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Symptoms to Take Notice of in Children

The NHS has been facing ever-increasing pressures in recent years, with slashed budgets, staff shortages and lack of resources taking its toll on the quality of care. One of the many ways we commonly see the impact of these pressures is in waiting times for GP…

Mother of the Bride Guide

The day you’ve dreamed of for years has finally arrived! Your little girl is all grown up and has chosen a partner to start her life with, and you are officially a MoB -- Mother of the Bride! While congratulatory remarks are appropriate at this juncture, so are a few…

How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

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Manic Mom-Day

You're getting used to being blamed for everything.  Through tears, just last night, your four year old said, "Mommy!  You made me bite my own finger!"  Somehow...

You know you're supposed to celebrate the independent spirit in your toddler, but when she's lying on the floor amid a pile of clean diapers after removing her own poop-filled diaper, attempting to wipe herself, the "I do it!" fight is about the last thing you want to deal with at that moment.…


Added by Jennie on May 11, 2011 at 5:17pm — No Comments

A Little Reminder

So often simple gifts present themselves in the most unsuspecting places.

This Sunday, after spending an hour teaching three and four year olds in Sunday School, Sam and I went upstairs to our own Sunday School class. As is usually the case, we spent a long time at the beginning chatting and catching up with each other about the past week. When we (finally) convened for the…

Added by Jennie on August 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Flashback Monday? Just go with it.

Now that I got my little "I'm rubber and you're glue" hissy-fit out of my system, I can get on with more important (and more importantly) fun things. Like my 3-days late Flashback Friday. But hey, that's who I am. I'm late. At life. I was late to work this morning even. (Though that one really wasn't my fault. Have you ever been boxed in at the daycare drop-off line for 15 minutes? As… Continue

Added by Jennie on August 2, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Mom Things: That's what it's all about

It's Wednesday again, so you know what that means. Time for this week's installment of Mom Things. Enjoy!…

Added by Jennie on July 28, 2010 at 2:44pm — No Comments

On Playing Favorites

If there's one thing I can say about my parents, in retrospect, it's that they were excellent about not playing favorites. (Actually there are lots of things I can say about them, and most of them are good, but I've got to narrow it down in the confines of this little blog.) My sister might contend that I didn't notice because I was the favorite, but I would argue that.… Continue

Added by Jennie on July 26, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

In my "humble" opinion

I have a habit of making quick judgments about people. I put too much

stock in first impressions. I tend to make assumptions based on what

might be insignificant snapshots of a person's life from brief

encounters with them. These are flaws and I'm working on them.

Admitting it is the first step.

Because these faults are part of who I am, I assume that everyone else

suffers from the same afflictions and, consequently, spend too much time

wondering what… Continue

Added by Jennie on July 15, 2010 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Mom Things ~ Why am I still awake!?

And these, friends, are this week's Mom Things:

When something of value goes missing in your house, one of the first

places you look is in the kitchen trash can (undoubtedly underneath

coffee grounds). Then in the toilet. If it's not in either of those

places, you are not at all above dumping the outside trash can onto the

driveway and wading through the refuse.

It's for events like that above that you consider purchasing a HazMat

suit. It would… Continue

Added by Jennie on July 14, 2010 at 9:01am — No Comments

Mom Things - Happy 4th of July (a wee bit early)!!!

It's Wednesday again. I have to admit this is one of those weeks where I

am wishing my life away. I will be out of town this weekend,

and most likely skipping on Flashback Friday (again). Try not to be too

disappointed. (winkety wink)

Hate to be all brief, because that's SO out of character for me, but I'm

uber-frazzled and just trying to keep my head above water.

Without any additional verbiage between here and there, I give you the

Mom… Continue

Added by Jennie on June 30, 2010 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Mom Things - 13 Minutes Early

Because I got to ten 13 minutes before Wednesday. And by golly, I'm

posting them.

How to Know You're a Mom...

You keep spare socks in your car (or even worse, in your purse) on the

off chance you'll end up at an indoor playground on a day when your kids

are wearing flip flops.

You also, at any point, have carried around spare underwear for your

potty training children - in your purse.

Because you carry things… Continue

Added by Jennie on June 23, 2010 at 8:10am — No Comments

How to Know You're a Mom...Wednesday Again!

The top of your refrigerator is not just for jumping off of (you decide

if that's a joke or not), it is also where all of the confiscated toys

that have been used inappropriately (mostly as weapons) are banished

before mysteriously disappearing.

Your children have a propensity to spill an entire sandwich baggie full

of shelled peanuts on the garage floor, break a beaded necklace on the

tiled kitchen floor, or drop anything else that requires the use of… Continue

Added by Jennie on June 16, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Choose Your Own Adventure

I was reminded of this book series the other day. Just the mention of

it brought a smile to my face, along with a rush of warm fuzzies. I loved

these books.

For some reason, when I was a kid, it seems that we only ever went to

the library in the summertime. (Most likely for the summer reading

program that awarded us with our very own personal pan pizzas from Pizza

Hut, but I digress. Already.) I was a huge bookworm when I was

little. I'd… Continue

Added by Jennie on June 15, 2010 at 11:59am — No Comments

a mom by any other name would smell as happy...or tired...but she's still Mommy

And here are some tell tale signs that you are a mom...

You've gone to a circus, watched a bunch of little men and women do

bizarre things with their bodies, and at any point in time thought,

"That's nothing. (Insert own kids name here) could totally do that


You've passed some undeniable traits on to your offspring like the dent

in your son's right ear (that came from you) or the cowlicks in all of

your kid's hair (those came from your… Continue

Added by Jennie on June 9, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A [seemingly minor, yet significant to me] Rite of Passage

I remember shortly after having my firstborn when it hit me that I could

no longer just hop up to get my haircut or take a jog (not that I did

it that often, but still) or even just go work in the yard. There

always had to be a plan, and that plan always had to be flexible. I

remember how having that one tiny, little baby rocked my world.

Then I had another.…


Added by Jennie on May 31, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How to Know You're a Mom...

You're well aware of the

phenomenon of the unmatched socks
, but upon searching for matches

to various flip-flops and sandals in your three year old's closet,

you've come to realize that this is also applicable to shoes.

You liken white pants on toddlers to unicorns. They're pretty but you

don't believe in them.

You've learned to dress your kids in dark clothes… Continue

Added by Jennie on May 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Flashback Friday: In the strictest sense of the phrase

I'm not sure what prompted it the other day, but I got a little hung up

on memories of my childhood. In the words of Lucas from one of my favorite cult

, "Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear."

Maybe it's because over the weekend I was pondering which of the day's

mundane events might end up being a prevailing memory for my own kids.

Maybe it's because every once in a while I get really… Continue

Added by Jennie on May 21, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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