Carrie McGinnis makes some funny hats. This mother to two (Finnegan, 4, and Claire, 4 months) can turn your kid into an adorable animal, one helmet at a time. The cuteness of the fox helmet is almost enough to make me want to move back to a cold winter climate.
When not creating magical wonders for your kiddos' heads, McGinnis provides us with videos of stellar baby tricks on her Kiddos McG blog. I highly recommend a visit to Finn & Claire when you're in need of a pick-me-up. If this parroting video doesn't make you smile, you might need some medication.
Living, working, and playing in the Pacific Northwest, Carrie is a mama with some serious mojo. Check out her amazing work and her amazing kids and see if you don't fall in love with the adorableness that is Kiddos McG and Finny's Funny Fleece.
Meet Carrie McGinnis, our baby mama of the week:
Name one thing about you that would surprise your readers.
I've never taken a sewing class. I'm a self-taught sewing machine with multi-colored eyes (they're blue, but I have a brown birthmark in the right eye) and a fear of mirrors in dark rooms.
What is your proudest parenting moment?
I'm amazed every time my son Finnegan, out of the blue, adds new vocabulary into normal conversation: "Well, Mommy, that's just remarkable!" Each and every time he does it, I'm blown away by this kiddo. It makes me very proud. And when the bebe, Claire, checks off all the items on the What to Expect the First Year monthly checklists, it makes me feel accomplished in some way. Even though I'm not the one who just learned to smile or turn toward noise. Although, I do feel I have just learned to babble correctly!
What's your secret coping mechanism?
I suppose it's not really a secret to those I live with, and probably not a secret to those who have seen my thunder thighs. I'm hopelessly addicted to sugar. When I get stressed -- GIVE. ME. THE. CHOCOLATE!
Sewing is also an escape from the norm. I go out to my sewing studio in the backyard, blast the radio, and really don't care for the first time all day that I'm making a hugely insane amount of noise. It's comforting.
When your baby is old enough to Google, which blog post are you most afraid of her reading?
I don't think I'd be too afraid of the kiddos reading any or everything I've posted. I thrive on embarrassing others, so I actually hope to show the blog to future girlfriends and boyfriends, if blogs are still around then.
What is the best piece of parenting advice you can give?
Just be silly. When you've lost all hope of getting anything done, forget the dishes, forget the laundry, forget your own life, and just be silly with your kids. I've spent a lot of time trying to do "stuff," only to realize that the longer I try, the more fed up and impatient the kiddos get. Play, get the silliness out, and then and only then will time magically appear at your toes.