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Solo Parenting

Single parents don’t get the credit–or the help–they deserve. This thought crosses my mind each time I am faced with another round of solo parenting. Let me be clear: solo parenting is not the same as single parenting. I am extremely fortunate to have a very committed and helpful partner who is not only a […]

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Oh, The Things You Can Recycle!

The beginning of a new year always provides the feeling of a fresh start (mingled with the “post-holiday slump,” but that’s another post). I wish I could go all KonMari on my house, but in this season of motherhood with young children–including a newborn–that’s just not feasible. (I do feel validated that Marie Kondo herself […]

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I Live Under a Rock

Several weeks ago when driving home from swimming lessons, my husband asked me if I had heard about what was going on in the north Memphis neighborhood of Frayser. I glanced in the backseat at our girls as if they might know…and realized that they were most likely the reason I didn’t have a clue. […]

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What I Forgot about Being Pregnant

As I am firmly entrenched in the third trimester of my third pregnancy, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences this go-around. However, since it has been three years since the last time I was pregnant (there has to be something symbolic about all these threes!), and I have been realizing that there are […]

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Kindergarten Survival Tips for Moms

This week I dropped off my big girl at school for her first day of first grade. What a difference a year makes. Sure, it was a bit chaotic, as first days tend to be, but gone was the anxiety (mostly mine) that accompanied the start of kindergarten. I know that we only have one […]

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Camping with Kids

“Adventure” is a high-frequency word at our house. Anything from a visit to Bass Pro to see the fish to a bike ride around the neighborhood can be labeled an adventure just to make it even more fun. However, some of these adventures are more, well, adventurous, than others. Camping with small kids definitely falls […]

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MMB/casserole

Moms Who Mobilize to Help a Sister Out

I am not a Southerner. I still don’t fully understand the double-name thing, I didn’t have a clue what “smocking” was before I had children (my deprived children still do not have anything appliquéd), and sweet tea makes me gag a little. I am a Midwesterner through and through, all the way to my propensity […]

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MMB/baby stuff

I Don’t Pay for Babysitting

It’s true. I don’t pay for babysitting. No, I don’t have extended family in town, and yes, I do let other people watch my children. I may be cheap frugal, but the real reason I don’t pay for babysitting is that my family belongs to a babysitting co-op. What is a babysitting co-op, you may ask? Just […]

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Let Your Kids Get Hurt

There have been many defining moments in my motherhood journey so far, but one stands out in particular because of what another mother taught me not to do. Several years ago, I was at the park with my eldest daughter who at the time was only about nine or ten months. Frankly, it was kind […]

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