Keeping My Cool in the Summer

Keeping My Cool in the Summer

I know I’m not alone when recognizing that summer as a mom isn’t always the glory days so many of us thought of as kids. To be fair, summer wasn’t my favorite as a kid, either! Summer here in Virginia comes with hot, humid days, summer thunderstorms, and tons of sunscreen. It’s not always easy to keep your cool in the summer – both physically and mentally!

So if you’re trying to figure out how the heck you’re going to get through this crazy summer with your kids – I’m telling you, you are not alone. They may be small things, but here are just a few ways to keep your cool in the summer!

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Why I’m Done Trying to Fit the “Mom Blogger” Mold

Why I’m Done Trying to Fit the “Mom Blogger” Mold

I have been absent recently, but honestly, it isn’t because anything is wrong. In fact, it’s been the opposite. Coming to this place used to be an escape for me – a place to write, be myself, and get away from all the things I didn’t love – to get away from the job I felt stuck in, mostly. In the past 6 months, that has done such a complete 180 that it’s shocked me. I’m busy in all the best ways, and this little blog of mine has gone from a refuge to a place that I only go…

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Finding Me Time as a Mom

Finding Me Time as a Mom

Let me set the scene for you. It’s 6:45 pm. You’re in the middle of making dinner for yourself and your husband. Your five-year-old is yelling that she needs help in the bathroom (when do they learn to do that themselves, anyway?), your toddler is whining for her dinner as you scramble to get some chicken nuggets on her high chair, and you’re dangerously close to setting off your smoke detector again.

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Five on Friday – 1.26.18

Five on Friday – 1.26.18

It has been a LONG time since I’ve sat down to write solely to write. It has also been entirely too long since I’ve done a little life update, so I thought today I’d go back to the basics with a Friday Five. Remember when we all did these every week? It seems like ages ago now. While I would love to say I’ll do these more often going forward, the truth is I don’t know if I will. That’s the craziness of life, right? ONE This cold and flu season has KICKED MY BUTT. If you’ve seen my Instagram stories,…

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I Don’t Want My Daughters to Say #MeToo.

I Don’t Want My Daughters to Say #MeToo.

When I turned the Golden Globes on last night, it was more for background noise than anything else. I glanced at the dresses and went about my chores for the night, getting ready for the busy workweek ahead. The to-do list never stops, you know. But then I started really looking at the dresses. I knew that most of the attendees had planned to wear black – but I didn’t see a single other color in the audience. I saw one of my favorite new shows, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, win two awards. And then Oprah received the Cecil B.…

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Three Easy Solutions for Your Game Day

Three Easy Solutions for Your Game Day

  It’s so hard to believe that football season is just about over and the biggest games of the year are here! We are huge football fans in our house – the TV has football on all day long every fall, despite Abbie and Ella’s protest to watch kids shows. Sorry kids, but it’s football season.   With football season comes hosting Game Day get-togethers. Now let’s be real here – I’m a full-time working mom and I want to enjoy my weekends. That means the food for all of these get-togethers needs to be two things – tasty and…

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Hello, 2018

Hello, 2018

Well, three days into 2018 and I already feel behind. Typical. In all seriousness though, I am so happy to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. While 2017 wasn’t a crazy year for me by any means, the end of it stressed me out – job switch, throwing a last-minute first birthday for Ella, Abbie’s fifth birthday (andI still haven’t written her birthday post), and the holidays. Let’s just say I am so incredibly thankful for the new mindset a switch of the calendar brings, and I’m so ready to fill this brand new year with my dreams and…

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The Ultimate List of White Elephant Gifts Under $25

The Ultimate List of White Elephant Gifts Under $25

I cannot believe that we are officially halfway through December – it’s crazy. If you work full-time like I do, December brings lots of things to the workplace – holiday parties, treats from co-workers, and one you may either love or dread – the White Elephant gift exchange.

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Simple 401k Management for Working Moms

Simple 401k Management for Working Moms

  When I switched jobs last month, there were a lot of changes in our lives. My hours changed, my commute changed, and daily routines changed. But in addition to all of those big changes I could see, there were some I couldn’t – like changes in our benefits. I have always carried the benefits for our family, so a switch in my job meant looking at those carefully and deciding what to do about all of it. We looked at everything and made decisions on all of it, including planning for my 401k. Speaking of 401ks – why the…

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How to Throw a Last-Minute Birthday Party

How to Throw a Last-Minute Birthday Party

The last few weeks of our lives have been a whirlwind. I left one job, started another, attempted and failed the Whole 30, and my baby turned one. After thinking about Ella’s first birthday for months and debating lots of different scenarios – renting a room, going to a festival, having family only, doing it a relative’s house – we ended up just doing a celebration at home. And it was perfect. Despite all my worries that we didn’t enough space, my house wasn’t clean enough, or that our girls wouldn’t behave – it was the exact opposite. Everyone seemed to…

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