I always thought I was going to rock parenthood. I thought that I’d have all the answers, raise my kids “right” (whatever that meant) and find some way to make sure each of them always felt loved and wanted....
By Guest Contributor: Alicia Dolan Life was moving along happily. I was married, had a career and a little 2-year-old boy and then BAM! I was a single mom. Now granted it did not exactly happen that way but we...
A few weeks ago, a few friends and I were walking in downtown Chicago, enjoying a night out together for the first time in almost a year. As we were walking one of them said something along the lines...
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 As we drove to preschool yesterday morning, my daughter was screaming at me. She was upset because she didn’t want to go to school and decided to throw a full blown tantrum in the car complete with crying and...
Once upon a time, I grew up in a small neighborhood where my parents were friends with our neighbors – actual friends, not just acquaintances. We’d have cookouts and sit on each other’s back porches for hours. I babysat their...
Recently I was at an event with other parents and everyone was chit chatting about their summer vacations. Their summer adventures sounded amazing, exotic and, basically, like a vacation Pinterest board in the making. Their family vacation plans “Oh we're going...
Four years ago, you came into my world. For the first time, and I had a baby boy who I could hold forever and love for a lifetime. A baby boy who could love me back and wrap his...
Forget the old days when you picked a baby name from a baby book. That’s archaic. There’s a new way to pick your baby’s name today - see what domain names are available. According to research from OnePoll sponsored on...
I, like most moms, love coffee. You might even say I live off it some days. Lately, it has been my lifeline. My son has been sick and waking up at midnight and 4 a.m. He doesn’t go back...
Are you gearing up for preschool graduation? If your child graduated preschool this year maybe some of these thoughts ran through your head too. What's preschool graduation? Why is this a thing? 3. Seriously? First kindergarten and now preschool? 4. These...
When you’re kids are little college can seem like it is a million years away. Time marches on though and it marches faster than you think. One day you have a baby to hold in your arms, the next...
Even though I work from home part-time now weeknight meals can still be hectic and difficult for me. Meal prep time always comes up when my son is starting to wind down for the day and just wants to...
When my daughter started school this year she had one requested; she wanted to ride the bus. This could have been her only request because she didn’t really understand what she was getting herself into by going to elementary...
I snuggled you tonight, right up against your cheek in the way that makes you giggle. I thought about how in just one day you will no longer be considered a baby. It’s amazing how quickly it goes by and...
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