Grandparenting: It Isn’t For Everyone

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Recently, I’ve been ignoring the love of my life (HGTV) in order to devour The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. Between fits of giggles and poking my sleeping husband in the forehead to read him hilarious excerpts, I barely have time to put away the folded laundry that has been waiting patiently in baskets […]

5 Reasons You Should NOT Buy The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets

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Are you on Twitter? If you just said, “What’s Twitter?”, then the answer is no, you are not on Twitter. Think of Twitter as text messages with a limit; you only have 140 characters (and spaces count!) to convey your joke, thought, or otherwise useless and uninformative quip. And the people love it. Because the Twitterverse […]

I Stalked a Baby Sideburns Fan and Here’s What Happened

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One week ago, my sweet baby girl turned the big 0-1. For the days leading up to her birthday, I held my Facebook pals captive and reminisced by binge-sharing photos, memories, and everything I’d ever written for or about her. By the end of the day on April 14th, my ovaries were in overdrive. “PLEASE!” I […]

Do You Have Gross Feet? Stop it.

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I told myself it wasn’t going to happen. Not this year. Nope! I would be prepared and not caught off guard. I would rock those flip-flops on the first flip-flop worthy day and have NO SHAME. Then it happened. This year. Yep. I wasn’t prepared and certainly caught off guard. I rocked flip flops because […]

I’m A Really Good Mom

Mott's Good & Honest

It was the winter of 2012. My almost-two and almost-four-year-olds were suffering from a bad case of cabin fever. It was too cold to head to the park, the snow too deep to let my littles frolic around outside. The girl would surely be lost in a drift and, if I’m being honest, I don’t do […]

Parents, Stop Using Labels As Scapegoats

Quit using labels as scapegoats!

“Do you think she has a…problem?” My husband asked this about our three-year-old because, recently, she has become really stellar at looking us square in the face and completely ignoring the words coming out of our mouths. I’ve noticed she normally utilizes this tactic when asked to do something. Namely, something she doesn’t want to do. This child is the […]

When a Type-A Becomes a Parent

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.   I’m a typical first child; a people-pleasing follower of the rules. As you can imagine, my by-the-book motto made me wildly popular in junior high, […]

5 Things School Administrators Should Do To Make Kindergarten Registration Easier (on Moms)

Tips for helping Mom cope with the emotional Kindergarten registration

At this time last week, I found myself sitting in the bleachers at our local elementary school waiting for my number to be called. In my own version of the Hunger Games, I wrung my hands and conspicuously dabbed the sweat pooling at my hair line. This was it. There was no turning back; I was officially registering my baby […]

March 26, 2015: Today I Am Drowning In Parenthood

Today was a bad day. And that's OK.

The 5-year-old is arguing because he is right and I am wrong. The 3-year-old is whining because something, anything, didn’t go her way. The baby is screaming because she no longer fits in my uterus. The dogs are so sick of the noise that they’ve disappeared upstairs, not even to emerge to bark at the mail truck. Today the […]

Great Expectations for a Little Reciprocity

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A couple of weeks ago, my piece We’re Expecting! No One Cares was featured on Mamapedia. I was saddened by how many other mothers have experienced the “Meh” reaction to their pregnancies, but I was more emotional about the comments that said I shouldn’t expect others to be excited just because I was. This isn’t […]

There Are So Many Morons

That Guy is a bad guy to be

Having worked with the public since I was 16, I like to think I’m a people person. It doesn’t mean I actually like them; it just means I know them. I’ve encountered and taken orders from various men and women courtesy of a plethora of part-time jobs and alllll my different teaching assignments. Through so many positions, working with so many […]

GB Asana35 AP Review

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”   Hey, know what’s fun? When your husband accidentally backs over important stuff. Like your baby’s stroller. Your chubby-thighed, full o’ rolls, can’t carry her through the […]

Do You Belong On Facebook? Take This Quiz and Find Out!

Do you behave badly on social media? Are you a TROLL?! Take this quiz and find out!

The way people conduct themselves online never ceases to amaze me. From the Know It All to Negative Nancy, my computer is jam packed with people who have no idea how to behave on social media. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow my Facebook page over the past few years, but with the increasing numbers come the […]

What Pinterest Won’t Show You: How to REALLY Recycle Baby Wipe Bins

WCME_recycled baby wipe bins

Don’t you just love Pinterest?! Shut up. Pinterest makes me feel inferior. All those homemade birthday party decorations and thoughtful gifts whittled from mighty oak trees can bite me. Why make it yourself when you can buy it?! We don’t have three Dollar Generals within a four mile radius ‘round these parts for nothin’! When I change […]

Got Light?

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Most little kids are afraid of the dark, and my three-year-old is no exception. Rather than walk into a dimly lit room by herself, she calls for help the way a normal person would shriek if on fire or being eaten alive by carpenter ants. Toddlers, they’re like that. As a child, I distinctly remember lying in […]

And They Shall Call Me Master

Woman starting math teaching business

Before I swapped my Italian last name for a Polish one, I was working on my Masters degree. Before, during, and after I gave birth to my first beautiful baby, I was working on my Masters degree. And I worked and worked and worked some more, then I got pregnant with my second beautiful baby and […]

Don’t Worry Kids, That’s Just My Gallbladder Exploding.

Is your gallbladder exploding?

Before I traded in my day job for three rug rats and a computer, I used to function as a public member of society; as in, I wore pants to work as a high school English teacher. One day at my pants-required job, my gallbladder almost exploded. All teachers have those horrifyingly embarrassing moments in the […]

I Think My Preschooler Was a Stoner in a Former Life

5 ways my kid reminds me of a stoner

Some call him an old soul because of his wise eyes and affinity for classic rock. Others, namely Grandparents, call him “brilliant, advanced, perfect.” His sisters just call him silly. My 5-year-old is definitely something special (says every mom ever), and while I agree with some the above descriptions, another comes to mind every time he requests […]

I Wanna Feel Done

I miss being pregnant. Even THAT pregnant.

July 2014 marked 8 years of wedded bliss for me and the husband. Every July 29, I force him to pose for The Anniversary Picture that proves we still like each other:   In years past, we’ve held a sign that reads how many years we’ve been married (thank you, Pinterest), but 2014 worked out that the ages of our […]

10 Signs That My Frat Party Days Are Over

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Winter is long–so long–’round these parts, and as kids do, parents tend to come down with a case of cabin fever, too. In an effort to combat the elements and serve Mother Nature the junk punch she deserves, a bunch of us 30-somethings intent on reliving our glory days took to a friend’s house to christen his new […]