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When writing a birth plan, you have to remind yourself and your partner that it's just a "plan". Things aren't always going to turn out perfect or exactly how you want them to go. BUT with that being said, I have always felt there is no reason to panic, worry or be negative about your birthing experience. 

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For someone who has an opinion on just about everything, I have to admit, the whole bullying topic makes my head bounce around. It seems that every day I read another tragic story about some poor kid who has killed himself because he/she was bullied and it just makes my heart break. I want to reach out to these kids and let them know that life is never that bad and that what ever they are going through is just temporary. I want to reach out to the parents, school administrators and social media and give them a firm "How did you let it go this far?" I want to know if the message we are sending to our kids about bullying is actually sinking in.

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Megan of OmahaHa! is guest posting for us today! She's fairly new to the Omaha area and has populated her blog with the things she has discovered here and the magic of Costco. Be sure to check out her blog and say hello.

I felt the need to explain. "I'm moving to Omaha." I glanced down at the well-worn souvenir Nebraska plate I had just discovered in a stack of similar and equally kitschy souvenir plates. I looked back up at the young man behind the counter and clarified, "Omaha, Nebraska."

"Oh!" He looked amused. There was a pause. "Are you excited?"

I got that a lot.

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Today's blog was originally published in my personal blog, 1redsock.com, in January of 2011.

In typical Nebraska fashion, the weather forecasters got us all hot and bothered about the big snowstorm heading our way at least a week in advance of the actual expected arrival. Oh, it's gonna be bad! Better go get those groceries! Make sure your car is ready! Heed the winter weather warnings! Storm tracker radar will be there for you when the storm hits! The storm was expected to arrive Saturday and last through Tuesday. Well, also in typical Nebraska weather forecaster fashion, Saturday came and went with maybe 12 flakes of snow. How are we supposed to believe all they hype when they can never seem to get it right?

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Kids are gross. I'm not being mean, they really can be. Just this morning, I walked past my boys' bathroom and noticed that the toilet paper was out. I made a mental note to myself to get a new roll, and then completely forgot.  It was only after I got home from work and walked past the bathroom that I remembered. Mind you, both kids had gotten ready for school that morning (and presumably used the bathroom in a way that might need said sanitary cleaning product.) Who knows what they substituted for that missing roll of paper, if they used anything at all.

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People who know me know that I have a special place in my heart for the amazing things that vinegar and baking soda can do. Really, the way I look at it, these things might as well be set in front of the Pope for canonization. They truly are miracles.

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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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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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