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Sara McTigue

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. After several years teaching high schoolers how to think critically, write clearly, and text message during class discreetly, she was lucky enough to conceive her daughter Annabella. Suddenly there was only one student in her classroom, and she was more of a drooler than a talker. Sara parlayed her skills into work at home opportunities; creating curriculum, copy editing, and writing between marathon Dr. Seuss readings and middle of the night wakings. It was like taking an adventure in pajamas, with the chance to work in diverse industries from tourism to medical marketing. Sara has never been particularly good at math, and somehow trying to add one more child to the family resulted in three children when the doctor announced that those two blobs on the screen were, in fact, two babies. (Those two blobs grew beautifully into Lorelei and Sawyer, who are much less blob-like now.) She relates to Julie Andrews singing “I must have done something good” every day when she wakes. The universe seems to have aligned, and daily work and daily life are entangled in all the best ways. When she isn’t reading, writing, or parenting she likes to get tipsy with friends, watch shows that make her sleep with a nightlight, and photograph life so she won’t forget a second.

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15 perfect bedtime songs

Of course you can stick with the standards – Twinkle, Twinkle and Hush, Little Baby still work just fine – but sometimes it’s nice to try something a little different. Heck, my oldest daughter’s secret to calm the colicky screams was repeated refrains of the Oscar Mayer songs (My baloney has a first name … [&hellip
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baby movies - 9 parenting movies

Ever have one of those parenting days when you start to wonder if anyone else is struggling with becoming a parent as much as you are? Want a reminder that one day you’ll look back on this day when your little one’s diaper explosion + the dishwasher flood + the dog vomiting on the carpet [&hellip
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breastfeeding and formula feeding

Good mothers breastfeed. It’s true. Do you know what else they do? Good mothers formula feed. Good mothers cup feed and bottle feed and tube feed. Because the thing is, good mothers know that what matters most is that they feed the baby. { MORE: What Breastfeeding Guarantees } There are so many things that mothers feel judged [&hellip
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10 Must-Watch Pregnancy Movies List

You’re pregnant. Food aversions, the discomfort of clothes and shoes, and the fact that staying awake past 9 feels virtually impossible tend to limit your options for planning a night of fun. Chances are it might just be feeling like another hang out on the couch with snacks and a movie kind of night. Believe [&hellip
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parenting-boys-and-girls

There is no shortage of articles that will tell you how being a boy-mom leads to Legos and fart jokes and being a girl-mom leads to princesses and drama. But here is the thing – being a mom leads to a lot of those things. Period. As a mama to boy/girl twins (plus one more) [&hellip
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mother, twins, and older daughter

I can do it by myself. I don’t need your help. I want to go without you. Parenting is hard. It just is. Not only in those moments of tantrums or tears or overtired children, but also in those moments of pure joy and beauty where you look at your child(ren) and realize that they [&hellip
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mother friendships

Imagine, if you will, that you’re at the park/mall/germ-encrusted restaurant playplace playing on the swings/slides/climbing tower with your toddler. Things are going well, until another child shows up and throws sand in your child’s face/shoves your little one out of the way instead of waiting turns/knocks your child down. You look around for the other [&hellip
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5 Things Every Father-to-Be Should Know

It sometimes seems that people are intent upon sharing with new parents-to-be only the best or worst predictions about their future now that a baby is on the way. You’ll love every minute! (You won’t. There will be minutes where you wonder what made you think this parenting gig was a good idea.) You’ll never [&hellip
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making-the-most-of-summer-sized

The summer solstice doesn’t hit until June 21st, but any parent with school age kids knows that summer really begins the morning after the last day of school. For us, it started this weekend.  We’ve already had several parties, cupcakes, watermelon, swimming, late bedtimes, tons of sunscreen, and plenty of sibling scuffles to show for [&hellip
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Hooked on Phonics app for early readers

As the end of the school year approaches (5 MORE DAYS!) I’m insanely grateful for the reprieve from packing lunches, homework, and early wake-ups with grouchy kids.  Despite all the challenges, for both kids and mama, it’s been a wonderful year. I think kindergarten is one of those milestones that really force you to consider [&hellip
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