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T’was the Morning After Christmas

T’was the morning after Christmas…. and what should you do? The answer is easy! Jump in your car and head to the nearest Walgreens, CVS, Target etc and look for the health and beauty gift section. Just like wrapping paper, decorations, and holiday candy, anything packaged as a holiday gift set will be half off or more, the day after Christmas. If you have loved ones who are in need of cologne sets, perfume sets or shower gel sets, definitely use the morning of December …

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Note To Self

Christmas time to me brings so many feels.  The older I get, the faster time seems to pass.  How many times do Facebook memory reminders pop up, especially around the holidays, showing us our precious moments from years ago.  The pictures capture a moment, but that may not tell the whole story. I have started a tradition with my family that I would love to share with you.  Every year, after Christmas and presents and all the merriment is over; when I am getting ready …

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Gift Giving Guide for Kids who Need Nothing

Tis the season for giving, but let’s not go overboard, especially for kids (like mine) who have more than enough.  You wouldn’t know it if you visited my house, but I consider myself to be a minimalist. I believe everything has a place and countertops are meant to be free of clutter. I’m also a lover of experiences and memories rather than things. However, I’m outnumbered 5 to 1 in my house and they all like things. And while I don’t like all the things, …

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2020 Let’s Go!

Building a Vision Page is something I do every year. I love the idea of a vision board but let’s be real, nobody has that kind of time! Especially during the holidays! #hustlemomhustle So I started putting together a vision page. It really helps you frame out the year. It’s more than a new year’s resolution. It’s a way to put into a framework what is important to you, what you want to work on and what your “lobster goal/stretch goal” is for the year! …

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12 Days of Christmas Tradition

When my kids were little, we started a 12 days of Christmas tradition. I would map out on a calendar something we would do as a family on each of the twelve days, and post it on the refrigerator. It would be a combination of activities, small gifts, meals together. We’ve been doing this for 10+ years, and now that my kids are older (20, 18, 15) it’s fun to look back over the calendars and see what activities have made it on the list …

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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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Trick-Or-Treating Traditions

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love Halloween? I told the other #hustlemoms I’d write something this month so I’ve been thinking about what to write about and how I felt about Halloween for a few weeks now. If you had to guess, whether or not I’d be into Halloween, what would you say? If you guessed “she’s not that into it”, you’re right.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Halloween, nor do I have a problem with anyone …

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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 …