Author: Carly Corrigan

For Sale

Despite what you might be thinking the title of this blog post is implying, I can assure you that I am not planning to sell either one of my beloved children. Not today anyway. However, ask me again tomorrow and you may get a different answer (yes, of course I’m kidding). All jokes aside though, my husband and I are just days away from having one of those large “For Sale” signs placed in our front yard and it’s both exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Can we just talk for a second about how much added stress this has been causing and WE HAVEN’T EVEN PUT IT ON THE MARKET YET?!? Updating this, painting that, cleaning this, getting rid of that, replacing this, organizing that, bang head against wall, repeat. And trying to keep things clean and organized when you have a 6 and 3 year old? Ha! Sometimes it seems damn near impossible. It’s like they are purposely waiting until a room is spotless just so they can bring out every toy and tiny object they own and transform it into a space that looks as if it’s been hit by a tornado. I’m about one bribe short of promising a pony to get these kids to keep their bedrooms clean. I just try to keep reminding myself that things won’t be like this forever...

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5 Reasons Why Business Trips Aren’t Awful

As a fellow mom who loves her children dearly I can appreciate ones’ hesitation when it comes to traveling for work, especially when you’re a natural worrier like me. Will my girls leave the house without brushing their hair? Will my husband pack enough food for my daughter’s lunch and snack? Are we set with all the necessary childcare? Are my kids going to be really upset I’m not going to be home during my trip? A few months back I accepted a new role at my company that also happens to require more travel. Although it can be tough to leave my babies, traveling for work isn’t really all that bad. Here are 5 reasons why I feel this way and, ironically, I wrote them down while I was on a business trip. 1. Technology these days is pretty amazing. Even though I may be miles away, using something like FaceTime makes it possible to feel as if I’m in the same room as my kids while we talk. I do, however, use the term “FaceTime” loosely when talking about using it with my 5 and 3 year olds because they’re usually holding the phone so close to their faces I really only get glimpses of them from the nose up. I really ought to have some Dramamine on hand because it’s like watching The Blaire Witch Project all over again – up close and...

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Practice Makes… Better

Most of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve made in the past have had something to do with eating healthier and exercising more (or at all).  With a new year comes a new opportunity to become an even better version of myself and I decided to focus on something a bit different this year – polishing my mommy tools. Tools like patience, compassion, and having a more positive perspective (to name just a few). It started out great, too! That is, until roughly 10:30am on January 1st when some rough-housing ended with my cup of coffee spilling all over myself (don’t worry, it was the typical “mommy didn’t get to drink her coffee before it got cold” coffee) and all over our couch. I wasn’t happy about it, to say the least, and then I somehow managed to come down with New Year’s Resolution amnesia. You know, that phenomenon that happens when you somehow totally forget that huge goal you decided to dedicate an entire year to working on. And so I yelled and did a lot of huffing and puffing (in true big, bad wolf fashion) and then stormed into the kitchen to get something to clean up the mess. In my coffee-soaked rage I must have bumped a plate that was sitting on the counter and as I was walking back into the living room, the sound of shattering glass pushed me...

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Winning!

I just completed my third 5k. Even now I’m both proud of, and pleasantly surprised at, myself. There was a time I honestly believed I would never be able to complete one race, never mind three (with the intention of completing even more races in the future). It’s amazing how we underestimate our strength and abilities sometimes, isn’t it? Besides having the goal of getting in shape and losing weight, my biggest reason for doing these/running/exercising has been to try to set a good example for my daughters. Am I a fast runner? Lord, no! Which is why I found it comical when I would return home and my 5-year-old would ask if I won the race. My response to her was that I did, but not because I came in first place, but because I ran the whole race. I had finished and to me that truly meant that I did win! I had set a goal for myself and I achieved it. Winning! <insert Charlie Sheen voice> For this past 5k, my husband surprised me and brought my girls to the race to cheer me on, equipped with homemade signs and everything. It meant the world to me! Not only were they there to support me, but they were able to witness me completing this challenge from start to finish. Something I hope they’ll do as well – not necessarily...

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Filling Our Gratefulness Jars

My family has been working on filling our gratefulness jars. My daughters each decorated their own mason jar with stickers during church school and our whole church congregation was encouraged to write down something that we’re grateful for each day. Well, it doesn’t always happen every day, but usually after dinner we’ll go around the table and ask what everyone was thankful for that day. I write down what everyone says on different colored pieces of paper and we add them to the jars. I really enjoy hearing what my daughters are grateful for. Some of the things they have said they’re grateful for have been nice parents (I promise I didn’t bribe my daughter to say that one!), making new friends at the Boys and Girls Club (where my daughter goes for before and after school care), and for Calvin (our cat). With Thanksgiving only a couple short weeks away, I thought I might share with you just a small sample of the things I’ve been feeling grateful for lately. …potty training is a thing of the past! No more diapers, no more wipes, no more “I don’t want to sit on the potty!” gripes. Two kids in underwear and (knock on wood) no more accidents. Life is good! …my girls have really settled into the whole school routine and, even better, they’re enjoying it and learning so much. …fun family school events that we’ve been able to attend including Bingo night, Trunk or Treating, and a...

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