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Getting the Eyelashes of My Dreams with Lashes By Matick

Disclosure: Indianapolis Moms Blog received product or payment in exchange for this review; however, all opinions shared are those of the contributor who wrote them. Have you ever felt the sensation of your eyelashes fluttering in the wind–like, they are so insanely long and movie-star-luxurious level that you can actually feel the air whip them […]

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What I Learned Traveling Internationally With a Toddler

Think traveling to Europe with a toddler is out of the question? It doesn’t have to be. In December, my husband and I packed up our 20-month-old toddler, somehow stuffed our 20 carry-on items into the overhead compartments of a stuffy 747, and departed for a week in France with our dear friends. We had […]

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Confessions of a Recovering Target Addict

When I told my husband I was giving up Target for the month of January, I don’t think he believed me. I’m not sure I believed myself. But then I posted about my mission on Facebook, and 85 reactions and battle cries of support later (with only a few people calling me crazy), I’m committed […]

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My Word for 2017: “Boundaries.”

I’m a big fan of happiness and habits guru Gretchen Rubin. (If you’re into podcasts, be sure to check out Happier with Gretchen Rubin.) I’ve been excited to crack open Gretchen’s A Happier 2017 desk calendar since it arrived as a pre-order in August. The first daily prompt encouraged me to select one word to […]

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From the Outside Looking In

“It looks just like a museum!” I exclaimed to Jeff, his face shining back at me with the same expression of amused delight. Every light in the house was on, glowing with the vibrant pulse of everyday life. My flip flops lay just near the rug, where I’d kicked off them off to collapse on […]

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You don’t have to enjoy every moment—just the RIGHT ones.

I often describe parenting a spirited toddler as “eighty percent stress and twenty percent more joy, love, and happiness than I ever thought possible.” It’s overwhelming, trying to remain patient and calm amid constant breakdowns about broken graham crackers and undesirable shoes and guacamole that is really spicy and burns one’s tongue, but is also […]

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Why You Should Schedule a Quarterly Parents Day of Fun

Have you ever vacationed with a small child? If yes, then you probably already know that the word “vacation” should never be used to describe that particular experience. The combination of unfamiliar sleeping quarters, a significantly smaller arsenal of distraction tools, and lots of time in the car or on an airplane can send most parents […]

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The Scariest 10 Seconds of My Life

It all happened in a matter of 10 seconds. Like so many unforgettable moments, it was over before I could even process what had just happened, but the experience left me forever changed. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were packing up to leave for dinner at my brother’s house. I had just returned […]

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