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Mom Organization Skills 101

There is no greater reward than being a mother, but believe me, for all those expecting moms out there, you sure do have your work cut out for you in order to earn that reward. It was only when I had my second child that I realized, being prepared for any scenario was better…

How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

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My Mom says I can't play with you anymore

There are a few of my son's friends that I don't care for. I know they are just kids. I know that my son likes them. But, I don't.I can't even tell you exactly what it is about these children that I don't like. I don't think it is any one thing. Maybe it's because they are exposed to older-kid subjects through older siblings, and I don't like the way they…See More
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The Moms who work for themselves

I have a lot of friends who own a business. They are successful designers, store owners, consultants and life coaches. I love this about my friends. I love their sense of adventure, and that they found a way to feed their creativity and that they are providing for their families. They are good at what they do and they are happy.I recognize that several…See More
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There's no place like home (once the kids move out)

My son likes to talk about his life when he is old enough to move out and down the street from me. (Again, I am not going to ruin this plan of his.) He likes to tell me what will be different about his house (cargo nets and trampolines are some of the main living room features), and tells me that I should send over the monthly dinner plan so he knows what nights to pop over for dinner.…See More
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Knowing when to text them

When I was a freshman in college, I waited a full month before I asked my Mom if I could come home for a visit. It felt like forever. We talked a bunch that first month over the phone, but she never asked me if I wanted to come home. Was that hard for her?If texting had been around then, I wonder if I would have asked to come home after a month. Would…See More
May 14
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Learning about loneliness early

My son has used up all his screentime and he is wandering around the house. He is wandering around the house moping. And dragging his feet. And sighing heavily. I wait for it...and then he finally releases the statement I've been waiting for: "Mooooommmm...I'm bored." Of course you are.I ask him to check his list. (Of course we've made a list.…See More
May 11
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The music that binds us

My son is groggy and sluggish in the morning, so I play some peppy music from the 80s to wake him up. After a few songs, he is still sleepy, but slightly happier. Eventually, he dances to the music and even sings some of the words. This puts me in a better mood because I know the words, too, so we can dance and sing together.Later on, it occurs to me that…See More
May 9
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Screentime in the later years

The screentime rules in our household are well known. My son knows them and tries to push the boundaries of them, but he follows them. Not a weekend has passed without him requesting that he use his screentime earlier in the day or that he gets more of it. Sometimes we let him know we are making an exception to the rules and give him what he is asking for, but usually the rule is the rule.…See More
May 7
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There are no more normal families

I am drawing a simplified family tree for my son to show him how the cousins of my generation line up to the cousins of his generation. We get through most of it, and he seems to understand it all, even when I include the names of my step-siblings and their children. I thought that this last concept might be a bit confusing for him, since I got my step-siblings when I was already a teen and only saw them for a few weeks over the summers before I went to college. My son has never met them.…See More
May 4
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An early start to math confidence

"I do most of my math homework in my head," my son says as he sits at the kitchen counter doing his homework. He smiles when he says this and I can tell that he is proud of himself. He should be.I check over his math homework and I am able to do it in my head, too. (I am slightly proud of that.) My son gets all his homework right and I praise him for checking…See More
May 2
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She-who-shall-not-be-named

In our household, we often refer to our Echo device as "she-who-shall-not-be-named." This isn't because Alexa is evil (although I've had my fair share of arguments with her). It is because she is always listening to us. We've learned not to use her name unless we need to.…See More
Apr 30
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Those Moms who don't say No

Sometimes I will meet a woman at work and instantly become concerned for her. She will tell me how she works full time and then tell me about her home life with multiple kids who all have multiple activities and how she volunteers in lots of things and then also takes care of her older family members and has other friends who need her time and attention.I…See More
Apr 27
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Those children who don't have homework

My son is sitting at the kitchen counter doing his homework. He is not crying about it, he is not upset and he doesn't need my help. He is quietly doing his homework. And, because I can't believe this scenario, I am also staying very quiet. But my head is buzzing:Did we turn a corner here? Has my son finally accepted that homework is a part of his life?Is he…See More
Apr 25
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Watching children play in the woods

My son was at an overnight scouting weekend in the middle of the woods. He tried archery, learned to cast a fishing line, climbed a rock wall, found kindling for the fire and built things out of sticks. He (and the rest of the children there) had no access to screens.And they were all fine. More than fine, actually. They got lots of fresh air and…See More
Apr 23
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The case for intentional laziness

I am trying to get better at not doing things for my son. For example: He likes to cook, so twice a month, he has to cook dinner for the family. While either my wonderful husband or I will act as his sous chef, we make sure he does the bulk of the work. This gets hard if he claims he has had a "long day" at school, but we still insist that he is the head chef and is responsible for getting dinner on the table.…See More
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My Mom says I can't play with you anymore

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 6:57am 0 Comments

There are a few of my son's friends that I don't care for. I know they are just kids. I know that my son likes them. But, I don't.…

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The Moms who work for themselves

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 6:53am 0 Comments

I have a lot of friends who own a business. They are successful designers, store owners, consultants and life coaches. I love this about my friends. I love their sense of adventure, and that they found a way to feed their creativity and that they are providing for their families. They are good at what they do and they are happy.…

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What do you have time for?

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:52am 0 Comments

My son is very practical about his time. (I know that this is behavior that he learned from us.) He likes to tell me what his plans are over the weekends, and we've had some good conversations about finishing out one extra-curricular activity before picking up any new ones.…

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How are you not tired?

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 6:59am 0 Comments

Saturdays are hopping at our house.



We do chores and upgrades to the house, we prep for the week ahead, and we try have fun together along the way. My son is usually very understanding about Saturdays and most weekends he is a great helper. I try to be mindful about the amount of chores I drag him to on…

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At 7:35am on January 8, 2018, Mom Bloggers Club said…

Hello Lauren - Just stopping by to say thank you for being such a great member!

At 1:01pm on August 19, 2016, Tiffany N said…

Hello! 

Welcome to MBC, I'm new here too! Looking forward to reading more from your blog! I'm from NC as well (Mooresville!)

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At 3:10pm on February 9, 2016, Quirky Homemaker said…

Yes!  I totally agree that moods can be contagious!  Thankfully, it's been a while since I've had any kind of depression.  That doesn't mean I don't have my days when things overwhelm me and everybody around me can tell!  I've been trying to be conscious to not let things get to me so that the whole house doesn't end up anxious.

At 1:00pm on November 6, 2015, Lady Anne Louise Barrun said…

Hi Lauren. I love your blog. Let's stay connected. Please follow me on my social sites.

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At 10:37pm on March 11, 2015, Lyn Sweeny said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog name ( I didn't listen either) and find your blog very amusing.  I'm new to here and hoping to connect to some professionals.  Are you up to the challenge?  j/k I hope that I "see" you around though! 

At 5:34pm on February 19, 2014, Lisa Lori said…

Thank you!  I am so happy to be a part of it!

At 1:11pm on February 17, 2014, InShapeMom.com said…

Thank you for saying hello, sorry about the late response. Been a little busy with the family. Hope your having a good start to the week!

At 1:57am on February 13, 2014, Jolie Stultz said…

Hi Lauren! I love your blog and thank you for your sweet comment of my pictures!! 

At 10:06pm on February 8, 2014, Elaina Lamley said…

Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to learning & sharing.

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