All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Not to Care About Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and as a mom, I should probably be pretty excited. After all, motherhood’s been really good to me. I’ve been blessed with two wonderful sons, an adoring husband, and a really cute dog. And while raising kids has been challenging in ways I never expected, it’s also been so incredible, I can’t help but thank my lucky stars.

Still, moms do a lot and their daily grind can feel really thankless at times; so it only makes sense that we celebrate them at least once a year, right? Of course! And that’s a good thing, too, because every mom enjoys Mother’s Day, right?

Not so fast. [read more …]

 

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How I Finally Purged My Inbox from 39K Emails to Zero

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Unread emails. I know you have them. I had them, too … 39,667 to be exact, across four different email accounts. And these emails did more than just clog up my inbox, they burdened my sanity.

That number — 39,667 — in all its red bubble notification glory lit up my cell phone’s home screen like some sort of shameful scarlet number. I know, I’d think. I need to clean this thing out.

Time and time again, friends and family — heck, maybe even a few almost-strangers — would take a quick glance at my home screen and gasp in horror, “Oh my God! You have so many emails!”

Again: I KNOW.

There I was, wading through tens of thousands of product press releases, sales promotions, and spam emails daily in search of the really important stuff, like emails from my kids’ schools, shipment notifications, travel itineraries, and yes, those coveted 40 percent off promo codes at Loft. The daily email dig was exhausting, infuriating, and downright depressing. So in the spirit of spring cleaning, I recently decided to put on my big girl pants and tame the wild beast of nearly 40,000 unread emails.

And I did.

Day after day, hour after hour, and even sometimes through blurry-eyes, I organized and deleted my inbox down to ZERO. It wasn’t easy. In fact, it really sucked. But I survived it, and you can, too with these inbox spring-cleaning tips learned the hard way.

American Parents Shell Out $41 Billion a Year in Allowances, Says Study

Every Sunday, I raid my wallet for $10 to give my 15-year-old son for his allowance. Now $10 may not seem like a lot, but it actually is when neither myself nor my husband ever seem to have it. Cash-money is a real rarity in our house, and apparently giving a teen a measly $10 […]

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American Girl’s Latest Puberty Book Is Just for Boys — and I Need It as Much as My Son

  My soon-to-be 10-year-old son came to me yesterday and said, “Mom, I have a spider bite on my nose. It hurts.” That was no spider bite. It was a pimple. A BIG one. His first. “That, my friend, is a pimple,” I said with a lighthearted giggle. “Welcome to puberty!”

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7 Tips for Taking Your Teen to Disney That Will Clinch Your Status as the “Fun Mom”

You have a teen. A bored teen. A been-there-done-that-I’m-not-impressed-by-much teen. Maybe it’s time for a vacation. Maybe it’s time for fun. Or maybe it’s time for some much-needed, long overdue magic. I get it. As the mom of a 14-year-old son, coming up with new and fresh ways to connect and have fun with my […]

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There Is One Crucial Piece of Safety Gear So Many Baseball Parents Overlook

As a brand new baseball parent, there’s a lot I don’t know. How do you choose a proper glove? What size bat is best? How do you read this fancy playoff schedule bracket thingy? Of larger concern for any new baseball parent is the issue of safety. From helmets to jock straps and proper warm-ups […]

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Princess Diana for a Day

As a little girl, I had one big dream: to becoming a nurse-princess. Sure, it hadn’t been done before, but I could have certainly been the first. I’d wear scrubs by day and gowns by night, and it all sounded rather practical until I learned that nurses have to deal with…blood. The very word made […]

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Do You Check Your Kid’s Grades Online…Like, A Lot?

Step away from the grade portal…

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Day 5

For the full DSMMC experience, click here for our pre-conference day, day 1, day 2 , day 3 , and day 4. We woke up Saturday morning docked at the beautiful Disney-owned island of Castaway Cay (pronounced “Key”) in the Bahamas. With perfect 75°F temps, white sand beaches, and crystal clear water, we were all […]

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, Day 4

For the full DSMMC experience, click here for our pre-conference day, day 1, day 2 , and day 3. Day 4, whew! It was a big day. I have so much to share; I almost don’t even know where to begin! I know, I’ll start with breakfast with my husband at Cabanas, the all-you-can-eat-and-then-some buffet […]

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