Three ways to boost holiday resilience

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. Actually, shouldn’t every day be the most wonderful time of the year? The PRESENT is your present. Open it daily with care and thanks. #BePresent To help you get there (and maybe cope with all the merry, merry stress?), here are three holiday resilience tips my […]

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Dear Electoral College

Help me, OB1, you’re my only hope. Dear sirs and ma’ams, I beseech you to go rogue on December 19 and vote for the children. On November 8, the American people asked that Hillary move back into the White House. The Electoral College votes told a different story, giving the keys to the kingdom to […]

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Step it up, Chick-fil-A

As a middle class, hetero lady, Chick-fil-A is my jam. Sometimes I even go there by myself to indulge in a milkshake and some tunes on K-LOVE. Because the #RockStarDad in my life thinks the only Christian music worth listening to is Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. (He has a point.) And when I’m done, I cross […]

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The Penis Chronicles

I’m excited to welcome back guest blogger and fellow #BoyMom, Corinne. You can read her thoughts on the transition to motherhood here. And today, you get to read her thoughts on penes. (Yes, that is the plural form. You’re welcome.) Let’s talk about the P word. No, not the one in the news lately. The […]

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The 3-day potty boot camp

I’m a big fan of the 3-day potty training method. It worked like a charm with my kids (although I need to give mad props to daycare for making all things potty click for my youngest.) There are lots of books on this. Or, if you’re ready to take the plunge – I mean, if […]

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What’s your morning like?

Here’s how my FABULOUS morning went today. 6:15am. 2-year-old wakes up to pee. Hooray, he’s already night-trained! (Don’t ask me for tips. I have no idea why this happened.) 6:30. Almost-4-year-old wakes up. #RockStarDad feeds boys: oatmeal, bananas, cheese, and chocolate milk (what?!) 7:00. Mommy (that’s me!) wakes up and showers. 7:30. Daddy dresses boys […]

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Stop with the Percocet already

Percocet is the devil. After my C-section with baby #1, the nurses gave me Percocet. Then I vomited (and cried). A lot. So they gave me Zofran. Vomiting is super fun after your stomach’s been cut open. Add to this a squirmy, little newborn who’s trying to suck your boob. Plus, you’re starving because they […]

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The truth about newborns

Ladies, it’s guest blog time! (Which means I get to take a week off from writing to do things like de-flower my kitchen. #wallpaperhell) I’m excited to introduce my friend Corinne, super entrepreneur and mom of two rambunctious boys. She’s been at the mom-thing a little longer than me, so I appreciate her perspective on […]

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Then we confiscated the lamp

Big brother likes to say he’s going to be 4 soon. He’s been saying this pretty much since he turned 3. He’s getting closer now – December will be here before we know it. (I better get my act together and start the Pinterest party planning.) In the meantime, we are potty training little brother. […]

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The no-shame C-section

When I was 10 weeks pregnant with baby #1, an aunt said, “Of course, you’re not planning on having a C-section.” Um, at 10 weeks does anyone plan on having a C-section? I put on my best Southern lady smile and said the following things. In my head. Using more colorful language: Well, I just […]

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Miracle baby turned TWO

How is it possible that this sweet little guy is TWO already?! To celebrate, he enjoyed popsicles at daycare, toy airplanes with daddy, and birthday brownies at the lake with Mimi and Poppa. I actually have TWO miracle babies. And if it wasn’t for Miracle Baby #1, there’d be no Miracle Baby #2. This is […]

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Three important questions

Check out the graphic from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This is the 7th habit and it’s all about balance and personal growth, focusing on four quadrants to help you reach your best self: spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional health. You can read Covey’s thoughts on this. Or just check out the […]

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You might be a #BoyMom if

Ok, I get it, there are tons of posts out there about the delights of raising boys. But I think we need to expand the canon to embrace the new age of androgyny in which we live. Plus, my dad is old school and doesn’t think little boys should have GIRL HAIR. You might be […]

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Car tripping with toddlers

Since I’ve gotten a ton of love from you guys for the post on how to survive the 6-hour car trip with baby, it seems only fitting to give you an updated version for the toddler set. Besides, that’s where my life’s at these days. Many of the tips from the baby edition still apply, […]

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How to escape swim diaper hell

This post was almost a cry for help. Until another mom took pity on me and showed me the light. (Thanks, Alison!) Now I can do the same for you. All I can say is that I’m looking forward to next summer when the littlest member of the fam’ is potty trained. Trips involving all […]

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The secret to date night success

You know how it goes. You haven’t talked to your partner in weeks. Between chores and work and baby stuff and big kid activities and walking the dog and…well, life leaves little room for connection. Bring on DATE NIGHT. And everyone knows the first rule of date night: Don’t talk about the kids! You can […]

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Never move a nursing mother

Trigger warning: This post contains sad puppies. And then a happy ending. The fun story about the boob-turned-squirt-gun nursing mom got me thinking. When I was growing up, we were always surrounded by dachshund puppies. As in our house was an upscale puppy mill. Because my dad thought we should experience the miracle of dog […]

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10 ways to use a fleece blanket

I love me a fleece blanket. Shall I count the ways? 1. As a blanket (duh). My 3-year-old absolutely loves the hideous deer-inspired blanket pictured here on his bed boy bed. And I’m pretty sure it’ll appeal to his 10-year-old self, too. Guessing I can skip the Laura Ashley bedspread for him. (Does anyone actually […]

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FLOTUS for POTUS or, well, anything

Four score and seven years from now may generations of Americans learn this speech by heart. For this blog post, whether it’s political or not, I bring you Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. I’m raising boys. This may be an easier job than raising girls. So many contradictory messages out there in […]

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Feeling like Mommy Dearest: why you need REM sleep

Mommy Dearest needs a little REM. No shiny, happy people here. It took me 8 months to begin to get a grip on the crazy I’d become after baby #1 arrived. I’m not talking postpartum depression. I’m just talking NORMAL, sleep deprived ick that goes way beyond Mommy Brain, the other gift that sleep deprivation […]

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We have toddlers. And no TV.

We’re one of those weird families. The other day, my oldest said: “Mommy, I know how to turn on the TV. Do you want me to show you how?” In other words, yes, we have a TV, but no, mommy doesn’t ever turn it on. Because maybe mommy doesn’t know how to. There’s truth to […]

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