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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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    Easy Valentine’s Day Bark

    Easy Valentine’s Day Bark

    We may have just finished the holiday season, but the next one is just around the corner! Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and I wanted to find a way to make it fun for Abbie now that she’s getting older and more interested in holidays. Valentine’s Day is so fun for kids – especially my 5-year-old who loves candy… and all things pink. One of my favorite easy treats to make is bark – of all kinds. It requires a microwave, chocolate, and toppings – my kind of recipe. I put together the chocolate part and…

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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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