Guilt-Free Puppy Chow

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About six months ago, my husband and I embarked on a journey together to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Prior to that, we’d been ordering take-out a few times a week, eating lots of carbs, and had dessert in some form almost every single night. Although we worked out on a regular basis, we weren’t really doing… 

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Being The Mom I Want To Be…Even When It Rains

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It was a long day yesterday. My little one wouldn’t nap. She was over tired and restless. It was also storming all day, so our normal long walk before nap time to get her calmed down was out. We both had a heavy dose of cabin fever and I was counting down the hours until… 

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Remembering Why I’m A Stay At Home Mom

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This morning I took my kids to the beach. This is a big deal for me, because there aren’t a lot of places outside of Target that I take them all by myself. The swimming pool is totally out. Even when my husband’s with me I’m a hot mess and nervous the entire time that… 

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When Motherhood Changes You… And Why It Might Not Be So Terrible

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I remember so clearly the first time I heard it. I was at a friend’s baby shower years ago – before I had any children of my own and being a mom was still just a dream of mine. The shower was beautiful – the cake, the decorations, the gifts, and most of all the… 

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Flanders: Not Just Another Diaper Rash Ointment

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When you have four kids within three years, you come to terms with the fact that diaper changing is about 90% of your profession. For the past two and a half years, I’ve had three kids in diapers at a time. I’m convinced I would DOMINATE a competition for the world’s fastest diaper changer. In many… 

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Quantity Time Does Not Equal Or Trump Quality Time

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If there was one misconception I had as a working mom it was that stay-at-home moms all had an abundance of quality time with their kids. I mean, they had to, didn’t they? Every waking minute of every hour was spent with their littles so certainly that equated to quality time, right? Their kids weren’t… 

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The Week I Got Totally Owned By My Kids

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Going into this weekend, I was coming off one of the toughest weeks I’ve had in a while. My kids OWNED me. My husband had been out of town a lot for work, and the kids were just BAD. I mean BAD. On one of our Target runs, we got to the checkout and my… 

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CALIA By Carrie Underwood: Stay The Path

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom, it’s that the ordinary moments in life end up being the most beautiful ones. It’s amazing how things can be so chaotic and crazy and yet in the middle of it all, one of my kids will give me a smile that melts my heart,… 

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To The Mom In Survival Mode

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Nine months ago, I strapped all four of my kids in the car and brought my oldest to his first day of “school.” School is used very loosely here, since it was really just a place for all five of us to go two hours each week. The first day we rolled into the parking… 

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The Right Fit For Dad

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I have the type of husband who I could send to the mall and would come back with an outfit for me that I’d like better than one I’d pick out for myself. The guy’s got style. He is also someone I cannot shop for. He’s particular, but honestly I love that he cares about how he looks…. 

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