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Archives for September 2012

The Reality Challenge – Day Five

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Do you ever wonder why it is that moms aren't more honest with one another? Why we continue to act as though nothing ever bothers us, that our homes are photograph-ready at all times, our children are perfect angels, our skin is flawless, and we'll … Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Mom!

It's my mama's birthday today! You might remember my mom from these posts: Grandma Mornings Ways I'm Becoming My Mother Things My Mama Taught Me And of course her guest post, Low-Tech Grandparents in a High-Tech World! Happy Birthday, … Continue Reading

The Reality Challenge – Day Four

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When I need a good dose of reality, I'll think back to my newlywed days. It's not that I've "Let myself go", so to speak, but things aren't exactly like they were when we were still in the honeymoon phase. Not only did we spend a lot more time … Continue Reading

The Reality Challenge – Day Three

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Every once in awhile, I'll be talking with some friends and I'll let some of my real-ness slip out. For instance, a few weeks ago I said something about I had heard that someone would be dropping by our house later so I had to run around the house … Continue Reading

The Reality Challenge – Day Two

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If you spend much time on the Internet, you might start to get some false ideas about people and their lives. And I don't just mean in the way that the nice young lady from Iowa that you're chatting with about breastfeeding is actually a burly, … Continue Reading

Highlights Hello

For over 65 years, Highlights for Children has been a staple of early childhood education and entertainment. I'm willing to be that some of your first memories of things you read include reading a Highlights magazine at home or in a doctor's office, … Continue Reading

Making Healthy Choices is a Cinch!

How do you continue to make healthy choices after making mistakes? Read my Month 3 update post here! … Continue Reading

The Reality Challenge – Day One

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Last week, I had a bit of an epiphany. I'm a member of a Facebook group made up of my due date moms from when I was pregnant with my oldest son, Miles. We started on's message boards but migrated to Facebook a few years ago. We've … Continue Reading

Month 3 – The Halfway Point!

Wow! It's been three months already on Cinch and I have exciting stuff to report! At the end of last month, I was down 14.4 lbs. As of 9/19/12 (3 months and 1 day since I started the Cinch program), I am down 23.4 lbs*! My goal is to lost 50 lbs. … Continue Reading

An episode recap 19 years in the making!

Series:  Beverly Hills, 90210 Episode Title:  "Twenty Years Ago Today"  Originally Aired:  10/27/1993 (OH MY GOSH...Almost "20 years ago today". Now how old do you feel??), Season 4 "Brandon meets an attractive grad student; Andrea doubts … Continue Reading

Cast Your Votes!

The ABC Kids Expo 2012 is just around the corner, actually less than a month from now! Last year, Jamie and I were overwhelmed but thrilled by our time at the Expo and made many great connections (Click here to read our coverage from the Expo!). I'll … Continue Reading


I love a good quirky holiday and International Talk Like A Pirate Day is no exception! For one day only, on 9/19, Mabel's Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship or Skull 'n' Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. … Continue Reading

Kinect 2-way TV Experiences Review

Yesterday I posted a photo to the Facebook Page, explaining that I had won this Xbox 360 Kinect bundle as a prize resulting from my attendance at the Sweet Sweet 2012 party during BlogHer '12, which I wrote about here. I'm so excited to share with … Continue Reading

Reviewed: Cyberstalker

I interrupt my regularly-scheduled programming for something a little bit different. You see, I have an inexplicable affection for terrible Lifetime movies and other bad television. In fact, if you follow me on Twitter, my afternoon Tweets (during … Continue Reading

I miss sleep.

*yawn* I'm tired, folks. It's been a little over four years since my oldest child was born and I can count on one hand the number of nights I've slept all the way through the night in a bed by myself or just with my husband. I'm so sick and tired … Continue Reading

No Garden To Grow

Every spring I say the same thing, with much sighing and sad resignation:  I wish we had a garden. I love the idea of walking out into my backyard to pick some vegetables for dinner. I love the idea of saving money on produce and eating healthier, … Continue Reading

What are you reading?

I have a goal of reading 52 books this year, obviously an average of one per week. I'm currently well on my way, with 39 books under my proverbial belt and two others on my shelf from the library waiting to be read. I have always avoided books … Continue Reading

My Top Potty Training Tips

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There is no end to the crazy and sometimes gross topics that parenting bloggers can write about on their blogs. Potty training is no exception. I'm not going to pretend that this post is going to be chock-full of advice you've never heard before or … Continue Reading

Simple Shoe Tip for Preschoolers

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Sometimes I'll think of a solution to a minor problem and think "How did I not think of this before now? How much time have I wasted? How much frustration have I experienced before this stupidly simple solution came to mind?" This is one of those … Continue Reading

Team MC

The Internet is such a powerful tool. Over the years, I've discovered many things that have made me laugh, think, and cry. I've read inspiring stories, articles and posts that have challenged me in many ways, and I've also read about medical … Continue Reading