Author Archive | Kate Awsumb

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Of Moms and Martyrs

“Don’t be a martyr.” My husband’s words sent a zing of fury through my veins. It wasn’t the poor guy’s fault. He said the four harmless words, expecting me to hear something like my darling wife, you are important, too – please don’t feel like you have to accept discomfort in every fiber of your […]

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Where to Really Find the Time to Work Out

I was a religious morning worker-outer B.C. (before child). But A.C., the logistics of getting a tiny human and myself out the door, an unfortunately loud shower pipe that shares a wall with said human’s bedroom and swapping workout time with my husband keep me from the blissful 5 a.m. runs I used to love. […]

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Podcasts to Drown Out Your Ticking Mom Brain

I’m a runner. I used to proudly spend my miles headphones-free, thoroughly enjoying the sound of my feet hitting the pavement and the feeling of my brain emptying with each tap. Then I had a baby. Who turned into a two-year old. And now literally the second I get my running shoes tied, a gazillion […]

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That Time I Tried a Tri(athlon)

Once upon a time, I signed up for an indoor triathlon – a swim in the pool, ride on a stationary bike and run around a track (times a million). Maybe I was sleep deprived. Maybe the cold, dark winter was getting to me. Or maybe I just needed to get out of my comfort […]

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Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

Or so says the magnet on the side of the file cabinet in my office (that’s filled with snacks and shoes, but that’s neither here nor there). At my core, I’m an adventurer, a change-lover, someone who looks at that magnet and thinks, “Well…of course!” But let’s be honest – motherhood can be the opposite of […]

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The Two Things I’ve Learned in Two Years of Mommin’

{Photo credit: Markus Reinhardt on flickr (Creative Commons)} I’m pretty sure it’s mama-normal to obsessively pin birthday crepe-cake recipes and search for a helium source for a 3 ½-foot “2” balloon. I also think it’s natural to get kind of weepy and reflective as your tiny human finishes her second trip around the sun. In the past two years, […]

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What’s New? How to Answer When the Answer is Nothing

{Photo credit: Chelsey Osborne Photography} Hi, my name is Kate, and I’m addicted to change. My husband and I missed the whole opposites-attract memo; he’s got the bug, too. In the just over six years we’ve been together, we’ve lived in five homes in two states. We’ve had a combined nine jobs. Four cars. Too […]

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Top Toddler Travel Toys

We have the great blessing and great curse of family scattered across the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between. Our almost-two-year-old’s got some solid frequent flier – and road-trip – miles under her belt. Because traveling toddlers are basically squirmy ticking time bombs, we’ve learned a few things about how to keep her […]

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Every Mom Blog Says the Same Thing

In my quick lunchtime perusal of the mom-blogosphere, I skimmed a post lifting up working moms and another saluting stay-at-home moms. There was an ode to breastfeeding and a defense of formula. A post promising summertime structure and one vowing to throw it out the window. And you know what? Despite the conflicting headlines, they all […]

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Healthy & Fun Toddler Breakfasts: 4 Ingredients or Less

Hello from the other side…of our toddler-breakfast rut. My one-year-old and I eat breakfast together every morning and are seriously stuck on the same boring oatmeal-banana-nut butter combo. Enter a couple super-healthy, super-easy breakfast options that I can whip up in a few minutes from stuff I already have in the kitchen. The measurements don’t need […]

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Baby Swimming Tips to Keep Kids Safe & Mamas Sane

It’s like the transition from carefree grabbing your keys and running out your door to the rigmarole that is preparing to leave the house with a baby. Swimming with a wee one is a little more complicated than just jumping in the pool. After a few rounds of swimming lessons with an infant and, now, a toddler, I’ve […]

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Confessions of a Baby-Led Weaning Mom (hint: it just means your baby feeds herself what you eat)

It sounds so complicated, and it’s so simple: baby-led weaning is a method of introducing solids where babies feed themselves the same foods adults eat. If you want to be strict about it (I’m not): no purees, no spoons, no pouches, no forays into the baby food aisle, period. “They” say it helps kids develop […]

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