will say though is, don’t sweat it if you are not creative. There’s no shame in just following the recipe you found online or on the back of a bag of chocolate chips. The way I see it, someone else took the time to get it right. Reap the rewards for their effort!  Gail Hoffer-Loibl, Maybe I’ll Shower Today
  • My baking technique involves paying someone else to bake for me. AKA the local bakery. I’m only sort of kidding. What I actually tend to do is wait until the kids are asleep and do it myself, so that it’s not as messy, and also so that I don’t have to share licking the bowl, hahaha.  Glynis Ratcliff, The Joy of Cooking for Little Assholes

Baking Shortcuts from SLACKER MOM

 

Missed the other episodes of Slacker Mom? Catch Slacker Mom’s Guide to Holiday Gifts and Slacker Mom’s Guide to Halloween. We had a great time shooting this episode. And yes, we ate all of the treats immediately after. This episode was made possible by a grant from the town of Dover, VT. We spent a weekend (sans husband and kids!) shooting a bunch of Slacker Moms. Here are some Behind the Scenes stills from our shoot in Dover, Vermont:

#BadAssMoms | Breastfeeding in Combat Boots MomCaveLIVE

#BadAssMoms Breastfeeding in Combat Boots MomCave

Shout out #BadAssMoms everywhere! Our live show, MomCave LIVE is back, with a brand new segment called #BadAssMoms. And…we’ve got two exciting announcements. 

First, after 59 episodes on YouTube, we’re moving our live show over to Facebook. Because that’s where the rest of you #BadAssMoms hang out! You can still see the show on YouTube (it just won’t be live there) or catch it on Facebook, DailyMotion, BlogTalkRadio, and iTunes.

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots Book Cover MomCaveAnd second, our very first #BadAssMom is…. (drumroll….) Robyn Roche-Paull. She’s the founder of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, a nonprofit foundation committed to advocating, informing, and supporting all active duty, guard, and reserve personnel who are breastfeeding while serving in the military. She literally wrote the book on breastfeeding in the military. Even us civilians can learn a ton from her when it comes to being a mom in a challenging workplace.

Watch this very special LIVE episode below or right on our Facebook page! And enter the giveaway below to win your own Breastfeeding in Combat Boots #BadAssMoms gear!

 

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Toddler Penis Obsession | Blabbermom | Penis Status

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Victoria’s toddler has TPO-Toddler Penis Obsession. He keeps mama up-to-date on his boy parts moment to moment. Sometimes it seems like all he talks about is his penis! Three out of four  of us MomCavers are moms of boys and we can all attest to some serious TPO. Do you have a funny story about your boy and things he’s said about his… junk? Leave it in the comments below!

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Are you a real mom with  a funny story to share? YOU could be in a future episode of Blabbermom. Get in touch at momcavetv at gmail.com Toddler Penis Obsession Toddler Boy Parts MomCave See ALL of the episodes here. And comment below with your TPO (Toddler Penis Obsession) tales!  

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Ways Motherhood is Like the Walking Dead

Ways Motherhood is Like the Walking Dead MomCave

My mother is visiting this week. Last night, after putting my son to bed, I lowered my pregnant self onto the sofa and revved up the DVR. Mom said she didn’t care what we watched. So I clicked on the newest episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” As the credits rolled, she stared at me in horror. “This is your favorite show? Isn’t it about, like, zombies? How could you possibly relate to or enjoy a show about zombies?”

Oh, mom. It’s so clear… motherhood and The Walking Dead are eerily similar.

  1. Once they become “Walkers,” you can never take your eyes off of them. Only destruction and injury will result.

  2. You’re often starving, not knowing when your next meal will come from, but you are distracted by life or death situations that need to be dealt with. Eventually, you’ll grab something to eat while on the run.

  3. Ravenous beings are constantly pawing at you, and attempting to sink their mouths into your flesh.

  4. Personal hygiene and fashion take a back seat to practicality, durability, and just plain survival.

  5. Sex is a lovely distraction, if you have the energy for it, but has to be done quickly, quietly, and positioned behind some kind of obstruction as not to be witnessed by the Walkers.

  6. Circumstances make for strange alliances. You may become tight with that dad at the park, who you previously had nothing in common with, just because you both see each other as occasionally useful. And there is no shame in that.

  7. Putrid smells of rotting flesh that previously would have made you vomit, are barely noticeable

  8. Sometimes things get so messy, that you have to avert your eyes.

  9. When agitated, noises will come from your Walker’s mouth that rival wild animals.

  10. You may feel like you finally have things down, a system in place, a routine that can work. And then the Walkers evolve!  Game changer.

  11. If you mess up, there will invariably be people discussing it immediately, evaluating and second-guessing your choices, whether it’s the Mean Moms or Chris on “The Talking Dead.”

Will you be watching The Walking Dead Premiere tomorrow night? (Without your kids of course!) Comment and tell us what you think of it.

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(@2015 Jennifer Weedon Palazzo, as first published on Scary Mommy)

New UK Mum Comedy | “The Littlest Boho”

UK Mum Comedy "The Littlest Boho"

Guest post from across the pond…

Sometime around the time my belly started sticking out with my first child, my name started to change to “Mummy.”  At first, it was just the health professionals checking on the pregnancy.  And then, once the baby was born, I became “Mumm”y to more people – the health visitors, doctors, people in the street, even my own mother called me Mummy:  ‘Would mummy like a cup of tea?’ or ‘And how’s Mummy?’

Being a grown up with opinions of my own, I thought that nothing would change once I started a family.  I would feel the same about my work.  I would feel the same about my partner.  And I would certainly keep up with all my friends.  I’d have a lovely little accessory to dress up and show off.  Sure, we’d bond and everything, but if there was a night out planned with the girls, there would be no problem leaving the little one behind.  I’d feel fine about that, and of course there’d be no shortage of friends and relations happy to babysit.

Obviously, I was misguided on several fronts.  My partner went from being a fairly supportive ally to someone I would compete with on a crazy tally of who had done the most grueling stuff/had the least sleep/deserved some time out.  My friends, though lovely, didn’t seem to be jumping up and down waiting for an opportunity to babysit. And I was a bit too tired to go out anyway.  Oh yeah, and I seemed to have fallen in love with my child.

UK Mum Comedy "The Littlest Boho"
 

 

And with love comes another kind of crazy.  The craziness of parents who would do anything for their child even if it means pushing all the other kids out of the way.  The crazy that I started to write about with my writing partner Cara.  And so we made The Littlest Boho.  A comedy which is about women who are mums and women who aren’t.  How they stay friends, and how they are on completely different planets from each other, seemingly spiraling away over a distance of one night stands and school applications.

 

Watch episode one of “The Littlest Boho” here.

 New UK Mum Comedy | The Littlest Boho, Episode One

 
 

 

New UK Mum Comedy Sophie Trott Cara JenningsWriter/performers Sophie Trott and Cara Jennings have been working together since 2012.  In that time they’ve created a range of digital comedy shorts, performed sketch and character comedy live in London, and in plays. They’re currently working on new narrative comedy TV projects for the BBC and Citrus.
Sophie is a mum of one, with another one on the way. She started her career as an actor, and trained at the physical comedy improvisation school, École Philippe Gaulier. She has worked extensively in TV, film and theatre in the UK. She’s currently filming alongside Judi Dench in Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears.
Cara started performing, writing and directing comedy as part of the three-woman sketch group The Secret Gardeners, who performed extensively on the London Fringe and at Edinburgh. Her show, ‘Millie and Tillie Do You!’ was a finalist of the Funny Women awards. She’s worked on many short films and has been performing her first stand-up gigs. She also has been writing plays. Most recently Stray, which she performed with Sophie earlier in the year.

Mommy Tummy… Mummy Tummy… Moms ARE Beautiful!

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Mommy Tummy, mummy tummy, mom jeans… words that have inspired dread in the hearts of many a procreating woman.  Once my body had expanded to grow an entire human and subsequently expelled that human, I wasted valuable baby-sleeping time Googling the phrases “how to lose your mummy tummy,” “how to avoid mommy tummy,” and “how the f-%3k do Victoria Secret models get back into shape postpartum?”mommy tummy mummy tummy mom body image body after baby After a few months, I accepted that my body, specifically my abdomen,  would never be the same. Here at MomCave, we think moms’ bodies are beautiful. Before, during, AND after pregnancy. We should celebrate that as a badge of honor. Our bodies did something magical. We grew a human!! We kept it in there for months at a time!

To celebrate the beauty of motherhood, in all it’s shapes and sizes, we asked our viewers to send us photos of their mommy tummies. We compiled a video of mom bellies of all ages, ethnicities, and sizes.  MomCave Presents…. The Mummy Tummy!

MomCave Celebrates the Mummy Tummy… Mommy Tummy!

Thanks to the following proud mamas: (in no particular order) Harmony Hobbs–Modern Mommy Madness Nicole Yniguez-Mommy Tips By Cole Danielle-https://www.youtube.com/user/dani5hk MamaLilLadies-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQJ4wgxe6xXgfVyAdF661mQ Robyn Passante-Holding the Strings Sidney–Teenage Mommy Jo-Anne Reynolds SpikeBee.com Katy-PoopEatSleep Emily Van Do–Mama Never Told Me Blog Dina Drew Jaleesa Graham-Model Monet  Shirleyann Rafaela Cameron Jennifer Weedon PalazzoMomCave Lisa Kramer Sarah Lawson–slawson821@gmail.com Angela-Akward Mommy Sunny Gault-New Mommy Media Tammy-MsPrettyMum Atasha-5 Baskets of Laundry Angel-Making Baby Taylor Angela-Angela’s Happy Family Elizabeth Sweeny- Mission Glow Susie-Super Susie Homemaker Stephanie-VeegMama BrownMediaMama.com