The Secret to Being a Happy Mom

For years I woke up angry. On good days, I was just resentful, but most days I got out of bed highly irritated. This was because my wake up call came in the form of two cute little boys. My kids are five and six now, but in the early years, I would sleep for […]

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How to Find Your Village

It’s Spring Break here in San Diego, and since my husband still has to work, I am tasked with entertaining two boys instead of just one. Thankfully, I have friends in the same boat. Earlier this week, a neighbor and I were bemoaning the fact that we had to do our grocery shopping with two […]

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How to Harness the Power of Labels

One day not too long ago, when we picked up our boys from Sunday School after church, one of the teachers pulled me and my husband aside. She waited until the kids ran out of earshot. “That Henry,” she said, referring to our youngest who is just five, “He’s a smart one! I couldn’t believe […]

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How to Cultivate the Kind of Family You Want

We had a positive parenting expert speak to our MOPS group last month. She opened with a visualization exercise. I don’t like these types of exercises mainly because I don’t like being told what to do or keeping my eyes closed. But since I’m the lead coordinator for our group, I wanted to set a […]

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How to make sure you stay up past your bedtime

I’m officially past the stage where I can blame my children for my own lack of sleep. Nope. It’s all my fault, a fact that becomes painfully clear every morning when my alarm rings. Here are nine ways that you too can stay up past your bedtime and hate yourself in the morning: 1. Read […]

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How to Live in the Good Old Days

This quote from the last season of The Office got me right in the heart the first time I heard it. What do you consider to be “the good old days” of your life? Is there a time you would go back to and re-live if you could – changing nothing, but just for the […]

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3 Ways to Make Chores More Enjoyable

“What’s this, mommy?” he asked, pointing to the large display of grapefruit at the grocery store. “That’s a grapefruit!” I said. “Pleeeeaase can we get one? I’ve always wanted to try one!” I was happy to indulge him this small request. It’s a healthy food and it was on sale this week, so why not? […]

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