Hot Mess Mama Hacks


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I’ll admit it, I like somewhat having it together, but in all honesty I’m a hot mess mama plenty of days. I have come to terms with the fact that no one has it all together, all of the time.

So as one (often) hot mess mama to another here is my top ten hacks to problem solve your life!

  1. If you (or your littles) spill coffee (or any liquid for the matter) and you cannot find a napkin, tissue, scrap paper anywhere… a (clean) panty-line will work! ps. don’t forget to toss out the coffee stained liner and not leave in the bottom of your purse to be found later.
  2. A quick, up-do with lots of bows and clips works great to cover dried ketchup smears in your daughter’s hair from the night before as you rush to preschool. Then just tell the teachers “oh she did it herself today!”
  3. Never leave home without a ponytail holder on your wrist, you never know when you’ll need to MacGyver that thing…hold your car door shut, fix a kite, make a bib out of a napkin, keep your pants button closed, calm a screaming child…those things are pretty darn magical, plus they hold your hair up too.
  4. Forget to brush your teeth, put deodorant on, shower?? Find the nearest good smelling item (chapstick, baby sunblock, apple juice) and rub it where needed to hide those offending smells.
  5. If you can’t find your sunglasses and you’ve already checked your purse, diaper bag, nightstand, back pocket and on top of your head – grab those kid sunglasses (you know the ones your child wears for about 30 seconds before taking off and chewing on). It may be a tight fit but you’ll start a new tiny heart-shaped glasses trend.
  6. When (that’s right I said when not if) your child/ children throws a tantrum in the check-out line for popsicles, candy, books, toys, stickers, toast (the possibilities are endless), pretend your on a new game show called American Ninja Warrior Shopper and repeat this mantra, “I am a rockstar, I got this, I will not give up. I will make it out of this store with this wailing banshee, I may be red faced and sweaty, but I’m alive!”
  7. During a painfully long airport delay your child upchucks the 2o6 snacks they’ve asked for during the last few hours. This is what we call “totaled” in the wardrobe business, beyond salvage. Dump the clothes in the trash….if you’re without spare clothing (because they’re all in your suitcase…on the plane…that you’re not on yet), a t-shirt from the gift shop makes stylish dress!
  8. It’s date night and you can’t find a single lipstick in the bottomless pit that is your purse: 3 broken crayons, a Barbie shoe, half a slobbery granola bar, but no lipstick? Two words…red wine.
  9. No time to get to the salon and your gray hairs are in the midst of the coup of the century on your head?  Mascara those offending revolutionaries. (If you’re a blond, try cream colored eyeshadow).
  10. Kids, babies, spouse fell asleep in the car? You really only have one option…drive-through coffee shop. Honestly, you’re just being thoughtful.
Tara is mom to two energetic daughters Bianca and Iyla. Passionate about inspiring others to cook healthy, delicious and allergy-friendly food, she owns Yummy Sprout, which provides healthy culinary adventures through classes and more. Check out Tara has been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal and on Channel 3 WISC-TV on topics including “making your own baby food”, “cooking with kids” and “packing healthy school lunches”. She adores living in Madison and all it has to offer family life. Her favorite ways to spend time include messing up her kitchen while recipe testing, running, yoga, writing, painting, traveling and reading books with her girls.


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