Summer Survival Guide: Backyard Toys

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Oh ya know, another day of hustlin’. HA! Just kidding, but I adore Jennaphr Frederick not just cause she lets me hang with her on TV – but cause she’s just FREAKING FUN!! So is Karen Hepp and of course Mike Jerrick. They are all really great peeps in my book. This morning Jennaphr Frederick and I talked about great products for backyard fun with your kids! Here are the best backyard toys:   BACKYARD SAFARI OUTFITTERS – Base Camp Shelter  This brand is…

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Burned-Out Mother Seeks Personal Assistant

I recently found myself standing in Target, unable to move. I stared intently at the boxes of pasta, trying to appear deep in thought on the relative merits of angel hair vs. rotini and hoping nobody noticed that I was no longer sure how to put one foot in front of the other. Exhaustion had spread into the very core of my being, and I could no longer power through—I am a burned-out mother. I glanced at my shopping list and wondered when I’d learned to write in a foreign…

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On Growing Into My Motherhood

At 24, home meant a rundown farm house that was a bit off the grid in the Maryland countryside. My partner and I had been together only a few months and hastily moved there when I discovered I was pregnant. The house belonged to my grandfather, a wealthy lawyer with a taste for liquor which I’d undoubtedly inherited. He was now living in a nursing home, suffering end-stage dementia. Though its carpet smelled like mildew and the spiders were as big as my fist, that house was our saving grace….

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A Summer Bucket List for Mom

Every summer I vow to make a summertime bucket list with my family. Have you ever seen one? They’re a list of ideas to spark a summer full of enjoyment and learning. They can be as ambitious as a trip abroad, as fun as a day at the zoo, or as simple as a campout in the backyard. Maybe there’s a series of books you would like to read as a family. You could try every flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s. The goals’ budget…

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To The Mom Struggling To Hold Her Sh*t Together

To the Mom Struggling to Hold Her Sh*t Together, I have something important to tell you, mama: I don’t see you. Now, don’t stop reading just yet. Please hear me out. It’s true I don’t see you, but I know what you are going through. I know that these days you are almost always exhausted and fueled by caffeine and anxiety. I know that you try your best to be a good mother, partner, daughter, and friend, but all too often feel like you are failing at all of them. I know that more than once a day you scream on the inside, “There’s only one of me!” I know you feel deep mommy love, as well as deep mommy guilt, for not being the person you think you should be. I know there are days…

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