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Hey Jealousy: Longing for the Good Life

Our friends just bought a beach house and I am so jealous I can’t see straight. I can’t even talk about it without becoming instantly grouchy. It’s petty and unbecoming and true. Apparently, I desperately want a beach house. This is surprising because until now, I’ve been vaguely anti-beach house. I’ve ranted about maintenance hassles and being tied down to one vacation spot. I believe beach houses drain bank accounts and trying to recoup that money by renting brings wear and tear and strangers in your bed. A beach house…

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#RealMomHacks – 7 Ways To Organize Your Family

I am LOSING MY MIND. I know that you think I’m kinda cool. Fun. And I may look put together from the outside? But my life is the definition of chaos. For YEARS—chaos fueled me. I loved running a thousand miles an hour and digging into unique ways to kick off the new year. This year? I am sooo tired. SOOO tired. Did I mention tired? Yes. I. Am. And as I get older worker harder is not something I think my mind and body will be able to officially…

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Doing Less Has Changed My Life

It was five years since I had become a mother, and I felt like I had slowly been losing more and more of myself, with every “come on kids, get your shoes on”, every meal I cooked, every load of laundry, every stressful school drop-off, every manic morning, every supermarket tantrum and every time I said to my friends I was too tired to meet them. I looked in the mirror one morning and saw a tired, stressed out, overworked, crazy woman who had totally lost her shit over the…

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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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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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