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This isn’t the Life I Imagined

August 26, 2015

Apparently I only write on the eve of my next birthday. My last entry was a sappy reflection of my 20’s. I had a melt down last week. It was the night before the girls’ dad set off on a three-week adventure on the Grand Canyon. Billie was devastated she wouldn’t see her dad for nearly a month. When we got home, still sobbing, she asked why I couldn’t just live with Daddy again. “Why can’t you just go back?…

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Klout Hooked It Up: The Braun Thermometer

January 7, 2014
Braun Forehead Thermometer

Klout has really stepped it up. I feel like the perks I’ve recently received are way more aligned with my “personal brand”, and they’re items I’ll actually use! Among the most recent Klout Perks, I got the Braun forehead thermometer. As a mama to two young girls, I fully appreciate not having to shove anything into my girls to get a good temperature reading. As I’m sure they do, too. Pin It…

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Parenting Travel

Review – Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena

November 25, 2013
Kidspace Museum Map

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, traveling to Southern California with my daughters as tourists is so much fun. I have a new appreciation for the area in which I grew up, including kids’ museums I never had reason to check out when I lived there. Last winter, my daughters and I ventured to Pasadena to check out the Kidspace Children’s Museum with my sister, niece and my best friend. It’s tucked away in a really darling piece of land near the…

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Our Daughter’s First Haircut & Teaching Girls Independence

December 13, 2012

Our three year old is obsessed with Dora. If she could watch it every waking moment of the day, she would. She has a Dora princess dress, a Dora plush doll, a Dora doll on a horse . . . the list goes on. Up until a few weeks ago, Manfriend and I did all of her haircuts. As evidenced by the way-too-short bangs and crooked ends, we’re not exactly professionals. So when she asked to cut her hair short…

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Grocery Shopping with Your Toddler

November 24, 2012

I made a Costco run today in 17 minutes. Total. It was a personal record, and I walked out with ten items. How? I was shopping solo. No kids in tow, which meant I probably shaved anywhere from 3 to 45 minutes not having them with me. Shopping with your toddler doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, the rare times (like my Costco run) where I’m without my 3-year-old it seems quite boring. The child is usually quite…

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Annoying Things Parents say to Non-Parents

November 8, 2012
overhwhelmed-parents

Source As a mother of two beautiful girls (insert additional gloating comments here), I try to limit my annoying parenting comments to my  non-parenting friends. But even as a parent, I can attest that the below comments are by far the most annoying things parents can say to non-parents, or soon-to-parents for that matter. Please note they are not listed in order of annoyance. “Just Wait” Quite possibly one of the most annoying phrases. Ever. I got this a lot…

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On Being a “Real” Mom and Admitting You Need a Break

July 2, 2012
Newborn-Baby-BW

“I wasn’t a good mom tonight. I need a break.” I sent that text to my partner tonight, and I felt horrible as the thought entered my mind, as I typed it and even worse – as I sent it. I had two fears throughout my pregnancy — Not loving the baby as much as my toddler Losing my bond with my toddler The first was never an issue. The moment I heard my daughter cry I fell in love,…

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Lifestyle Parenting

Reno Tahoe Maternity Family Photo Shoot

June 22, 2012
Maternity-shoot-balloons

I wasn’t planning on doing a maternity shoot for baby #2 until I realized late into my pregnancy that I had virtually no pictures with Manfriend and the Child + the bump. I’m so glad we did. Mel of Underwood Photography did a beautiful job capturing our family’s spirit – it was perfect. If you live in Reno or Tahoe and need a photographer, it goes without saying we strongly recommend Underwood. To check out more images for our shoot –…

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The Best Parenting Book I’ve Read – Raising Happiness

May 24, 2012
Happy-Toddler

Seven months ago I wrote about entering the phase of the Terrible Two’s with the Child, desperate for advice and a way to cope. I know every parent says this, but the Child really is great. I find that she typically melts down when she’s tired, over stimulated or hungry. The hardest part in dealing with the so-called “terrible two’s” – which are age-appropriate reactions! – is reminding myself that I am the adult in the relationship. Around the time…

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