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What I really mean when I say I'm on a diet...

01/09/15

What I really mean when I say I'm on a diet...

It's the new year and we're all supposed to be on a diet. Which basically means my favorite treadmill is always occupied at my gym now, and my Facebook feed is filled with people posting about how his/her cleanse is going (which I'll now direct you to the image on the right).  Look, I weighed 10 lb. 8 ounces when I was born, so I'm not trying to win any contests over here. Literally had cellulite from the womb (true story, you can ask my mom) and don't they say you can never really get rid of cellulite?  I do, however, genuinely enjoy working out, running, etc. It's my little daily therapy session and necessary for my mental health. And being physically healthy is important to me, too.  But "dieting" is tricky....

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You know someone who has had the flu this season...

01/02/15

You know someone who has had the flu this season...

If you missed the news this morning, 12 children have died of the flu so far this season. Heartbreaking.  And if you aren't taking this seriously, I urge you to do so.  Both of my children had the flu about two weeks ago and are just now completely recovered from the ordeal. It started with my son in the form of stridor. He doesn't just get croup, he gets stridor which is just croupe, but more intense. His little vocal chords get very swollen and it's a terrifying seal like sound. So, I took him in for that and our pediatrician went ahead and did a flu test because of his fever. It was positive. Yes, both of mine got the flu mist.  She sent us home with a prescription to Tamiflu, advice to keep little sister far, far away and these little words of...

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Happy Holidays, Need Wine!

12/19/14

Happy Holidays, Need Wine!

I'm not crafty. It doesn't really bother me that I'm not crafty because I don't really enjoy crafts.  But I do enjoy wine and celebrating people who help me stay sane - the two just happen to go hand-in-hand. So, for the holidays I came up with a little craft project that even I couldn't screw up. First, if you don't already know, you can buy mini boxed wine now. It's like a little juice box for moms. I could end the blog right there and consider it one of the best ones I've ever written, but I won't. They're not pricey, like around $4. I went and bought about a dozen of them for my co-workers and some of my kids' teachers. I'm not really sure it's appropriate to bring booze to your kids' school, so I only made them for the...

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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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To the man with the guns at the grocery store...

07/23/14

To the man with the guns at the grocery store...

Nevermind my personal beliefs about guns. I don't need to make that big of a declaration. It's not a matter of if I think everyone has the right to bear arms or not. It doesn't really matter if I know if you have completed a gazillion gun safety courses, only use guns for hunting purposes, have a gun safe in your home, or if there are even any bullets in the pistols holstered on your hips. None of that matters to me.  You see, I don't know you. I know absolutely nothing about you. I don't know about your childhood. I don't know if you have suffered mental health issues. I don't know if you have just been fired from your job, or lost a loved one.  And honestly, right now, as I stand between you and my two young children, as a cold sweat...

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To-Do List: Bee Hives at Oxley

07/14/14

To-Do List: Bee Hives at Oxley

In my house, honey is king, or I guess queen would be more appropiate. We do peanut butter and honey sandwiches instead of jelly. Instead of sugar on toast, it's honey on toast. If I need something sweet after dinner, I'll opt for a spoonful of honey. The list goes on.  So while I was perusing some things to do with the kiddos, I saw that Oxley Nature Center has an observation hive where visitors can watch how this whole honey business goes down. If you aren't receiving their newsletters, you can sign up on their website - I. love. Oxley.        The observation hive is indoors (ahem, air-conditioning) and then you can also go outside to see what's going on out there. Yes, there are bees flying around, but there's a...

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Day Tripping to the Tall Grass Prairie

07/07/14

Day Tripping to the Tall Grass Prairie

Although I'm not from the Pawhuska area, both of my parents were born there and my grandparents lived there their whole lives. So, the Tall Grass Prairie is not unknown to me. Also, my family has land literally right next to it. According to my mom, driving around the Tall Grass Prairie was an excellent way to get me to nap.  All of that said, Pawhuska seems like a second home to me and I feel like the Tall Grass Prairie is a very special.  Recently we packed up the kids and went to Pawhuska to camp at my dad's place. During the day, we went cruising around the Trall Grass Prairie (TGP) with the kids. If you aren't familiar with it, the TGP is the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. Starting and ending in Pawhuska, the complete...

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Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault

06/23/14

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault

Like most of you, the recent sexual assaults in the midtown Tulsa area have me on edge. Which is, unfortunately, probably the best way to be right now. DVIS shared some tips with us on how to reduce your risk of sexual assault.  Reducing your risk: ·         Be aware of your surroundings ·         Walk with a purpose ·         If walking to your car, walk with your keys in your hand ·         Try to avoid isolated areas ·         Trust your instincts...

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What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?

06/02/14

What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?

Many of you may have seen the article going around Facebook recently about dry drowning. I had never heard of this before, and to be honest, I kind of thought it wasn't a real thing. Usually when articles like that go viral, they send parents into an unnecessary panic. But after further investigation, it turns out that it is a real thing, and it is something we all need to be aware of.  The article going around was about a little boy named Johnny (Jon Jon) who sadly lost his life. According to the article, his mother knew he had taken in some water while swimming, but they got home, bathed, had a conversation, etc. Like most kids, he seemed overly tired after a long day of swimming and went quickly to bed. Later when his mom went to check on him, hours after...

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Andy B's Free Summer Bowling Sign-Ups!

05/13/14

Andy B's Free Summer Bowling Sign-Ups!

We are feverishly working on getting all of the summer events, deals, etc. etc. together for our June issue. Summer will be here before you know it! But if you're a stay-at-home mom, or like me, your kids get out of school earlier than most, I wanted to share with you that Andy B's Kids Bowl Free deal is already available for sign-ups. I've included the ad below with all the information and if you click on it, it'll take you to the website. Get your bowl on!  

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Mother's Day on the Real

05/12/14

Mother's Day on the Real

Look, I'm not slamming anyone for posting photos on Facebook or Instagram of themselves with their perfectly matching/monogrammed rompered wearing children yesterday. It's your day and you can live in whatever fantasty land you choose. I'm not being sarcastic. Really, I'm not. Whatever you want to do on Mother's Day is your bag, man.  I'm just saying that I know for a fact that atleast one of my friends went on a wonderful family hike, followed by picking ticks off of their son's penis the rest of the afternoon.  Mother's Day Survival Tip #1: Keep your sense of humor.  A veteran mother once told me "keep your expectations low for Mother's Day - it never turns out to be quite as wonderful as you think it should,...

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Tulsa Community Centers' Swimming Schedule

05/05/14

Tulsa Community Centers' Swimming Schedule

I live in midtown and I'm a huge fan of the Whiteside Recreation Center. I'm a regular at Bikes n' Balls with my toddler and we are off-and-on with their gymnastics lessons. While I was there last week, I picked up their summer swimming lessons schedule and thought I'd share it with you all. The prices for these lessons are very affordable, and while I've never actually participated in their swim activities, if it's like the rest of their stuff, it'll be good. It also includes some other community centers around town.      This is just a small sampling of affordable activities Whiteside offers for all ages. Click here to check out their website. 

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Summer Swimming: I'm in deep!

04/28/14

Summer Swimming: I'm in deep!

This past weekend we went to a friend's house for a Crawfish Boil. If you're looking for a cool party idea, check into it - it was my first and it was tons o' fun. They had a swimming pool with a heater, so it was just warm enough that keeping the kids out of the pool was not an option.  My oldest, still in floaties, is at a good age where I don't really have to get in the pool with him. He'll be starting swimming lessons soon, and although I'd never trust him 100%, he grasps the concept of water safety. My youngest, who will be two next month, is not at any sort of good age for any sort of water activity. The first (and almost as frightening) reason is because I have to get in the pool. Meaning I have to be in a bathing suit. In front of people....

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Mmm Hops, Hanson, Beer = Mind Blown

04/07/14

Mmm Hops, Hanson, Beer = Mind Blown

OK. Let's take a glance back to the mid-90s when little Abby was deep into the tween life - rocking Doc Martens, smelled of Abercrombie perfume, had horrible hair ala an addiction to Sun In, and had a poster of Taylor Hanson in her room. Those were the days. And yet I had no idea that someday I would be living in the very same town as the three Hanson brothers, and that unlike most child-stars, they would actually become functional (atleast that I know of) and dare I say MORE attractive adults. Surely, all the 30ish women in Tulsa have their own Hanson brother sighting stories. While I've never actually seen them, atleast three of my friends have (and a few friends of a friend), and according to them, they are, in fact, just as dreamy as I have them imagined...

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Grumpy's Garden Isn't So Grumpy

04/02/14

Grumpy's Garden Isn't So Grumpy

Sometimes I get tired of going to the park. It seems like we get into a little bit of a park rut. So, I've been trying to do things that will be entertaining for the kids and me. And I really just need to get out more, in general. I go to the same places over and over, when there's so much to be seen in our area. Separately, I'm looking for a chiminea. There's nothing like throwing some pinonwood in a chiminea on a nice spring Sunday, while the kids play in the backyard and I may or may not have a nice glass of vino (or two). So, I pass by Grumpy's Garden on my way to work everyday and decided we'd finally check it out. And turns out, it's kind of magical. First of all, I'm a sucker for small, local places and this is definitely one of...

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The CAN Superhero Challenge

03/18/14

The CAN Superhero Challenge

Superheroes are celebrities at my house. I've had multiple conversations about whether Flash is faster than Superman, or if Batman is stronger than the Hulk. Sound familiar? If so, I'm about to make your day. On Sunday, March 30th the Child Abuse Network (CAN) is holding their first-ever Superhero Challenge. The challenge will include age-appropriate obstacle courses, refreshments, etc. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. Let me set this up for you - a bunch of little kids running around dressed up like superheroes. It's going to be epic! Like their Facebook page, and get signed up!

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On the Streets of Phildelphia

03/05/14

On the Streets of Phildelphia

Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there? Are any of the 5 followers I have still following me since I haven't posted in months? Mom, are you even still there? Like most of you, I've been drowing lately. I just can't seem to gain traction in my life. I just keep running around putting out fires, but not actually getting anything done. You know the whole fold the laundry, but never put it up situation. And then you get hit in the face with a snowball, or in a work at home mom's situation, a snow day. Look, I'm a winter person (or more so not a bathing suit person), but this winter can just MOVE ALONG. And then last weekend we had a magazine conference in Phildelphia. So, I signed up a couple of months ago thinking it would be fun, and besides, it was months away,...

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Blitz United Youth Academy Open Skills Training

01/27/14

Blitz United Youth Academy Open Skills Training

This will be short and sweet, but I just wanted to let you all know about a Wednesday night gem. If you're like me, paying introduction fees and committing to long-term extracurricular activities is a deal breaker. My kids have to love it before I'll drop a $60 intro fee for a 4-year-old anything. Enter, Blitz United's opens skills training night! It's every Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Soccer City. It covers almost every age. My niece is 9, my nephew is 5 and my son is 4, and they're all split up according to skill level. The best part...it's $5/ kid and there's no commitment, or sign-up. You just show up with your kid and $5, steer them to the field and they're off for an hour of skills training with some pretty awesome instructors. Here...

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The Mother Zone: My First Stomach Virus Experience

01/06/14

The Mother Zone: My First Stomach Virus Experience

You know, sometimes in motherhood, you hit this point where you get in a zone. It's the point after you've hit your limit. You've already cracked. It's like an extra gear that you can hit when you think you've exhausted all your resources. I've only been in this zone a few times - when my kids were newborns and sleep deprivation hit, when my oldest was very ill in the hospital, and most recently when a stomach virus took over my whole existence. It started with me on New Year's day. Let's be honest, at first I thought that my NYE cocktails were the cause. I struggled throughout the day, but as you mothers know, we press on. It was one of those days when I just watched the clock willing it to move faster. Finally, bedtime was here. But I was shortly...

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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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