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Family Rituals, Simplified

Can we talk about family rituals for a minute? And I don’t mean the big, overwhelming, expensive, Pinterest-crazy traditions that make us feel like we aren’t doing enough and that the childhood memories we’re creating will be no more than a desert of homework, Brussels sprouts, and endless TV cartoons. (Seriously, what even is a […]

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Oh, Truck! Potty-Mouth Parenting 101

There we were—yes, at Target. I was smiling, feeling successful at exiting the house for the first time alone with my newborn and three-year-old when I stubbed my toe so badly I saw fireworks. I gasped and grimaced, hollering, “OH, OH, OH!” when the unthinkable happened. My three-year-old followed my “OH!” with a big ol’ […]

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The End of a Season I Never Saw Coming

Life is full of seasons. I’m not talking about spring, summer, fall, and winter. I’m talking about the seasons in life. The ups that are sweet and full of joy, and the downs that are sour and downright sad. It’s no surprise I’ve been through many different seasons in the last 10 years. For the […]

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Personal Care Bags: How Everyday Items Can Make a Huge Impact

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are devastating and leave us wanting to help. Bonus points if we can include our own kids in the process. San Antonio Food Bank is coordinating local aid for Hurricane Harvey victims, collecting donations including but not limited to: formula, diapers, food, school supplies, maxi pads, cold medicines, and toiletries. […]

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Dear Harvey

Dear Harvey, You must know this ain’t our first rodeo. You’ve hung the wrong horse thief if you thought you could stop Texas. That dog won’t hunt. Texas always draws the best bull. Storms Rita, Allison, and Carla all made hornets look cuddly. Those three were a couple sandwiches shy of a picnic. But you, […]

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We’re So Far From Where We Started

I am downstairs bouncing and walking around the living room with our nine-day-old. I don’t remember our other children being so gassy so early on. Is this normal? Will this stop soon? How quickly I have forgotten. Alas, here I am, bouncing, singing, and trying everything to calm him during this fussy time of night. […]

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The Day I Threw My Fitbit Away

Get a Fitbit, they said. You will love it, they said. I can’t believe how it made me more active, they said. I can’t imagine my life before one, he said. Well, let me tell you what I say about it all: lies. The day I regained my freedom and let go of the restrictions […]

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Dating After Divorce: You Know More Than You Think

After the dust of my divorce had settled, many friends remarked that they could not imagine dating again. Granted, dating after marriage is, frankly, terrifying. However, attending my daughter’s Meet the Teacher event for the new school year brought an epiphany: it’s exactly like dating. SERIOUSLY. Hear me out, married mommies. You know more than […]

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Adventures Abound at Natural Bridge Caverns

Thank you to our partners at Natural Bridge Caverns for sponsoring this post and allowing us to have a day full of adventure to check out all of their great activities! For more information, go check out naturalbridgecaverns.com. I remember visiting Natural Bridge Caverns shortly after I first moved to San Antonio over 10 years […]

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Family Travels Across the Pond

My husband and I have traveled quite a bit with our children since they were born. Planes, subways, and automobiles—we have done it all. I always tell my children that they traveled even while in my belly. My son traveled to Tennessee in such a warm and cozy fashion, and my daughter enjoyed her first […]

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Outside Our Comfort Zone: How Our Family Fell in Love with Camping

Real campers have gear. They own tents and sleeping bags and sleeping pads and propane stoves. Real campers have skills. They create fire by rubbing two sticks together, gather wild berries and cook their fresh-caught fish over their newly created roaring fire, and dig holes behind trees when mother nature calls. Real campers are resourceful […]

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Why Moms Are Always Late

When I was a kid, my family was notorious for being late to everything. We all blamed my mom. All four of us kids would be dressed and ready to go, but then we had to sit and wait for my mom to finish putting on her makeup, find some matching earrings, and then finally […]

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