Category: Life… With & Without Mojitos

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Published on Scary Mommy?? PINCH ME!!

As the calendar turned to 2017, I sat down and wrote out a few blogging goals for the new year. My blog started out as a hobby, an outlet that allowed me to write my feelings and stories out, and proved thearapeutic. I never saw it as anything more than that. Recently, I’ve taken some risks and put myself “out there” in the blogging world. That vulnerability has been well received and I have appreciated every second of it. I feel like I’m finding a niche that I’m passionate about, and thus far enjoying the journey. As I wrote out...

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Spotlight Saturday:: One Parent’s Heartache Turns To Passion

Nothing could make me more excited, or more proud, to shine this week’s spotlight. I can’t think of a more deserving person to share with all of my readers; And sharing her recently created website makes my heart nearly explode. Allow me to introduce you to Amy Thurm, the creator of the HLHS Comfort Care Website. You can also follow her Facebook Page, Love For Indy. *PLEASE stop by her page and leave some encouragement! Let’s motivate this momma to continue her pledge to spread awareness on HLHS Comfort Care, as she helps other families going through unimaginable grief. Amy is a...

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Holiday Withdrawal for Kids

If your life mimics mine at all, you’re slowly trying to dig yourself out of the holiday highs. For over a week, your children have dined on peanut butter balls and sugar cookies. A break from school has allotted them late night movies and cousin slumber parties. Holiday travel and stays away from home have given way to… {shriek} … a break from three balanced(ish) meals a day. As a parent, I can intelligently know that this is all a recipe for disaster. Yet, we let it happen because (after all), it is the holidays. And as I’ve come to...

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Keeping Kids Active Through the Seasons

With three young kids, it is no surprise that I am a mom on the go. Our family stays active with a variety of activities, but none more so than our “backyard fun.” My husband and I were both raised in small town Iowa, which means our fun came in the form of backyard shenanigans with friends, family baseball games, and local sports teams. Now as Minnesotans, we have tried to incorporate our small town roots with our current suburban lifestyle. We have learned to embrace each changing season, and create activities that celebrate the joys of all types of...

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Can We Stop With Evening Activities Already??

Dear World, Can we all just agree that evening activities are AWFUL? I get it, my kid likes basketball…. I get it, my kid is good at gymnastics. I get it… Being on a team shapes a person and builds skills that they otherwise wouldn’t have. Yadda, yadda, yadda. I still think it’s RIDICULOUS that we spend our nights carting kids around, doing kid swaps if you’re lucky enough to not fly solo, high-fiving family members court side while grabbing half your team to shuttle to the next destination, stuffing our faces with what we try to pass as “dinner” so...

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Today I’m SUPERMOM

I’m the first to admit that most days I’m hanging by a thread. I’m one toddler tantrum or big kid ultimatum away from LOSING MY EVER LOVING MIND. I practice mindful breathing to avoid strangling someone nearby and put myself in mommy timeouts (with or without wine, depending on the severity) to avoid doing irreversible damage to my children’s ears. It is a RARE moment when I feel invincible as a mom, but when that feeling creeps up, you better bet I’ll be letting someone know. Today, I’m letting the universe know… I’m screaming from the top of my proverbial...

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Five Minute Friday:: Now

I have teamed up with a wonderful team of bloggers who participate in “Five Minute Friday.” Here’s the skinny: Every Friday for nearly four years hundreds of people joined a kind of writing flash mob. We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that is posted by the the team starting at 10pm EST on Thursday night and all through Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party). No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real. Today’s word: Now. “Seize the moment,” they say… For the...

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5 things you should stop doing for your kids IMMEDIATELY

Let me preface with my perspective. I am writing this as a mother of three children (ages 2, 4 and 7). I am also writing this as a teacher. I come to you with experience as a preschool teacher, as well as a language inclusion teacher who has worked in both kindergarten and third grade. Everything I write is applicable to ALL of these ages, and beyond. Don’t get defensive, hear me out. And when you’re ready, repeat the following sentences with me: #1: I will NOT carry my child’s backpack. Never. It is not my backpack. It is not...

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Perspective on “The Worst Day Ever”

This morning I was frantically running around trying to get everyone ready to head to their places, battling a cold myself, and questioning how on earth I would have the energy to attend my first ECFE class of the session. Eh. I just wasn’t feeling it. In fact, I was feeling nothing but frustration for my first born with all of his quirks, nothing but annoyance for my second born who is as stubborn as her momma, nothing but HOLY TERRIBLE TWOS for my youngest, and nothing but anger for my traveling husband who was at work in NYC while...

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The {hip} musical playlist of my one-year-old

Trust me when I say this playlist might be more hip than you would think. My one year-old can literally feel the music in her soul. It is physically impossible for a song to come on and for her to hold her little body still. She just loves music. As is the case with most one-year olds, what they say and mean is typically a well-coded hieroglyphic on the wall of a mommas heart. And my beautiful daughter is no exception. Although her speaking is pretty clear and accurate for her age, you may not know the meaning behind the...

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