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September has become the month from hell

This is not the first time it’s happened. I don’t know if it’s every September — I’m too sleep deprived to remember, but I do remember another awful September. It was the fall of 2016. There must be something in the air that August is over, summer is done. Time to get extra serious for a few months before the holidays. Time to turn everything on its head. Deadlines – end of month, end of quarter. It happens to be a “let’s try to do …

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Socks for Surgery

I have to dedicate my post this week to my sweet boy. 10 years ago I became a heart mom. At 21 weeks we found out that we were going to have another sweet baby boy. But we also found out that his heart was not forming correctly and there may be other complications as well. There is nothing that can prepare a new parent for this kind of news. And when you start on this journey, you have to lean into a strength you …

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Quick and Healthy Lentil and Rice Salad

I’m not good at making up recipes from scratch, but I’m decent at taking existing recipes and making them faster and easier to prepare! So when I recently came across a recipe for a lentil and rice salad, I knew that with a little help from Trader Joe’s I could make it in under 10 minutes, and even add some extra texture to the original recipe. The real time savers here are the pre-cooked lentils and rice from Trader Joe’s. It came out quite tasty, …

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Wedded Bliss

Mark and I celebrated our 20th anniversary on September 12, 2018.   It’s amazes me to think that we’ve been together for over thirty years; dated for ten and married for twenty.  I can’t remember life without him by my side (I can vividly remember life without kids though). Time flies. I’ve been reflecting on my first and true love and all that we have been through together.   When standing at the altar 20 years ago, if we knew what the next twenty years would hold, …

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Terrible 9’s – Is that a thing?

Brooke is one of the loves of my life, and I am endlessly proud of her, but sometimes I just can’t handle her! This causes me endless amounts of guilt and fear for the teen years to come.  She has such an attitude at times and she is not even in the double digits yet! How am I going to survive?   Let tell you about a major meltdown I experienced with my daughter this week.  Before I even start the story, I will tell …

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Who is Picking This Curriculum?

I picked up my daughter from practice tonight and she asked how my day was. I could barely squeak it out through the tears. It’s been a tough couple weeks for a multitude of reasons and quite frankly, I am pretending to hold it together. This week is an emotional week for me. It makes me feel so good to bring gift packages to the heart babies as a celebration of my son’s Heartiversary, but it is also difficult to revisit some of these moments …

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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 …