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Making Your Kids More Appreciative

Only as adults do people really discover that one of the keys to happiness is gratitude. Being thankful for what we have can be very difficult for kids who believe they can always depend on their parents for whatever they want.

There are a lot of values that parents should instill to their kids, and gratitude should be one of them. Grateful children are not only more fun to be around but also grow up to be strong adults who care about the world around them. In a recent study, it was…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 12, 2015 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Getting Past the Mom Guilt

A few months ago, at the end of the first trimester, I walked into my OB’s office with zero expectations. I didn’t know whether to laugh with joy that we had made it through the first three months of pregnancy, to cry that I still had six to go or to completely break down over the mental anguish that lies between grief and happiness. And of course, I had to step on the scale.

I refused to look at the number. Knowing myself – and that I hadn’t lost the baby weight from after losing…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 10, 2015 at 1:58pm — No Comments

28 Weeks Pregnant: Getting Organized for Baby

The second that the third trimester hits, you really start to feel like a house.

My darling husband told me that I’ve really started to exhibit the pregnant lady waddle. Especially when I try to move quickly. He’s a gem you guys.

Since my short term memory has been compromised (thank you third pregnancy side effects) and I’m not so good at coming up with funny retorts before I’ve had my coffee, I just stood there and gave him the stank eye.

But it’s true, I’m pretty sure…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 9, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

5 Lessons I Learned in My Year as a 30 Year Old

On Monday, my year as a simple 30 year old ended. I’m officially “into” my thirties. I remember back when I was finally “in my twenties” and how grown up it sounded. Thirty sounded like it was SO FAR AWAY. And like a big, scary number I never wanted to hit. After all, 30 meant I was really grown up and better have my crap together.

In my mid-twenties, I decided that I was just going to live and have fun and when I finally did turn 30, I’d buckle down and probably find that life was…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 5, 2015 at 6:05pm — No Comments

27 Weeks Pregnant: Further Than We Made it Last Time

The last few days have been crazy around our house. This month has really kicked my behind.

Do you ever get that feeling like you’re running yourself ragged, but you’re not actually getting stuff done? That’s kind of how my last few weeks have gone. I was way ahead going into the holiday season. And then a bunch of stuff happened, mostly good stuff, but some not so good stuff, that just completely threw me off track.

Not having Ricky on our regular schedule kind of exasperated…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 29, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Mommyhood Perfection: It Really Doesn’t Exist

I was looking through my Facebook feed this past weekend, and can’t believe how many people have had babies in the last week. I love those pictures of the first few days in the hospital. You know, the new family photos? They make my heart swell for the new mommies and daddies of the world.

And then I started seeing the posts about the first few days – if you have kiddos, you probably affectionately remember them like I do – where you were completely wrapped up in newborn life,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 23, 2015 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

WAHM: Making It All Work With Limited Childcare

After my last post, I got a lot of emails from all of you who also work from home, wondering how I make it all work. Sure, I’ve got these tips and tricks for working from home with a little one…but what actually makes our days tick?  I get it: sometimes, working from home when your kids are home seems impossible. I’ve been there. In fact, I probably ask myself why I do what I do at least once a week. And then I remember why we have this part-time childcare set up: because I want to be able…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 21, 2015 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Mommy Win: I Avoided the Meltdown

Do you ever have those parenting moments where you’re just like…ohmigosh. This is too much. I need thirty minutes of quiet or my head is going to freaking explode. WHY IS IT ONLY FOUR O’CLOCK????

Okay, I know you have. Because we all have those moments, sometimes more frequently than we would possibly care to admit. Today was one of those days for me – seriously, by the end of the day, I was SO HAPPY to read bedtime stories and go through our bedtime routine. And then hand the reigns…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 20, 2015 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

The Cost of Two Kids is Blowing My Mind

Today I was sitting at my desk, trying to work. But all I could think about was OMG baby stuff. And then I just had to get everything that was sitting on my mind down on paper.

So…lists. Because lists are the only way to keep my pregnant mind organized. Post its + spreadsheets + my white board. What the heck would I do without them?

Anyway, once I started putting my mind to paper, my thoughts went from OMG baby stuff toOMG LIFE IS GETTING EXPENSIVE.

I mean,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 15, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments

24 Weeks Pregnant and Sorting Baby Clothes – and She Came to Visit

The other day, I was at SkyZone with my friend Tiffani and our boys. If you’ve never been for toddler time, it’s pretty awesome: the young kiddos (under five) can jump for an hour and a half (we never make it that long) and wear off some energy. And you don’t have to worry that a bigger kid is going to jump on them. And it’s only four bucks – which is a steal, if you’ve been there on a non-toddler-day.

Tiffani is pregnant, too – due a few weeks ahead of me – and we were chatting about…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 13, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

My Battle to Find a Winter Maternity Coat. Aka the Post that Turned Me Into a Marshmallow.

So I’ve had this struggle finding a winter coat this year.

It sounds so stupid, doesn’t it? I mean, I live in the middle of the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where no matter how hot it gets during the summer, winter still comes a knockin’ every single year. And I really needed a new down coat this year.

You see, here where it gets to be so cold, you’re practically required to dress like a marshmallow for a few months out of the year simply for self preservation. It’s really just…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 12, 2015 at 9:55am — No Comments

Anxiety, Jerks and Making Good Decisions

I used to be really into reading. Like, I would read several books over the course of a weekend kind of thing. Today, my life isn’t really in that place anymore – chasing after young kids doesn’t really allow you to sit down and read a bunch of books, or even a few chapters, on a regular basis. But back in the day, reading was my little escape. I had pretty bad social anxiety when I was younger and that’s how I escaped it. Like, it was really bad, you guys.

Over time – and we’re…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 6, 2015 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Beauty Buys: Five Products I’m Obsessed With Right Now

When it comes to New Years Resolutions, I don’t tend to make a lot of them. But when it comes to starting out the new year on the right foot, I’m all about it. I have a tendency to re-commit myself to a better beauty regimen at this time of year. I think it’s a combination of the New Years hype and that I realize my summer tan (what few rays I catch, anyway) is totally gone, and my skin/face could really use a little brightening. Basically, Christmas couldn’t come at a better time for this…

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Added by Cortney Galster on January 5, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments

The Week After Christmas Drives Me Crazy

I love Christmas. And I actually can’t believe that it’s already over. Does anyone else feel like the time between October 1 and today went WAY too fast?

Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye. I got myself so wrapped up in everything that we had going on, I feel like I missed out on something – even though I probably didn’t. Life just moves too fast these days.

This was the first year that Ricky really “got” the whole Santa concept. And it was seriously amazing. Rick…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 30, 2014 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Windsource: Choosing a Green Option for Our Kiddos’ Future Xcel Energy #windpower #sponsored

As a parent, I think a lot about Ricky’s future: how I can help him get into the best schools, support his dreams, let him live a full life. Yes, I think about these things – even though he’s only two.

Hey, mama’s gotta have her game face on early.

One thing that I haven’t spent as much time thinking about – but know I need to be more cognizant of – is protecting the environment so that there’s actually a world left for my kids to enjoy when I’m old and gray. Yes, we recycle –…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 23, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments

WAHM: How do you actually get WORK time?

Have you read all those articles about how we all have our kids way too involved in too many things, there are too many things on their schedules, yada yada yada?

Me too. I’m one of those parents who likes my child to try things, but we haven’t gone overboard – it’s not a conscious decision, though. It’s simply because there is no time.As a mom who has pressured herself to “do it all,” meaning work full time+ without putting her child into full time daycare, keep up with the house,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 23, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Looking for Stocking Stuffer Inspiration? Get It Here.

You guys: Christmas is a week away. Where have the last four months GONE??

If you’re like me, you had the best of intentions back in September when you started planning out what Christmas was going to look like this year. And now, it’s a week before the holiday and the only person you’ve actually crossed off your list is your child(ren). Minus stocking stuffers.

Sound accurate? Thought so...Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 17, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

How Stillbirth Affects Your Marriage – and How to Make it a Priority in the Face of Tragedy

So, you guys, I’ve been trying to keep my posts lighter and happier because, after all, it’s Christmas. And most of the time, I’ve been able to slap on a smile and enjoy just being in the moment. Especially when I’m with Ricky. But you may have noticed that there was a lack in posting last week. And that’s partially because I’ve been swamped – but also partially because I can’t force my fingers to write about happy happy happy when in reality, this time of year is so very difficult for baby…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 15, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Swapping the Crib for a Toddler Bed

I promised some of you that I would eventually write about our crib to toddler bed experience. But I just couldn’t do it right away. I felt like it was going way too well, and I was totally going to jinx myself for saying it.

But you guys: it’s going REALLY WELL.

Rick and I decided last spring, when we were pregnant with Addison, that we weren’t going to actually go with a real toddler bed. Because I was a nanny for several years in college, I knew that a regular bed would…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 10, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

And The Gender Is…

So, friends, we are officially NOT having twins.

On Monday, the hubs convinced me that, due to how much movement I was feeling, there was no WAY there could only be one baby in my belly.

Needless to say, I was freaking out a little bit. To the point where I partially had myself convinced that there was a possibility that it was true.

We had our first ‘big’ ultrasound – meaning, we went to the perinatologist – on Friday. And it is most definitely just one, very active…

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Added by Cortney Galster on December 8, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

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