Dear New Mom, There Are Some Things I Want You to Know

new momDear New Mom,

If you’re holding your precious new baby in your arms and feeling immeasurably blessed and overwhelmed, you should know that you’re not alone.

As a newly initiated member of the motherhood council, you’re likely to have questions. Big, important questions, such as: When are things going to get easier? When will I start feeling like myself again? Why am I always so scared? You might be grappling with a vision of how things are supposed to be, what parenthood ought to look and feel like, and the kind of mother you expect yourself to become.

I had all those same thoughts and feelings when I started out, too. Take a look at my journal entry as a first-time mother of 1-month-old Boy Wonder, dated November 23, 2002: [read more...]

Confessions From a Sexless Marriage

shutterstock_100583104Two months ago, I made a decision that would affect my nether regions in ways unknown: I lounged in a hot tub. I even Instagrammed it. There was no naughty business to be had; it was just me and some Bud Light Raz-ber-itas in a very hot hot tub for like, two hours. I then did what no vagina-having person should ever do: I spent the remainder of the day in my damp swimsuit. The next morning I woke up to two unfortunate realities: a ridiculous Raz-ber-ita hangover and widespread vaginal burn. Sh*t.

After popping a few pain relievers and WebMD-ing myself with a urinary tract infection, I began the arduous process of drowning my internal organs with all the water and 100% pure (and repulsive) cranberry juice I could get my mitts on in a desperate attempt to rid my lady bits of Satan’s static burn.

Three days later and no closer to relief, I briefly considered visiting my doctor, but not before treating myself for a yeast infection, because a 7-day course of Miconazole 2% couldn’t hurt anything, right? Wrong.

As a busy wife and mom, I’m not known for spontaneous romps in the sack or cinematic sexcapades. I have homework to check and Housewives to watch, but that doesn’t mean I undervalue the pleasure and importance of sexual intimacy with my husband. [read more...]

21 Things Only SoCal Parents Understand

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Having been born and raised in Southern California and now birthing and raising my own kids in this palm tree-laden paradise, I’ve experienced enough of this golden state to know that we have it pretty good here — at least I think we do. Then again, I’ve never known anything different. I never left this glorious […]

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We Got Married for a Green Card

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Could our story be any more cliché? Foreigner falls for American girl. He’s in a pickle, she wants to help. They marry before they’re ready but it’s cool because, you know, happily ever after and all that. Only this wasn’t a romantic comedy, this was my life. …… We met at a coffee shop through […]

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12 Things Only Parents of Pubescent Kids Understand

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Well, hello there, Puberty. It’s been a while. What’s new, you ask? Let’s see, I have an 11-year-old son — oh, wait. That’s right. You know him. You know all about Boy Wonder — the kid who grew nearly five inches last year who’s now suddenly sprouting pimples and hair in all the … places. […]

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Creativity Is King: What Art Can Do for Your Kids

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Before my kids were able to fully express themselves through words, they were little artists creating images as bold and unique as they were. And while mini masterpieces on important papers, floors, and walls tested my patience at times, it didn’t take long for me to realize that a crayon in the hand was worth […]

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The Pros and Cons of Being the “It” House in the Neighborhood

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Remember when you were growing up, how there was that one house on the street that all the neighborhood kids gravitated to? Maybe the house had a pool, or a pool table, or a basketball hoop. Maybe the parents were more lenient than yours or the garage housed a fridge full of soda. Whatever the […]

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4 Ways My New Commitment to Health Is Making Me a Better Mom

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“I just snapped at my kids because I was hungry.” When I shared this Facebook status, I was met with overwhelming support.  People more than understood; they rallied in support of my hangry regret knowing all too well how food (or lack thereof) affects your mood. But what they didn’t know was that I had begun […]

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“Are We Those Neighbors?” That Time My Kids Damaged My Neighbor’s Property … Again

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From first pets and bike rides to sleepovers and school projects, childhood is filled with wonder, laughter, and difficult lessons. And while many of these lessons are taught inside classrooms and homes, some of the biggest can be learned in our own front yard. Living in the suburbs of Southern California, my family shares a […]

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How to Get Work Done This Summer with Kids at Home

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So hey there, I’m pretty excited to be over at Mom 2.0 Summit sharing my kid-tested, WAHM-approved tips for getting work done with kids at home all summer. Take a look by clicking HERE!

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