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Gratitude With a Side of Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving and the month of November is my favorite time of year. A holiday without gifts, just family and food. It’s a time that most of us take a break and reflect on what we’re thankful for. While its a great practice that gets us feeling ready for the holidays and the start of a new year for many of us when the hustle picks up again we get sucked in and the warm fuzzy thankful feelings can drift. Last year our office put on …

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First Generation Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

My children are being raised in a household with two working parents, I was raised by two working parents, as was my mother and to my knowledge her mother before her.  Regardless of the obstacle of time – we are all culinarily inclined. We can make a mean roast, soup, stew, chop, steak and a slew of vegetables to ride alongside (pardon me as I pat myself on the back). Despite our culinary prowess, at some point in our family tree making mashed potatoes fell …

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No Time For Apathy

I’m turning 34 on November 6th.  This year, not unlike several other years of my life, my birthday is shared with Election Day. A planned c-section, November 6th was the first day available for my mom to choose and she often says she picked it because she couldn’t wait to meet me.  Having recently had my second child, I realize she was also probably at the point of no sleep, swollen ankles, reflux and overall discomfort. The year I was born was also an Election …

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Leaving the house: A comedy of errors

One of my old teachers used to say, “to be on time is late, to be early is on time.” After having children I’d like to add: Being on time with a toddler is impressive, being on time with a newborn is a miracle. Monday baby T hits the 2-weeks new mark, which also means I’m entering my 3rd week of leave.  It’s been relaxing and a test of my ability to slow down. By nature, I’m a busy and efficient person.  I like to …

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I Know Mommy, Motherhood 2.0

It was a big week for us.  Baby number two arrived mid-day on Monday and to say our lives changed is an understatement.  So much was different this time around and when I have the energy and the swelling in my ankles and my headache has subsided I will definitely be writing more about it. One big concern I had as the big arrival approached was how big brother was going to do.  J has been, since he was born, a gentle, sweet and caring …

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No, That’s Not My Hospital Bag

But maybe it should be, considering our little guy will be joining us in just a few days and I haven’t packed a bag yet.  Another story for another day perhaps. I’m talking about what sits neatly (or sometimes haphazardly) on the floor of my passenger side, that has recently become a topic of conversation for people new to riding in the Cube.  A gallon ziplock bag filled with essentials: Bottle of water Granola bar Pair of socks Travel toothbrush/paste Tissue/wet wipes Deodorant Shampoo/Conditioner Tampons …

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Make Time to See Your Girlfriends

It’s the weekend!  It definitely doesn’t mean what it used to.  For us, it was sleeping in, making breakfast and settling in on the porch or in front of the TV with a second cup of morning coffee.  Depending on the season, I’m sure a lot of mama’s have full schedules with sports, parties and other places they (and the kids) need to be. I got a text on Friday from an old college friend that I rarely hear from about a ska music reference …

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Sweaty Brows and Financial Conversations

Let me start by saying, the sweaty brow has nothing to do with the topic of conversation.  One thing C and I do regularly (in addition to eating spicy food) is talk finances. As we were wrapping up a particularly spicy white chicken chili dinner we started talking about the next few months and then fast forwarded to the kiddos heading to college.  Thinking about that now, it really could have been a reason for the brow sweat. Let’s get real for a second.  Being …

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Arugula, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya…

Full disclosure, I will never and can never be a food blogger.  I am: Too. Damn. Hungry. To take pictures throughout the cooking process.  I do, however, enjoy cooking. If you’ve read any of my other posts that are food related you know that I’m usually cooking/eating late night after J goes to bed. Right now we have the luxury of eating really grown up food and not having to fight a toddler to try it, while also getting time to visit as adults before …

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First and Forever Love

With all the recent talk of new and first boyfriends among the moms I know, and probably the sheer amount of Gossip Girl I’ve been watching lately (I have a real problem) I started to reminisce about early love and how it shapes the way we see forever love.  For some people (and penguins), the two are the same. For most of us, finding forever love is a journey, with a course charted by different relationships until we hit our destination. For those of us …