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So, tonight I had what one could call a bit of a hormonal pregnant-woman breakdown. 

It was smack dab in the middle of trying to eat my green beans (fresh from the garden and delicious) and spear a piece of chicken when suddenly, I felt like I just couldn't take it anymore. 

I looked over at the mess that awaited me in the kitchen, all three children needing baths and bedtime, the three loads of laundry I had left to do, the articles that needed writing, and I simply couldn't ...

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Over the past few months, I have crowd sourced many moms for several different mom-confession topics. From Truths About Baby Bunching to Potty Training Struggles, moms and dads have shared their thoughts and honesty. These are always my favorite articles to write because it's nice to know I'm not alone in this game of parenting. I typically have at least 20-30 people respond to any given topic. This week, when I crowd sourced friends on my personal and blog Facebook pages about their sex ...

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I haven't been grocery shopping in a while, and by a while, I mean a few months, which means our dinner options are limited. But last night, I pulled off something amazing … well, it was impressive for not having much to work with.

My neighbor, who is an amazing gardener, gave me an arm full of gorgeous peppers, a zucchini, and an onion, and as I don't have any fresh vegetables in the house at the moment, I was grateful for something besides canned green beans. As I was contemplating ...

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Listening to children's music doesn't have to be painful. In fact, I have to admit that some of my kids' CDs stay on whether or not they are in the car. Think it's too good to be true? Check out these family favorites. I'll bet you will end up singing along, too!

Justin Roberts: Meltdown

You can't go wrong with any of Justin Roberts' albums. We have a number of them, well worn. All of his music features an upbeat sound and great storytelling that kids can relate to. Our family ...

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Labor and giving birth is a lot of work. It doesn't matter if you have a home birth, hospital birth, surprise birth, or c-section. Having the support of your partner can make a huge difference. Sure, it's on us to do most of the work getting our baby Earthside, but there are ways our significant others can help along the way.

My husband was great during all my labors, whether I started having contractions spontaneously, was induced in the hospital, or had a c-section, he was by my side ...

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Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, or a work-out-of-the-house mom, there are times when you need just 5 or even 10 minutes of time down time throughout the day to recharge. These short-lived moments are your sanity savers. On hard days when your kids have been fighting all day and the baby just wants to be held, these moments can push you through the neverending day. If you have a toddler running around your feet, quiet time is hard to come by. Here are some easy ways to ...

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Many parents stretch beyond the norm to provide their children with unique, personal monikers. Some parents do this by using atypical spelling, while others devise names that are imaginative and, up to that time, undiscovered.

Fun Fact: Sophia and Noah were the top baby names for 2013!

Every now and then, I’ll hear a newfangled baby name and wonder, why didn’t I think of that one? It’s brilliant! But more often than not, I think the parents are undeniably ...

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bucket list

I've never been a huge fan of the bucket list.

I mean, I’m all for dreaming and planning and setting goals, I just don’t like my due date to be the same as my expiration date. It seems morbid, and um, I don’t know, rushed somehow.

I decided, however, that I did want to take a moment to see what types of things my Dudes dream about when it comes to the rest of their lives.

Where do they seem themselves in 20 years? What do they want to be when they grow up? What sorts ...

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When those two blue lines popped up on your pregnancy test, were you surprised or did you already have an idea you were pregnant? For many women, pregnancy comes as a surprise, even if they've been trying to conceive. But for other women who have undergone surgeries or infertility, pregnancy can come as a very happy shock. Here are four mamas who were pleasantly surprised to find out about their pregnancies after going through medical issues.

"I was 39 years old and having trouble ...

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We all know that we should be setting aside money each month to save for our children's future college education--but how much money? And what type of college savings account is best for my family? And since money isn't exactly an unlimited resource, what should take priority in the family budget--retirement savings for the parents or college savings for the kids?

Let's dig into some of these questions about when should I start saving for my child's college education and get answers ...

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