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5 expert, guilt-free strategies to make me-time a reality for more moms.

Given the work I do daily with so many amazingly strong, tuned-in, competent juggling moms, a little bit of smoke comes out of my ears every time I read lines like, it’s so important to set aside "me time" every single day to be an even better mom and wife! So many of...

Getting blunt with my daughters, because #metoo.

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Last season, my family discovered the Disney Channel show Andi Mack and we were instantly hooked. This series for tweens and young teens pulled us in with its smart writing, well-developed characters, and diverse cast. But after the recent Season 2 premiere, I love...

Trump’s proposed tax bill will keep parents from adopting. That sucks for everyone.

As an adoptive mom, I'm committed to fighting against Trump's new tax bill that, among other things, eliminates the essential adoption tax credit for families. Here's why. Adoption is expensive. Like, crazy expensive. While it's 100% worth it without a question, by...

In defense of parents: A response to the child-free haters of the world.

If you ask me, anonymous avatars on the internet don't need more license to shame parents and our children. But alas, a recent Lifehacker article by Patrick Allan explicitly asked non-parents to name their grievances against those people who deigned to bear kids. So...

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All That Glitters

I'm not sure if it's because I've been living in Mississippi too long (the pizazz capital of the world), or if I'm really a 3-year-old trapped in a woman's body - but in either case, I heart glitter. However, as a new mama and a domestic engineer, I realize that it...

Jesus Christ, Fashion Superstar

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Blow Your Refund (or at least part of it)

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All the Small Things

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Go Ahead, Put Your Refund Right Into Your Purse

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Where the Heck is Wyoming?

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From Briefcase to Diaper Bag

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Cute as Kit

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Tastes Like Chicken

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W-W-W-W-Wipeout

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