This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
While I absolutely love being a mom, it is also the most life-altering thing I’ve gone through. And ever since having kids, there are just things that don’t bother me like the once would. You just can’t be upset about things. Most times you don’t have the time, the energy, or the actual ability to sweat the small stuff. I’m not saying that it’s necessarily anything to complain about. It just becomes the new norm, as you focus on the more important things.
What “small stuff” am I talking about, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you:
- You become the nearest and most convenient trash receptacle. For basically anything your kid doesn’t want to hold.
- You’re also the resident bag lady. If someone needs something, it’s probably somewhere in your Mary Poppins-eque bag. Finding a monster truck in your bag is not an uncommon occurrence.
- Because you’re often juggling babies and bags, doing things with one hand and on your own becomes second nature. It doesn’t often occur to you to ask for help, because it’s second nature. (But it’s always nice when someone offers!)
- Cleaning up everything and pretty much anything becomes a very normal thing.
- Having that in mind, things that are dirty just don’t bother you the way they might have once. Most things are washable, so why worry?
- Speaking of that, sticky fingerprints or snot marks on your clothes? Just part of everyday life.
- Have I mentioned cleaning up stuff? Okay.
- Being late? Also a common occurrence.
- The words “packing” and “light” do not go together anymore.
- Knowing songs from kid movies beats knowing songs (or singers) that are popular today.
- Your main diet becomes whatever your child doesn’t want to eat. When you’re on the go, a half-eaten peanut butter sandwich becomes fine cuisine.
Seriously on the eating after your kid. It’s usually just easier to eat something off of my preschooler’s plate. But it’s probably not the greatest habit. And sometimes I like to treat myself to something hot and yummy, not just a few crackers and apple slices. Usually, eating out or cooking up something I have in mind isn’t an option, since we’re always on the move.
A great alternative is keeping a few Tai Pei single serve entrees in the freezer. I know what you’re thinking – freezer food?? But these are better than you think – no additives, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors. The new convenient packaging heats up quickly in the microwave, yet tastes like takeout from your favorite local restaurant. I was able to try both the chicken fried rice and the beef and broccoli, and both were tasty. And yes, one was enough to fill me up – the portion size was not so different as takeout usually is (meaning, huge).
All their flavors are available at Food Lion, so it’s easy to grab while you’re doing your regular grocery run. (You can pick them up at Walmart, too.) Want to try? Save $1.00 on ONE (1) Tai Pei® Entree (7.9 oz or larger) or Appetizer. Because I like you.
Also, an awesome picture of me eating fried rice. You’re welcome.
What “small stuff” do you care less about now that you’re a mom? Or, if you’re not a mom, which Tai Pei meal would you want to try?