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Playdates!

Oh playdates, playdates and more playdates.  Through the years playdates have taken on many different versions at my house from working full time, working from home as a consultant and now working full time with some flexibility.  The caliber and expectations from my first to my fourth kid have changed drastically. When Maddi was younger we had playdates at museums, full on tea parties and always had an agenda with a healthy snack and craft options.  I’m serious, an agenda with full blown themes. Fast …

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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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I’m Just Not Zen Enough

Well, It’s something I have fought for years. I had a similar experience when I found out that I wasn’t a happy pregnant woman. I always pictured myself so happy and blissful and that just wasn’t my reality. I was so sick and in so much pain most of my pregnancy that I never got that blissful glow. I was thrilled with the end result. I absolutely love being a mom, but the pregnancies, were not fun!  I was so sick and miserable. And that’s …

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Official Start of Fall

Labor Day signifies the official end of summer! It was a great summer of seeing old friends, meeting new friends, weeks of time with my family. I made memories at the the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, tried new things like paddle boarding and kayaking with my girls. As I reflected it was an amazing summer. I can not wait for the adventures the fall will bring! It’s time for Fall leaves, Fall weather, Football (and football food!), cozy blankets and sweatshirts. First …

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Socks For Surgery

This time of year always brings me back and I force myself to go back. That may sound bad but for anyone that has been through an extended hospital visit with someone they love, you can relate. You truly never want to go back and you really want to just push the memories away. But every year, I surface it all. It has been so healing to do it and it has been a wonderful time for my son to ask questions and get the …

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Cheers to 36 Years!

There are different times during the year, certain holidays, that make me reflective.  One of those times for sure is my birthday. Tomorrow I will be turning 36, and for some reason this feels like kind of a big one to me.  I often say how I don’t feel like I’m in my mid 30’s. Inside I feel like a 20 something, and maturity wise when I am laughing because someone mentioned balls, and I shouldn’t laugh about something like that, I feel more like …

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Pizza or Gym?

Tonight I made the right choice. Pizza came with friendly faces, laughs, and common working mom companionship. These working moms and I just get each other and that is what I needed today. I knew I needed to redirect some energy. I could have worked it off in the gym and that was the original plan. But I found two friends at the end of a long work week (is it really only Tuesday???) and I knew I needed that companionship more. It is amazing …

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Calendars – Calendars – Calendars

I have calendars for work and calendars for home. Calendars for kids schedules, and school schedules, and sports schedules, and even the dogs schedule. Some days I feel like to am playing Tetris with all the calendars on my screen. Trying to shuffle the day around to make sure I can make it from one set plan to the next event. I know I’m not the only one and I also know as the kids get bigger it will get more intense. I’m ready! I’m …

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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 …