19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

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19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

19 Ideas for Enjoying “Me Time”

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  Let me let you in on a little secret. Once you become a stay-at-home parent, you lose something precious you probably didn’t value enough. No, not money (although you do lose some of that). No, not sex with your partner, although that may happen less often. Who has energy for that after several days with little sleep? You lose “me time,” those quiet moments where you can

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10 Ways Being an Older Mom Rocks

You thought you would be done having kids by 30, but, instead, you didn’t start until you were at least 35. Or fate stepped in and you found yourself with a baby again at 40, whether by surprise or fully planned. No matter how it happened, you are an older mom (anyone who has a baby at age 35 or older). Not only are you old enough to have babysat the other moms in the PTA when they were in elementary school, but you fear the day that you’ll be mistaken as your child’s grandmother. And what bugs you most

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From Two to Three

A year ago, I anticipated the arrival of our third child, another daughter. As I made space in our home for her, I spent much time imagining how I would balance it all. Unlike the fear and nervousness I felt before Grace, our second-born daughter, was born, I eagerly and impatiently waited for our youngest’s appearance. I wanted to see that my Sweet Pea was healthy and hold her in my arms. I couldn’t wait to touch her sweet face and give her kisses and cuddles. While I did worry about how her sisters might react to our new addition,

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10 Surprising (or Not) Things About Being a Parent

Before I married my husband, I taught first grade. For the most part (save the occasional behavior issue from hell), I enjoyed spending my days with a classroom full of six- and seven-year-olds. It was my life for a several years.  I figured that my knowledge from teaching, as well as the time I spent studying developmental theory in graduate school, would aid me in my role as a stay at home mom. And, in some ways, it helped. However, there are a few things I did not expect. 1. Incessant Noise From the moment my three girls wake up

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Because I Said So

When it comes to parenting, I tend to shy away from saying, “I’ll never…,” mainly because I hate eating crow. I focus more on what I want to do than what I refuse to do. There are a few things I’m pretty set on not doing, such as putting a TV in my girls’ room before they’re teenagers, but I try not to use the words “I’ll never.” I guess that attitude comes from experience and age. Being an older mom who used to teach first grade, I know situations arise that you don’t expect and your never suddenly turns

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6 Real-Life Tips on Surviving Potty Training

Over a year ago, I decided to try to potty train Ginny, who was just over two-years-old then. I looked for signs of readiness, and, admittedly, didn’t see any. Despite that, I decided to try anyway. I wasn’t successful. At all.  I had hoped that by using cloth diapers, she would be more than ready to use a potty.  I was wrong! Ginny is a stubborn child who prefers to do things in her own way, at her own time. She decided on her third birthday (literally) to start peeing on the potty. I’m not sure what magically happened on

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My Daughter Has a Potty Mouth

Disclaimer: This post is not my usual G- to PG-rated post. Some colorful language is used in it. If you are easily offended by language, particularly the “F” word, then I suggest you not read on any further. If asked what my favorite curse word is, I would answer quickly. I curse….a lot. But, and here’s the rub, I need to stop. After all, I’m a mom to two little girls. Usually, I’m good at keeping these words to myself, in my head or a whisper, but at times of great frustration (or bad drivers) the profanities tumble out of

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Older Moms Versus Younger Moms

I’m a mom of a “certain age.” My first daughter was born when I was 39 and my second at 41. I didn’t plan it out that way. It just happened to take me longer to find the man I would marry. (Or, to be honest, one willing to marry my mess-of-a-self.) Since I started motherhood later than the norm, I find there are several differences in how motherhood is going for me versus moms old enough to be my daughters younger than me. Here’s my (tongue-firmly-implanted-in-cheek) take on older moms versus younger moms: Child or Grandchild? Older Mom                                                                        When people

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5 Things That Make Toddlers Fabulous (And Drive Us Nuts)

This post is a bit of a “Flashback Friday” as it was originally done as a guest post for Epic Mommy Adventures! I enjoyed writing this post and wanted to make sure all saw it who might have missed it! 🙂 Living with a toddler is often like being on a roller coaster. You are never quite sure what you will get from moment to moment. If your toddler is two, like mine is, you will likely deal with the occasional tantrum or meltdown. Life with a toddler can be interesting. My toddler, Ginny, is two-years-old, but seems to think

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Kissing & Making It Better

As a child, I remember getting lots of bumps and scrapes. Sometimes those bumps and scrapes would include tears. I would run to my mom for comfort. She would look at what I had done, scrutinizing every detail, talking to me about what happened. Just those moments alone with my mom would help ease my hurts. After she bandaged me or dusted me off, she would offer to kiss it and make it better. And, it was. That simple kiss was magical. It helped the hurt go away. I know, logically, that the kiss didn’t heal my hurts. The kiss

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