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4 Weeks In: No Sugar!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in My Year Without Sugar | Comments

4 Weeks In: No Sugar!

I haven’t written about my no sugar experiment in a long while!  Other things have taken precedent and honestly, it’s not been that big a deal. I started on May 28th and as I reported, there were a few days of crankalicious but other than that I feel pretty great. I had two major events that I got through with flying colors.   The first was Pascal’s birthday party. Honestly, THAT was easy. This year I took the total lazy way out and booked his kid party at a laser tag place and I let him pick out a crappy cake at the...

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ARGH. I Could Scream.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Parenting | Comments

ARGH. I Could Scream.

  THIS. This article in the Washington Post. They call us helicopter moms. Yet they’ll arrest us if we leave our kids for 5 minutes. They tell us we over schedule. But if the kids are unsupervised we could again…get arrested. They put memes on Facebook about the utopian freedom of a 70′s summer. But they’ll drag our kids into family court if we let them play in the street till sundown. “When I was a kid…” I’m so freaking sick of this. I swear it’s a big conspiracy to mess with our...

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The Worst Mistake You Can Make When Potty Training

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments

The Worst Mistake You Can Make When Potty Training

Many parents make many classic mistakes when they attempt potty training.  These are usually minor though and can be easily remedied. There’s not too much in the process that you can REALLY mess up, despite what you may be thinking or feeling.  I have so many clients who come to me and say, “I really screwed this up.” And I’m always like…nah. We can adjust that.   But there’s a disturbing trend happening and I have to tell you: it’s the worst mistake you can make. It can lead to HUGE problems...

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THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in My Year Without Sugar | Comments

THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

Okay. I don’t even know where to post this. Under Potty Training, under Mama Self Care, under My Year of No Sugar. IT COVERS EVERYTHING. In life, in general. Everything, period. That’s right. COCONUT MILK WHIPPED CREAM.   I know. Right?!?! As you may or may not know, I’m a huge fan of coconut products to help with easy pooping when potty training. Those first few days of potty training can bring about some performance anxiety and many children tighten up the ole’ sphincter in response. Coconut products of all of...

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The Day I Decided To Homeschool

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Homeschooling | Comments

The Day I Decided To Homeschool

As many of you have requested, I’d like to share more about my decision to homeschool and what it looks like for us. I should preface this all by saying that whatever I say about homeschooling is for ME and MY FAMILY. All sorts of things affect the decision to homeschool; where you live, your school system, your family values among them. It’s not for everyone and I totally get that. It happens to be an awesome fit for my little family. I have NO judgement on anyone for going the regular route of school, public or private. I...

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A Year Without Sugar: Week One

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Mama Self Care | Comments

A Year Without Sugar: Week One

All righty…reporting in after my first week without sugar. SEE? I’m still alive and everything!  (yeah, that’s me in the picture goofing around on a tire swing…proving that I’m still alive and kicking) Okay. I’m not gonna lie. The first 2 days, I think I was pretty bitchy. I didn’t feel a need or a craving but I really felt tired. And I think I generally edge toward bitch somewhere in the 3-4pm zone. That’s usually when a little pick-me-up of dark chocolate or hand crafted ice cream is in order....

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Acting Out

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments

Acting Out

When potty training, often times behavior can kick up. Sometimes it mild behavior and sometimes it’s aggressive. And let’s face it, toddlers are all over the map with behavior both the variety we love and the not-so-much kind. When a parent reaches out to me with struggles around behavior, I will ask a parent to check in with their gut.  Many parents do and say, “I just feel like he’s acting out.”  Bingo.  Acting out gets a bad rap in parenting but it’s really not just about crappy behavior. ACTING...

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Experiment: A Year Without Sugar

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Mama Self Care | Comments

Experiment: A Year Without Sugar

Okay. I’m gonna try something.  I’m going to go a year without sugar. Totally inspired by this family, this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. If you want to join me, that’d be AWESOME. If you don’t, I understand. I’m going to blog about it for a  couple of reasons. 1. to be accountable. 2. I REALLY want to document this. I’ll say more about that in a minute. 3. I really want you guys along for the ride. I think especially as moms, we tend to think of sugar (both for the kids and...

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Potty Training Q + A: How long is too long for commando?

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments

Potty Training Q + A: How long is too long for commando?

QUESTION:  My daughter is doing GREAT with potty training but she’s stuck on being commando. I’ve offered panties and I’m confident she’s capable of moving onto panties but she doesn’t want to. Is there any harm in staying commando? Maybe indefinitely? LOL ANSWER: Nope. No harm at all. As you may or may not know, it’s pretty essential to have a phase of “commando”…or no underpants. Underpants are snug around the waist and thighs and if you introduce them too soon in the potty training...

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Sleepytime Peeing and The Kid Who Wakes Up For Hours

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Potty Training Love | Comments Off

Sleepytime Peeing and The Kid Who Wakes Up For Hours

Ahhh. Since the day this child came into your life, you have been under-slept. Parents are the great legion of the under-slept. Sleep is almost always an issue with our babes and toddlers. Some parents REALLY struggle with it but I’d venture to say almost every parent has struggled with the sleep of their child at some point. And then you potty train during the day and you’re feeling really good about things and here comes this WHACK-JOB named Jamie suggesting that to NIGHT TRAIN you will have to WAKE your child. WAKE. WAKE????...

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