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Stressing Me Out

I have a lot of stress right now.  I mean A LOT. I mean during certain times of the day I don’t know if I am about to hysterically laugh or hysterically cry or just fart really loud.  So basically there is an anxiety blast that is about to come out of my body in some way shape or form. It’s that time of year in general for a lot of us.  If it isn’t year end stuff that is going on at work, it …

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All Tricks No Treats

It is just so trippy being a parent sometimes.  I don’t know how many of you find yourself having this deja vu moment, although its role reversal, but you are having the same conversation you had with your own parent – as the parent. <shudder> I distinctly remember feeling my mom had no idea what I was going through or that she would never understand my complex emotions and situations I found myself in as a pre-teen or teen.  Now that I have a pre …

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I am a Regular Mom and Proud

“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!”  I can’t tell you how many times I have said that to my friends and laughed.  Amy Poehler does such a great job delivering that line in Mean Girls. But now, in this moment, I’m like shit, I have to stop saying that. Let me tell you what happened. I had an early morning snuggle with my girl on the couch and it was so nice because it doesn’t happen too often any more.  She …

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Advice I Will Never Be Able To Give My Son

Standing in line at a speedway with my 9 year old daughter, I was absolutely mortified by what a middle aged man was doing right behind us.  Let me paint a picture of this person because, as you may of noticed I said middle aged, he was salt and peppery and not some teen or even early twenty something that is at that self absorbed point in his life that he doesn’t realize there are people around him, no he looked mid forties to early …

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A Night I’ll Never Forget

Recently I was honored with a nomination for the Chicagoland Admin Awards, and was beyond thrilled to find out I was a finalist for the Leadership Award.  I could not believe it! It was the most exciting day to read my name as a finalist! This award represented so much to me. First, I truly love my job.  I may complain about the stress or how tired I am or getting a call about the alarm going off in the middle of the night (I …

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You Blew It Easter Bunny!

My kids are finally at the ages when each holiday I wonder, “Is this is the one when they stop believing?”  I had a friend in college that told me her mother said, if any of her children told her they don’t believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny, then they won’t get presents.  She laughed when she told me that, and loved her mother’s need for her happy bubble of holding on to her children’s innocence. At the time I thought, while a sweet …

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College Flashbacks

Parenting and being among other parents in a social setting often feels like the first week of college.  Trying to figure your life alongside a bunch of strangers and wanting to make friends, but cautious you don’t end up with the weirdos.  (Sidenote, I landed with the best damn bunch of weirdos after all, much love friends). Almost every time I’m with my kids and there’s potential to connect with other parents socially, I’m at a loss. All of the non-verbals that make you accessible: …

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Emotional Terrorist

I would like to start a support group.  I am going to call it P.E.T.; Parents of Emotional Terrorists.  It is really the perfect name because, A. who doesn’t like to be pet when they are going through an emotional shake down, and B. most pets are like little therapists when you are going through a hard time. Don’t think this is something that needs to exist? Well let me paint a little picture of how our support groups will go; come with me on …

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Tips for Surviving Spring Sports

Yo Mama! LOL! What? It made me laugh. I’m easy like that! Spring is in the air! Well, not really. It’s SOOOOOooooo cold outside! But my first spring game is next Monday night! It better warm up quick! I know they won’t play in 20 degree weather, but guess what, they will play in 30 and 40 degree weather! And DANG… it’s cold outside. So I thought I’d share some of my survival tips and PRAY that you share yours! Mama’s unite! And keep our …

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Have I told you lately that I love you?

I was fortunate to be able to hear Mel Robbins give a presentation at an event my company hosts, Refuel.  She was a little power house! Little, because she is petite, but man she owns that stage and looks like she is 6 feet tall up there!   Because of the event, I started subscribing to her newsletter.  Half of the time, well maybe more than half of the time, I end up deleting the email because I have a million emails to sort through …