March Mindset

March Mindset

Over the past few weeks, I’ve realized I’ll be turning 35 this year – in less than 8 months. Something about that just kind of hit me. 35 is the official midpoint of my thirties, and before I know it, 40 will be around the corner. In thinking about it, I realized that much of my life is exactly the way I’ve wanted it – I have a husband who is my partner in every way, two healthy girls that adore each other, a home of our own, and amazing friends, even if they are far away. I also realized…

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What’s in my Mom Bag

What’s in my Mom Bag

  When I was a kid, I always thought of my mom’s purse as almost a magic bag. She always seemed to have everything I could want in it – and I always wanted to go through it to see what was inside (sorry, mom). Now that I’m a mom, that “mom bag” isn’t so magical. Nowadays, I’m the one trying to make sure I have absolutely everything my girls could need, in addition to the essentials I want to carry for myself. Since I work full-time, I tend to carry a big purse during the week and the diaper bag…

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How to Get Your Toddler to Drink Milk

How to Get Your Toddler to Drink Milk

    Confession time: my oldest daughter hasn’t had milk since she gave up her bottles at 18 months old. As a result, making sure she gets enough calcium and protein have been a challenge for us – one I much rather would have solved with a simple glass of milk every day. While we’ve made it work, it isn’t something I wanted for my 15-month-old. After our experience with Abbie not drinking milk all of toddlerhood, I wanted to make sure I did things a little differently this time around – and so far, so good! Ella loves having…

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I Wish I had Weight Watchers as a Teenager.

I Wish I had Weight Watchers as a Teenager.

On Saturday in my Weight Watchers meeting, my leader mentioned in passing the news that Weight Watchers was going to start offering free memberships to teens 13-17. I didn’t think much of it other than an “oh, that’s a cool idea.” That is, until tonight when I started seeing the backlash – specifically, this article. While I understand her points and her opinion – I 100% respectfully disagree with her. If you go read the article, she immediately launches into a conversation about body shaming and its effect on children. And I have to wonder. Has she ever been to…

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Love and Pancakes

Love and Pancakes

Last Monday night, like so many nights, I left work at 5:30, got home about 6:15, and immediately started cooking dinner. It also happened to be a night we had breakfast for dinner – pancakes, specifically. We don’t often have pancakes for dinner, but when I realized our freezer stash was low over the weekend I knew I’d need to make more. You see, my girls eat pancakes for breakfast almost every morning before we leave for daycare/school/work. They’re kind of a necessity in our house. I make big batches (usually on weekends) and freeze them for later. Just another…

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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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The Best Baby Yogurt the Easy Way

The Best Baby Yogurt the Easy Way

  If you’ve been reading here for a while, you probably know a few things about me and my parenting style. There are two things I always, always believe in. Giving my kids the best I can. Doing #1 without making things harder on myself. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory. As moms, we always want to give our kids the best, but all too often, it comes at our own expense. I learned that the hard way with my first baby. I thought I had to do it all – breastfeed, cloth diaper, and make my own food. You guys,…

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Pepperoni Onion Rolls

Pepperoni Onion Rolls

  I cook dinner for my family 5-6 nights a week, and so often, people are amazed by that. Why? Time. Cooking can be incredibly time-consuming, especially the preparation ahead of time – gathering the ingredients, cutting them up, and more. The prep work is no doubt the hardest part of cooking. I love the fresh flavor of sauteed onions, fresh ginger, and more. But have you ever minced fresh ginger? It’s a pain in the butt. No wonder no ones uses fresh herbs – and no wonder all the TV chefs have everything prepped for them. If people saw…

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Solutions for Overnight Diapering from a Second Time Mom

Solutions for Overnight Diapering from a Second Time Mom

I have been a mom for over 5 years now, but I remember those early days all too well. As a new parent, you’re constantly asked how you’re doing and how the baby is doing, and most importantly of all – how you all are sleeping. It’s one of the first things people want to know, and I completely understand why.

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