When Reality Moms Meet In Real Life

#RealityMoms is a place where writers like myself can share about being a mom: the good, the bad, the ugly, the funny, the practical…you name it, RealityMoms has covered it, or will in the future. I’ve had the privilege of writing for the site since it launched, and through that experience have “met” some great women. Want to know a RealityMoms secret? We have an awesome Facebook Group especially for the writers and through that space, we get to “know” each other a bit. (Sorry, you won’t be able to…

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Top 10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Visit to the Zoo

Going to the zoo can be a great way to spend the day as a family. There is so much to see and talk about, and great memories can be made. However, like most family outings, there is also the potential for the trip not to turn out how you had imagined. Having taken our kids to the zoo several times, we’ve figured out a few tips and ideas to make the most of your zoo trip. Making the most of your visit to the zoo Wear good shoes. All…

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It’s Time for School Registration: Mom is Ready for Kindergarten

My son starts Kindergarten this fall. In the words of Chandler Bing, “Could I BE any more excited?!” I am SO excited. I understand that having your child start kindergarten is hard for many parents. But for me it’s not. And I am definitely uncertain about if this is the “best” choice for him, because he’s a summer baby and a boy, but guess what? I’m still really excited for him to be going to kindergarten. In fact, when I heard my son’s kindergarten day is just shy of five…

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How to Grocery Shop with Kids without Losing your Mind

Grocery shopping with kids seems to be one of the quickest ways to cause stress and create chaos for everyone involved. However, with a bit of planning (and some luck), you can understand how to grocery shop with kids without losing your mind. Make a list. Try to organize it by the sections in your store. Highlight the essentials (You’ll see why this is important later). Don’t bring your kids. Since you probably have to bring your kids, pick a time where the stars align: your kids are well-rested, well-fed, and…

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Out with the Old Before In with the New

I rarely meet a family without a lot of kid’s “stuff”. Most families I know (ours included) have LOTS of toys. No judgement on this—simply an observation. As a first time mom, we bought and were gifted many items. You think you need a lot of “stuff” for your kids and it easily takes over. Add in birthdays, holidays, grandparents bringing stuff at every visit (I know we’re fortunate, but seriously, every time?!) and you end up with toy overload. We planned to have a second child so as our first…

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