Sharing Your Birthday with Those in Need

Jun 24, 2015 by

I have written before about my quest to declutter our home in recent months. Less is more has been my philosophy for quite some time now, and it has caused me to rethink several areas of my life. I’m trying very hard to resist clearance rack clothing that will soon fall apart; we’ve gotten really into local toy swaps both for getting rid of outgrown items (and to acquire new toys), and I’ve unsubscribed to almost *all* marketing emails telling me about sales and coupons (aside from grocery stores) so I’m less tempted to buy things I don’t need. The one thing that has been a challenge? My kids’ birthdays. My sons are fortunate in that they have lots of people in their lives that care about them and want to give them birthday gifts. However, they simply do not need the number of gifts they receive from their friends and family. So, they donate birthday gifts to charity.

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Breaking Up with Screens

Jun 10, 2015 by

Screen time. Other than perhaps sleep training, I don’t know that there are two words that can cause more rifts between parents. It seems to be one of those things that parents are either all for (because screens are the future, we are raising digital “natives”, and they need to progress with the times) or totally against (because it stunts social skill development, can cause emotional disconnect, and overstimulates brains). I refuse to believe this is a black-and-white, all-or-nothing issue.

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Wardrobe Crisis: What am I supposed to wear?

May 27, 2015 by

I used to love to shop. For clothes. For me. I shopped sales, I sometimes splurged on fancy things, and I had to seriously keep myself in check when hitting our local outlet malls so I’d still have money left for monthly bills. If you sent 10-years-ago me a picture of me now…she would probably wonder what happened. You see, I still like to shop now and then, but I’ve completely lost the ability to shop for myself. Since having kids, I find plenty of outfits for my boys and my husband, and nothing for myself. Remember the show What Not To Wear? Remember when the token mom getting a makeover would be sobbing in Macy’s that she was overwhelmed and stressed and wanted to leave? I used to think that was absurd, but now…that mom is me!

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Learning to tell the truth….#unfiltered

May 13, 2015 by

Do you tell the truth? The real truth, when it comes to motherhood? I don’t always, and I am working on that. When I had my first son 6.5 years ago, I was proud, overwhelmed, terrified, excited, exhausted, drained, confused…so many things. However, when people asked “So! How’s life as a new mom?” I didn’t think I could really say those things, so I started saying what I figured people wanted to hear. “Oh, great! Things are wonderful. I just love it.” Which was true. Mostly. In reality, yes, I loved my baby, but also, I worried about his incessant colicky crying, I wondered if I’d made the right choice leaving my career behind, I didn’t know how I’d function on so little sleep, and I wished I had more friends going through the same thing as me. As time passed and my parenting experiences grew, I became accustomed to giving polite, standard replies to all questions regarding being a mother. Things were “going really well” and I was “enjoying every minute”, just like people always tell moms to do.

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We’re Drowning in Our “Stuff”

Apr 29, 2015 by

About two years ago, my husband and I decided to finish off a room in our partially finished basement as a designated “playroom” for our two boys. Our thinking was that in giving the kids a space to call their own, we could reclaim our own living space and not be surrounded by brightly colored plastic crap all day long. I’m happy to say we accomplished this goal: the toys stay in the playroom 99% of the time, and our living room now no longer resembles a daycare each evening. However, something interesting has happened. The playroom goes mostly untouched.

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