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Annual Performance Review: Self-Evaluation

Job Title: Mom II Start Date: September 18, 2012 Salary: Hugs and kisses Job Description: Wiper of noses, washer of clothes, maker of beds. Disciplinarian, teacher, bump and scrape kisser. Cook, arbitrator, tucker-inner. What do you like most about your job? Every day is a new day. I never know what challenges will present themselves; […]

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Exhaust Notes: Insider Tips to Car Buying

On any given night, if you pressed your ear to the closed door, you might find yourself in shock and awe at the sounds emanating from my bedroom.   You might hear a soft purr gently rising and falling in volume. You’d hear guttural noise build slowly—louder, aggressive, and insistent on being heard. Sometimes described […]

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It’s Not About the Cookies: My Girl Scout’s (Mis)Adventure Selling Door to Door

When my six-year-old daughter bounded into the kitchen one bright, crisp January morning and announced that she wanted to go door to door to sell her Girl Scout cookies “TODAY!!” my heart skipped a beat. OK—it skipped several. Fine—who am I kidding? The truth is that the sensation I experienced upon hearing this news was […]

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Seven Tips for Dating a Single Mom

There’s a possibility I may be writing this from a place of bitterness. I think many of us become jaded at some point while bumbling through the dating world (online and off). As I’ve shared before, my first experience back in the land of dating a couple years ago was immediate rejection when my online […]

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Why I Talk to My Husband

There’s some really hard stuff about marriage (that—gasp!—doesn’t involve our children) that we need to talk about, and it’s not what you think. The hard stuff I’m talking about happens between the passionate love-making and the drawn-out, ego-fueled fights. The hard stuff isn’t about your baby’s poop color. Or your stressful job. It isn’t even […]

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Family Fun is Easy to Wrangle at the Rodeo

Horses, cattle, pigs, rides, food, fun, LEGOs, and butterflies…this year’s San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has it all. Yes, I said butterflies—further proof that the annual showcase of all things cowboy and cowgirl has something for everyone. And it’s great family fun, even—or perhaps even better!—with kids in tow. We’ve been rodeo regulars since […]

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Valentine’s Day Butterfly Craft with Kids

My daughter has inherited my crafty genes and will “do projects” any chance she gets. We have piles of things cut, glued, glittered, and stuck together everywhere. I try to channel this creative energy into projects that are somewhat organized and, more importantly, will leave my house! Valentine’s Day provides a perfect excuse to use […]

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