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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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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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Girls of the World: Let There Be No Room for Doubt

I struck out on my own in terms of business earlier this year. I had always done some design work on the side, but relocating cities and leaving my out-of-home job to work from home while raising my girls was the perfect recipe for me to jump all in and make my dream a reality. […]

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Just Between Friends: Indianapolis Consignment Sale

(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.) Kids are hard on clothes. And shoes. And toys. And pretty much everything. Between staining, outgrowing, and losing things, it’s hard to keep our 22-month-old clothed and entertained without breaking […]

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Dear New Parents: Sometimes, It Gets Harder. (The Craziness of Parenting a Toddler.)

My daughter, Lyra, was an “easy” newborn. We got the hang of breastfeeding within a couple weeks; she gained weight well; and she started sleeping for six hour stretches by the time she was a month old. I felt extremely relieved and thankful, knowing that I don’t handle sleep deprivation very well and am more likely […]

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Raising an Introverted Child {in an Extroverted World}

Last summer, my sister-in-law graduated high school, and family and friends came from near and far to congratulate and celebrate with her. As the party’s festivities unfurled, my then 10-month-old, became more and more distraught. I spent the majority of the weekend playing one-on-one in a separate room with him. We visited with the masses, […]

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The 5 Hardest Parts of Having 3 Under 3

5. The loneliness. It’s hard to connect with other adults, even other moms.  It seems like everyone’s got their opinion, and no matter who you talk to, something about what you’ve done or are doing is wrong. So while one comment here and there might not seem like a big deal, comment-after-comment-after-suggestion-after-advice feels a little […]

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