“Hmmm let’s see. How about cucumbers and raisins for eyes and a tiny piece of red pepper for the nose. I’ll cut apple into sticks and use them for the mouth, ears and whiskers! Oh and a bit of ketchup for blood, I’m so clever. Lookey here! It’s a cat who sort of looks like a vampire!” (OLM is dead serious about vampires lately)
It was a proud momma moment. Genius, really. I finally gave in to Pinterest perfection and created my own version of mealtime fun for my little guy.
He’s going to gobble it up with giddy gurgling sounds, spouting off with his latest vampire speak. I’ll pull out the plastic vampire teeth I scrounged up from Hallowe’en 2013 adding another element of fun. He’ll be in awe of me. Me, his amazing mother.
I took a photo and put it up on Instagram declaring myself a winner at motherhood. And then I presented my creation proudly, expecting squeals of delight.
He took one look at it and declared, “That’s boring!” What the? He didn’t give a cat’s *ass? Not even one “I want to suck your blood!” was uttered?
( cue sound of pin dropping…)
And… anotherplanhasgonedownthedrain along with any hope that I’ll win this game.
You know I’m just kidding right? No pins were harmed in this post.
It’s time to get over perfection
We live in a world of lifestyle blogs, TV programs and cookbooks that are constantly raising the bar. Wherever we look we’re bombarded with images of perfection. Nothing is perfect and nor should we try to make it that way. We miss out on the moments when we spend too much time making things look pretty.
In the new film “Let’s relax”, IKEA wants to start a conversation about the expectations that make our lives unnecessarily demanding. IKEA wants to help people say “goodbye” to stress and “hello” to the joy of cooking, eating and being together.
Check it out, it’s quite funny. And very on point.
Of course, food needs to appetizing. It needs to titillate our senses, making our mouths water to get the juices flowing. I get it. But not at the expense of common sense. Really? Apple and raisins on a burger? What was I thinking?
Now this is a masterpiece. Salmon, beets, dill pickle and greens, yummy flavours that go together but are not pretentious or too pretty. And that’s how it should be. Join me in saying no to perfection and yes to relaxation.
How are you making family time more relaxing and less stressful?
Go on over to Twitter and see what other peeps are doing to #justrelax. Oh, and use that hashtag too cause it’s the best way to find them.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post but as usual, all opinions are my own. 100%.