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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Another Layoff Behind Us: How We Survived 5 Weeks Without a Paycheck

On February 20, my husband came home early. One look in his eyes and I knew the reason: a lay off. It was both unexpected and expected (if that makes any sense). The project was winding down to the end, but he expected a few more weeks. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Since I’m the…

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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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Overwhelmed by Life? Pressing Pause Might Help

Life is overwhelming enough on its own sometimes. That, I’m sure, we could all agree. But add to it anything extra, like the uncertainty of how exactly this pregnancy of mine will all turn out. Now, that just makes for twice the feels. Maybe the overwhelm I’m feeling is really just my anxiety playing out…

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When Rental Rates Go Through the Roof, Consider Storing Your Stuff

I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like I’ve been house hunting for months. Within the last two years, rental rates in my area have spiked due to a massive housing shortage (thanks to increased job opportunities). When my year lease came up for renewal in June, why the heck did we think…

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Moving Medical Records is Just as Important as Moving Your Stuff

Sure, I messed up, but the nurse could have seriously messed up if I wasn’t such an analytical mother. This is why it’s important for parents to keep accurate medical records when moving – to avoid mistakes like the one we avoided. During my daughter’s three-year physical, the nurse said that they didn’t have records…

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