One Parent Vs Four Kids: I’m Solo Parenting Again

With summer vacation in full swing (and a husband who finally returned to work after a second 5-week hiatus), it’s getting harder to find quiet time away from the kids. Naps are only a thing the baby does, but she isn’t on a schedule. And her nighttime sleeping habits are not consistent. Some nights she’s…

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3 Undervalued Tips for Surviving Family Vacations

In the summer of 2015, I did the unthinkable…. …at least, that’s what I’ve been told. Everyone thought I was crazy. But I didn’t care. Driving across six states in three days with three kids ages one, five and eight by myself, I’ll admit, sounded exhausting, but not impossible. I knew what I was getting…

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I Am Not My Cysts: What They Are and How I’m Remedying It

Originally Published on The Sticky Apron When I first found out, I was certain it meant having more kids would be impossible. So, naturally, I cried. It’s still likely my ovaries are damaged from cysts that have been forming and dissipating for the last three years. Five months after first discovering them on a CT…

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A Three Step Guide to Being a Happier Mom

Published on We Have Kids on 5/20/2017 When I first jumped aboard this mother train, I was barely an adult. I was this young wife who knew nothing more than what I remembered growing up as the oldest of three—plus what I learned in an early childhood development course in college. Despite that, I had…

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How to Find a House to Rent

Published on ToughNickel on January 17. 2017 “You just found more places to rent in five minutes than I have all week,” said my coworker. Shrugging my shoulders, I reminded her how I’ve become an expert on how to find a house to rent. And I’m not exaggerating. I’ve found seven places for us to…

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How Stress Damages Your Health, plus Ways to Build Up Your Resilience

Published on Pick the Brain on April 23, 2018 “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult The life I live often results in hearing things like “I could never do [that]” or “I don’t know how you [do it].” My response is…

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