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...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel … [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...]

Guardians of the Galaxy In Theaters {Review}

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Last week, we saw a sneak preview of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D. Before I launch into my thoughts about the film, I wanted to share the official synopsis. I didn't know anything about the comic or the story line before heading to the theater, and after seeing it I can say its not … [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...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Switched From Breastfeeding to Formula

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Please welcome Kendra to the blog today for the newly relaunched I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. This series will run weekly on Thursdays and if you'd like to submit a piece, please see details here.  My son was born in April of 2012. When I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything “right”. I … [Read more...]

Postpartum Progress: Kicking PPD Ass for 10 Years!

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Its easy to feel alone when you're in the midst of postpartum depression. Isolated, insecure, anxious, paranoid. You feel like something is fundamentally wrong with you...like no one in the world will understand...like no one will be able to help you. Its heartbreaking to be in that pit when you see … [Read more...]

Escape Into Outlander

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I've been somewhat depressed, and when I am, I read. I honestly don't know if its self care or a way for me to withdraw and escape. But I really love reading, and its a relatively new phenomenon. OK, not new exactly, but its only been something I've enjoyed in my adulthood. I credit my love of … [Read more...]