Facing Fears I Never Had Before I Became a Mom

It has been 9 years since I’ve been at an airport without my kids in tow. Nine years since I’ve flown alone. Nine years since I’ve been away from them for any significant length of time, aside from the odd sleepover. I know this is a shocking confession in our culture of “me time,” but it’s true. Until very recently, I have never wanted -- or “needed” -- to leave them. I spend enough time away from them at work. And they spend enough time away from me at school, their activities and with friends. But the real reason I haven’t left them is because of something that happened when my first-born, now 10, was just 18 months....more
I can so relate to this! I have been to a few conferences over the past couple of years and I ...more

It's NaBloPoMo, Bitches!

Back when I started this version of my blog, I was all “hey, I’m gonna say what ever the hell I want to say and be who ever the hell I want to be and you can suck it if you think that’s lame.”...more

Advice for a New Mom

Last weekend, I went to a baby shower in which all the attendees were asked to write and read something special for the new mother - whether it was encouragement, a Bible verse, or a favorite quote. I didn't find out about this until the night before, so my contribution certainly wasn't the most profound thing I have ever written. And then - ugh - I only uttered about eight words during the shower reading before I started blubbering....more

Your Daily Mom-Me Moment for June 3, 2011 -> Have fun ... Hula Hooping?!

I learned recently that Hula Hooping is the newest exercize craze.  At first I was a little surprised to hear that.  Hula hooping is a game for kids to play.  But then as thought about it, it makes perfect sense.Hula hooping is amazing exercize!  It works all core muscles ... and requires great co-ordination.  So I can completely understand why so many ladies are rushing out and buying their own hula hoops, stocking up on hooping DVDs, and flocking to hooping classes....more

I absolutely love hooping! I even started a blog to cover my beginning hooping journey! I make ...more

Your Daily Mom-ME Moment for June 2, 2011 -->> Enjoy Your Ice Cream!

I scream you scream we all scream for ICE CREAM! Do you love ice cream as much as I do? I LOVE ice cream! But here’s the problem ... my kids love ice cream just as much as I do. So ... whenever we have ice cream, I serve them first (like a good mommy) and then I’ll sit and have 2 quick mouthfuls before they’re already for seconds. I get up and scoop out more for them. Then I’ll sit back down and try to inhale my ice cream before someone else needs something. Maybe they’ll drop their spoon on the floor or something....more

Your Daily Mom-ME Moment for June 1, 2011

How are your toes? Are they flip flop ready?Yesterday was by far the hottest day of year, and I’m embarrassed to say that I was totally not prepared for my flip flops!So ... today is pedicure day! What a great thing to do for our Mom-ME Moment today.If you can, go get a professional pedicure. Getting pampered like that is amazingly relaxing. And you deserve it!I’ve got my girls home with me today, so I’m going to pull out the big ‘ole nail polish bucket. You should see how their eyes light up when they see all the nail polish coming....more

Daily Mom-ME Moment #2 - May 31, 2011 - Garden!

Here's Your Daily Mom-ME Moment for May 31, 2011 - Got a green thumb? I sure don’t! But today’s Mom-ME Moment is to garden. Here’s why ...My husband is the gardener in our house. He works hard at it ... and our gardens looks fantastic! I, on the other hand, am a terrible gardener. “How bad can I be?” you may be asking yourself ...Well ... I’m known as the plant killer for a reason!...more

RIP Afternoon Nap

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You have my condolences. A bright spot? They eventually go to school... : )

Marianne ...more