I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Chose Not to Breastfeed

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Please welcome Chrissy, today's writer in the I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. If you'd like to share your own story, please see details for submissions here.  As the oldest of six children, I watched my mom closely as she raised my younger siblings. I knew that I wanted to be a mom, so I soaked up … [Read more...]

Ever Feel Like a Bad Parent When you Probably Shouldn’t? Share Your Story.

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Mama guilt is the absolute worst. We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, but more often than not that judgement even comes from within ourselves. Some days I do have to remind myself that I’m not a bad mom, even if I do things that go against the norm for example. So I’m inviting … [Read more...]

Mom’s Time Out with Bigelow Tea

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School started for us on Tuesday and I have to admit I am so very glad its here. Even though back to school begins that busy time of drops offs, pick ups, homework and driving all over creation, I finally have a couple of hours a few days a week for a time out when they are BOTH in school! So today … [Read more...]

I’m a Good Mom Because I Do This…

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Or at least I try to, because to be a good mom (or spouse), I have to take care of myself first. I don't do it all every day, but I do what I can and that goes a long way. Nutrition. Activity. Pleasure. Rest. Patience. Mindfulness. Protection. Support. Kindness. Distraction. Fun. Attention. … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Miss Mornings at Home

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I'm so honored to welcome Cheryl today, this week's writer in the #NotaBadMom series. Working moms, I'm thinking this one might hit home. (If you'd like to contribute a guest post to #NotaBadMom, please find details here.) It's a corollary to my working mom existence, one that most people don't … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I’m Not Listening

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Please welcome Kara, this week's guest writer for the "I'm Not a Bad Mom Series". I also often find myself ignoring the screaming for my own sanity, but most of all not listening to the judgmental voices within and without. I think it makes me a better mom too. If you'd like to submit a post for … [Read more...]

Your Child’s School Vaccines Can Help a Child in Need

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A few weeks ago, I took Ellie to her well child check up and back to school immunizations. As we sat waiting for the nurse to return to give Ellie her three required vaccines (ugh) she really started to get nervous. I could see her wheels start turning and her sweet little mug began to switch … [Read more...]

I’m not a bad mom because there’s a dance pole in my living room

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Today I'd like to welcome Alison for "I'm Not a Bad Mom." If you'd like to contribute to this weekly series you'll find details here. And Alison, rock on girl. I have never been more excited to receive such an honest Mother’s Day card from my child (except for maybe last year when he divulged … [Read more...]

I am Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Save Everything

Welcome Sarah, today's writer in the Thursday "I'm Not a Bad Mom" Series. If you'd like to contribute as a guest writer for this series please see details here.  I was about 30 years old when my mother gave me a shoe box. This shoe box was filled to the brim with things I had drawn when I was … [Read more...]

Win a 3-day South Walton Florida Beach Getaway

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Disclosure: This Florida vacation giveaway is provided by the Walton County Tourist Development Council and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. No compensation was received. I grew up in Florida, and now that we live all the way across the country in Seattle, we visit quite often. The … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Limit Screen Time

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This week's #notabadmom post is by me! If you'd like to guest post for this series and share you're own story of why you are not a bad mom, please check out details here. I'd love to hear from you. If you missed out on the last few weeks, check them out here: Not a Bad Mom I sometimes feel … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Send My Son to Daycare When I’m Not Working

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Please welcome Kristen for this week's I'm Not a Bad Mom. If you would like to submit your own story, please check out info here. My husband and I both work full-time.  There is no way around that.  We have a mortgage, car loans, student loans, credit card debt...the list of expenses go on … [Read more...]

Planes: Fire & Rescue in Theaters Now {Review}

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The first Planes movie was good. We enjoyed it and Ronin loved it (and could watch it every day), but this new sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue now in theaters is really great. For me it was definitely even better than the first. OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new … [Read more...]

Kids of Summer Love Music

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by WestMusic and their Kids of Summer Video Contest. My kids love music and dancing. From bitty babies they loved playing, singing and dancing to their their bongo drums, shakers and other little instruments. Ellie had so much fun in her music class as a baby and … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Have Answers to the Big Questions

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Please welcome Meryl for this week's "I'm Not a Bad Mom" post. I can definitely relate to this one. If you'd like to contribute to this weekly Thursday series, please find more info here. It started with a fish.  A beta fish.  A dead beta fish. As is the case with many small animals, I'm not … [Read more...]