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Honesty’s the Best Policy

My son, Levi, has formed a new habit: waking up at 4:45 a.m.

That’s early. In my mind, anything before 5 a.m. is still night time. And night time is for sleeping. Not playing. Levi, on the other hand, has decided that 4:45 is the perfect time to begin his day.

He is wrong.

I have no problem getting up in the middle of the night to comfort my babies if they’re sick or teething or they pooped. I mean, I’m not exactly stoked about it when it happens, but if they have a…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 7, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

Parenting Toddlers: Our Five Favorite Books Right Now

Growing up, reading was a huge part of my life. My parents were really into books and my ultimate dream house has always had a family library as part of the floor plan. Reading is still a big part of my life, but it’s rare that I actually get to pick out books for myself. Most of my reading time these days is spent with my toddler, who is actually a pretty big book addict himself.

So much so, in fact, that our favorite books tend to rotate every few months. And since we do read so…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 6, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Blogging Better: Find the Right Hosting Plan for Your Site

When you’re ready to make the switch to a self hosted site, it can be a little overwhelming. There are so many packages out there – and all with different names and “benefits – that it can be hard to determine what you really need, especially if you’re newer to the self-hosted site world. Based on my vast, many years of experience, let me tell you the

1. Know your visitors: If you don’t already have Google Analytics installed on your site, add it today. It’s a free…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 6, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Baby Loss: I can write about it. I can’t really talk about it. Le sigh.

Today was one of those days where the grief just hit me out of nowhere.

Ok, not out of nowhere. I had to make some calls because our medical bills have started coming in, and most of them aren’t accurate or haven’t been sent through our insurance or were sent through our insurance and then retracted – ugh. It’s not fun, let’s just say that. And every single time I call to talk to someone, I have to explain my story.

I can write about Addison until my fingers bleed. And if I…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 4, 2014 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Becoming a fit mommy is a little painful – but it is so, SO worth it

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen last week that I decided to become a fit mommy. And given my propensity to say that I’m just way too busy to work out, you may have found that to be a little…strange. So here’s the beef:

Back before we had Ricky, I was a workout queen. I worked out several times a week, had a gym membership, elliptical in the basement, the works. Most of the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 3, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

Apparently, crazy is my life.

So I’ve been super lacking in the whole “posting” department this week. Full disclosure: I have been an absolute wreck all week. I have some many things going on – most of them positive – and it’s just been hard for me to keep up with everything. You know those moments where you just kind of get overwhelmed to the point where you don’t even know where to start? Yeah, that’s where I’ve been at for about three days. The problem is that this makes it hard to get everything accomplished that I…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 3, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

WAHM: How We Found the Right Work and Child Care Balance for Our Family

Back when Rick and I were just married, before Ricky was born, I had this great idea: I was going to work from home full time with NO HELP once we had kids. An infant can’t be that hard to take care of, right? Looking back, I really can’t believe that either of us were so naive to think that was actually going to work. But after he was born, we tried.

We tried, and tried, and tried. And surprise of all surprises, it didn’t work.

Here’s the thing: no matter how little or…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 29, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments

#ShopCartons to Save Trees This Month (aka Get a Tree Planted Just for Tweeting!)

ChooseCartons contacted me a couple of weeks ago to share an initiative that they’re running during the month of July to help raise awareness about recycling and food packaging – while planting trees at the same time. Being a household that’s pretty good about recycling (we try our best!) and choosing the eco-friendly option, it seemed like a pretty cool campaign to participate in.

Please note that I was compensated for participating in this campaign. They also planted a tree for me.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 22, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

We Keep Moving.

Last night I had a mini breakdown. And what triggered it made me feel so guilty. I saw all of these beautiful pregnant mamas all over my Facebook feed. And that’s when it hit me: I should be 36 weeks pregnant. I should be glowing and happy and getting ready to deliver my baby in just a few short weeks via c-section.

August 19th. That’s when it was scheduled for...Continue reading at The Mommyhood Project

Added by Cortney Galster on July 21, 2014 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Three Things I Never Expected My Mom Self To Be…And Yet I Am

Before you have kids, you have this vision of who you’ll be when you actually do have kids. You tell yourself that your kids will be perfect, you’ll always have fresh food on the table and sweets will be off limits. That you’ll never fall into the “frumpy mom” category, will have the smartest and most social kid in the class and your life will basically be one blissful moment over and over for the rest of your life, the end.

And then you become a mom. And that moment…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 18, 2014 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Blogging Tips: Ten Things You Should Be Doing Right Now

Did ya’ll know that part of my day job involves teaching people all about blogging and social media? Well, it does. Which makes me at least a semi-expert in what you should be doing right now to improve your blog, curate your audience and just generally leave a larger impact on the world wide web. So what does this mean today? Well, it means I’m going to sit here on my couch, eat some Cheez-Its and tell you ten ways to help you do all of the above.

1. Get your own…

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Added by Cortney Galster on September 2, 2013 at 3:40pm — 3 Comments

My Baby Is Eleven Months Old - How Time Flies

This morning, my little man woke up at 5:30 on the dot. It was as if he knew it was time for us to get moving – because without that little wake up call there was no WAY I was getting out of bed on time. So I got up and made him breakfast. Started some coffee and let the dog out. Grabbed my phone to check my email and it hit me: my baby is eleven months old today. In a mere month, he’ll be a full YEAR old. My oh my, has time sure flown by...Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 27, 2013 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Still feeling the effects of pregnancy, eleven months later.

When you’re pregnant, and you read all of the “What to Expect” books, you learn a lot of things about how your body is going to change. One of those changes will make absolutely no sense and seem completely unrelated to actually having a child: you learn your eyesight is going to get worse. But don’t worry! The book says that your eyesight will go back to normal after you have your baby. It’s only temporary. Don’t get new glasses. You can live through a few months…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 26, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Fall Weather, Here We Come

The past couple of weeks here in Minnesota have been blissfully fall like. To be honest, I thought we were going to sail into fall with actual fall like weather. But mama was wrong. We’ve been hit by a serious heat wave of 90 degree weather, which is projected to last for the rest of the summer. To be honest, I’m not completely disappointed. We go through so much cold in the frigid tundra that you have to live up the heat while you can. But with that being said, there are some…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 19, 2013 at 10:33pm — No Comments

What Happens When You Put A Swim Diaper On Backwards

Friday morning, when little man got up, we went through our normal morning routine. We ate breakfast, made coffee and let the dog out. We fed the dog, watered the flowers and went upstairs to get ready for the day. I walked into his bedroom to change his diaper, thinking that I had a whole box of diapers in the closet. Only…they weren’t there. Mama was clearly out of her mind…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 18, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Ten Things You Can’t Prepare for as a Parent

When you become a parent, you prepare for the sleepless nights and adorable outfits. Poopy diapers and sweet smiles. Oh, and the baby smell. Thinking about the baby smell got me through my last three weeks of being pregnant without going completely crazy, by the way. But even through all of that preparing, there are several things you could NEVER totally prepare for, especially as a first time parent. Ten things that, well, I’m about to partially prepare you for (or remind you of) right now.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 14, 2013 at 10:23pm — No Comments

My Baby Now Feeds The Dog. From His Highchair.

So an interesting thing happened the other day. Ricky was sitting in his high chair and suddenly started laughing like he had just seen the funniest thing in the world. I look over, and the dog is scarfing food off of the floor. The he holds out his had – with a single Cheerio in it – for the dog to start nuzzling. The giggling starts, the Cheerio drops and the dog laps it up off the floor. Ohmigosh. My child…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 11, 2013 at 10:10am — No Comments

The Truth: Baby Acne Happens

About a week and a half ago, Ricky started getting little red bumps on his chin and nose. At first, I thought it was a rash. When it didn’t go away within a few days, I realized what it was: baby acne. Today I met up with my friend Jenna – and she said her baby had gone through a baby acne phase too…and it lasted a month! I guess I didn’t really realize that baby acne was such a common thing. Or such a prolongedthing. And since I’ve decided to become a baby acne…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 10, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments

So Your Baby's Not Sleeping? Mine Neither.

This seems to be becoming a common theme at our house: bedtime rolls around and the little guy seems tired out and ready for bed. He goes to sleep. And forty-five minutes later, he’s up – crying – and refusing to sleep.

At this point, you would think that you have three options:

One: You go straight upstairs, soothe your baby back to sleep and go back to what you were doing.

Two: You ignore the crying, hope your baby goes back to sleep, and eventually cave…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 6, 2013 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Why Footie Pajamas Are Banned At Our House

I’ve never bought footie pajamas for my little guy before. That being said, I’ve never had anything against them, either. As a kid, I wore them all the time. So when I found a pair of these nostalgic jammies in an 18 month size in his closet (presumably from a baby shower) – I thought we’d try them out. I threw them in the wash and actually forgot about them until tonight – when all of his 12 month jammies were in the wash....Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 5, 2013 at 10:03pm — No Comments

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