Today is my birthday. I’m now 33, which is not a big milestone by any means. It actually takes me a beat lately to remember my age. But, nonetheless, it feels like I’m entering that interesting age range titled “mid-thirties.” On one hand, I welcome my new sophisticated age category with pride! On the other […]
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We did it. We survived tent camping with three small children and a crazy dog. We finished off our summer by packing the whole family and plenty of gear into our van, driving thirty minutes away (nice and close, just in case we had to abandon ship), and made a 30’ circle of dirt our […]
I used to keep a daily journal for about 18 years of my life. It was adorable in my elementary school years, cathartic in my teenage years, and kept track of momentous occasions in my college and young adult years. My entries were lengthy, filled with emotion, and someday I hope my kids read my […]
I refuse to use our oven on hot days. It seems counter-productive. This means our summer meal options are cold sandwiches, grilling, stove-top skillets, or something that hangs out in my crockpot all day.
Honestly, do any parents feel balanced more than 10% of the time?
It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to be angry, to feel betrayed by your own body. It’s okay to feel bitter when your friends share miraculous stories about getting pregnant on the first try. It’s okay to sit quietly as one of your friends complains about their pregnancy, and then excuse yourself to go sob […]
It’s March. I am two full months into my New Year’s Resolutions. See “5 Resolutions I Might Actually Keep” for my full plan of action. I had 5 specific ways I was going to improve. I’m realizing now that my resolutions are a journey. In other words, they are more about the process and less […]
We make fun of it because it’s based on very unrealistic expectations. 25 pre-screened, gorgeous (but mostly crazy) people are all competing for a potential mate that they’ve never met. The show takes place in an elegant mansion stocked with endless amounts of booze, and features outings to exotic locations no regular people can afford. […]
Every year it seems we all aim for the same things… finally lose that baby weight, purge/simplify, be more “present,” stop judging others, and the list goes on! I don’t need a new year to tell me I need to work on those. Those are all part of our never-ending list of #momgoals. This year, […]
I remember watching all my friends get pregnant while waiting to conceive. I remember every negative pregnancy test. I remember how long my pregnancies felt. I counted the weeks one by one, waiting impatiently for the little wonders to arrive. But suddenly it’s over, and I miss their little kicks inside my belly. Because waiting, […]