It’s been awhile. I know. I’ve have been so incredibly busy. I feel like I have hit a brick wall, but hopefully there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I work 40 hours a week, from home. This means I have C 24/7.  He is really good while I am working, thankfully. I also take classes about 15 hours a week and have 10-15 hours of homework. Add in cooking, cleaning and laundry and I have very little time. I sew when I can late at night or early in the morning.

Things will be settling down for a few months. I am taking a semester off to figure out what I want out of life and school. I am not 100% happy with the path I am taking now. I have big dreams and they do not relate to what I am studying. During this semester off I will be writing a business plan.

Yes, you read that correctly.  I am working on a business plan. I am gearing up for some market research and location scouting because I have a big dream and a vision. Will it work out? Who knows. Am I going to try? You betcha.

This is so much bigger than made with monster love. It is a mix of all the things I love. I want it to be huge. I want to be my own boss. I want to do something I love each and every day.

Hopefully I am on my way.



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Losing It! {again} Week 1

Losing it! has been a big, fat fail.

But not anymore.

I am going to once and for all make a commitment to myself and my family and lose the weight. I need to be healthy for myself. I need to be healthy for my son. I need to be healthy for my partner.

I do not want another year to go by with me in the staring roll as “fat and unhealthy”. I want want to be thinner, but more importantly I want to be healthy. I want to go for a walk and not get winded after two miles. I want to play soccer with my boy. I want to walk into a store and find an outfit without feeling fat, ugly and defeated.

Today marks a new day. I will get healthy. I will make goals and stick to them. Every Monday I will check in and if I do not, I expect you all to hold me accountable. Call me out. It takes a support system and I hope my readers will agree to be mine.

My goals this week:

  • Complete C25K Week 1
  • Log into myfitnesspal daily
  • Cut back to one glass of iced coffee per day

I encourage you to join me! You can find me as themommymonster on myfitnesspal.com!


closing ceremonies

The closing ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London just wrapped up and I have to admit that I am a more than a little sad. For the last seventeen days the television in our home has been tuned to the games. We watched amazing moments in so many sports. We witnessed touching acts of sportsmanship. We proudly watched as our country came together as a team and joined the world in an epic celebration.

I love the Summer Olympics.

When the Summer games started in on 8/8/2008 I was around 12 weeks pregnant with C. This year he is 3.5. When the Rio game start in four years he will be 7.5 years old. While I am excited for the Rio games and counting down the days until they start I am finding it hard to wrap my brain around the fact that my boy will be so old.

I am eager to share the games with him again in 2016. He enjoyed yelling at the TV, encouraging the swimmers to swim and the boats to go but I know his love for the games will grow in 2016. I know he will have a better understanding and appreciation for sportsmanship and a teamwork. We can smile together and root for Team USA while learning the importance of the games and the history of the Olympics.
In 2014 we will welcome the Winter Olympic Games into our home and they too will work their way into our hearts and soul, creating a special memory and lasting lessons.


I leave you with one of my favorite moments of the tonight’s closing ceremonies.



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dyeing pasta and rice

I read a lot of sensory play blogs. I love the idea of encouraging exploration and imaginative play with different objects, themes and ideas. One of my favorite sensory play ideas is dyeing pasta and rice. It is super, super easy and creates amazing results!

What you need to dye pasta or rice:

-Pasta or rice

-Food coloring

-Rubbing alcohol

-Plastic baggies that zip

1. Take a plastic baggie and add approximately 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol.

2. Add food coloring until desired color is achieved (I did between 6-8 in most bags). Squish bag to mix.

3. Add pasta (or rice). We used many types of pasta in our bags. Squish the bags to coat the pasta (or rice) with the colored mixture.

4. Let baggie stand for a few hours or until desired color is achieved. Periodically squish the baggies to coat the pasta.

5. When desired color is reached lay the pasta (or rice) out to dry. We put ours on wax paper on cookie sheets and tucked them in the oven. We have cats and wanted to keep it safe. Let dry overnight.

6. Once the pasta (or rice)  is dry, let the play begin!

We took our pasta and string to make necklaces. We also glued our pasta to paper to make art. I would dump the pasta out and ask him pick up certain colors and put them back in the bin. He enjoyed the challenge.

I put the rice in a plastic tote with shovels, tractors and a little rake and let him go to town. He loves it. We made the pasta and rice over a month ago and he still plays with it daily.

This is one of my favorite projects to date. C loved playing with the textures and colors. We had a lot of fun exploring and playing together.


Please pardon the graininess of the photos. I pulled the all from instagram and my cell phone.

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mommy time

Every night, after my son and my partner go to bed I have what I call mommy time. It is the time when the house is quiet and the TV remote is all mine. Sometimes I read or sew. Often times I snuggle under a blanket and catch up on a show. Whatever I am doing it is time for me.


The one pitfall to mommy time is that I stay up entirely too late. It is not uncommon for me to be up until midnight and there are days where I find my self stunned that the glowing red numbers on the clock read 1:00 AM. There are many mornings when I am tired as C rolls out of bed at 7:30, asking for a snuggle, some breakfast and time to watch his favorite show. Being his mommy is truly everything I could ever ask for, but the late night time is needed and they make premade iced coffee to get me through the sleepy mornings.


One thing I have learned in the last three and a half years is that mommy time is critical. Taking time for myself is one of the most important things I do. It can be easy as a mom to lose your identity. It is easy to become “C’s Mom” and not “K”. For a long time after he was born I did lose myself. I was consumed with feeding him, changing his diaper, doing laundry and playing with him. The list goes on, really. It was so easy to put myself on the back burner.


Even now, I don’t do much. I don’t spend a lot of time outside of the house. I spend a lot of time at home during the day, creating activities for C and I to do, which makes mommy time at night all the more important.


You can be a mom and YOU at the same time. Being a mom has become a part of my identity, sure, but there are still parts of me that need to be acknowledged.

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the story behind the blog name

I am sure there are people who balk at the fact that I call my son a monster. He really is not a monster. He is a sweet, funny and awesome kid. He was generally an easy baby. Sure, he had his moments, but he is by no means a brat, a terror or a monster.

When he was a tiny newborn I called him Squishy because he was a ball of squish. Seriously. His little face was always scrunched up and he was just adorable.

Once he started to get lanky I started calling him my little monster. They had all kinds of little boy clothing at the time that said “Mommy’s Little Monster” on it and the name stuck. My little monster grew to include me as “the mommy monster”.

I generally call him by his given name now, but the moniker has stuck for blogging. My sewing business is even called made with monster love as a continuation our of monster theme.

Let’s face it. I just like monsters.