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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 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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