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Finding an OB seems like an easy task; find a hospital that is close to you, find an OB that seems nice, BAM done. Well, in all reality it isn’t that easy. In my experience it is something that each woman should take very seriously to really make sure she is getting what she wants.

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I'm getting to that age where most of my friends have kids that are school-aged and beyond. Some have one, some have many, and I have two. For the first 5 years of my older son's life, he was an only child. We treated him like an only child. We moved around the country and he came along, experiencing new places and things, and lived the blissful life of being the only apple of our eyes. And then. Boom! Guess what, kid? You're going to be a big brother.

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I got a call from a friend who is pregnant for the first time. She is excited, a bit scared, and trying to ingest so much information about what to expect over the next eight or so months that her head is going to explode. She’s been trolling parenting sites, reading books, making lists of questions for her OBGYN, and all the other neurotic things we do when we find out we’re about to become a parent. So, since I love to tell a story, I decided to share my first time experience.

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Categories: pregnancy, parent-stories,


According to media outlets such as TV commercials and Facebook, it's time to evaluate where we are at personally and professionally so that we can decide who we want to be before the calendar officially flips to 2013!

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After what seemed like the 393rd time of yelling at my sixth grader, "Come on! Move it! You got to get out the door!" I must admit I am kind of looking forward to Christmas and winter break. It gets old. Every morning trying to get the boys off to school is one challenge after another. My first grader isn’t so bad, except he does get mad when I don’t wake him up at exactly 7 a.m. But the sixth grader, woo, I tell you, some mornings feel like I’m trying to extract an atom from a very small molecule.

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It's unanimous in my house. Elf is one of our favorite holiday movies. There is something contagious about Buddy the Elf. This endearing character played by Will Ferrell loves everything sweet, musical and exciting about Christmas. Why does it tickle the belly of both kids and adults when we see a grown man in an elf suit, smile so wide, sing so loud and love everything about the world around him?

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Ugh! I am so thankful the month of November is almost over. It seems that like Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations, the "What are you thankful for?" question starts popping up earlier and earlier every year. Really, throughout the month of October, you cannot stand in line at the check out and not see almost every magazine with the headlines, "How to be Thankful", "Show your Thanks this Season", "How to Have the Most Thankful Thanksgiving Ever", or some variation of reminding us to be thankful. Why can’t we just be thankful every day of the year?

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November. It’s that time of year when we are reminded to reflect on what we are most thankful for. Most of us dig deep and give thanks for the major blessings in our lives like health, family and friends, and I am no different. I am most thankful that my Mom remains cancer free after her initial diagnosis four years ago, and pray that health and happiness rest on everyone this upcoming year. I remind myself to appreciate the people who help to keep me afloat when life gets crazy and to those who keep me grounded when things get too exciting.

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With every new school year, sport season or even new holiday season, it can easily feel like you’re on a crazy amusement park ride. It’s exciting and fun until you start to feel dizzy and you know you can’t get off the ride until it’s officially over! Once the year starts or the new season is underway, you can’t put the brakes on. There are so many commitments and obligations to add to the calendar. How do we keep our homes and families balanced while also maintaining our sanity?

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This past weekend, my husband and older son were out of town, so I was flying solo with my six-year-old. It was forecast to be a cold start to the weekend, and as we headed out Saturday morning to his 8:30 soccer game, they weren’t kidding! It was 27 degrees. Brrr. Yep, it felt like the perfect day to hunker down and eat bad food and watch bad TV.

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My first experience as a dad was less than ideal. When my son Franklin was born, his mom and I were in a really tough time of our marriage. He was born premature and had to spend nine days in the NICU.

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You can almost feel the electricity of excitement as they enter the Halloween or Harvest party area that you’ve prepared. Whether they’re in first grade or fifth, they bolt in with wide eyes, darting from corner to corner, to see what decorations, games and treats you’ve brought for them. It’s party time!

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Categories: parent-stories, lifestyle,


I will preface this blog by first admitting that I bring the holiday chaos on myself and love the crazy excitement that fills our house during the month of October. With that said, I still wonder, what happened to the simple trick-or-treating that I experienced when I was a young girl? I don’t remember my parents being so invested in this secondary holiday.

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Now that school is back in session, most of us are getting settled into our routines. For some parents, that means they can finally relax a little. No longer are they required to entertain 24/7, referee, or chauffeur during the long summer months. They can find more pockets of time during the day to get things done, without the tag-a-longs or the drag-a-longs. They have more time, alone or with a partner, in the evenings now that bedtimes are highly encouraged or strictly enforced. We can finally watch HBO instead of Disney!

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I am the wife of a varsity and club soccer coach. I am the mother of four select soccer players. I have fought the smell of stinky uniforms, shoes, socks, shinguards and bags for 14+ years. 

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