A Sneak Peek Into A Mother’s Google History

Let’s face it, Google is a mom’s best friend. A long time ago, mothers used to gather together to give their best advice, wipe away each other’s salty, postpartum tears, and literally “carry the load” for one another. But the way society is now, mother’s are often kept in daily isolation with only one reliable friend to turn to for the comforting (or not so comforting) answers they need: Google. I often seriously wonder what moms of the past did without the black and white search box leading to answers ranging between: “Calm down. Everything’s fine!” to “You probably only have a couple of hours to live. Good luck!” Since moms can relate to the intense need for Google and would most likely be wildly embarrassed if someone hacked their search results, let’s get real and talk about what moms are searching during the different phases of motherhood: 1. Is the epidural needle or natural labor worse? Honestly, trying to weigh the pain of labor is a never-ending, anxiety-driven question. Moms frantically type in all of their questions about pain, reword and rephrase the question, and hope SOMETHING will pop up that says it’s really no big deal and everyone […]

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The Story Of A Failed Resolution

My dear friend Katrina Sheaffer wrote a story about when her New Year’s resolution failed. I love her humorous storytelling, and I know you will too! For more from Katrina, visit her blog site here. Enjoy! Resolution. Schmesolution. After the champagne flutes are raised as the clock strikes midnight, the clock seemingly strikes far too early at 8:30 a.m. the following day. If you’re honest, you wake up with a guilty conscious telling you to get a jump start on whatever New Year’s resolution you selected the night before and promised yourself you should at least strive to meet during the months of January and February. My husband and I, like many others, set the resolution of increasing our weekly workouts. (By increasing, I mean moving from zero times/week to at least 2-3 times/week). We also resolved to spend fewer nights mindlessly parked in front of the television. Therefore, it’s ironic that we found out about Planet Fitness’ January deal via a commercial played most likely amidst an episode of “This is Us.” On January 9th,  (yes, we were a week behind…), I put my best, running shoed foot forward. We headed to our local Planet Fitness, spoke and toured […]

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Why I Forgave My Parents For Saying “No” To Pets When We Were Kids

Every now and then I like to throw in a humor piece that doesn’t necessarily leave you with a thought-provoking challenge, but instead, leaves you with a laugh. Enjoy! Enjoy! Growing up, I always dreamed of owning a pet. I would imagine what it would be like to come downstairs on my birthday and see a giant cardboard box with my family standing around in anticipation. Eagerly, I would open it and inside would be a small ball of fluff with a red bow tied around its neck. We’d exchange slobbery kisses and be the best of friends. But each year came with me begging and pleading for a dog, secretly loving those sad puppy-adoption commercials (because THAT would convince them right?) But every time the same response would be given: “NO!” How could my parents not understand my “need” for a dog? My dad was on board a couple of times. When I was older, he was the one who finally convinced my mom, and the cycle of pups as members in our family continued. But in the early years, my puppy dog eyes that were begging for a four-legged companion were no match for my parents stubborn “no’s” […]

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The Cliffhanger At All Play Dates

The text message comes in. You know, that one when your mama friend seems to read your mind while you’re juggling laundry in one arm and a baby in the other. It’s almost as if she can sense the monotony of your day and your thoughts looking toward the week ahead with, once again, no hope for adult fun. You reach for the phone and read: “Play-date this week?? 🙂” Yes! Something to look forward to! You drop the kid laundry basket and quickly text back with a plan to meet at the nearby park. The day arrives, and you can hardly contain your excitement! The expectation is for you to have a quality adult conversation while the kids entertain each other. And no matter how many times this has not been the reality, you still hope. You arrive at the park, and your littles immediately run down the hill from the parking lot to the playground to greet their friends―fogetting to wait for cars to pass and not apologizing to the people they run into along the way. But nevermind that, you have a friend to find! Looking around, you soon lock eyes with your mama friend who is […]

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5 Things I Won’t Do As A Mother

I love my kids dearly, but there are things I just won’t do as a mother. Here’s a letter to my children explaining those things… Dear children, I love you dearly, but with the many expectations put on me as a mother, I thought it was only fair to explain what things I just won’t do for you. I have to draw the line somewhere. I’ve tried and failed many times, so I’m ready to wipe my hands of certain expectations. My time needs to be spent improving my mama strengths! You understand, right? Well, maybe this list will help. Here’s what I won’t do for you… I won’t make homemade breakfasts. I’m sorry you have to eat so many bowls of Cheerios and frozen waffles (sometimes actually frozen if we are running late). But I just can’t start my day in my least favorite place in the house (unless pouring me some Chai). And I don’t want to wake up early so that you can say you don’t like whatever I have made you. I won’t do regularly scheduled Pinterest crafts. If I do a craft, it is plastered all over my social media because that’s how rarely it happens, and the world needs to see. […]

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