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Flying the nest: surviving spring break

Flying the nest: surviving spring break

If ya’ll will excuse me this month, I’m feeling very verklempt. My older daughter, my first born, my baby girl, is packing almost everything she owns in preparation for her week away (from me). This will be the first time that the child who made me a mother will be away from me for an extended period of time. Those two nights that her Nana kept her while my husband and I celebrated our anniversary at a bed and breakfast just two hours away don’t count.
A Grocery Store Score: A Mom's Dilemma

A Grocery Store Score: A Mom's Dilemma

I happened to run into a small neighborhood grocery store and discovered that they were having an awesome sale on ketchup. I nabbed 25—no, I’m not kidding—bottles of ketchup. I just knew that my daughters would be giddy at my grocery store score. Not so much...if my purchase was to be of benefit and not in vain, this would call for drastic measures.
In Celebration of the Second Semester

In Celebration of the Second Semester

I had stayed up way too late the night before and had to wake up way too early on this particular morning. But isn’t that always the case on the first day back to school from winter break?
A Picture Perfect Holiday Season

A Picture Perfect Holiday Season

Even before becoming a momma, I longed for the day that I would purchase matching—or at least coordinating—pajamas for my children. I had visions of sweet babies in their footed pajamas posed beside the lighted tree early in the morning, sleep still in their eyes, smiling serenely for the camera. Norman Rockwell couldn’t paint a more beautiful picture than I had developed in my mind’s eye. What I didn’t envision was the wide array of Christmas morning pictures I’d get without Christmas pajamas.
Taking "Me Time" Whenever I Can Find It

Taking "Me Time" Whenever I Can Find It

Finally. I am finally sitting down for the day. I’m snuggled up on my favorite seat. My contacts are out, and my glasses are on. My feet are pulled up beside me, and I’m sporting my favorite comfy pajamas. “Me Time” at its finest. Finally.
Don't Mess with the Corn Maze

Don't Mess with the Corn Maze

The crisp air and colorful leaves lulled me into thinking that the corn maze would be a good day-trip for our family. We can’t even walk through the Friday night buffet without loosing a kid or two; I’m not sure why I thought we could actually make it through a ten-acre corn maze.
Spilling It: Oversharing with Your Teen

Spilling It: Oversharing with Your Teen

I guess she was going to have to find out eventually that I had not always been the super-cool and amazingly awesome person she knows—the one who drives a dusty minivan in the pick-up lane blaring Taylor Swift through the speakers. I wondered exactly what I should tell her. I believe that some things are better left unsaid. But I also believe that honesty is the best policy, so I spilled.
Mom Gets the Last Laugh—How I Found a Backpack and Lost My Mind

Mom Gets the Last Laugh—How I Found a Backpack and Lost My Mind

With exactly a month before school was to commence again, my younger daughter approached me with her own school supply list that included just one thing: A bodacious backpack.
Party On: Confessions of a Party Girl

Party On: Confessions of a Party Girl

On more than one occasion during the weeks proceeding the big day, my husband asked me if I was being too extravagant. He wondered aloud if I had gone overboard. He muttered under his breath “What’s the big deal anyway?”
Mom Gets the Last Laugh—We are Not the Joneses

Mom Gets the Last Laugh—We are Not the Joneses

Peer pressure should be a strong motivator, but the Davidsons are not the Joneses. Our lawn is not the envy of the lane; in fact, I am actually grateful that it’s not the worst.
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