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NICU

What a NICU Mama Needs

Whether it’s planned or completely unexpected, when your baby is in the NICU, life just gets overwhelming. My son was rushed to Children’s Mercy by ambulance early in the morning on his third day of life. I was completely exhausted and very drugged up still from an abrupt C-section and uncontrollable nausea even after delivery. […]

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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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A beautiful dinner alfresco, until the toddler wakes up screaming to the sound of his mom's fork grazing a plate.

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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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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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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My grandfather, Macario, and I on my wedding day in 2004.

Why I Keep My Maiden Name

“Mrs. Collins!” My son’s friend had to yell in my direction at least three times before he caught my attention. I was caught off guard. You see, I do not use my married name on a daily basis. Before you judge, you need to read the whole post to understand my unconventional choice. Don’t get […]

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Be Fancy AND Frugal with Craigslist!

When I decided to quit working and stay home with my children, I knew it would be necessary for me to contribute to our family in a different way. Like most stay-at-home moms, I did not choose this lifestyle because we were making too much money as a dual-income household. In fact, a large part […]

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A Stranger Told Me I Was A Bad Mom

I stood there in shock and disbelief. A woman I didn’t know, a stranger, was standing in the middle of the store, telling me I was a bad mother. I was four weeks postpartum. My toddler was whining because I couldn’t open his fruit snacks fast enough and my newborn daughter was screaming in her […]

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Sometimes I Wonder

It was one of those brilliantly sunny evenings when we were all outside, the kids were playing together and my husband and I were able to simply sit at the patio table and watch them. That doesn’t happen very often so I was certainly trying to soak it in for the 7 minutes it lasted […]

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