Cari Dugan

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Cari Dugan is a lifestyle photographer and writer in Minneapolis Minnesota. She writes candidly about everyday life and experiences on being a wife and a mother on her blog Dugans in Cahoots ( www.dugansincahoots.com ) You can also keep up with her on Instagram (@cariduganphotography ) Her husband, and four children make life what it is – A Beautiful Mess.

Dear Young Mama

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I was a fairly young mama, 21 years old and only married a year and a half before I gained the title mommy and soon after added two more to the bunch. I don't...

My Husband Isn’t a Babysitter. He is Dad.

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A few weeks ago, I grabbed by camera bag, tossed my lenses and camera in (among the diapers and burp cloths), and kissed my four babies good-bye for the morning. Mama was going to work...

The Summer We Quit Media

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Four weeks ago, my kids quit TV and media. Or rather, they were forced to quit by my very sudden and rash proclamation, “THAT’ S ENOUGH! Until further notice, TV, iPad and any other source...

A Lice Party

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Lice. Oh how that one word can make your head crawl and itch. A few weeks ago my sleepy, blonde-headed baby walked into the kitchen and stated. “My head is itchy.” Alarmed, my husband and I exchanged a...

10 Reasons Why Your Marriage Needs A Vacation

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My husband and I are celebrating 13 years of marriage this year. Thirteen years. Graduating college. Four kids. Nine moves, three of those international. Add job changes in there and business start ups. Along with kids' activities...

Asking for Help

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I’ve never liked asking for help. I mean does anyone really? When my kid’s were really tiny, (all three under five-tiny), life was crazy and chaotic. I honestly could have used a few extra set of...

When Your Mother-in-Law Rocks

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Mothers-in law. They usually have a bad rap for being intrusive, overbearing, irritating and controlling. I have been at so many gatherings where mothers-in-law have been the center of everyone’s jokes. I am happy to report though...

Trust Your Mama Gut Feeling

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A mama's gut feeling should never be ignored. It is an amazing thing. The first time I experienced strong Mama's gut was when my oldest was four months old. At that time, we had already...

Don’t Tell Her She’s Too Big

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"Mom! I finally found a friend today at school, just like me!" Just like you?  "Yes! She plays with dolls too! But we don't tell anyone, cause they will laugh and think we are babies. It's...

Dear Daughters – You Aren’t Perfect

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Dear Daughters, If you haven't realized it yet, the world expects a lot of you. I am so sorry about that. There is a lot of unnecessary pressure on your little shoulders, and if I...

Tips for Raising an Adventurous Child

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For as long as I can remember, our littlest has been our wild cat. Before she was walking she was climbing, and as soon as she was climbing she was jumping off of everything....

I Need Them

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Last night my husband peeked his head into our bedroom door, where I have been hiding out for days, desperately trying to finish a project that’s deadline was looming. Life up to that point...

10 Ways To Encourage Your Mama Friend

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We all need encouragement from time to time don't we? As moms we often wonder are we doing enough? Are we parenting the right way? We can feel tired, and overwhelmed.  Sometimes all we need...

Do You Enjoy Your Kids?

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Today the kids and I went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch. They are off of school for a couple of days, and they rocked their student-teacher conferences. So what better way to celebrate than some waffle...