Before I was a mom, I’d never be THAT mom

You know all those things you said before you ever actually became a mom… you walked around and watched other moms at the grocery store or at a restaurant and you’d think to yourself, “I will NEVER be THAT Mom!” My kids will never behave that way. MY kids will listen to me. I will never let my kids do that. Right?!

Ohhh, lady. Just wait 😉

I wrote a post a loooong time ago (May 2011) called “Before I was a Mom…” and that was back when I only had one

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for the moms that try to do it all

Really, this post is a letter to myself. I am that mom that is trying to do it all–and this post is a necessary reminder to take a break. To step back, gain some perspective, reorganize my priorities, and spend more time with the kids.

There have been a lot of things lately that brought me to this post. Things I’ve noticed for awhile, but have denied or avoided. I love my blog… I love blogging… I love reviewing products… I love getting paid for doing what I love. It’s all win-win-win.


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sneaking in some me time any way I can

Me time? What the crap is that?! Sometimes I have to make a conscious effort to remember the pre-kid me and all the things I loved to do. The me that jumped out of a plane, the me that read books all the time (Stephen King, not “Goodnight Moon”), the me that loved animals so much I went to school for it.

The ME now? Has been breastfeeding for 3.5 years, spends every day with two little ones pretending to be a dinosaur and singing the Thomas theme song, kissing boo-boos and giving

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siblings, FTW

mommy’s guilty pleasures

I’m a mom 24/7… I eat, sleep, and breathe “MOM.” Especially as one that stays at home, I find it really important to find little breaks… call it saving my sanity or remembering who I am, besides Mom.

A night away or going to see a movie or getting a pedicure would be nice, but things like that are very far and few between. It’s much harder to get that much time away from both kids.

So? I’ve discovered ways to sneak in me-time throughout the day or each week… 10 minutes here and

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I’ll be shopping on Small Business Saturday

I always like to shop at small, local businesses, but will especially make it a point to get out on November 24th–Small Business Saturday. If you aren’t familiar with it, the idea is simple. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we dedicate a day to supporting local businesses. Last year over 1 million people participated! This year, I’m helping to spread the word.

There are a lot of reasons I choose to support this and am excited to be on this campaign.

I am a small business. This

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Mom of the Year award

Oh boy, people. I totally won the MOM OF THE YEAR award today. Because that does exist, to be awarded by the powers that be to only the most worthy. And I am clearly sooooo worthy (just ask my kids! ha. ha.).

Ryan is starting an in-home daycare soon, just one day a week to socialize with other kids and to hopefully allow me some time to work from home. Anyway, we were there today dropping off some paperwork…

When we left, I was getting Rebecca into her car seat while Ryan

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