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February 14, 2016 | No comments yet

Regardless of Political Affiliation, Can We All Agree to Shorten the Election Campaign Season?

in Me Time

Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all learn something from the Irish electoral process. Recently in Ireland, the general election for Parliament (“Dail”) and Prime Minister (Taoiseach”) was announced. The general election was announced on February 3rd and is scheduled for February 26, 2016, resulting in just a twenty-three day period in which candidates can be announced, selected, vetted, and voted upon.

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February 14, 2016 | No comments yet

Presidents’ Day / Snow Day Activity

in Activities, Holiday/Seasonal, Kid Time, Me Time

Indoor Zip Line.

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February 11, 2016 | No comments yet

Valentine’s Day Madness

in Holiday/Seasonal, Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

You probably won’t be pinning it to any Valentine’s day boards on Pinterest. Unless, of course, you have a board entitled, “Crap I send to school with kids.” If you do, please pin away. Pin away, ladies. Here’s my shoe box lovingly covered in wrinkled pink wrapping paper.

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February 4, 2016 | No comments yet

Montessori Preschool Was Not For Me

in Kid Time, Parenting Advice

Many parents are trying to select preschools for their children at this time of year. There are many considerations: proximity to your home; schedule; and quality of program. Most importantly, the school and its philosophy have to fit your family’s and child’s personalities.

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January 28, 2016 | No comments yet

7 Obtainable healthy habits for moms that don’t include healthy food or exercise

in Humor, Me Time

I saw a pregnant woman doing Bikram yoga last night. And when I say pregnant, I mean she was eight-months round dripping sweat from her exposed belly doing a perfect standing bow. Bikram yoga is a 90-minute class in a 110⁰F room. Anyway, she’s motivated me for 2016. If she can exercise, so can I.

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January 13, 2016 | No comments yet

10 Things that Happened while DH Traveled for Work

in Humor, Me Time

I read this hilarious article today and since DH travels extensively, I immediately could relate: http://www.scarymommy.com/the-20-thoughts-moms-have-when-their-husbands-are-away-on-business/.

In addition to echoing this author’s thoughts, I swear that something always happens while DH’s in another time zone. Like some terrible Murphy’s Law that only strikes while I’m single mothering it. I’m a nervous wreck about everyone’s safety, have the security system armed at

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December 29, 2015 | 1 comment

The Worst Compliment to Give a Mom

in Me Time

Like most women, I love compliments. From anyone. On anything. My hair, clothes, shoes; about my children; on my charming wit. I usually take them in any form, even back-handed ones. (It’s kind of sad that I listed my shoes before my intellect, but I guess that’s what we’ve come to expect in the form of compliments.) But there’s one phrase that younger women need to stop staying to women who are only a few years older than them:

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December 21, 2015 | No comments yet

4 Unnecessary Holiday Traditions

in Holiday/Seasonal, Humor, Me Time

It’s Christmas week! I love the holidays. The time in between Thanksgiving and New Years is a special time of year for many. My family has holiday traditions that involve parties, decking the halls, baking (or like me, buying and eating) cookies, and gift giving.

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December 7, 2015 | 2 comments

How To Teach A Kindergartener to Tie His Shoes

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

He’s six-years-old, riding the bus every day to full-day kindergarten, but he doesn’t own a pair of shoes with laces.

At the beginning of the school year, his teacher made an announcement on her webpage that three students are in the shoe-lacing club. OK, three out of twenty-four. We’re not really behind. Last week, I asked him if there were still just three kids in that club. “There’s thirteen

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November 30, 2015 | No comments yet

10 Ways to Optimize Your Morning Routine

in Get More Time, Kid Time, Parenting Advice

Your kids are taking forever to eat their breakfast, brush their teeth, and put on their socks. You have five minutes to get them into the car before you’ll be officially late for school, dance class, daycare, or grandma’s house. No matter what time you get up in the morning, getting them dressed, fed, and into the car with all their stuff takes so much time, you’re always late. And longing for the days before kids when you could simply go to the car with only your keys and leave the house without making sure everyone remembered to put on pants. Sound familiar?

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