Dear Diary,


After 12 hours, three Christmas movies and one bottle of wine, kitchen construction is complete!  I am proud of our project and a bit jealous of the outcome–my 16-month-old daughter’s play kitchen is nicer than my real one.    It was well-worth the blood, sweat and tears–well, no blood was actually shed.  We may have sweated, because I like to pump the heat at 80 degrees.  And any tears were from laughing.  I’m looking forward to spending even more hours baking pretend pumpkin pies this holiday season with my sweet and spicy little girl.


Here’s our recipe for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


A Lump of Love

A Heap of Hope

A Fourth of Faith

A Cup of Courage

A Dash of Dignity

A Can of Kindness

A Pinch of Patience

A Spoonful of Spontaneity


Bake blessings for 12 months, and this meal will make you overcome obstacles and achieve excellence.  And remember, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  Or, if you’re like my daughter and can take it, get into the oven and face your fears head on!
















About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

8 Responses

  1. MELISASource

    This little kitchen set is just too cute!! They really have come a long way since the days my daughters were babies! You can tell she’s head-over-heels for it, which makes all of your hard labor to assemble it worthwhile. Congrats!

  2. cocoamommy

    This is probably the best kitchen set I have ever seen. My 6yo must never see it otherwise I will have a new project on my hands. She’s adorable. I love the Christmas Recipe!

    • newmom0608

      I fell in love with it and tracked down a decent deal online. My advice is to not procrastinate. I originally was going to do it on Christmas Eve. Thank goodness I got help earlier!

  3. Chasing Joy

    I love her kitchen. My kitchen was one of my favorite Christmas presents. I got it at two and must have played with it until I was 6 or 7.

    Great Pictures!


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