Why I’m Not a Fan of “Polite” Preggo Comments

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I would just like to put out a general PSA that it’s perfectly alright to see a pregnant lady and not tell her how pregnant she looks. Just this last  week I’ve gotten what feels like an overwhelming amount of comments about the size of my pregnant belly. “Wow! Due any day, huh?”        Nope. 2 more months. “Are you having twins again?”      No but thanks for insinuating that I’m big enough to … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chicken Wrap Recipe

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Soccer practice, music lessons, orthodontist -Oh My! When those busy afternoons take over, resist the urge to order takeout! With a little advanced planning, this easy crock pot chicken wrap recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and comes together in a jiffy. Crock Pot Ingredients: 4 (4-oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 can of low-sodium chicken broth 1 (1.5 oz.) package of taco seasoning … [Read more...]

How Does a Busy Mom Get it All Done?

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Your coworkers are all stressing about upcoming deadlines in your department. You’re bogged down by emails, and there is a pile of paperwork overflowing from your inbox. As the day turns into afternoon you plod through the day’s tasks and daydream of eventually getting home to your kids. To get out of the office (or classroom, in may case) in a timely manner, I brainstorm all the tasks that I … [Read more...]

How to Survive with Newborn Twins and Little Sleep

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The first few months with your new twin babies are a wonderful time of bonding. But it is also a lot of work and you aren’t going to get a lot of sleep. If you are looking at going back to work when your standard maternity leave is up (6 weeks post-partum for vaginal delivery, 8 weeks for C-Section), there is a good chance that you are going to be pretty sleep-deprived. It’s going to be tough, but … [Read more...]

Lovin’ On Your Spouse

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Have you heard of the 40 Day Love Dare? Whether your relationship is in trouble or not, I think it is such a cool way to daily put your spouse before yourself for just over a month.  If you want to see the 40 Day Love Dare for yourself, use this link to check out the ideas for 40 days to loving on your spouse. It is a faith-based challenge with Bible verses to support each idea, but you don’t … [Read more...]

How Do You Tell Twins Apart?

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At the school where I teach, there are the most adorable set of identical twin boys. They haven’t been in my class, so I don’t know them very well, but I see them almost every day at dismissal as they are waiting for their mom. I’ve spent a (probably unnecessarily) long time trying to study their faces in hopes of being able to figure out who is who. I’m sure their mom can tell in an instant which … [Read more...]

Fun Twin Stuff

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One of the coolest things about having twin children is watching their two little unique personalities simultaneously emerging. Lately I’ve been delighting in the very different preferences that they are developing. Emily is a bigtime cuddle bug, while Madeline is usually content on her own. Emily is a pretty good eater, but we’ve been having a lot of difficulty getting Madeline to try new things. … [Read more...]

What You Really Need to Think About Before Going Back to School

Who doesn’t love going back to school? New supplies, new clothes, new classes and new friends… After having spent a decade working in schools, I can tell you from a teacher’s perspective that you may not have thought of everything. Allow me to clue you in on 6 things you really need to think about before going back to school. Know the school’s dress code. This can be obtained from the school … [Read more...]

Working Mom Blues

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As much as I love my job, I am really missing my babies. Maybe my vacation was too long. I became too content in my home-all-day routine. Now that I'm back to being a working mom again, I miss those days. I miss the quiet mornings the most. While on vacation, I’d begin the day by waking up before the rest of the family, reading my Bible and enjoying a cup of coffee in the quiet. Then when Emily … [Read more...]

Launching into the New (School) Year

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Today I officially returned to school. What? It’s barely the first of August, you say? Yes, our school district let out in MAY so we are all back at work now and kids return to class on the 11th. Until then my calendar is packed with staff “retreats” (apparently a cute name for staff development days, I looked for the poolside lounge chairs but there were none in sight!), “Welcome Back … [Read more...]