37 Things I’m Grateful For (Part 2)

This is the second post in a four-part series on 37 things I’m grateful for on my 37th birthday. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. 10) Paleo Vegan food bloggers on Pinterest Lady Bug’s allergies mean we don’t eat wheat, dairy, nuts, or eggs. For a while we were avoiding […]

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How To Get Your Kid To Stop Waking The Whole Family

I used to think the worst way to wake up was to a baby crying. That was before we had two kids. For the past year or so, I have awoken to the sound of my three-year old yelling, “IT’S DAY!!” when the sky is pitch black and day is actually at least an hour […]

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The Preschool Pickup Fiasco of 2015 on Scary Mommy

Sweet Pea, my three year-old, started preschool this fall. Her first day of school was momentous. It was epic, in fact. The way she howled at pick-up, you would have thought I was a kidnapper. I’m sure this will be a hilarious story someday. Like, when she’s thirty. At the time, I felt like Sweet Pea […]

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Musings on Motherhood, Guilt, and Creativity

I struggle with guilt. When I feel burnt out on being a stay at home mom (which happens at least once a day), I remember these years in my kids’ lives are short, that I am so lucky to have the option to stay home and that I am free to work on my writing […]

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Thirty-one Thoughts I Had During Jewish Renewal Kol Nidre Services

Kol Nidre is the evening service the night  before Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), which is the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. Jewish Renewal is one of several denominations of Judaism. In my limited experience it is, by far, the most New Age-y. I attended my first Jewish Renewal Service for Kol […]

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Workout Wednesday Vol. 23: Event Recap-Venus de Miles 64 Mile Ride

This weekend I did the Venus De Miles all-women’s ride. There were three options- 30 miles, 64 miles, and 100 miles. With very limited time to train, the 100 mile option was out. Meanwhile, the short but intense rides I’d been doing all summer, towing the girls around in the Burley to swimming lessons, the […]

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Workout Wednesday Vol. 20: When Rest is the Answer

A few weeks ago, I decided to stop working out. If you’ve ever broken up with someone you loved because you knew the relationship wasn’t healthy and/or sustainable and/or he stalked you, and though he never threatened you, your dad and brother did express the desire to inflict bodily harm on him… That’s how it […]

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Sweet Reunion

Yesterday I ran about four and a half miles outside. This wouldn’t be noteworthy, ordinarily, except I’ve been injured for nearly two months, which meant I had to stop running. I recently tried running a few times, just a few miles here and a few miles there, and only on the treadmill, so that if my hip bothered […]

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Yes, I’m judging

I don’t normally judge other parents. At least not publicly. But when someone does something as grotesque as dressing their child in a Ray Rice costume, I can’t hold back. Yes, I’m judging. I was shocked and disgusted when I saw this photo online: Someone thought it was ok- funny, even- to dress their kid […]

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It Gets Easier

I overheard the only dad in Sweet Pea’s swim lesson mention something about a baby at home in between blowing bubbles and practicing reaching and pulling. “We have a baby at home too.” I offered. “How old?” he asked. “Four months. What about you?” “Three days.” I smiled and offered congratulations. “Does it get easier?” […]

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