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November 1, 2014

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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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5 Reasons Why Snow Blows (Atleast with Small Children)

12/11/13

5 Reasons Why Snow Blows (Atleast with Small Children)

Look, I'm not going to complain this whole blog post. I'm actually looking back fondly on all of the extra time I was able to spend with my children since this whole snow mess happened. And by extra time, I mean every minute of every day. And by every minute of every day, I mean it because my oldest sleeps in our bed and my youngest has demanded I sleep in her crib and pat her back until she falls asleep lately. I was able to go solo to a matinee on Sunday, but spent the whole time worried about my children because, well, I'm a mom and we're just twisted that way. So, anyways, after the first initial excitement of the snow - after the cozy fire goes out - after that first five minutes in the snow wears off, here is the reality of why snow blows. 1)...

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Bargain Christmas Cards

11/25/13

Bargain Christmas Cards

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting Christmas cards in the mail. I actually have saved them all the past five years, and during the holidays, I leave them in a basket on my coffee table for browsing. It's fun to see photos of my friends transition from coupledom to dogs to baby to more babies. Even though I love the whole tradition, it is just one more expense that comes with the holidays, and I have to admit, I'm not the best bargain shopper - especially when I'm in a hurry. I need to be and I aspire to be, but I can't quite get organized enough to do it. BUT, I have a good friend who has a gift for it and she sends them my way - bless her. So, I wanted to share with you guys a website that has some great deals. It's hip2save.com...

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How to Get Good Meat

11/06/13

How to Get Good Meat

I have meat issues. I really don't like eating meat anywhere, but home. I like to know first-hand that it's handled correctly and cooked well. It's my thing. Like when I was in Mexico a few weeks ago, I ate sushi every. single. day. I could see the ocean, so I knew the fish was fresh. But here in Tulsa, I rarely eat sushi. No ocean in sight, means that fish went through alot to get here. Same goes for beef in Mexico. I didn't eat any because there wasn't a cow in sight. It makes sense to me, ok. All that said, there are some grocery stores in Tulsa where I could buy meat. I don't want to name names, but there are also some grocery stores in Tulsa where it's not happening. The point of all of this is that because of my meat issues, we started...

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11/04/13

Prepping for Pre-K in TPS

Not too long ago, I remember going to lunch with my big sister and ALL we would talk about was where her kids were going to go to school. Would they do public or private? Would Montessori be the best for them? What are the benefits of sticking with your neighborhood school? Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. ETC! My children at the time were still teeny tiny, so my interest on the topic would slowly wane and I'd think to myself "What's the big friggin' deal? They'll be fine anywhere!" But of course, like many things that the motherhood keeps slapping in my face, here I am absolutley obsessed with where my children are going to to go school. Will we do public or private? Would Montessori be the best for them? What are the benefits of sticking with your neighborhood...

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The Confessions of a Psycho Mom on Vacay

10/21/13

The Confessions of a Psycho Mom on Vacay

Scenario #1: It's a Thursday at 9 a.m. I'm on my knees scraping up what I'm hoping is a raisin stuck to my hardwood floors. My 1-year-old is on my back hitting me because I'm not holding her. My 3-year-old is arguing with me about exactly how much Curious George he should get to watch in the mornings. I haven't had time to brush my teeth and I'm beginning to question if this is in fact a raisin, or maybe that scent is coming from the trash can next to me. Oy! I need a vacay. Scenario #2: It's day 3 into vacay. I'm lounging on the beach reading a book. And yet something is missing. I stopped having mini-panic attacks about where my kids were by Day 2 because my subconscious finally accepted that they were safely back at home with their grandparents....

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10/09/13

Mosquito Control in Tulsa

Tuesday evening I was running through my neighborhood in the Patrick Henry area. I was alone, which is very rare, but I'm so glad that I was. As I'm rounding a corner, I see this white truck coming toward me and at first glance I thought it was on fire. It looked as though smoke was billowing from the back. As it got closer I saw a MOSQUITO CONTROL sign on the truck and realized that it wasn't smoke, it was mosquito spray (aka POISON). As I'm trying to run around the spray and put my shirt over my mouth to shield myself from sucking it all in, I started getting very angry. What if my kids would have been with me? What about a mom who is out walking around a newborn baby? I would have gone all sorts of crazy if that would have been the case. I spend tons of time,...

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09/25/13

Convos with my 2-year-old Season 2, Episode 1

But now she's 3 and funnier than ever... If you haven't watched Season 1 yet, well, do it immediately!

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09/24/13

Baby Veronica

Like most of you, I've been following the Baby Veronica case. I've been following through the eyes of a Native American and a mother. I've felt for the biological father, I've worried that the tribe would try and take it into their own hands and it would become violent, I've seen the adoptive mother's puffy, tired, pleading eyes longing to hold the baby girl that she fell in love with. It has been a horrible situation. There is no good ending. One day Veronica will find out all about it and I hope that she can see how much she was loved and be comforted by that. Lastnight, her adoptive parents took her from her biological father. At moments it looked like it was going to get ugly. But as the King Solomon story goes, her biological father conceded and...

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09/09/13

5 Suggestions for New Moms

R ecently I was at a get-together where my children were the oldest ones there (3 1/2 and 15 months). Most of them were newborns or still pretty young. It's a very odd feeling when your baby isn't the baby. She looked so big! And usually I'm trying to protect her from the big kids, not the other way around. The new moms were discussing new mom things - mastitis, sleeping through the night, going back to work guilt, etc. I sat there trying to stop myself from sounding like a know-it-all because I was so there only a short time ago. Being a new mom can be so scary and you can be so vulnerable. On the drive home I was thinking what I wish I would have known when my firstborn was little. Here's my list: 1) Your pediatrician is not the end all/ be all. If...

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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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