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Remind Me Again To Put Self-Care First

Over the last two months, my life has been full steam ahead toward one goal after another. All of these involved me giving up something basic - decent sleep, regular showers, keeping my nipples inside...

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Post-Baby Body Breakdown

Much of the scrutiny on the post-baby body stems from a superficial interest. That is to say, society pressures you to appear fully recovered from pregnancy with far more urgency than it cares about a...

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Mom, Human Pack Animal

As Matron Of Honor at my sister-in-law's wedding, I ended up needing to haul a lot of "stuff" to and from and around the wedding and related festivities. Add to that my two small children still in dia...

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My Sister-In-Law Is Getting Married Today!

Today is my sister-in-law's wedding day and it's going to be a perfectly beautiful day. The lighting outside is perfect for pictures and the venue is going to look spiffy. Of course, my sister-in-law,...

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Toddlers Can Play Safely With Pets

Recently, my sister and her husband adopted a second dog named Reni. Reni is a sweet dog with a lot of energy, very quiet - and surprisingly good with kids. Not all dogs appreciate having a toddler ru...

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My Kids' Wedding Outfits Are The Patriarchy

For a few years there in college, you might have heard me describe myself as "androgynous". I had an issue being overly or intentionally feminine, and while it stemmed from a place of personal tragedy...

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Get Involved! Volunteering As A Mom

Before I had kids, I spent a good chunk of my time volunteering. Every year, I spent a day as a Bag Buddy for USPS letter carriers, collecting food from the doorsteps of people on their route. I used ...

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Moms Don't Get Sick Days

It's another late one, moms. But this time, it's not because my kid ate my homework. No, actually both kids were relatively well-behaved. Shep only needed one timeout, and Rory slept for about three a...

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Toddlers Really Are Little Sponges

I'm an avid podcast listener - so much so that I've pretty much stopped listening to music while I drive. It's podcasts only. Most of them are things I'm interested in, and that includes a whole heapi...

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My Toddler Ate My Homework

You might be reading this late at night, wondering what the heck I’m doing, publishing this piece at some random hour. Me too, sister.

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Don't Speak To Mama Until She Has Her Coffee

As I type this, it's late afternoon - and I am brewing my second cup of coffee for the day. My preferred method is pour-over. Mostly because it allows me to make one cup at a time and not drink stale ...

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Sweet Summer Treats For Your Tots

My mom came to visit over the Memorial Day weekend and brought some rhubarb with her. In case you aren't familiar, rhubarb is a summer....food? fruit? vegetable? I don't know which - but it's long lik...

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Dads Are Not Babysitters

Yesterday a friend shared a post on Facebook, about a dad that was sick and tired of changing his daughter on the nasty bathroom floor. He mentioned that it's pretty rare that men's bathrooms have cha...

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The Best Swimsuits For Your Mom Bod

In a group of my mom-friends, a friend (I'll call her DM for Dungeon Master) is shopping for a second swimsuit for the summer season. DM's family spends a lot of the hot Southern summers cooling off a...

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I'm "Tick-ed" Off! About Summer Bug Bites

When I was in high school, my uncle G contracted the West Nile Virus from a seemingly innocuous mosquito bite. He was infected during a peak season for West Nile - Indiana, my home state, reported nea...

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I Installed My Son's Carseat Incorrectly

You might recall that I recently penned a piece on the importance of car seat safety. I do *not* mess around when it comes to safety - but I also know that it's entirely possible to make honest mistak...

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My Daughter Won't Roll Over

When I became a mom two-ish years ago, I knew nothing about early childhood development. I was the youngest in my immediate family, and the only younger cousins I had were, at max, two year younger. A...

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