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learning to say no

The Power of Saying No

I’ve been described as a “go getter” and “enviously motivated” …amongst other things. It’s true. I pretty much feel like I can do it all if I put my mind to it. Other than physical limitations (I am not actually […]

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Me Time

Intentional Me Time

Sometimes, it is really hard to find time for myself. I work Monday-Friday and when I am home I want to squeeze in as much time as possible


A Love Letter to Monday

Dear Monday, Sometimes I feel like you get the shit end of the stick. People kind of despise you. Sunday night they already start complaining about you like you

quitting television

Quitting TV. Sort of.

I've talked a lot on here about how much TV has helped me get all the things done as a working mom.  When we get home from work

Zach was too busy hoarding all the balls to smile at Daddy.

Learning to Live in the Moment

I thrive on lists. I love making them. I always have. Shopping lists, to-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists, weekly schedule list. I love seeing it on paper


Slowing it Down {Holiday Break Edition}

So, on December 21, my students finished their exams, ate popcorn, watched clips of the Romeo and Juliet video (with Leonardo, of course) and bid farewell for two

Liberating Working Moms

Filtering Out the Noise – a Sanity Preservation Strategy

Reflecting back on this year, it’s been a noisy one in the Land of the Working Mom. Let’s start with two words: presidential campaign. Need I say more?

A Rare At-Home Weekday Afternoon Non-Sick Nap

Lessons from My Glorious No-Distractions Week Off

Three weeks ago, I resigned from my job and gave my two weeks' notice.  It was a tough decision.... lots of material for other posts later.  I did


Unexpected Kid Sick Days aren’t so Bad

I'm sitting here typing this at 8am from home. Abby is still sleeping after getting up to pee and requesting to go back to bed. Her own bed;


Appreciating the Small Moments

I feel like as a working momma to an almost three year old, that I’ve really got a handle on this working momma gig. And since I’ve begun


Setting Priorities is Good for My Soul

The other day when I was sweeping the floors, I glanced over at my husband and Abby playing. They were giggling and smiling and having so much fun.


Confession: I Rock My Toddler to Sleep

In this ever-advancing technological world we live in, it seems that people are always trying to re-invent the wheel or act like they have discovered the best way


Finding a Moment to Cherish

I am the Queen of Guilt, especially when it comes to worrying about how we parent Daniel: are we spending enough time with him, are we interacting enough

Appears hostile, actually quite friendly

This is Why I Glare at You on My Lunch Break

I am that weird, lonely-looking chick you see parked in her van in the parking lot between the hours of 1:00pm- 2:00pm almost every single weekday. You probably

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Choosing Not To Work {Sort Of}

A few months ago I wrote about my choice to work. WAHM with childcare help for the win was and still is my ultimate goal, though I know


Working Mom Break {In Pictures}

By Tracy Managing Editor It's Sunday night. I'm exhausted. In a good way. This past week has been filled with so much fun. (And toddler tantrums at times...but we

Taking A Break

By Tracy Managing Editor This past Friday night, we started a new tradition in our household. I didn't realize it was going to be a tradition when the thought

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