Author Archive | Kathy

When Less is More

When Less Is More

School is back in session, extra-curriculars are commencing, summer is bidding us farewell, and fall-loving Texans are crossing our fingers for the slightest hint of changing leaves and cooler days. Although the oncoming seasonal change equals less time in the pool, it means a bit more happiness for yours truly. Don’t get me wrong—I got […]

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mom for all seasons

A Mom for All Seasons

The list of things I would tell my new mom self is about as long as my arm: Not all pacifiers are created equal…. Colic does not last forever…. Listen to your gut, not the outside noise… Let the baby fall asleep on you…. It’s OK to cry because you are past the point of […]

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hellos and goodbyes

Hellos and Goodbyes

It doesn’t take more than a glace at the local pool and an eye roll at the local weather forecast to know that summer is officially here. The days are hotter (seriously, though, why is it so hot?!), the neighborhood streets stay awake longer thanks to the patter of children’s feet and the friction of […]

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Before I Was Mama

A recent family vacation coupled with a few new extracurricular activities for the kiddos has my mind swirling and memories flowing. Let me preface this piece by saying that I in no way, shape, or form want to live vicariously through my children and their activities. Would a little piece of me think it cool […]

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Toy Box

If This Toy Box Could Talk

I am always looking for ways to create more usable space throughout my house. Even though we have ample storage and closet space, I constantly aim to make the most of certain spots, especially the kids’ rooms. My most recent purge/reorganization episode arose when we transitioned our three-year-old from a toddler bed to a full […]

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All kinds of love

All Forms of Love

Around the start of a new year, external forces tell, remind, inform, and educate us on how to transform into the best versions of ourselves. Advertisements for gym memberships don the billboards along the highways while radio commercials boast of the latest and greatest techniques that promise to erase those stretch marks for good (yeah, […]

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How Sorority Life Prepared Me for Motherhood

I had the joy of celebrating my “30-something” birthday a few weeks ago with an early morning sweat session, courtesy of a local indoor cycling studio. Not only did I get my rear kicked by an awesome instructor, but I got to pick every song that we rode to. Every. Single. One. That meant the […]

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An Aisle Full of Compassion

Paper plates. Wrapping paper. Plastic forks. Tissue paper. A mama’s to-do list seems endless at times, and my most recent assignment to the nearest Dollar Tree was no different. Except for the fact that I was running this errand solo and was in “mom mission” mode, known as the time I can accomplish 37 incomplete […]

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An Ode to a Texas Autumn

The other night, I dreamed of fairies, kings, and faraway lands. Perhaps it was the bedtime story, fresh in my mind from my family’s nighttime ritual, or maybe it was my heart’s longing for a fairy godmother of my own. A fairy godmother who would sprinkle apples, pumpkins, leaves of golds and reds, and pots […]

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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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Tides of Motherhood

The Tides of Motherhood

“Never turn your back on the ocean.” It’s a phrase my dad uttered every summer as we raced towards the Maryland shores that we waited eight long hours in the car to visit. While those words still ring in my head today (and even leave my lips every now and then), I find it fitting […]

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