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Leave A Shoe By the Door

For the first time in my life, I did not leave one of my shoes by the front door before I went to bed on December 5. I was out of town for work and as soon as I added our week-long work event to my calendar, I saw the conflict with the annual entry I have at 8 p.m. on December 5 to “Leave Shoes Out For St Nick” and my heart sank a little. No no no. I am not a crazy person. …

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Paper Chains, Mashed Potatoes, Ricky Bobby and Road Trips

Would you hate me if I said Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday? It is. I’m not a grinch, I’m not an ass. I’m a realist. I do not like Thanksgiving food, period. I do not eat turkey. I have no interest in stuffing or cranberries or pumpkin pie or any of these traditional Thanksgiving, fall foods. The best I could hope for as a kid is that someone would have mashed potatoes that weren’t doused in butter and had absolutely no gravy on them. …

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Hustle Mom Hustle’s First Thanksgiving!

This is our first Thanksgiving as Hustle Mom Hustle! We are 7 Momma’s on the run. We are raising humans at home and at work. We are all leaders in our space and very engaged with our children and our work families. On this Thanksgiving, I want to tell you how thankful I am for these women. All of them are special people in my life and although our schedules are insane and we don’t get to spend much time together, we spend this time …

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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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My Un-Birthday Birthday

Today is Thursday and I celebrated my birthday on Monday. As wonderful as my day was, something has been bothering me since my day of ‘whatever I want’. I bought myself breakfast, walked down to the lake with my pink raft, sunscreen, and a mini-cooler full of beers. I lathered up in the annoying white substance that protects me from becoming a lobster and popped open a beer. I congratulated myself on remembering to bring a bottle opener and raised my beer for an invisible …

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HAPPY 4th of JULY

From all of us at Hustle Mom Hustle, we wish you a wonderful 4th of July holiday and hope you are spending it with people you love!   Proud to be an American!     Thank you Pinterest for the fantastic image: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119204721360485859/

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Fireworks!

Its time for fireworks and BBQs and treats! Be with your friends. Be with your family. Go to the BBQ. Eat the burger. Let the kids eat that sticky popsicle. It’s ok to be a mess. They can take a bath. Unplug from work and let yourself relax with those around you. Sit and laugh. Watch the smiles on your kids faces as the colors light up the sky. Embrace the cheesy music that runs with the fireworks show. And watch the sky light up …

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10 Interesting Facts You May Not Have Known About Independence Day!

It’s almost here – the 4th of July! I love traditions, and home town celebrations. Last year we were in Orlando for my daughter’s dance competition over the 4th of July, and while we had a great time, I’m glad that this year we are back to continue our traditions at home. On July 3rd we head to a cookout with college friends and attend their local fireworks. It’s five families and the gathering has really grown over the years as we’ve all added kids …

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Celebrating the Greatest Generation

“In America, young men were enlisting in the military by the hundreds of thousands. Farm kids from the great plains who never expected to see the ocean in their lifetimes signed up for the Navy; brothers followed brothers into the Marines; young daredevils who were fascinated by the new frontiers of flight volunteered for pilot training.” Tom Brokaw; The Greatest Generation If you haven’t read this book, it is a fascinating look at the World War II generation. Young men and women born and raised …

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I Have Two Words for My Son’s Stepmom

For the last five years, we have followed a court-ordered visitation schedule for my 17 year old son Oscar. Every other weekend and alternating holidays, Oscar spends with his biological father, his stepmom, and his two (soon to be three) half brothers. Oscar’s biological father and I don’t get along. I send him texts or emails when he needs to be informed of things but if I need a response, I communicate directly with his wife. I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but it’s …