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Unfollow, Unfriend, Block: The People I’m Letting Go This Year

Okay, I know, I’m pretty sure the last three posts I’ve written have been about either things that annoy me, things I refuse to do anymore, or some other whiny things. But as 2016 begins, I just want one last purge of the things I’ll be leaving behind in 2015, including certain types of people. […]

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Gifts from Santa: Can We Tone It Down A Bit?

With the holidays quickly approaching, my newsfeed has been riddled with article after article about why people are going to let go of the “big Christmas” guilt and give their kids everything they want this year. After reading six op-ed pieces about reclaiming present-filled holidays, I’m here to offer an alternative opinion. Gift giving is my […]

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Holiday Husband Gift Guide

Christmas is officially right around the corner! I have to admit, when it comes to gifts, I usually go all out for the kids. But when it comes to my dear husband, I hit a brick wall. What makes it even harder is that not only is it Christmas, but my husband’s birthday is on the […]

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Winter in the Midwest: Staving Off The Stir-Crazy

Winter is arriving in Indiana, and my four-year-old daughter and I are already starting to feel a little stir-crazy at the thought of not spending our evenings and weekends outside. So stir-crazy, that she’s taken to asking for daily trips to our community pool (which is outdoors) and for a new pink tennis racquet to […]

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Holiday Food Traditions (Recipe: Butter Pecan Bread Pudding Minis)

I come from a fairly large family. With more cousins than I can count on my fingers and toes, family and connectivity is something that is near and dear to me. That said, I’m pressed about holiday traditions. SO pressed. From my mother’s famed greens, to my grandmother’s sweet potato pies (now made by my […]

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Santa Stays: Why We’re Sticking With Santa Until Santa Doesn’t Stick

I’ve read at least three blogs today about telling kids the truth about Santa. Apparently one of the latest parenting trends is to boycott Santa and his elves in favor of a dose of truth, reality, and the hope of a deeper trust between parents and children. I have to say, I’m all for honesty, […]

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Your Guide to Surviving Family Drama This Holiday Season

We’re coming up on the holidays, and you know what that means! I’m not talking about packed malls, decadent food, and the sweet crooning of Bing Crosby. I’m talking about a holiday tradition older than any of those festivities: Family drama. In recent years I’ve realized that, despite what you might think, absolutely everyone has […]

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23 Things I’m Not Thankful For This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, merry, and of course thankful, for everything we are so lucky to have and experience this holiday season. But let’s not kid ourselves–we’re parents (some of us 8 months pregnant with a toddler and an infant)–and we can’t always be thankful for everything, all the time. Parenthood is filled with […]

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Celebrate National Cookie Day with Otis Spunkmeyer {Available at Kroger}

(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.) Today is a very exciting holiday for all of you who love to indulge in a crumbling, sweet treat – it’s National Cookie Day! This past weekend Otis Spunkmeyer, a […]

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Indianapolis Winter Bucket List

Despite the fact that this fall has presented warmer temperatures than normal, winter is almost upon us here in Indianapolis, and Hoosier country is ready with some fun, family-friendly events and activities. So grab your coat, camera, and our 2015-2016 Indianapolis Winter Bucket List to help you navigate this busy holiday season. Bring it on […]

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shopINDY 2015 : An Indianapolis Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to #shopINDY2015! Indianapolis Moms Blog is passionate about connecting moms to each other and our community, and we are thrilled to be debuting our very first mom-approved Indianapolis Holiday Gift Guide. Let’s be honest: moms are usually the ones purchasing the holiday gifts for EVERYONE, and it’s not always an easy task. We often find ourselves […]

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