How to Boost the Value of a Gift

Over sixteen years ago, one of my husband’s buddies gave us a wedding gift. It was a cream colored quilted blanket with a fringe, the kind you drape over your couch and grab to keep your toes warm on a winter night. I was impressed by the gift, but he laughed and said his mom […]

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10 Insanely Helpful Gifts for a New Mom

My sister had a baby on Saturday – a girl! She lives on the other side of the country and it will be a few months before I can visit. In the meantime, I’m soaking up all the baby pictures she sends me and reminiscing about that wonderful-terrible time right after bringing the baby home: […]

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3 Powerful Reasons Why Young Moms Need Hobbies

It was a regular Wednesday afternoon, and my two boys, then four and five, were jumping on opposite sides of the couch. I was standing at the sink, about to warn them about jumping into each other and getting hurt, when my oldest stopped and hollered over to me. “Hey Mommy! What are you going […]

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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 Cultivate the Kind of Family You Want: Create a Family Manifesto

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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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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How to Grab Groceries with Kids Without Losing your Mind

It was a hot and sticky summer day when we brought my first born home from the hospital. I sat in the back of our car, next to William who was snuggled in his brand new car seat. We stopped at a 7-11 for gas and my husband delivered a red slurpee to me through […]

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Conquering the Clutter

As moms managing young children as well as our households, we are constantly surrounded by the responsibility generated by our stuff. We clean all the clothes and put them away. We grocery shop, and put the food away. We pick up clutter to vacuum the floor. We sort through the mound of shoes to find […]

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