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Saving Memories: What to Do With Your Kids Artwork

End of school is here and we're stuck again with mounds and mounds of mementos - but how do you keep the memories and not the clutter?

A Chance to Escape: I Lock the Door

My moment, a chance to escape. I lock the door. My reprieve from the chaos. I make noises like the toilet seat lifting, hitting the tank. I drop my belt on the floor for a dramatic sound effect. I pause in front of the mirror. I thought this expensive lighting...

Forget Forty Bags in Forty Days: What If I Told You That You Never Had To Declutter Again?

Our culture has kind of latched on to this “decluttering mania” and “throw out forty bags in forty days for lent” kind of mentality that can lead to a big sense of failure. I don’t want that for you.

REALITY MOMS PARTNER: 9 Ways to Pack for a Big Move

Oh, who am I kidding? I’m not calm. I’m not collected. And I’m definitely not ready to pack up my life along with my 2 kids & husband and move from Philly to San Francisco! It is going to be amazing once getting there but the process is as painful...

An Online Game Changing the Way You Save for the Future

Saving doesn’t come naturally to most of us—unless you are one of the lucky few. Being young has its advantages, but knowing the real value of money simply isn’t one of them. It is difficult to watch your friends blow lots of cash on new clothes and toys, or living...

The Dishes Can Wait…and Other Lies

“They’re only young once.” The words are superimposed on an idyllic picture of a child in nature or a beach with footprints leading to the horizon. There’s always a hazy filter. The bottom caption implores you to leave a counter full of dirty dishes, to eschew housework, to be present...

Spring Clean Your Way to New Jobs for Your Community

Spring cleaning has always been something I have looked forward to. Out with the old, broken and worn out and into clutter free space! While I am cleaning my house I make piles of the stuff that I plan to get rid of, stuff that is trash, stuff I need...

#RealMomHacks: 10 Simple Steps to Help Your Kids Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

It’s almost time to switch the clocks again, and as amazing as it is to play outside after work because there is still light in the sky, the process of getting to that point can be painful. Luckily for you, I have come up with simple steps for successfully adjusting...
not a maid

#RealityCheck: I’m a Mom, Not a Maid

I know this is radical thinking (I’m being sarcastic), but honestly – if people actually think that women LIKE cleaning everyone else’s wee off the floors, walls and toilet seats, or that it is somehow solely a woman’s job to do all of the housework, then they can seriously kiss...

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....