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#happylifetweaks: Managing the Melissa & Doug Sticker Mess

A few years ago, I read a blog post discussing great quiet activities and toys for toddlers and preschoolers.  One of the suggested toys was the Melissa & Doug brand reusable sticker sets. Reusable stickers?  I was intrigued. A quick Amazon search revealed they’re basically like the Colorforms of my childhood – only way better. I loved Colorforms!  I HAVE
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Lame-Ass Sticker Chart: Don’t Knock It, ‘Til You Try It

So I don’t want to terrify any of you “newish” parents but THREE IS THE WORST! WORST. At least until 13-ish. Anyway, Mac, I’m happy to report, seems to be developmentally on track:  meaning he’s continually whining, crying, resisting, bargaining, and generally attempting to get his world to work FOR HIM everyone else be damned. And it’s lead to some
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Reluctant Mother Attempts #Happylifetweaks

So, it’s frequently cold and dark in these parts this time of year.  Whether you have children or not, the weather might leave you feeling a little glum. I’m certainly hearing from several of my “mom friends” that the winter is starting to wear on them mentally, emotionally. . .parenting feels harder. . .motivation is lacking. . .chores feel wretched.
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Who The EFF is Riley?! Damn, Who The Hell Am I?

Ok. You know me, you know this much:  I am a Mom and I take that seriously – more seriously than I’ve ever pursued anything else in my life. I want to soak up every moment I have with my children before they decide they hate me err become independent. . .So, I. AM. ALWAYS. LURKING. We don’t have babysitters.
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It’s the Friday Funny: Husband v. Used Car

Just before Teddy was born, we got a “new to us” car.  There was just no way I could cram another car seat into my VW convertible.   And while I’d love to be a one car family, Baltimore just isn’t completely there yet with its public transportation system. . . Anyway, it was a used car but a NICE
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Another Dirty Little Parenting Secret. . .

It’s time for me to reveal yet another dirty little parenting secret:  I’ve been co-sleeping.  With Teddy.  A. LOT. Pretty much part of every night. I. KNOW! Or I don’t know? I’m not sure what to make of it? With Mac we were SO determined to keep him out of our bed, I spent countless nights on his bedroom floor.
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“And I Shall Name Him Baby Dutch!”

In early October we took the kids to the beach for the weekend.  I really prefer the beach in the fall after all the tourists and humidity are gone. We had a really nice time.  Our lodging wasn’t exactly luxury but it was a block from the Ocean and it had a little indoor pool and a separate bedroom –
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Friday Funny: Toddler’s First Insult

If you’re on Twitter, you might have already seem similar content. . . However, the occasion was so important I wanted to make sure I properly recorded it:  MAC DOLED OUT HIS FIRST INSULT!!! The target? Mommy.  Of course. Notice the coat I’m wearing in this photo.  I REALLY like this coat.  It’s super warm, it fits well, it’s not
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Stuff We Love: Thinkfun Move & Groove

GAH!  It’s WINTER. And I’m down. The days are short. . .but SO SO SO LONG. If you read regularly, you know I am an outdoors addict.  My favorite place is outside.  Simple as that. But when the wind chill is pushing sub-zero, I can’t with good conscience drag the kids into my outdoor euphoria. . . And some days
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Dear Liam’s Mom,

So Mac’s been in preK just shy of a month now. He goes twice a week. And we missed Monday because we were at the beach. However, the Monday before that, I was sitting in the parent conference beside Liam’s mom. I refer to her as Liam’s mom because I don’t know her name. He son’s name is Liam. And
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