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After years of running my mental health into the ground over the holidays, I realized I had to find another way to avoid passing the tradition of Mommy burnout onto my kids. I’ve been working hard to recalibrate our holidays so that I’m not broken come January and reached out to several local ladies and […]

Tips to Avoid Holiday Burn-out, Featuring The Panel

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Motherhood, Wellness

Lifestyle, Motherhood, Travel

tips for travelling with kids

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After we almost swore off travelling with our kids for good, I reached out to several friends and asked if travelling with their kids made them also question their life choices.  The “good” news is the answer was mostly yeses all around, phew! Misery loves company, am I right? Duplicating Success Then in 2020, we […]

Tips for Travelling with Kids, Featuring The Panel

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When Maddie was tiny, she looked at me and asked: “Mommy, do you even love me?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The question shattered me. I wanted to whisper to my sweet girl, “yes, baby, with all my heart, I love you, but mommy doesn’t value herself.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We can never prepare ourselves for how our kids will shine a floodlight on the […]

Mommy, Do You Love Me?

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Motherhood, Wellness

Motherhood

a mantra for exhausted moms, christine coughlin

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Being the logistics manager for tiny humans can make you believe nag is your default setting. Don’t believe the lies!⁣My mantra, for when life throws all the potty training accidents, the uncertainty of raising my kids during a global pandemic and sleepless nights at me, goes as follows:⁣⁣I love my kids; ⁣I love my kids, […]

A Mantra for Exhausted Moms

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A few months ago, I came across the quote, ” The opposite of depression is vitality.” ⁣⁣It resonated deeply for me because I had been working so hard to rediscover my zest for life. ⁣⁣Flash forward to this COVID world, and I can feel my vitality slipping away and my inner critic fighting to retake […]

Momma’s Lost Her Groove

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Motherhood, Wellness

Motherhood, Wellness

Christine Coughlin

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Last month, Christine called her husband (who was away for work) and couldn’t stop crying. Through tears, she said, “This isn’t working for me or our kids.” The “this” she was referring to is her stay-at-home-mom life—the life she’s been living for the last eight years. “Every bit of me wanted to be a mother, […]

The Women We Know: Feature

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Okay, momma’s one day until Halloween. Does anyone else feel the annoying itch to provide epic holiday treats for every damn holiday? I do, 100%. Another of those pre-motherhood fantasies that I’ve learned are not realistic. This year I managed to talk myself off the cookie baking/decorating until mid-night ledge. Old Christine would have done […]

The Pantry Item Every “Make It Epic Momma” Needs

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Lifestyle, Motherhood

Motherhood

shitty parenting advice

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Look how sweetly the big two are interacting. ⁣⁣What this photo doesn’t show is the majority of the time, these two are hell-bent on destroying each other, physically and mentally. ⁣⁣The week leading up to Halloween is always chaotic. There are so many parties, so many expectations, costumes to organize and treats to prepare. Matt […]

Shitty Parenting Advice

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We were several weeks deep in trading illnesses back and forth between the five of us. My skin was burning and itching with a severe flare-up of psoriasis. We’d just been blindsided with unexpected health news, and the next steps felt unclear. ⁣⁣The thought came that may be slipping under the bathwater would be easier […]

Why I Started Blogging

a mother and an 8 year old girl hold the hands of a little girl and swing her into the air.

Motherhood, Wellness

Curious Living, Motherhood

a young girls reads an inspiring school bulletin board

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I have a secret. Not a well-kept secret but something I usually keep to myself. I’m a PTA mom, and it’s something I dreamt of becoming long before I had kids.   I once told an ex-boyfriend that I couldn’t make a sexy video with him because it might ruin my chance to be PTA […]

Are All PTA Moms Jerks?