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Your Rainy Day Guide to Free or Cheap Indoor Fun in Sarasota/Bradenton

Rain. There’s nothing a Florida mom hates more. Except maybe multiple days of rain. Where you’re stuck between the four walls of your house. And the kids ask for a snack every 15 minutes. And your efforts to give them something healthy like fruit are promptly rejected. And whines for lollipops and cookies quickly escalate to full-blown, kicking […]

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DIY No-Sew Nursery Circle Garland

DIY: No-Sew Nursery Circle Garland

I’m 2 weeks away from going into labor with my 2nd child. The perfect time to do a DIY project for the baby’s nursery, right? I thought so too. I guess there’s some truth to the whole “nesting” thing.  While I don’t have a ton of time for crafting, I wanted one thing in each of […]

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Maternity Must Haves: 5 Pregnancy Wardrobe Game-Changers

When you’re pregnant, you’ll do anything to feel comfortable. $20 for a maternity donut cushion? Sounds good. $40 for a maternity support belt? Here’s my credit card. $70 for a body pillow? TAKE. MY. MONEY. But after going through the big P twice now, I’ve figured out which items are gimmicks and which are true blessings. Here, in […]

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Pregnancy: It’s Different the Second Time Around

When you’re pregnant the first time, you’re treated like a unicorn.  Creating a new life transforms you into a magical, fascinating being that must be showered with love and attention due to your rarity. You’re told you’re fragile; you should rest or, even better, enjoy some pampering, like a massage or a manicure. Doors are opened for […]

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Before There Were Two

What I Wish I Knew Before There Were Two

There’s a common refrain you hear from people who have two kids: “One is one. Two is twenty.” As a woman who’s 7 months pregnant with her second child, that’s not very comforting. And as a woman who’s frazzled enough wrangling a toddler in the throes of his “threenager” phase, the thought of adding a […]

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Who’s the Brains Behind Your Parenting Operation?

On January 3rd, my husband walked through the door and said with a slightly panicked look on his face, “Daycare says Logan needs to have his 3-year checkup and immunization record turned into them by January 15th.” “I’ve already scheduled him an appointment for January 9th,” I said, unfazed.  Whether it’s booking the doctor’s appointments, buying […]

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Flying Solo with Toddler

Survival Tips for Flying Solo with a Toddler

This past December, I flew solo with my toddler. Sounds terrifying, right? Well, I was terrified. But we wanted to visit our family in Ohio for the holidays, so it was either 16 hours in a car with a 3-year-old or a two-hour flight. I really had no choice. We decided my husband would load most […]

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