About our blogger: ommilay

I feel like I have had a unique and cool life so far. I taught in Russia, graduated from college, spent time in Paris during tourist attacks, hiked in the Amazon and lived in Japan. Though I have done and accomplished a lot, being a married with a baby is far more important and fulfilling than everything else I have ever done. Did those things prepare me to be a mom? I believe so. But, still, if I had to choose between my crazy fun life before baby and my life now? Not even a choice. Being a wife and a mother is easily that best thing I have ever done.

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September 12th, 2013

5 Tips for First Time Mamas

Being a mother is one of the best and worst things that will ever happen to you. It will bring out the absolute best in you. It will also make sure you know what your limitations are. A very good friend of my recently hadher first child, a darling little girl, and as I spoke to her a week after delivery, a wave of memories came flooding back to me of what it was like my first time around. Terrifying. Sweet. Intense. I had so many worries, irrational fears, and a whirlwind of hormones and emotions to envelop my whole experience. As I shared a few bits that I had learned through having children, I remember how wonderful it felt to know that the seemingly insane things I was experiencing were downright normal.

Here are five all-too-real trials from being a mama the first time around and a few things you can do to make your transition smoother.

Pure Exhaustion
It will exhaust you. To the ends of your physical limits. Because you will be on-call 24-7 with no real hope of reprieve. Before, regardless of your busy schedule, there was always the option to rest. Read the rest of this entry »


September 9th, 2013

40+ Cheap and/or Free Activities to Expand your Child’s Mind

I was thinking the other day that as a SAHM, my job is literally my home and family. I then got to thinking how if I were a hired hand or nanny, I might do some things differently. When I have a job, I am constantly thinking about how I can improve my work area, how I can educate myself, and how I can make my company more successful. Since my family now IS my company, I started to think in terms of what I can do to make each ‘employee’ (family member) reach their full potential.

With that, I have decided to make a greater emphasis on exposing my children to as many enriching activities as possible. This is just a beginners list, mostly for kids from 2-8, but it gives you some ideas for mostly cheap/free activities. I’ve already begun doing two or three of these kinds of activities everyday and I feel like my daughter has really been benefiting from them! Have other ideas? Please comment! I’m always looking for ways to improve! Read the rest of this entry »

July 24th, 2013

5 Reasons to be a Stay at Home Mom

My day today was enjoyable, albeit a little nuts. I have two children myself, a toddler and a newborn,
but today, I had over two nieces, one nephew, and two neighbor kids (for a grand total of seven kids ages ranging from 2 weeks to 9 years). We swam and played in the water outside, had baths, cleaned up, watched a movie, sang, danced, had lunch, and read/acted out a story. Then, I sent everyone but my two on their merry way and had a moment to ponder my afternoon.

Background. My hubby is a little nutty and wants ten children. No joke Read the rest of this entry »

July 13th, 2013

Thursday: Devil’s Food Cheesecake Bars

These suckers are good. Almost too good. Diet break worthy good. I wish I could say they were one of my famous four ingredient or less recipes, like my
4 ingredient key lime pie (one of my favorite recipes ever) or my 4 ingredient blueberry cinnamon rolls. Sorry to say, but these bars have 7- but oh boy is it worthwhile. Read the rest of this entry »


July 12th, 2013

Having a Newborn

Let’s face it- you can’t really think straight when you haven’t slept through the night in weeks and weeks and weeks….

June 17th, 2013

4 Ingredient AMAZING Honey Mustard Chicken

I’ve never really cared for honey mustard anything. However, we recently had some relatives visit who left us a bottle of mustard, something I didn’t think I would ever use for anything. It stared at me each time I opened the fridge, staying, “Use me! Don’t throw me away! Don’t be a waster~!” and so, eventually, I caved in and discovered this amazingly delicious (and, of course, easy) honey mustard chicken recipe.

My sauce…

*2 chicken breasts
*1/2 cup yellow mustard
*1/2 cup honey
*1/2 cup brown sugar

Step 1: Mix the mustard, honey, and brown sugar together until blended.

Step 2: Sear the chicken breasts on both sides in a frying pan set on medium-high.

About to go in the oven….

Step 3: Pour the honey mustard sauce over the chicken breasts, cover the frying pan with an oven-safe lid/aluminum foil and pop it into the over at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. (Feel free to take your chicken breasts and put them into a baking dish if your frying pan isn’t oven safe)

Step 4: ENJOY! I sered mine with plain white rice and it was amazing. Freakishly delicious.

Bonus: Use the honey mustard sauce as a salad dressing, too! (I made a salad the next day and used this- incredible. I can’t believe I never enjoyed honey mustard before this!)

Mothering Joys
My little girl was crying in her crib, waiting for me to come pick her up. I knocked on her door before I entered and heard her little voice say, ‘Hello?’, though it sounds more like, ‘Hewhoa?’ I opened the door, and though she had tears in her eyes, her face instantly lit up and she started to bounce, with her arms reaching towards me, waiting for me to pick her up. There are few things better than a sweet child who wants nothing more than for you to hold them.

June 12th, 2013

How to Make DIY Mod-Podge Decoupage

Mod-Podge decoupage. Crazy useful in numberless home projects and crafts, but it can cost you a pretty penny! I figured out an awesome plan for my plain, boring black coffee table that required a huge amount of mod-podge and I was not prepared to pay for it. Due to my general cheapness, of course. My table will be amazing (pictures to follow), but for now, here is DIY mod-podge. (I cannot lie- once you know how easy it is to make, you will NEVER buy it. Again. Ever.)

*multi-purpose white glue
(the end!)

1. Heat your glue in the microwave until warm and mix it together with boiling water. (ex. two bottles of glue to one bottles worth of water) Stir together until it is an even consistency and pour it into any sealable container (plastic containers, freezer-jam jar, glass jar, etc.). (Extra note: It can be difficult to get the glue out of the bottle, so one thing that can help is to pour half of the glue into your mixing bowl and then add some of your boiling water into the half-full bottle, put the lid back on it, shake it vigorously, and then pour the contents out.)

Look! All done. So easy.

2. The end! Did I tell it was easy? Store it at room temperature and keep a foam paintbrush next to the jar and you’ll be ready to apply it to all of your many craft projects. Hooray!

(Didn’t I tell you it was easy?)


June 4th, 2013

Best-Ever Sugar Cookies. Soft. Delicious. Perfect.

This is the cookie dough after being rolled out 8 times. Still so perfect!

I have been searching all of my baking life for a perfect sugar cookie recipe. Mine always end up too crispy or don’t roll well, or the dough doesn’t re-roll, or it’s too sticky, or it doesn’t rise the right amount, OR they make you throw it in the fridge for a few hours….. (The cookie dough always tastes perfect, though.) Luckily for me, I finally found a recipe for perfect sugar cookies. They roll easily- they bake beautifully- they Read the rest of this entry »

May 27th, 2013

10 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

I have recently moved from a small apartment where my utility bill was combined with my rent payment to a large home where my husband and I are fully responsible for every drop of water every degree on the thermostat. While our home isn’t terribly expensive to live in, our utilities are almost a quarter of what we pay in rent. That said, it is well worth my while to do things to cut back on my electric bill. And if you, like me, are looking for ways to cut down on what you spend each month, try out a few of these VERY easy methods. (I’m not going to ask you replace all of your appliances or paint your roof white)

1. Re-chargeable Flashlights Buy a few hand-crank, battery-free flashlights. Place them in dark closets or pantries where you may seldom go but each time you go into them, you’ll need light. Rather than turning on the light bulb, hang one of these flashlights by the light switch and use it for those few moments when you’re in the closet. You only need to wind them a few times by hand and you’ll not only not have to pay for electricity to turn on the light, but you’ll never have to pay for batteries, either. Added bonus: In case of emergency, you are good to go! Read the rest of this entry »

May 21st, 2013

You Know You’re from Utah if You Get This

If you are from Utah, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about- especially this year.