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The Best Thanksgiving

My favorite Thanksgiving stories are by far traditional. The year our oldest son was born, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving. My late husband grilled steaks and we devoured them while watching our favorite football team on television. It was the best Thanksgiving. Fast forward two years later when we celebrated our last Thanksgiving […]

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Letting Go of Perfection

Every Friday it was the same. Take the kids to school. Rush home to do all the things I didn’t get to finish during the week; laundry, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum and dust. Then I’d rush back out to do our weekly grocery shopping, only getting back just in time to put the baby […]

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Some Truths About Midlife and a Big Fat Lie

{Photo credit: Melissa Soto Photography} If I thought my twenties went by fast, I was woefully unprepared for the warp speed at which my thirties would go by. I attribute my twenties passing quickly to too many late nights, too many bottles of wine and too many first dates with Mr. Right at the Moment. […]

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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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Thriving Through a Layoff: Toddler Teachable Moments

DAY 3 My 16-month old knows something is wrong. She’s right, but how can she possibly know that? DAY 1 12:38 pm – I’m called into a conference room with two of my colleagues, and there’s a box of tissues on the table. My breath catches in my chest as I hear things like “restructuring” […]

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The Team Approach to Parenting

Any preconceived notions I had about motherhood went out the door the night we brought my first daughter home from the hospital. Despite my ideals of being the “do it all Mom,” I quickly learned the limitations of sleep deprivation. I had romanticized the idea of my husband and I being up in the night […]

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Mama Needs a Glass of Wine

Have you ever said that? Mama needs a glass of wine. Like…. at what time of the day is it actually socially appropriate to pour a glass of wine? {Photo Credit: Kaitlyn C Photography} You know that day. Screaming, crying, yelling, fighting. It just wasn’t the most spectacular of days and the kids were running rampant as you tried to […]

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Fostering Animals Made Me a Better Mom

It all started as a compromise. I’ve wanted a dog for years, my spouse does not want one until our kids are a bit older, so we met in the middle with an agreement to do animal foster care. I was more excited than my kids in Target’s toy aisle. I have now fostered two […]

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Leaving a Legacy

What do you want to be remembered for? How are you going to leave your legacy?  This probably sounds like a dark topic but it’s a question that has been on my hubby’s and my mind lately. I’m not sure why this has been on our minds so much. Maybe it’s because we just welcomed our second […]

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