5 beauty products that make you look like you slept in

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I never get enough sleep. How about you? Although my kids are finally going to bed at an appropriate hour, I’m not. The silence and solitude are luxurious. I spend it catching up on crappy TV, reading books, or messing around on Pinterest. You name it and I’m doing it when I should be sleeping.… Read More

5 simple ways to get some alone time

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I love my kids. You probably love yours too. They’re great but sometimes you need a few minutes to yourself. Everyone deserves a little peace and quiet but its common knowledge that young kids loathe peace and are the bitter enemy of quiet. Sigh. Had a long day? Need a few minutes to wolf down some candy… Read More

Nap Time Workouts. Get fit while the kids sleep.

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Before I had kids I was a bonafide gym rat. One hour of cardio in the morning and one hour of weight lifting during my lunch hour. Sometimes I’d throw in a swim, run by the beach, or some Pilates. Times sure have changed. I rarely have a second alone and when I do find… Read More

Sneaking veggies to your kids. Yay or nay?

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Know what drives me completely crazy? When people say things like “Well, that’s what my mom/grandma/auntie betty did and we turned out okay”. That’s great that your mom let you run around a rusty junkyard wearing paper bags as shoes but I choose not to do the same. Thanks. Nice feet by the way. Anyway.… Read More

5 DIY Popsicle recipes to beat the heat

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I’m in Indiana for the summer and it is HOT. So hot. It’s taken me a month but I’m slowly getting used to it. Eighty-degrees used to feel downright intolerable to me but now? I’ll take it! We’ve had some ninety degree stretches and while it is very welcome (sure beats winter) I’m always looking… Read More

Sanity Saving Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Kids

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After logging over 20,000 miles in less than two years, I am ready to call myself a subject matter expert on taking road trips with kids. My husband and I have suffered through bouts of projectile vomiting, toddler bickering, and hours of Yo Gabba Gabba music listening so that you can save your sanity next time you travel… Read More

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Part 1

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My husband is a little difficult to shop for. He will pine and drool over the latest tech gadget for months but when he gets an inkling that I am about to purchase the toy for him he puts his responsible Dad hat on and talks me out of it. It’s pretty noble and grown… Read More

Mom Habits You Need to Break NOW!

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If you’re a mom you know exactly what I’m talking about. Those little habits that nag at you and wear you down every single day. They’re preventing you from reaching your maximum potential, productivity, and happiness as a mother. I am a (self-proclaimed but in some circles that totally counts) bad habit breaking expert and here are my… Read More

All natural ways to keep your home smelling fresh

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I am a recovering candle addict. Before I had kids I spent a shameful amount of money on candles. Fresh linen, summer breeze, honeysuckle rain, it did not matter. I loved infusing my home with the latest fresh scent. Once our little ones arrived I quit cold turkey. I didn’t want to risk irritating their… Read More

Homemade Mother’s Day

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My husband spoils me rotten. Obviously, I love it but I am a tad greedy. A Rolex would be great. Hey, a girl can dream sparkly, extravagant dreams right? When we made the decision to devote two years to my husband’s pursuit of an MBA we decided that all big ticket gifts would have to wait until post… Read More

Perfect recipes for baking with a toddler

My son is almost three. Like most toddlers he is curious about everything. The kitchen is his new wonderland. He loves rummaging through the refrigerator and cupboards and exploring for snacks. Our kitchen is as small as most people’s closets so cooking with more than one person in there is not a simple feat. After some trial and error I found… Read More

Mom Jobs I’d Like to Outsource

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Becoming a mother has changed me in many ways. I have never been happier. I adore it BUT if I could outsource a few of my mom jobs my life would be nearly perfect. I’d frolic in meadows and twirl around under the setting sun with a huge smile on my face. There are some… Read More

Cartoons that Embrace Diversity

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We are not a TV free household and I do not feel guilty for admitting that. My kids are bright and well adjusted. It doesn’t bother me if they spend some time watching age appropriate programming. I am selective about what they can watch and am partial to cartoons that embrace diversity in all forms.… Read More

Play Dates with Dads. Yay or nay?

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I love the diversity of modern parenting. I’ve met same sex parents, multiracial couples, and families of different faiths. I think it is great for kids to be exposed to a variety of backgrounds in all facets of life. For my family it’s a no brainer. Everyone is welcome to play as long as they’re… Read More

Creative Easter Basket Ideas

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My son is two and a half and sort of understands the concept of the Easter Bunny. A giant bunny is leaving him gifts and candy in a few weeks because he is a good boy, as is his understanding. I am a big kid at heart so I am outlandishly enthusiastic about gift giving… Read More

Cute garden ideas for small spaces

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I am the opposite of a gardener. I am not crazy about dirt, not a friend of bugs, and God forbid I see a worm. I am a total baby but I love a well landscaped yard and a fruitful garden. There is absolutely nothing better than growing one’s own herbs, fruits, or vegetables. It… Read More

Best Smart Phone Photography Apps for New Moms

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My kids are still babies to me. They are one and two years old but I remember their newbie days well. I wanted to share their sweet, angelic faces with the world but was too tired to even think about dealing with a camera. My phone made sharing pictures of my new cherubs a snap.… Read More

Hottest Baby Shower Gifts

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Baby showers are among my favorite celebrations. They’re always joyous and sweet occasions. Typical gifts usually include traditional layette sets, diapers, and bedding. I definitely found these gifts helpful and was thankful but I will always remember the really unusual gifts. The ones that made a big splash. If the mom to be is a… Read More

Creative Outdoor Ideas for You & the Kids

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Spring is in the air. Can you feel it? I love this time of the year. It is my first Spring as a mother of two toddlers and I have spent a lot of time scouring the web for some cool ideas for outdoor fun. We enjoy the usual activities including taking walks and hanging… Read More

Tips for a Pleasant Dining Experience with Young Children

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My husband and I enjoy dining out. We love everything from Sonic (don’t judge) to Ruth’s Chris. We are adventurous, eclectic (bacon wrapped hot dog anyone?), and enthusiastic eaters. Becoming parents has changed us in many ways but has thankfully not had an effect on our dining habits. Dining out with small children can be… Read More