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Staying in the picture

Last year at this time I wrote about how I had fallen out of the spotlight. Having a baby made me so narrowly focused on growing confidence as a mother that I lost confidence as a woman. I couldn't be in a picture without feeling like I needed a baby on my hip. As I… Continue reading Staying in the picture

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The thing that drives me crazy, and also makes it all worthwhile

You know what drives me crazy these days? When people can't take a joke. In parenthood, this happens all the time. There was a viral post that a wife left for her husband who was tasked with watching their kids all weekend. It was filled with the most fantastic dose of sarcasm I've read in… Continue reading The thing that drives me crazy, and also makes it all worthwhile

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13 things only moms think about when they’re finally alone

I had my second baby seven weeks ago, and unlike my first, I am much more relaxed about leaving said baby with dad and carving out some time for myself. Today I went to Target kid free, and I couldn't stop giggling at the ridiculous thoughts floating in my head from the start of my… Continue reading 13 things only moms think about when they’re finally alone

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I failed last year’s resolution and uncovered something better

I'm proud that I followed through with many of my resolutions for 2017 – well, most of them. My biggest goal was to minimize the clutter in my life, which has transformed our home. It has helped me cut down on wants vs. needs, find a style that I actually like – both in my… Continue reading I failed last year’s resolution and uncovered something better

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The one time in motherhood I close my door

When it comes to motherhood, I'm an open book (hence this blog). And I'm no different in pregnancy. Even though this is my second go around, I've maintained the classic weekly bumpdates on Facebook just as devoutly as I did the first time around. I love sharing my journey and swapping experiences with others. Until… Continue reading The one time in motherhood I close my door

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Our second birth, a better focus

We are weeks away from the birth of our second born, and while much of this pregnancy has brought back familiar feelings and preparations, the differences are valuable. It definitely helps being past the first-time learning curve. It has humbled me and given me patience and confidence in a way that I didn't have going into… Continue reading Our second birth, a better focus

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What moms can learn from dads

Several blogs and articles recently swept my newsfeed about how studies show that even in today's attempted egalitarian households, moms are the ones taking the brunt at home.  "... when Saturday arrives, new research shows men are often on the couch while women are the ones doing housework with a 'leisure time' discrepancy of more… Continue reading What moms can learn from dads