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How to Get Out of the House In the Morning Without Losing Your Mother-Loving Mind

Last month I conducted a little experiment. I tried to streamline our getting up and out of the house process to make it somewhat pleasant. You know to keep from screaming at everyone. Because “We’re late!!!” and “Get your shoes on! NOW!” is not a great way to start a family off on the rig read more

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3 Tips for Making Friendship Work

While I certainly think friendships are harder to make and maintain since having children, I am not ready for them to take an 18-year hiatus while I raise kids. Here are three keys to making friendships work in the early mothering years. read more

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The Brave Collective

The Brave Collective is a shared meal around a table of women committed to choosing one brave thing and to caring for one another while pursuing it. read more

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Being Honest About What I Really Want for Christmas

My husband is not a gift savvy person. Christmas is not a holiday he celebrated growing up. Gift hints go right over his head. One year I blogged about my Christmas wish list. The following year I sent him links, in an email, of gift ideas. I still didn’t manage to get through. read more

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5 Ways to Help Avoid Kids Avoid the Gimmees at Christmas

If it’s difficult for adults to fight the “I wants,” it’s even more difficult for our kids who don’t have the filters or self-control to push back against the advertisers’ messages. Here are a few practices I do to help my kids keep Christmas more sacred and less about the stuff. read more