Mom’s Day Off

She leapt from the shower, cheeks flushed from excitement and warm water. “Why stop with clean hair?” she asked the woman grinning back at her in the hazy mirror. She reached for her mascara wand and brazenly plumped her eyelashes. “How long do you think you’ll be?” her husband’s voice fought its way through the closed door and steam. “There’s no telling, babe,” she answered, giddy at the prospect. “I’ve never been to this one before. It might take an hour, it might take all day.” She whispered again to…

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I Am Not My Son’s Favorite Parent

“I want daddy.” My breath catches in my throat. “Really? You don’t want me to give you a bath?” My voice cracks. “No, I want Daddy for bath. Daddy, give mommy [Little Bird],” my older son insists. Sigh. “I’ll give him his bath,” my husband acquiesces and hands me the baby. I watch as my almost three-year-old ambles over to the bathroom, where I usually need to drag him. I’ve always been the one to put him to bed, only relinquishing it to my husband on the rare occasion I’m…

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Frazzled Mom vs #TheRightSeat

We have all been there – been THAT mom. The one who is a frazzled mess, throwing bags, and blankets, and kids into the car in a rush to get somewhere. Realizing you forgot something, running back inside, running back out, and maybe even running in again. You come out to find that the kid that you put in the car seat and buckled up is now somehow sitting on the floorboard playing with the latest dropped snack from who knows when. If you are reading this and have no…

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8 Stages of Grocery Shopping with Kids

Remember grocery shopping before kids? I mean, it was a thing I completely took for granted; strolling the aisles with my list, taking my time, considering ingredients, being graceful to other shoppers “oh no please, you go first, I’m in no rush.” This was even true when I had one small baby who would coo and babble, woo-ing strangers aisle after aisle while snuggling against my chest in his organic, freshly-washed baby carrier. Bless. Now? Grocery shopping with kids goes from wistful “this won’t be so bad” to “I AM…

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3 Steps to Rock a Simple(ish) Summer Birthday Party

My son just turned four, which means I now have four birthday parties under my belt. Though I think of myself as someone who doesn’t go over-the-top and is sensible with money, a toddler birthday party get really big, really fast. We did a pool party each of the first three years and tried to tone it down a bit each year. But no matter what, it was still big (fun) and too expensive for a little kid’s party. Think back to your favorite birthdays as a kid—which ones do…

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