Monthly Archives: February 2013

Starting somewhere


a8219dcf91aa4bee3c18142a8e676dcaI know that the inspiration messages are a Ta Ta to the Ta-tas thing, but I couldn’t find any pictures to describe my feelings, so I’m going to have to have a little crossover today!

Thank you to all who have liked my facebook page.  Anyone that has put their work (whether it’s art, writing, etc.) out there knows that it is subject to as much criticism as praise, making it an exciting and scary decision.  I really appreciate everyone that is supporting and routing for me.  We all have to start somewhere and I am very lucky to start in this community surrounding me.

For those of you that haven’t liked my facebook page, feel free to visit.  I also am on Pinterest and would love for you to find me there!

Thank you again!  I couldn’t do this without each and every one of you.


Spaghetti night



Every once in a while a give myself an “out” for dinner and decide that it will be spaghetti night.  The entire family gets excited for this dinner, but I can’t help but feel a little lack luster every time I make this decision.  Spaghetti is fine and although not my favorite dinner, definitely not my least favorite dinner.  I make meatballs in bulk so that it is easy to bake them quickly, and that helps spice things up.  Still something nags me every time I declare that we are having spaghetti that night.

Last night was no exception.  It took minutes to pull the dinner together, complete with meatballs and garlic bread.  I patted myself on the back as I watched my family eagerly eat, even successfully bribing the kids with garlic bread to get them to finish their dinners.  It wasn’t until both boys were in bed and it was time to clean the kitchen that it hit me – it’s not the dinner but the aftermath.  Yes, I spend little time preparing, but I spend tons of time cleaning.  This time I found spaghetti sauce under the microwave.  Let me clarify, not flung under the microwave, but obvious fingerprint smears.  I know exactly which 3-year-old to point a finger at, but I still can’t figure out why he felt the need to put his hand under the microwave.  I’ve cleaned noodles out of vents, off the floor, and off of windows, and spaghetti sauce, well, off of everywhere.

During my hour of scrubbing the kitchen was when the epiphany occurred.  Spaghetti night is easy to prepare, but not so easy to clean.  No wonder I am the only one with a sense of dread.  Honestly, I am smacking my head for not thinking about this every time I ask the boys to take off their shirts before a spaghetti dinner.  Any other suggestions for “easy” dinners?

2013 – Here we come!!


I have a pretty exciting 2013 planned.  I know that my posting has been sporadic (at best), but please excuse me due to my recent surgery.  With that behind me, I can’t wait to focus on Full Plate Momma.

Some exciting ventures for the year:

– I’ve started pinning on Pinterest as Full Plate Momma.  Please follow me for lots of ideas for natural living, kid fun, and general awesomeness.

– Our facebook page will be launched very soon.  I’m just waiting for a couple of good pictures and then we should be good to go.  Excited to have that happen.

– The Momma Derby will be created.  It’s going to be fun, so stay tuned.

– I am planning to attend my first BlogHer conference in July with my best buddy Sarah.  Since it’s my first I don’t have high hopes for party invitations and such, but I am looking forward to learning a ton, making connections, and growing.  Oh, and also celebrating Sarah’s birthday.  We are going to have a blast!

– I am turning 35 this year.  With my recent health issues and well, my general oldness, I plan to celebrate in a big way.  I can’t wait to share my 35 random acts of kindness.  It’s going to be great.

– I’ve had a couple people show interest in some guest writing.  These posts will be great.  I’m excited to see things from a different point of view and hear other momma’s experiences.

– Full Plate Momma is officially moving to  Make sure you find me and follow me there!

So excited for 2013 and the improvements that it will bring to Full Plate Momma!