How To Waste Your Motherhood (Thoughts After The Scariest Day Of My Life)

Waste Your Motherhood

So I wrote this post. And twelve hours later, I was in an ambulance with our son Sam en route to the Pediatric ICU. I shared a little on my Facebook page about our visit, but the basic gist is that it was caused by an accidental ingestion of one of his allergens. After watching Sam get three epi-pens and two steroid shots that were NOT working, I left the ER room and called my mom. I honestly ... Keep Reading

Guide For A Homeschooling Mom’s Teacher Workday

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If you are a homeschool mom, do you have “teacher workdays?” Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to spend one?   I did not have a "teacher workday" as a homeschool mom until mid-way through last year. I had been homeschooling for about six months when I was chatting with my neighbor, who teaches at the local elementary school. She was explaining that she’d be out of ... Keep Reading

The 8 Scenarios When You Should Consider Homeschool

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Have you ever thought you'd like to homeschool? Ever feel like you're crazy for wanting to? What if your child begins school this year, and you face some unexpected changes? Here are a few scenarios where I think homeschooling would be an excellent option to consider. Personally, I am always a little embarrassed when I tell people I homeschool. I know I need to get over that, and I'm often ... Keep Reading

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Childbirth

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Pregnant and wondering what to expect? Are you curious what surprises may await you? LOL. Here are a few of the things I WISH someone would have told me before giving birth. Important note #1: To the .01% of my readers who are men (my dad, my husband...yeah, that's probably about it...) In case you missed it so far, this is a post about BIRTH. So perhaps this is a good time to find that little ... Keep Reading

The iPhone Is Ruining Your Summer

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This week, I got to watch some thirteen-year-old girls at the pool. It was quite the eye-opening experience. First of all, they looked way too cute for thirteen-year-old girls. We need an international memo reinstating The Awkward Years. Somehow, they have simply disappeared. Generations of girls are reaching adulthood without Embarrassing Sixth Grade Photos, and this is not okay. It is part of ... Keep Reading

How To Make Mom Friends (20 Feel-Good Girls Night Ideas)

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Has it been difficult for you to make "mom friends"? Looking for creative ways to build real relationships with other moms? Today I'm sharing my thoughts on mom-friends and how to host a feel-good girls' night. :) My husband and I often talk about how different "the real world" is from college life, especially with friendships. I had at least 35 BFFs in college, most of whom I met the first few ... Keep Reading

Your “Mommy Gut” Is Talking – Are You Listening?

Mommy Gut

  Some days when I wake up, I feel deeply overwhelmed with the huge responsibility of raising these little kids. What do I do with them? Will I give them all they need? How do I know I'm spending my days in the right way, teaching them the right things? A few years ago if you would have told me, "Oh, you'll be fine, just listen to your 'Mom gut,' " I would have grouped you right ... Keep Reading

Say These Three Words & Banish Boredom!

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I hope you're enjoying your summer! If you are like me, these hot summer days are wonderful, but also can be a tad trying on the patience! :) I hope you've been enjoying my summer series on Parenting and Traveling With Kids. Today I'd like to share with you a little phrase that keeps my kids creatively engaged, and not whining! I have already talked about the importance of work for kids, but ... Keep Reading

How Many Calories Moms Burn In A Day

Real Mom Workouts

  Some moms I know go to Cardio Funk, or Power Yoga, or do Insanity in their garages. I so admire that gumption. There was a time (back when I was tanned, and stylish, and well-rested) when I was a gym rat, too. I guess I should start going again, but come to think of it, I reach my target heart rate every day doing normal mom things. Who needs Aqua Zumba or Booty Burn when you have ... Keep Reading

The Statistic That Can Change Your Marriage

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I'm taking a short break from my summer series, "The Parenting Transformation," to share an interesting and thought-provoking statistic about marriage that I recently heard. If you are like me, and you spend multiple hours a week scraping oatmeal off the floor and stepping over LEGO pieces, then your marriage may not be at the top of your (extremely long) to-do list. Last year on my ... Keep Reading

Your Kids Aren’t Bored – They’re Lazy

Lazy Kids

Note: This post is Part 2 in a summer series I'm doing: "The Parenting Transformation." Make sure you see Part 1: The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received." ----------------------------------- Awhile ago, I called my mom in a desperate, desperate moment. The boys were wearing diapers over their heads. They kept poking each other in the stomach and talking like babies. (Toddler baby talk ... Keep Reading

The Best Parenting Advice I EVER Received (It’s only four words.)

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The best parenting advice I ever received, I heard before I was even a parent. And it was from my boss. My first year out of college, I taught 7th and 8th graders. I was basically as tall as them (shorter, in many cases), about as insecure, and TOTALLY overwhelmed by the curriculum, the kids, and the misbehavior. One day, I was chatting with nearly shedding tears to my principal. Who knows ... Keep Reading