How to Take Your Kids to the Beach in 48 Easy Steps

We live about a fifteen-minute drive from the beach, which to some people sounds ideal—being only a short drive away from the sandy shore of a popular beach that in-landers flock to once the weather is right – and the waves are big. But to some of us non-beach lovers (namely me) being so close to the ocean is more a pain in the ass than anything else. Why? Because the kids are old enough to know what the beach is, and we are constantly reminded of how lucky we…

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Being Pregnant Sucks…But I Want Another Baby

Pregnancy is nothing like commercials suggest, with moms caressing their perfectly rounded-bellies with a look of content and utter joy. No hemorrhoids or stretch marks, or persistent nausea. Maybe that’s why it took me until my second pregnancy to admit that baking a baby for nine months is anything but bliss. Being pregnant sucks! It’s the memories of my two past pregnancies that are holding me back from having a third (much wanted) baby. Every time I begin to contemplate to start trying to have another baby these little reminders…

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How I Got My Kids to Help Take Care of the Dogs

When we first brought our two dogs home I imagined taking them everywhere with me. I imagined they would be well-behaved, listen to commands, and sleep by my feet. I planned to bathe them once a week and send them to the groomers at least once a month. Then I had kids. And none of that happened. After a few obedience lessons, my Boston Terrier still stares at me when I ask him to lay down and continually jumps when I tell him “no jump.”  During those early years of…

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Thrifting Before Christmas: How I Rein in the Clutter

My girls have a lot of crap. And I mean a lot of crap. As much as I try to stay on top of the toys, crafting materials, stuffed animals and dress up clothes, I continuously fail to restrain the clutter. But there is one time each year that I devote an entire day to cleaning out the playroom—and all the other rooms in the house that accumulated toys throughout the year: The day of their birthday party. With two girls so close in age and with birthdays only three…

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My Threenager Makes the Terrible Twos Look Easy

When my daughter blew out three candles on her birthday cake I thought we had done it. Together, my husband and I had survived the terrible twos. Together we endured the meltdowns and shared eye rolls  and exasperated sighs when we heard the same question repeated again, and again, and again. We were prepared for the terrible twos Every parent warned us about the terrible twos so we’d been prepared. No one gave us a heads up about the trying threes. It feels like the second my daughter blew out…

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