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October 14, 2016

Got Pumpkin Fever? Try This Pretty Pumpkin Centerpiece!

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photo by Megan Poole

Feeling festive for fall? This adorable pumpkin centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn decor, and it smells yummy too! The canning ring pumpkin is so cute it won Country Living Magazine’s Pinterest Pumpkin Contest. With just a few affordable items, you can create this sweet little accent for your porch, table, or fall party.

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Balancing Motherhood and Self-Care

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Did you know that mommy ducks build their nests with feathers they pluck from their chests? Neither did I, but it makes sense. A mother duck is the same as every other kind of mom out there: she endures the often painful sting of sacrifice so that she might create a safe place for her children. It seems that mother ducks understand the balance between motherhood and self-care. But what happens when a mommy duck becomes over-plucked?

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Fed Up! My Breakup Text To Target

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*Texting*

Mr. Target, I hate to put you on blast in a text. But we kind of need to talk. I’ve been thinking, and you know how I am when I get to thinking. It’s time for us to see someone else.  It’s not me this time, it’s you, my dear. Why do you do me like this? We were once so close, but I’ve realized we need to take a break. Oh Target, I’m getting so emotional just typing all of this. You’ve got me all in my feelings! But I know it’s for the best. Recently our relationship is too complicated at the moment. It’s too emotionally draining and I need time to work some things out.

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Kids Won’t Play With Toys? 10 Ways To Keep Them Busy

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Photo by Kiana Keys

Do your kids need to stay busy? If your your house is anything like mine, you have 10 toy-boxes, filled to the brim, and your kids won’t play with anything in there! Who knows what treasures are even buried toward the bottom, we haven’t seen them in years! My kids seem much more interested in other household items and activities we call “projects.”  Here are 10 ways you can keep your kids occupied so mama can sneak in a little “me-time“:

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Cocktails? Forget It! Restaurant Dining With Kids

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Courtesy of Pixaby

Restaurant date for a party of 5! Hold tight, because this isn’t for the faint at heart.  Let me set the tone for you. My 4 year-old is hangry (hungry + angry) and pouting because she “is starving” and cannot wait another second for her favorite spaghetti. My 2 year-old is climbing out of his high chair, trying to do a belly flop on the table. The bread bowl goes flying and all of us duck for cover. Sometimes full glasses of water get knocked over, drenching everyone. Silverware continues to mysteriously disappear into that black hole under the table.

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That Time My Husband Bought Me Lingerie

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Courtesy of Pixaby

First off let me say that motherhood is the biggest honor and gift. I remember when I was expecting my first son, a good friend described my impending birth experience as an opportunity to assist God in a miracle. And boy was that statement accurate. I’m going to tell you how growing and delivering babies made me give my husband a major side eye when he bought me lingerie, but first let me tell you what these kids did to my body to cause the side eye!

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Cool Mom? Apparently I’m Not One Anymore

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Photo by Kiana Keys

I thought I was a cool mom, but apparently that changed. I recently signed up to have a parent-teacher conference with my 14-year old son.  Because the conference took place immediately before school started, I suggested what I thought was a bright idea.  As I parked and turned the car off, I casually said “OK, let’s walk in.” To my horror, his eyes grew large, his face turned dark and he looked like he saw a ghost. He replied “oh no mom. Oh I can’t do that. No. I can’t be seen walking with you! Please promise me you’ll walk several steps behind me, and enter into the main entrance. I will sneak into the side door because we can’t be seen together!”  With a blank stare plastered on my face, I thought to myself, “um, excuse me? What is happening here? Aren’t I the cool mom?”

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Busy Moms Can Go Back To School Too

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Courtesy of Pixaby

 

Do you yearn to return to school? It is very possible. If I could do it, so can you.

Six years ago, I devised a list of all the reasons I couldn’t go back to school. My list was solid, and I had a comeback for anyone that tried to challenge it. I have a family. I have a full-time job. I’m too busy as it is. I don’t feel like it. Time doesn’t grow on trees.  I cannot add another thing on my plate. It would never work. I rotated these excuses in and out of conversations to anyone that would listen, sounding like a sad, broken record. Then one day it hit me. What is up with my “I can’t” attitude, and why am I my biggest barrier? If I really want to conquer the world, why not start today?  I wanted to lift myself out of that state of complacency and activate the drive I knew I had.

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