The older I get—or maybe just the longer I live—the more I see that time changes perspective. Next weekend marks the turn of a decade for me… the closing of a most wonderful chapter of my life—my 20s, the decade...
Mom guilt. It rolls off the tongue like "mom jeans," but we wear its grip much tighter, like yoga pants. Or skinny jeans if that’s your thing. I’d like to say I don’t really experience much guilt as a mom, but...
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Pep Talk for a Toddler Mom

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Dear Toddler Mama, First off, congrats! You made it this far! You survived babyhood! I’m throwing up all the ‘praise hands’ emojis for you. I know people keep telling you to buckle your seat belt and get ready for a wild...
Moms, I owe you an apology.   You, my friends and family members who became mothers before I did, who grappled and groaned with child-rearing before I could even imagine it, deserve my honesty. You have been the target of...
Sometimes we eat popcorn for dinner. With M&M’s if we’re feeling fancy.   Sometimes we eat Totino's Party Pizzas for dinner. Occasionally I bake chicken nuggets on the same pan and I feel pretty productive.   Other times my husband cooks dinner.   Sometimes I...
“I graduated in 2010.” From high school? I shriek as I remember how proud I was of my good fortune in managing to complete my undergraduate program in the year 2000.   It’s happening more and more these days. I make...
Do you listen to podcasts? I mean, if 2020 taught us anything is that moms love memes and murder podcasts, am I right?! There is literally a podcast out there for almost every single niche you could ever imagine. Everything...
Have you been there? Have you ever had days (or seasons, or even years...) when life just runs you over? And yet, you are still a mom. No matter what kind of day you have, there isn't an option...
Friendship. We grow up being warned that friends will come and go—that life will happen, places and circumstances will change, and the people with whom we will surround ourselves won’t always stay the same. And then we grow up, and life...
Last semester was brutal. After some scary life changes in the spring, I made some choices out of fear that really loaded up my schedule. In addition, some awesome opportunities came my way. But they came with heavy time commitments. There was...

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How to Celebrate Juneteenth

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Do you and your family know what Juneteenth is? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition...
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