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March 5, 2016 | No comments yet

Carissa Howard on the Huffington Post

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My blog was featured on the Huffington Post this past week. Not once, but three different articles. In case you missed it, here they are, along with my bio:

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February 21, 2016 | 2 comments

14 Milestones Your Pediatrician Won’t Mention

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

2. On vacation, you can have a cocktail around the pool without imminent fear of drowning. I’ve had mine in formal swim lessons since 6-months old in order to accomplish this. My kids can now actually swim without assistance. Stay tuned – spring break is bound to be interesting.

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February 14, 2016 | No comments yet

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

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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

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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

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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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