I’m Either Terribly Indecisive or Just Learning Hard Lessons

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There’s a story being written right now, but I guess it’s still in draft form because the ending keeps changing.

A couple of months ago we started playing with the idea of putting our house on the market.  Without boring you with the details, it seemed like a great idea.  Not one to jump into things lightly, I drafted budgets, thought through timelines, and researched housing prices.  Even after all that, it still seemed like a great idea. Continue reading


Giveaway: Absolute Green Natural Bug Repellent

Review opportunities pop up in my in-box with regularity.  The vast majority just get deleted because I’m not going to review something just for the sake of reviewing it.

However, y’all know how I feel about camping.  This is something we do.  Often.

And with camping comes bugs.  {This is the part of camping that I like the least.}

So when I was given the opportunity to review a natural, deet-free mosquito repellent from Absolute Green, I jumped on it.

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Four Ways Hormones Mess You Up After Giving Birth

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You all know that I don’t believe in fearing the future or warning moms of the awful stages to come, filling them with dread and robbing them of the joy of today.

Still, you also know that I believe in living life openly, authentically, and honestly.  Life around here is real.

And so it’s in that spirit that I’m sharing this today.  Not as a warning, but more of a “things-I-wish-I-would-have-known” for another mama out there who might be waiting for her little one to arrive.

We’ve all heard about the baby blues, but those postpartum hormones showed up in some really unexpected ways in the days immediately following the births of my kids. Continue reading


I Have No Memories To Show You

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It’s no secret that life has been a little crazy around here.  And normally, after a time such as this, I come back here and show you in pictures what we’ve been up to.

But I can’t do that today. Continue reading


Forget the Labels. They’re Not For You Anyway.

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Let me begin by saying that I really dislike the term “working mom.”  I use it often enough, because colloquially everyone knows exactly who I’m referring to when I say it, but if I’m being thoughtful with my words I usually choose to say “moms in the workforce.”

I equally loathe the term “stay-at-home mom.”  It attempts to imply the polar opposite of the “working mom” – except that there is a whole swath of “working moms” who don’t actually leave the house to go to work, and a whole bunch of “stay-at-home moms” whose lives are on-the-go so much that “stay-at-home mom” is a pretty inaccurate description. Continue reading


Your Motherhood Experience

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 Happy Monday, dear friends!  I’ve been absent for over a week – and most of that time has been spent wondering who coined the term “lazy days of summer” because mine have been ridiculous.

Can I get an AMEN?  Or am I the only one? Continue reading


That Moment I Knew I Was A Second-Time Parent

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How many words does she say?” the pediatrician asked at Brynna’s 18-month check-up.

I told her.

Wow, that’s way above average!” she exclaimed.

And in that moment, I realized that I was truly a second-time parent.

For two reasons, actually:

1)  She was over 19 months old at her 18-month checkup because I forgot to schedule it earlier.  My firstborn’s appointments were usually scheduled on time to the day.

2)  When she told me my daughter’s verbal skills were impressive, I couldn’t have cared less.  In fact, for a moment I wondered if she just says that to all parents to make them feel good about themselves. Continue reading


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