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Seeing Green

This morning my daughter and I were snuggling in her bed, talking about whatever it is that three year olds talk about at 6:30 in the morning, when she piped up with the words that broke my working mom heart: “Mama, I don’t want to go to school. I just want to be home with […]

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What Happened to My Weekend?

Everyone looks forward to Friday, especially Friday nights. But, after you become a parent, Friday night and the weekend mean something totally different! As I watch my younger co-workers happily pack their bags, grab their keys and head out for a much anticipated “wild weekend,” only one thing crosses my mind… I’M TIRED!    Raising […]

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How to Take Kids Out to Eat in 37 Easy Steps

We’ve all been there. It’s a Friday night, the refrigerator is depleted from the week’s school lunches and the thought of cooking and cleaning up another meal sounds about as exciting as a trip to the gynecologist. You deserve it and you know it. A nice meal out, chilled wine in a real glass and […]

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Deployment with Baby at Home

My son was 11 months old in when my army reserve unit was given its mobilization orders to be part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Before this point, being in the army had meant one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer of training; not taking up a lot of time, it was mostly forgotten throughout […]

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Going to Yoga as a Mom

Going to yoga used to be simple.  Casually saunter into class. Unroll my mat. Clear my mind. Enjoy the flow. Namaste. Going to yoga as a mom is a completely different story. Let me count the ways:  Getting out the door is impossible.  If I’m working, it means I have a 45 minute window to […]

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Re-evaluating Modesty as a Mom

I’ve always followed some general modesty guidelines on principle.Basically, I wear shorts that cover 100% of my butt, don’t wear skirts that provide a view if I open my legs a few inches, and pants with “Juicy” written on the butt are definitely out.  But as a mother, my clothing choices encountered a whole new […]

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My YouTube Secret

One of the many things I’ve learned in this parenting gig is that no matter how weird or awkward or strange something your kid does, chances are at least 75% of other kids have done it or are currently doing it as well. I’ll still go ahead and Google said weird kid thing before bringing […]

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Words that Should Not Be Spoken

This is a list…of words, comments, statements…that should not be spoken from a husband/partner/spouse to a mom EVER.   I’m going to be upfront with you here. I’m going to list three things, but this list is not complete. Far from it, actually! And I’m sure every mom reading this could add at least two […]

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Mascara Tips for the Busy Mom

This post is sponsored by Beauty Brands. Opinions belong solely to the writer.Whether you spend an hour on your beauty routine, or you are lucky to wash your face everyday, some situations just demand a little make-up. I’m pretty sure the mascara in my makeup bag is years old, so the annual Beauty Brands Lash […]

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Finding Myself Again

All at once, everything crashed. My adrenaline wore off, the baby was here to stay, nobody in the house slept through the night in weeks, I hadn’t showered in an unacceptable amount of time, my eyes had permanent bags, my husband worked the night shift, and I was alone. Even with a baby tethered to […]

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Raising Up a Bilingual Child

I always knew I would raise my child to be bilingual, because roots are so important to me. Chinese (Mandarin and Hakka dialects) was my first language. My husband is Caucasian, and very on board with raising our son to be bilingual. I appreciate him so much, especially when he remains unaffected by me sounding […]

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