Surviving Motherhood | My Mantra ‘Is What Would Elsa Do?’

Every mother should find a mantra to live up to while in the throes of surviving motherhood. It is with this mentality that I have found a mantra to live by, survive by, and journey forward in — “What Would Elsa Do?” I’m sure you’re wondering who the heck Elsa is and why do I strive to parent like her. Well, in case you missed the last decade of Disney movies, Elsa is that lovable character from the movie Frozen. […]

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Things You Never Knew You Could Do Until You Became a Mom

The other day, I was talking to a friend who has not yet become a parent. She started complaining about how she was so bored and watched TV all day before she suddenly stopped mid-sentence and looked at me with wide-eyes. Then she apologized profusely for throwing her perfectly calm and peaceful life in my face. But it was okay, I was half asleep anyway listening since my baby was teething and kept me up all night. You learn a […]

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WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY 3/21 Rocking Acceptance

Hello World!  March 21st is WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY. My daughter, Belle, was diagnosed at birth with Down Syndrome.   Down Syndrome (NOT DOWNS) is a common genetic condition that occurs when there are 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. (T21) And so, World Down Syndrome Day is 3/21. (See what they did there?) What YOU Can Do on World Down Syndrome Day 2019 I have four kids total and the adventure that I have been on with Miss B […]

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Flexing My Flirting Muscles

“Rachel, it’s time. You need to learn how to talk to guys and flirt again.” – Marni “Just go for it, you’ll have fun and it will be a good ego boost.” – Amanda “You should definitely do it, but can I PLEASE make your online dating profile.” – Jenni All of the above were real statements, made by real friends, telling me the mourning period was over and it was time for me to move on.  I had been […]

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What Moms Would Do With More Time

What would women do with more time? A new poll aims to find out. …the average woman feels she needs an extra 82 minutes a day to accomplish everything she would like…” PR News Wire A poll of 2,000 American women ages 18+ reveals what they say they would do if they had extra time in their day: 49% sleep 36% read 29% exercise 22% learn a new hobby 50% say they’ve given up a hobby because they didn’t have […]

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I Love Parenting My Adult Children. Here’s Why.

When our children prepare to graduate from high school or college, we as parents often struggle in a tug of war over power with them. We spend years shaping them into the adults we hope they’ll become, but inevitably, their future is determined by the choices they make—-whether we agree with them or not. Relationships between parents and their adult children can become strained during this time, which is why it’s so important to know when to let go and […]

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Mothers Need to Lead the Feminist Revolution

Growing up, I often heard my mother repeat the phrase: “you can do everything, just not all at once.” I am sure she said the same thing to our brother, but I knew she was really speaking to my sister and I, children born in the 1980s, just a decade or so shy of the rise of modern feminism and the birth of the idea that women can do whatever men can do. My own mother gave up her career […]

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The Top 5 Times I Lost it or Threw Shade at Kids.

I may be a relatively well-seasoned mother of two, but I am still a very flawed human. Motherhood can be overwhelming and sometimes that stress can bring out my absolute worst qualities. I try to embrace this, and admit the un-admittable, because, the truth is, we are all in this together. If I ever want to celebrate our best days, I have to laugh at the worst (and I cross my fingers that you are laughing, too). Top 5 Times […]

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Saying NO to Kids | From the DadCave: ‘No’ is My Love Language

Guest post from Developing Dad. I am spending the summer home with my sons. They are 5 and 7. I fully appreciate the unencumbered, freewheeling imagination of these bright young boys. I do. I say this as a disclaimer to be applied to what might be considered a hurtful thing to say did you not know how truly enamored and impressed I am with these children. They are the apple of my eye and the light of my life. They […]

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Karen Finally Got Some Alone Time… and Missed her Son

I finally got some much-longed for alone time. But it didn’t turn out how I expected. “Ok buddy, I’ll see you Friday okay? Love you!” My son barely took his eyes off the tablet screen to say good bye to me. Apparently watching a jet-plane take off is far more interesting than saying goodbye to your mother when you’re three-years- old. I mean, let’s face it, he doesn’t completely understand what I’m talking about and he has minimal concept of […]

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