About Me

I’m a super creative mom living a perfect life in Upstate New York. My three children are wonderful – they do their own laundry, excel in school and speak three languages. My three Labrador retrievers have been featured as the centerfold in the June 2010 LL Bean catalog. I eat only organic food that I grow myself in a repurposed antique bathtub.

No. Not really.

I do have three amazing kids who bring so much laughter and love to my life, it’s incredible. They also generate a staggering amount of laundry, are an without an “inside voice” and have yet to master the concept of cleaning up after one’s self.

Me? When I’m not shuttling the kids from activity to activity or taking care of the aforementioned laundry, I am a runner, a sewer/quilter, and a marginally acceptable cook. I like to learn – and I love to share what I learn. I am a transplant to the bucolic town where I now live having spent my formative years in Brooklyn, NY. That makes me a little bit blunt and a lot loud. I am an aspiring domestic goddess.

I love the dash. Especially (space)dash(space).
Pride and Prejudice is my version of chicken soup. But only the BBC version with Colin Firth.
I love Scrabble.
I love basil and I hate cilantro.
I have extremely long toes. So long, I can’t write with them. Just sayin’.

Most of all, I’m really glad you’re here. I love my readers.

About My Blog

I call myself a realist mom because I think there are a lot of pressures on moms to be perfect – to do it all. Thank you, Martha Stewart. Do I wish I was a fantastic cook who makes all her kids’ clothing and grows all her own food? Sure. Maybe. The reality of my life is that I find cooking to be very challenging (unless I follow a recipe exactly, which I also find challenging), my kids really have no interest in wearing clothes I make for the most part and, as far as I know, I can’t grow an Oreo tree in the backyard.

And all of that is okay.

I want to celebrate REAL life – where we’re surrounded by laundry, the kids may whine and fight, we make mistakes and sometimes we just eat take-out. With all the dirt and yelling and dog fur, my life is still just perfect to me.

I hope you’ll join me on this adventure.


10 Responses to “About”

  1. The Outlaw Mom July 6, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Laughing as I read this! I hear ya 🙂

  2. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife July 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    What a great read! And an Oreo tree would be pretty sweet. I’d grow it 🙂

    • Beth - Realist Mom July 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      Thank you! And thanks for reading all the way through to the Oreo tree! 🙂

  3. alrenwaldrop July 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Just found you! I agree with you. Not everybody is like Martha Stewart (there’s nothing inherently wrong with that). Now, if I had a self-cleaning house, two potty-trained guinea piglets, and two teenagers who adore their mother–I might just say it’s a perfect life.

    I’m also adding your link to my blog 🙂

    • Beth - Realist Mom July 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      Oooh – a self-cleaning house! Frankly, I’d settle for a self-cleaning kid! Thanks for adding me to your blogroll!

  4. mumof4 July 7, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    Am adding you to my ‘always cheers me up blog list’ as I can tell you are my sort of realist (I’ll let you off on the running bit…. I ‘think’ of running but that’s it).
    Pleased to meet you. can’t believe I’ve left it so long!

  5. insipid life of mine July 7, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Great post!…I laughed with that Orea tree, at some point, I’d wish there’s one thou 🙂

  6. huffygirl July 7, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Loved this. Maybe I should go change my own “about” to something so hilarious as this.

    • Beth - Realist Mom July 7, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      Gosh golly – thanks for the kind words!

  7. laterain August 10, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    mmmmmmmmmmmm . . . Oreo tree . . .

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