Author Archive | Elizabeth

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The Lesson of the Lasts

When you welcome a new child into the world, the “firsts” are always on your mind. You carefully document each new experience and milestone. There are first smiles, first steps, first bites of solid food, and first words. Baby books come with ample spaces to record these events. Facebook and Instagram allow you to share […]

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Ode to AquaBeads: How an Unlikely Ally Helped This Mama Get Her Groove Back

If you are an avid consumer of Nick Jr. as we are in this household, you probably know quite a few commercial taglines just as well as you know your kids’ favorite cartoons’ theme songs. One day you’re humming “Gimme gimme gimme some speed,” and you string together “I love my ZippySack,” and before you […]

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All Is Merry and Bright: Enjoying the Holidays at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

Alamo City Moms Blog is excited to have partnered with the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort to share information with San Antonio families about a stay at this hotel during the holidays. Be honest: how much time do you spend intentionally slowing down and soaking up all the excitement and joy that the month of December has […]

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Behold the display at the front of the store at my local Walmart aka Gift Card Central.

How the Gift Card Stole Christmas (But Not on My Watch)

They finally put the red tinsel over the doors at Walmart, which means I’ve officially been given the green light to mentally prep the Christmas plans I won’t find the motivation to actually implement until—oh, I don’t know—December 22 (or whenever Amazon’s Last Day For Guaranteed Shipping happens to fall). Yes, I’m talking about gift-giving. […]

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The Demise of a Homemaker

Hobby Lobby and the Demise of a Formerly Rational Homemaker

When you walk your sweaty, smelly, completely beaten-down-by-the-seemingly-never-ending-summer self into Hobby Lobby in mid-August and find that same self immediately and perhaps unexpectedly assaulted by Christmas paraphernalia and cheer, you’ll react in one of three ways. You may find yourself repulsed by the fact that you’re being manhandled into the busiest season of the year despite […]

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How Low Can You Go: A Primer in the Importance of Keeping Your Expectations Real

The year was 1999. A group of us, all idealistic college seniors at the time, were perched around the kitchen counter of my friend’s impossibly cool mom, enthusiastically soaking up every last syllable of this woman’s personal gospel. “Ladies,” she said in a conspiratorial tone, “I’m gonna tell you the secret to living a happy […]

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This poor mom is clearly suffering from FML Syndrome.

FML Syndrome: When the Mouth Goes on Forever and the Talking Never Ends

I’m beginning to realize that people in the olden days were on to something when they said children should be seen and not heard. I’ve come to this conclusion after witnessing a scientific miracle of sorts: my daughter never stops talking. She actually seems to have inexplicably circumvented the traditional breathing process by replacing breaths with […]

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