Sara McTigue, CLCEditor

Sara McTigue, CLC

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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crib bumper ideas reuse repurpose DIY

We’ve all heard the safety recommendations that include a warning to stay away from using crib bumper pads. Yet, despite these warnings, the baby stores are fully stocked with crib bedding sets that include – what else? – bumper pads. Confusing much? Well, in the name of safety, it’s definitely best to avoid using the [&hellip
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There is nothing wrong with embracing your status as a nerd. I couldn’t have said it any better than John Green: “Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. [...] When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, [&hellip
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ScaryMommy Thanksgiving Project

Here’s a simple math question. How many families should have to choose between celebrating Thanksgiving by sharing a meal with their loved ones and paying the rest of their bills? Answer: zero. Sometimes asking for help is the hardest part. Admitting that you can’t do it all on your own, as much as you wish [&hellip
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formula need to know

So – for whatever reason you’ve determined you are going to be using formula to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Let me say this to you – good job, mama. Don’t let anyone else (or that little voice in your head) beat you up for doing the best you can to take care of your [&hellip
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car seat safety mistakes

From that first nail-biting ride home from the hospital, it’s easy to see why keeping your little one safe in the car should be a priority. Auto accidents are a leading cause of death in children and as a parent it’s easy to say you’ll do anything in your power to protect them. But there [&hellip
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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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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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