About Julie Mengers

I am a mother of two beautiful children - one boy and one girl ages 5 and 1 1/2, and a wife to a wonderful man and amazing father. When I get some spare time, I enjoy reading, running, or shopping. I love fashion and try hard (as lots of moms can relate to, I'm sure) to balance both!

The Food Fairy

Do you have a food fairy? Do you know what a food fairy is? Well we have a food fairy here in our household. He brings assortments of delicious foods right into our house – even stocks the cabinets overnight. He will bring lots of goodies! All you have to do is wish for him to come.

Ok, we don’t really have a food fairy. We have “the peapod man,” as Will calls him. And I’m pretty sure Will believes all of the things I wrote above. For any mom (or even dad) who never feels as though they have the time or energy to go grocery shopping after the kids are in bed or during the day and missing out on your kids, I strongly encourage you to try Peapod from Giant. It has made my life a whole lot easier! I know this sounds a bit like an advertisement, but it’s really just a tip for anyone who has never heard of it or always wanted to try it but weren’t sure if they wanted to.

So, what are you waiting for? Get online and order ;-)

Understanding Lego Mania

Growing up, my favorite things to play with were purses, barbies, dolls, and things of the like. I never played with Legos and never had an interest, or, as I recently found out, an understanding of what “Lego Mania” really means.

When Will turned 5, Bill decided to introduce him to Legos since he played with them all through his childhood. Little did I know how completely awesome they are or how interested Will would be in them! This past weekend Bill brought out his Legos from when he was a kid – a huge box. And now…I’m hooked!

Our weekend consisted of hours upon hours in Will’s room putting different silly things together. Even Erin decided she wanted to participate and wade through the massive amount of Legos. Today we took a family trip to the LEGO store and let Will pick out something to put together tonight – my first Lego building project ever! And let me tell you, if you’ve never bought Legos and put them together out of the box – DO IT! It was so fun, especially to do with Will. Here are some pictures from our weekend:

Bill's old collection



It wouldn't be "Lego Mania" if we didn't tear it apart and create something different afterwards!



“Those” Shoes

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
– Tammy Faye Bakker

Tammy Faye Bakker – I don’t really know anything about you, but you are absolutely correct.

After such a crazy Friday and Saturday, feeling as though I didn’t even have a chance to catch my breath, I was looking forward to an early bed time for the kids and a nice quiet evening with Bill watching the Super Bowl with some snacks and much needed adult beverages. Sparing you the details – that’s not how my picture perfect night turned out.

Needless to say, I arrived at work on Monday morning feeling more exhausted than ever and pretty much (shall I even admit?) useless. I needed “me” time, and I needed it badly! So I stopped my pity party at about 11:00 am with a little coaxing from Bill and decided to take matters into my own hands. I went to Fells Point in Baltimore and did some retail therapy. That’s right! I lost the guilt – lost the pity party – lost the “perfect organized” Mom facade and shopped.

Know what I found? You guessed it – I found “those” shoes. You know, the ones that are just perfect? That match with almost every item in your wardrobe? That make you feel pretty and hip? “Those” shoes, and they actually taught me something. It IS ok to let the Mom role go every once in a while and do some things for myself. It’s the only way to catch my sanity!

So next time I’m feeling overwhelmed or down, I’ll just pick up “those” shoes that I bought on my escapade to Fells Point, and remind myself that I can still be spontaneous, daring, and cool!