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Please Take My Messy House as a Compliment

Our house isn’t always a mess. It’s just usually a mess. With three kids homeschooling and two parents working from home, our house is well-used, and it shows. However, when I know company’s coming, I turn into Mary Poppins on Red …

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A Fun Way to Teach Kids Manners

We try to teach our kids good manners—please, thank you, chewing with your mouth closed, excuse me, etc. I’m not sure why it takes so long to master these things. We always teach by example and are diligent in our reminders, …

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20 Unmistakable Smells of Motherhood

It’s said that the olfactory sense is the one most closely associated with memory recall. Perhaps that’s why I can still remember each of these smells distinctly, fourteen years into motherhood. 1. Newborn Baby Head – Solid proof that there’s a …

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Baby Teeth

Our almost-6-year-old has been telling me for a year that he has a loose tooth. Wishful thinking on his part. Then, a couple of weeks ago, he came running up to me. “Mama! Mama! My tooth really is loose!” I checked, and sure …

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When Your Holiday Has a Hole

Thanksgiving was my mother-in-law’s holiday. I only remember one Thanksgiving in my husband’s and my 16-year marriage that we didn’t spend with Judy in the kitchen. She was a whiz with the menu. She made accommodating all the the gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo and …

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12 Reasons Moms Love Yoga Pants

Being a mom today is better than at any other time in history, thanks to life-enhancing inventions such as washing machines, dishwashers, breast pumps, and—most importantly—yoga pants. I’m convinced that yoga pants must’ve been invented by a genius mom somewhere, …