Mom, Myself, & I

If there’s one thing I don’t have extra of, being a mom with young kids, it’s expendable income. (Extra weight, diapers, snotty noses? Of those I have plenty!) Between feeding, clothing, diapering, and educating my three young kids, my wallet is a little lighter than my mid-section. I’d love to join a gym with a child-care, but it’s just ...

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I recently attended a birthday party for one of my son's classmates. Since our kids are only turning four this year, the parents generally stick around the party. Because we are all working parents with our kids in daycare, I have not gotten to know many of these parents. We hurriedly rush ...

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Mother's Day is around the corner ... and it's one of the few days of the year you can treat yourself to a gift guilt-free or drop hints to your partner about what you might like for your special day. If you need some ideas read on! ...

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Being a mom of girls has meant different things to me at every stage. When I was pregnant, I imagined braiding hair and smoothing skirts, glittery clips and shiny ponytail holders, flip-flops and ballet flats, nail polish and lip gloss. All of these imaginings of my heart did, indeed, come ...

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The trend toward joint custody, reasonable visitation, and more peaceful co-parenting has been an overall positive one for divorced and blended families. However, current culture tells us that you need to be best friends with your ex — and his new partner — or you’re bitter and selfish, can’t let go, or aren’t putting the children first. ...

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When I found out I was pregnant with my son people sent me all sorts of notes and pins and quotes. Little boys love their mama, they said. Boys are like noise with dirt on top, they warned. A moment of silence for your bathrooms, they joked. And “they” – my friends, more seasoned mamas, more experienced pinners – were all right. My son is ...

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Mom guilt. They don't talk about it in childbirth classes, and even if your other mom friends try to warn you, it's not something you can ever really prepare for. It eclipses any other guilt you've ever felt, and here's why. ...

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Flowers. Chocolate. Brunch. These are the things that Mother's Day gifts are made of. But in my mind, there's no better gift than a book. The chance, and the excuse, to curl up and relax with words and thoughts and tears and laughs makes me swoon. And when it comes to books that make great ...

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I love to exercise, but even I get bored sometimes doing the same training over and over. This is especially true when I train for longer distance races. To train for a half marathon takes a minimum of eight weeks, depending on my base, and requires a lot of longer runs. While I enjoy running, when it feels like something I HAVE to do, not ...

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Housecleaning. Every day, it’s the same old thing.

You wake up – fix food, clean up from food, deal with Legos on the floor and things that the kids leave all around the house. Load up the washing machine, the dishwasher, run errands at the store, cook some more, clean again. And on it goes. If you are anything like me, then you ...

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