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An Excerpt From Motherhood

June 28, 2017

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I recognize that look.  The furrowed brow, the constrained eyes with pupils narrowing towards the center into a cold stare.  It’s not her wearing the expression that I am familiar with, but the expression itself.

It’s like the pair of patent leather pumps she loves to pull out of my closet step into and play mommy. Just like her favorite pair of my shoes she is familiar with trying on, so is this expression.

I recognize that it belongs to me.  My face knows how to, involuntarily, turn that exasperated and cold in seconds.  I look down and realize that my sweet child isn’t misbehaving but is instead just playing mommy using the accessory she’s so familiar seeing me wear, frustration.

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Slip Into Summer With The Best Beach Shoes For Californians

June 27, 2017

Slip Into Summer With The Best Beach Shoes For Californians

Best Beach Shoes – Sponsored by Zappos

One of the things I quickly learned when I moved to San Diego is that not all sandals are created equal.  When I first moved down to southern California I picked up whatever pair of colorful plastic sandals I could find and tried to wear them everywhere. It was years of denial but those $5 plastic sandals left my feet constantly blistered and me slipping constantly. Anyone who has ever worn a plastic sandal in the rain knows firsthand how precarious of a situation it is.

As my years of being a San Diegan went on I started to take notice of what seasoned beach goers were wearing on their feet.  That’s how I came across OluKai, by taking notice of what surfer and really active beach and outdoorsmen were wearing for a sandal. Since then I’ve fallen in love with their entire collection of durable and stylish footwear perfect for the beach lifestyle.

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Winc The Internet’s Coolest Monthly Wine Subscription Is A Mom’s Dream

May 26, 2017

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Winc The Internet's Coolest Monthly Wine Subscription Is A Mom's Dream

Let’s be totally real, taking the time to casually pick out a nice bottle of wine is a luxury of time I lost the minute my first child was born.  The first time we took my daughter grocery shopping we literally mapped everything out and packed like we were flying across the country not just picking up some eggs and milk.

Cut to five year later and although I’ve learned the art of shopping with kids, the grocery store or wall of glass filled wine bottle aisle are both places I don’t want to spend much time with kids in tow.  So how, as a mom surviving toddlers with many nights in, do I get access to great wines and a shopping experience I can totally enjoy from home during nap time?  Winc!

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A Mother’s Day Gift Tradition You’ll Wish You Already Started

May 3, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine regarding Mother’s Day alone. #HallmarkForMom #CollectiveBias

Let’s face it Mother’s Day gifting success can be overwhelming for anyone. But I know the stakes can feel particularly high for dads of young kids.  Newer moms who have more recently parted ways with their independent lives tend to be a little more vested in the outcome of their Mother’s Day.

I get it, I am right there with those moms.

But a few years ago, I had an idea for Mother’s Day that has completely shifted the course of how we celebrate and how I am able to enjoy my Mother’s Day gift day in and day out for years to come.

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Are Today’s Parents Ruining The Easter Egg Hunt?

April 10, 2017

Is it just me or has our generation of parents totally  missed the mark on the Easter Egg hunt?are-todays-parents-ruining-the-egg-hunt

It’s unusual for me to write something that’s not heavily favouring parents and the daily joys of our job but the egg hunt adulting madness needs to stop.

Part of me gets it. I too am just as, if not more guilty, than the next mom trying to snap the perfect photo.  Heck, I’ve created an entire side business of documenting parenting.  But as I sat across the field and watched an adult stampede at a under 2’s egg hunt, I can’t feel like we’re totally getting this one wrong.

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