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Second Baby: An Ode to My Youngest

Second Baby: An Ode to My Youngest

Dearest Little Boogs, As you near your second birthday, I have come to realize that the differences between you and your brother are more than just looks and personality. How you were brought into the world and then raised have been quite different. When I was pregnant with your brother, I counted down, week by […]

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Being Known as "The Strict Mom"

Being Known as “The Strict Mom”

This summer I was able to get together with some friends for a night of catching up. We enjoyed each others’ company over a glass of wine out by the fire pit on a cool night. Over the course of the evening, we reminisced about the younger years when our daughters first met and how […]

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Learning the Power of Saying "No"

Learning the Power of Saying No

I’m a yes person. Can you join this committee? Yes! Can you take on this project? Yes! Are you available Saturday afternoon from 2-4? Yes! You in for girls night Friday? Yes! I don’t say “Yes” to things I don’t want to do. My problem is that I want to do ALL OF THE THINGS. […]

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Your Chaos Might Make Someone's Day

Your Chaos Might Make Someone’s Day

It was my last day of summer break with the kids. I was struggling to make it both fun for them and productive for me, since I knew that heading back to teaching meant losing the freedom to run errands as needed. I had to make a return and exchange at Old Navy. That’s when […]

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The Hardest Part of Motherhood

The Hardest Part of Motherhood

Our family has been through a lot over the past 14 months. Way more than I anticipated and definitely more than I would have wished. Especially for my children. Three moves. Two new schools. Lots of upheaval. And plenty of anxiety for this mama now that a new school year is starting. As I sit […]

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crunchy mom doesn't mean perfect mom

Crunchy Mom Doesn’t Mean Perfect Mom

The label “crunchy mom” has been getting a lot of bad press lately, and frankly, it’s bumming me out. Confession: I am a self-proclaimed crunchy mom, meaning I strive for a holistic, mindful, and eco-friendly lifestyle. I breastfed into toddlerhood. I purchase from natural food stores. I buy organic when I can. I support local […]

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Police Week I'm Happy I was Pulled Over With my Kids

Police Week: I’m Happy I was Pulled Over with My Kids

It was dreary Thursday, driving our little buddy home from preschool. My mini-van was full with three five-year-olds and a toddler, all buckled into their carseats. A weather alert came over the radio and I found myself answering question after question. I was trying to explain the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado […]

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