‘Inappropriate’ Songs for a Preschooler

Jul 6, 2015 by

I love music. I love concerts. I love windows down, volume up, singing at the top of my lungs car rides. Problem is, my older daughter (almost 5) is really starting to pay attention to what we’re listening to – eek!

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 2.56.40 PMI still have this pre-kid memory of a little boy singing loudly at the airport, headphones in ears, to Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston. Maybe you know it? It goes – “you had me suicidal, suicidal, when you say it’s over. Damn all these beautiful girls . . .” I was APPALLED. I vowed never ever to let my future unborn children listen to inappropriate music. Add that to the list of things I would NEVER EVER do. Oh, sweet, innocent, well-rested, pre-kids Jenn.

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10 Reasons Why Dads Are The Best

Jun 22, 2015 by

1. Dads will help you build intricate castles out of wooden blocks.

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2. Dads will let you decorate the dog’s kennel.

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3. Dads will let you pose them for photoshoots with stuffed animals.


4. Dads will make you towel skirts.


5. Dads will take you to all your violin lessons and handle all the practicing.

5-22-15 NH Fiddlers

6. Dads will suit up and take you out to play in the snow when it’s way too cold for mom to go out.

1-16-13 Snow Play w Daddy

7. Dads are always willing to share their pillows.

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8. Dads will take you down that slide that you’re just too scared to go on alone.

8-30-14 Farm Day Slide S and Dad

9. Dads are always up for a nap.

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10. Dads will teach you to hula hoop.

11-22-12 Daddy Hula Hooping

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How To Be That Put Together Mom – Ha!

Jun 8, 2015 by

housewife“Wow – I don’t know how you do it all, you must really have it together.” I’ve heard some version of this phrase quite a few times since becoming head of the school PTA in January. Oh fellow moms, thank you, thank you for thinking that I’ve got it all together. I’ve got you all fooled, don’t I? I’ve got a lot of balls in the air and I think for the most part I’m avoiding dropping them – at least the important ones – but I’m certainly not scoring any baskets or making any touch downs.

Truth be told, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. And I’ve been throwing myself a pity party for one. Sometimes it feels very unfair that I have to work full time, manage the household, volunteer for all this stuff and yet still feel like it’s a stretch to pay the bills. Keeping score, even with other moms instead of my husband, is just the first step on a slippery slope.

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Learning To Filter My #Unfiltered Birth Story

May 11, 2015 by

I’m not sure if you’re able to tell from my writing here, or if you’d need to meet me in person to know, but I can be a tad #unfiltered. I assume I’ve always been this way, but motherhood has certainly made it worse.

I’d like to think that since I am now a seasoned mama, and I’ve got lots of great women advising me, that I’ve got some decent wisdom to share. This was not always the case.

Immediately following the birth of my first daughter I was totally and completely shocked about the birth process and about mothering a teeny tiny human in general. I had to tell EVERYONE who would listen how terrible giving birth was, how weird it was that I didn’t sleep anymore and how I wasn’t sure this was something they’d want to do. Problem was that most of the people I was talking to about it were already pregnant.

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Seasonal Reading: Spring Favorites

Apr 27, 2015 by

As I write this, it’s still only 44 degrees outside. This week my daughter told me I need to start sending a coat with her to school again – she’s cold on the play ground! But there are buds on the trees and daffodils blooming, so we’re calling it Spring – finally! Even though the plastic eggs are safely back in the attic, we’re just starting to fill our seasonal reading basket with Spring books. It’s been empty for a while. I just couldn’t bear to look at the Winter books any longer. And even though my daughter is still wearing her Fall coat, the Fall books are long gone up the attic stairs as well.


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