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5 Times I Chose Myself Over You (A Motherhood List)

We’re often told that we have to give up so much when we become mothers. On one hand, I agree, on the other.. NOPE. All of the no’s that every existed in Notown. The truth is, I still have wants, needs, dreams and passions even though I’m a mom. Sometimes they just get pushed back […]

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Leaving Our Food Comfort Zones

One thing I know for sure is that toddlers aren’t the most open-minded or consistent eaters. We have, actually, been pretty lucky. My son, Deacon, likes a lot of different food, including a wide array of vegetables. But you know what he usually likes better? I’ll bet you could guess: pasta, pizza, waffles, etc. Because […]

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The Physicality of Motherhood | A Great Contradiction

My entire body hurts tonight. Aches deep down to the bones. I am tired. I am sore. Even my skin hurts. I have just reminded my five-year-old daughter again to please not jump on mommy. Please don’t climb on mommy. And it is in this plea that I am reminded that I was not prepared […]

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Why I Don’t Want to Travel for Christmas…Preferably Ever

The holidays are a time to enjoy with family, show appreciation for those you love and maybe sip a holiday eggnog or seven and gift a toy or twelve. There is no holiday I enjoy more than Christmas. Call me a softy, but I have the warm and fuzzies all of December and truly, truly […]

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Breaking Our Linus

Thumb-sucking, blanket carrying — the struggle is real! My daughter is turning 4 in October, and we have a real live Linus on our hands. She affectionately has named her blanket Mine-o, as in “this is MINE – NO, do not touch!”  I thought it would work itself out if we didn’t draw too much […]

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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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