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Every once in awhile, I feel the need to update you on an old post but the topic doesn't really warrant a whole other post.

For instance, when I tell you— my growing fetus demands I inhale whole watermelons on a daily basis, and then a few days later, I eat so much watermelon that I literally have to lie down for fear of explosion and haven't touched any since— that's INCREDIBLY INTERESTING, I know, but probably not 500 words of blog fodder.

Below are five more short updates to old posts, including 'apps mocking motherhood', 'my belly at BlogHer' and 'life-changing hair'.


1. iPad App Mocking Motherhood Makes Parent Approved Update

6a0133f30ae399970b01676036b746970b-200wiA while back, I wrote a post calling out My PlayHome for mocking motherhoodMy PlayHome is a virtual dollhouse where your child can move family members from room to room, opening cabinets, eating apples, turning on the TV, etc.

Sounds perfectly fine, right? Except…

When you moved the kids onto a bed, they would lie down and go to sleep, but if you put the parents on the bed, they would just stand on top of it.

The parents were literally NOT ALLOWED TO SLEEP.

Also, the house consisted of a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room and a nursery. THE PARENTS DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A BEDROOM.

So if the mother wanted to change the toilet paper roll or clean up the toys in the nursery, that was cool, but if she wanted to have some sexy time with her husband, it was a NO-GO.

Feeling a little too close to home, yes?

Long story short, the creators of My Playhome were really good sports about it in the comment section. And then, a few weeks ago, they sent me this email:

"Just thought you might like to know, we've updated the app so the parents can finally get some sleep in their own bed. Admittedly, still in their day clothes but hey, what can you do."

You hear that, folks? It's called THE POWER OF MOMMY BLOGGING. Don't knock it— together we are changing the world.

All jokes aside, My PlayHome is one of Mazzy's favorite iPad apps and you can download it here.


2. Burning Your Children's Feet in the Name of Good Behavior

6a0133f30ae399970b017617168b13970c-500wiAfter learning about Mazzy's hobbling foot injury (which caused her to sit still for the first time in two years), a number of you expressed interest in hobbling your own children.

It has come to my attention, that her injured toes were most likely not a burn (I thought she stood on something hot), but the result of too much time spent running around barefoot on the cement floor of a pool. 

So. Put away your lighter and just take the kids for a swim sans pool shoes.

They will be incapacitated in no time.


3. The TIME TIMER Continues to be Awesome (giveaway on Babble)

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Back in March, Dr. B gave me the gift of the TIME TIMER, an 8" visual clock timer that literally changed everything (that's it on the table above, showing Mazzy who's boss).

6a0133f30ae399970b01676415ccd7970b-250wiWe've been using it for about 5 months now and it continues to be totally indispensable— hands down my #1 recommended toddler tool. You can read all about my experience with it here. 

More importantly, if you have not already purchased one (and you really really should), I am doing a giveaway for an 8" Time Timer (value $35) on Babble today.

Or, if you are not a fan of giveaways, Time Timer is offering Mommy Shorts readers 10% off all their products (except mobile apps). Just click here and use the code: LifeTime.

Please note— this is a totally unpaid, unsponsored, unabashedly positive endorsement. 


3. Life-Changing Hair at BlogHer

In my recap of BlogHer on Monday, I left out the amazing party thrown by Mighty Events at Isabel Kallman's envy-inducing apartment, for the launch of Gretchen Rubin's new book Happier at Home.

Here's a picture of me and my belly(3rd from left) with three of my favorite bloggers— Amy of When Did I Get Like This, Isabel of Alphamom and Ellen of Love that Max.


I show you the photo above for two reasons.

1) Photos have forced me to realize I am really pulling off this second pregnancy thing. I don't compliment myself often so please see this as a major growth moment for me.

2) Notice my new modified use of the "life-changing hair technique". After months of experimentation with 'the band', I now do an ultra quick blow dry with flat iron (no more than three minutes combined, flat ironing mainly the top and not touching the ends). Then I keep the band in place for 15-20 minutes— the result is a relaxed frizz-free wave that works well in humidity (we are standing in an outdoor sauna, if that isn't obvious).

Anyway, the event was gorgeous and when I get around to reading the book, I have full confidence it will be fantastic. On the few ocassions I've met Gretchen, she is always friendly and gracious. I wish her all the success in the world.


All pictures were taken by Sheri Silver

You can purchase a copy of Happier at Home here.


5. Mommy Shorts Mobile Optimization

I heard you all loud and clear. I am working on it. Unfortunately, my blogging platform makes mobile customization a tad difficult and having a design that reflects Mommy Shorts is important to me. After all, I look at my blog on my phone all the time, too.

So… I am weighing my options and will hopefully have something in place soon.


Alright, that's everything.

I believe it's now time for some Coffee Haagen Dazs. But first, I must put on my ice cream pants. (What? You don't have ice cream pants???)

Have a wonderfully air conditioned weekend.

— Mommy Shorts