The first six months of having two kids were the hardest of my life. In the two short years between my children, I'd forgotten how little sleep you can survive on. I'd forgotten what it felt like to be...
Our family recently said goodbye to our beloved 11-year-old dog, Kali. She had been on many fun adventures with my husband and I before we had children and was there greeting us when both of our children came home...
“I don’t want to…” “It’s boring…” “I hate it…” Chances are you are no stranger to these statements. And most of us respond with some sort of “just get it done, get over it, or so what” type of...
I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of change. Change is inevitable, but it takes me a while sometimes to adjust to it and feel at ease. October through December is my favorite time of...

No Spend January

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With the Holidays behind us, the new year brings a perfect time for a change in behaviors that may not be serving me or my happiness. This year, it means taking a long hard look at my spending habits...
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Oh 2020: An Open Letter

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Oh 2020, Your time is coming to a close, and I can't say I'm sad about it. You have been a year filled with the stress of a global pandemic, a contentious election, fires in other states that made Arizona's...
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So I Lost My Job… Now What?

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So, I lost my job ... now what?! The thing I feared the most recently happened. After years of endless energy and dedication, and even putting my work before my family, I have been "released." It wasn't planned, but it also...
No matter what age children you have, all parents lack free time. Time is truly the most precious gift as a parent filled with pros and cons. Our days are filled with household, work, and parenting responsibilities. As I...

Self-Care Challenge

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With the Fall season in full swing, there’s never been a better time to hit the reset button on your routine. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with a new school year and busy work schedules during these unprecedented times....
As one of my favorite authors, Glennon Doyle, always says, "We can do hard things!" This year has been full of hard things, hard decisions, and hard conversations. I feel like we are all a little beat down but...
Racial injustice. White privilege. Systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. Anti-racist. Microaggressions. Whether you are watching the news, scrolling through Instagram, or catching up with an old friend, current events in the U.S. have brought these conversations to the forefront...
After being smacked in the face by my almost 2 year old when calmly asking him to not play with the trash in the garbage can, I thought to myself, "I don't think I've ever been more afraid of...
Spending the mornings with my daughter is the highlight of my day. I adore spending time with my 15-month-old and watching her grow in this magical time in her life. She’s only going to be this little once; I...
When you become a mom, your whole world changes. Your days are filled with doing things that are best for your family, and your child, versus what is best for you. Your late evenings become early mornings; any time...
Now that it's July, back to school season is on everyone's mind. We have been home with our kids for what seems like an eternity, and we are all wondering what school will look like this year and what...
Your name is something you have from the very beginning. From that first breath, you enter the world with an identity, a name. After six years of marriage and two kids, my name is still a little riddle that...
A few years ago, while attempting to complete my Masters, I took a psych course called "The Family: A Psychological Perspective." We were suppose to introduce ourselves and I got stuck. I had been in "mama mode," and it...
As moms, we all have THOSE mornings.  You know the ones where you can’t seem to keep up.  Kids are hungry, husband is on his way out the door, and you are left to brave the insanity. Baby is...
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Finding Common Ground

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Gosh, what a time to be alive. In this unprecedented season, people across the world are living out history in the making as this virus unfolds. We are all having a shared experience together.   Yet there is no shortage of...
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How to Enjoy Your Husband

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Let's get real for a second. Being a mom of children of any age makes it very hard to enjoy your husband the way you did when there were no kids around. I don't mean just sex, I mean...
Dear mom who is deciding to cancel everything in the face of this novel corona virus, I feel the weight of your decision right now. My family has decided to practice social distancing. We are limiting leaving the home for...
At this point, you have probably seen an adorable baby wearing a white helmet when you have been out and about. This helpful helmet is called a DOC Band, and my 6 month old little guy is currently sporting...

4 Truths About Dating in 2020

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Simply put, dating in the modern era is difficult no maTTER WHAT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.  (Case in point, that awkward sentence capitalization is brought to you courtesy of my own modern day dating dilemma, my two year old, who is...
Every year I create a bucket list of sorts. This year I’ve entitled it, “39 things Wendie will do while 39.” 2020 is a great motivator because not only is it a New Year and a new decade, but...
Can You Hear Me Now? My Child Is Begging For A Cell Phone! I vividly remember when I started the campaign to get my own phone in my room.  I was a child of the 80's. The idea of sitting...

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