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Kid Birthday Parties: Not Always Fun for the Parents

12/18/14

Kid Birthday Parties: Not Always Fun for the Parents

We recently had my son's fifth birthday party. I hate getting stressed over such a celebration, but I do, I just do. It starts when I realize we can't invite every kid we know. I'm terrified that someone is going to get his/her feelings hurt and it tortures me. But we don't have the money or space for a free-for-all, so decisions must be made.  This year came with a different twist because as my son gets older, he's meeting friends on his own (instead of an arranged-friendship through me). So, he wanted to invite some friends from school whom I had never met, or know his/her parents. And since we can't invite the whole class, I can't just send invites through the teacher. So, this involves a little bit of after school stalking....

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How to Teach Your Kid to Swing

12/02/14

How to Teach Your Kid to Swing

You can read all the parenting books you want, but there are some things that just aren't in there. Teaching your child to swing is one of those things.  I'm not talking about a baseball bat swing, I mean swinging on a swing set. And surprisingly, it's kind of a hard concept to master.  Like most parents, I get excited when the playground is empty because that means that I get to play too. Not that I care too much what other people think, but I've tried going down the pole enough to know that what I think I look like and what I actually look like aren't quite the same. And what I think I can do and what I can actually do aren't quite the same either. For example, just because I think I can still do a round off back handspring does not...

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TPS Kindergarten Immersion/Magnet Transfer Tours and Deadlines

11/10/14

TPS Kindergarten Immersion/Magnet Transfer Tours and Deadlines

So, last year, even though I told myself I'd never get all dramatic and obsessive about where my children would go to school, I totally did. And it was just pre-k. Luckily, we landed exactly where we need to be and I've just been coasting since - thinking that I had plenty of time before I needed to think about kindergarten.  And then I'm having a glass of vino with my neighbor this weekend (who also has a pre-ker) and she asks if I've set up my tours for Eisenhower and Zarrow yet. WHAT!?  And like any obsessive momma, I immediately got started on my to-do list and making phone calls first thing this Monday morning. Sure enough, tours are starting tomorrow and the magnet applications are due Friday, January 16. And like last year, you HAVE TO HAVE A...

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The Halloween Fairy

11/03/14

The Halloween Fairy

Welp, I've gained 5 lbs. of straight Reese's pieces the past week. Not to mention the sugared-up-children-daylight-saving-time-combo! It's been brutal, man.  The candy has got to go. So, my sister gave me a great idea. Lastnight, I gave my 4-year-old the option of putting his bag of candy outside for the "Halloween fairy." In exchange, "she" would leave money under his pillow. And he started crying. But then I quickly explained that 1. he didn't have to do it and that 2. if he did choose to give it to "her," he could first select five pieces of candy to be put in his lunch every day this week. The words "candy in lunch" got through to him and then he got excited about the whole...

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Printing Photos in the Digital Age

10/21/14

Printing Photos in the Digital Age

On my very first Mother's Day as a mom, I requested a new camera as my gift. I've always enjoyed taking photos, but I had never had a muse quite like my very own child (I'm betting you guys know what I'm talking about).  I would lug that thing around everywhere. Until he become mobile, of course, then I had to become a minimalist in order to achieve maximum aerodynamic speeds to sprint through parking lots, zoos, swimming areas, staircases etc., etc., etc. ETC. So, my iPhone has been doing most of the memory capturing. Which is great and convenient, but I never have anything to show from it.  So, I was given a tip a couple of months ago from a young person who is hip and in-the-know about these things, to...

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Brownie's Gourmet Burgers: Milk vs. Chocolate Milk

10/01/14

Brownie's Gourmet Burgers: Milk vs. Chocolate Milk

So here are some truths in my life. Once I tasted chocolate milk, regular milk became an understudy. And once I tried Velveeta Shells and Cheese, Kraft Macaroni no longer did it for me.  I'm a little worried that's what happened to burgers and Brownie's Gourmet Burgers today.  You, guys, it was SO good.  I got the Ambrosia burger and split the Suit and Tie fries with my lunch buddy (tip: split the fries). The Ambrosia burger comes with olive salad, feta, cucumber, bruschetta tomato, arugula and served on naan bread. No, really, I swear.  And the Suit and Tie fries come with truffle oil, garlic, parmesan, black pepper and parsley. Their ketchup and ranch is homemade.    I didn't get a...

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Stuff for Kids to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

09/25/14

Stuff for Kids to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico

On our family trip to Colorado in August, we stopped in Santa Fe, NM for one night. I had never been to Santa Fe, but I've now decided that it's one of my most favorite places on earth and I must return as soon as possible.   I'm not great at pre-planning, so as we are pulling in town, I started looking on Pinterest and searching Google for things to do with kids. There wasn't a ton of information. This place screams "girls trip,"  but as much as I'd love for my kids to walk from museum to museum all day enjoying art, it ain't gonna happen.  So, we started by heading to the Farmer's Market in the Railyard. Being near trains is always exciting for the little ones. Then we walked to the...

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The Screen Time Rules in My Home

09/08/14

The Screen Time Rules in My Home

"My children just won't watch television."  Oh, silly, pre-kid Abby, you're so funny and such an idiot. Like most declarations I made before I had kids, the whole screen time thing just hasn't seemed to work out as planned.  I've done a good job with some aspects of motherhood, but strict screen time rules aren't one of them. We have multiple televisions in the house and both of my kids can navigate through an iPad so quickly that it makes me cringe.  And although I've been somewhat lax compared to the "good" screentime moms, I do have some rules in place that have kept me out of the "bad" screentime mom category (I hope).  They are:  1. No iPad during the week: This helps because...

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Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later

08/25/14

Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools To Start Later

I had to wake up my 4-year-old this morning. There's something about having to wake up my children that just feels unnatural. I've spent years trying to get them to sleep more --- pulled muscles trying to gracefully leap over 'that one creaky board' in my wood floors, silently yelled/ made "cut throat" hand signals at my husband for being too loud more times than I can count, and taken direct hits of 2-year-old morning breath all in an effort to get just another half hour of sleep from them.  My oldest officially started pre-K on Friday, so I feel like it's a bit early on in my grade school parent tenure to start complaining...BUT...I'm going to. I wasn't going to, but then I saw this article and realized that I'm not just...

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08/11/14

Tulsa Public School Pre-K Schedule

I can't even believe that school is about to begin. I was chatting over lunch with some friends with older kids about schedule pick-ups, packing lunches, etc. when I realized I had no idea when my pre-kindergartender will actually begin classes. I knew it wasn't the same as the other grades, but that was it.  So, I just called the school and here's the information I got: All TPS grades, except pre-k, begin on Wednesday, August 20.  Pre-k kids and and a parent/guardian need to be present at the school they are enrolled in on Wednesday, August 20 at the tardy bell (which varies pending school) to sign-up for an orientation/testing slot. Orientation/testing sign-up times are on Wednesday, August 20 and/or Thursday, August 21. After you have your child...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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