As a child of the 80s and 90s, I vividly remember McGruff the Crime Dog and the mustached D.A.R.E. officer who opened his squad car to my 4th grade class. We climbed in, checked out all the equipment, turned...
Five years ago, I was pregnant with our first daughter. Initially, my wife didn’t want to carry a child, but I guess I did such a stellar job she thought she’d give it a try (that's my story and...
I really don't want to come off as a bragger, but I'm kind of a pro at this whole parenting thing. For almost half a decade I've been with my children 80% of the time. The remaining 20% is...

Diary of a Plus Size Mom

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I sometimes struggle with my body image.  In my 33 years of life, I have seen bodies constantly judged near and far including my own.  In my case, always being judged for being too big or that dreaded "F"...
Do you ever marvel at all the time you and your partner had before you were parents? There was time to focus on each other. To go on spontaneous dates, leisurely eat meals and simply talk. Oh, how I...

Date Your Kids

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With three kids under four, my days tend to blur together. Mornings into afternoons, tantrums into snuggles. I frequently float through my days feeling I haven’t done much beyond prepare food, clean up food, straighten up the house, and,...
Before I had children I use to roll my eyes at those over tired parents who had no time to date. I mean really? How hard could it be to call up a babysitter, put on some lipstick and heels,...
I think way too much about food. Maybe it’s because I am the main grocery-shopper and menu-planner and food-maker for my family of 6. Maybe it’s because I am always planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, baking or cleaning up food....
A wonderful gal from Twin Cities Moms Blog wrote a stellar piece called, I Married an Old Guy, and I loved the whole thing. My situation isn't exactly the same, but I got this beautiful glimpse into her life...
My little family is racially diverse, and it starts with me.  I've had people talk about my race since I was a child, but it's always been a guessing game.  When I was little, strangers would come up to...
One of the most beautiful times of many women’s lives has turned out to be the most isolating time in mine. The first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy is supposed to be lovely and glowing and all things good, and it...

Me In the Margins

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I've come across so many great articles recently about how important it is to take "me" time as a mom. Can I be honest? I don't know how people do this during this stage of parenting young kids! In...
As I think through the logistics of a third birthday cake – which is to be a race track with cars, tiny babies, tiny strollers, Tootsie Rolls and pink, purple and green sprinkles – I’m silently pumping my fist. The...
For almost 10 years, I would spend days leading up to Christmas by cooking. There was researching, planning, calling stores, shopping, and of course cooking. It started by reading an issue of Cooking Light and talking about holiday traditions,...

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Summer: Now & Then

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Fighting for the window seat on a train to catch a glimpse of the engine as the train turned... Decades later, this memory is...

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