Sugar, Please Sleep!

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You know you're sleep deprived when you're driving in your car and you legitimately think Adam Levine is sympathizing with you - "Sugar, please sleep! Won't you come and rest your head on me". Wait, those aren't the lyrics? Sounded right to me. ....and so was birthed this video. You guys, I haven't slept through the night since 2006. I'm talking good, hard, restful, deep, REM cycle type sleep. No crying, no nightmares, no feedings, no getting up because your bladder isn't the way it used to be kind of sleep. Am I willing to make myself look borderline ridiculous to show all the seriously tired moms out there that they are not alone (don't answer that!). Okay. Apparently, I am. Huge thanks to newly tired mama, Leslie Schmidt of Escaped Studios for her awesome videography and for Jennie Eisenhower who rocked the vocals - and wow, a female singing in male falsetto is not an easy feat! Another huge thanks to Hello Apparel who sent me the I'm So Tired/I'm Not … [Read More...]

{Gap Crashing} Fall Style Must-Haves

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What else is a mom to do on her first morning sans kids because they are ALL in school at the same time? Cry? Heck no. (Ok maybe just for 5 minutes). Drink a mimosa? Now we are talking, but probably not carpool savvy. Meander through the GAP alone? Touch the clothes? Walk slowly admiring the displays? Maybe even try something on? YES. If you aren't there yet, don't worry, it's not thaaat great (wink, wink) AND I've done a little leg work for you in my newfound spare time so you don't miss out. Maybe I'll even make this a new series on the blog? Crash a store, try a bunch of stuff on, and let … [Read More...]

10 Parenting Rules That I’m “Breaking”

10 parenting rules i'm breaking

10. Leave the dirty dishes in the sink. Dirty sink = happy kids...or something like that? Ok first, dirty dishes in the sink gives me the hee bee gee bee's (sp?). Second, if those who follow this mantra are suggesting that I play with my kids instead of cleaning the dirty dishes, I would just be thinking about the dirty dishes the entire time and my kids would sense my distraction, get mad at me for not being focused and they'd probably wind up in therapy. Or something. AND third, if not the most obvious, I'm going to have to clean the dishes later anyway (because I'm the mom), so I might as … [Read More...]

Make Ahead Sausage and Peppers

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Oh my goodness with after school madness! Yes, I only have one kid in sports right now (but he is playing two) and all of you veteran parents with multiple kids involved in after school activities are nodding your head saying "Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh", before I even open my mouth to tell you all that it is MADNESS! Madness I tell you. And like I said, I only have one kid in the thick of it. We are at that point when a 5:30 practice means a 4:45 "dinner" and when the kid doesn't get off the bus until 4 it means that this girl needs to have dinner made ahead of time... or something. Obviously I … [Read More...]

Fall Wardrobe Staple: 1 Vest Many Ways

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Hi guys! Hope everyone's starting to come up for air after the first few weeks of back-to-school craziness. Whether you are still wiping tears from sending kids to school for the first time, or struggling to get back into the swing, or celebrating (don't look at me!!) a little free time, there is one undeniable truth: The days are getting shorter and the mornings are a wee bit chiller. Womp. Womp. In truth, I love fall, I just don't love what's around the bend from that. But we aren't talking about that, now are we? Fall it is. Yes, and I had a point or rather a direction in which this post … [Read More...]

Dear Abby: Shoe/Pant Combo HELP!

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Dear Sisters to Sons, I have a WWAW (What Would Abby Wear) question. With fall quickly approaching (ah!) I'm eyeing up one too many pairs of colored pants. I have a pair of hunter green straight legs from Anthropologie that I bought last winter and I have a pair of cranberry J.Crew cords from last fall and now I can't decide whether I love or hate these Top Shop high-waisted things. My problem is, I never know what shoes to wear with colored pants (especially corduroys, and especially pants that aren't skinny leg) in the fall. Skinny leg I feel like I'm fine with a bootie but what about … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Avoid Being That Annoying Parent

ways to avoid being that annoying parent at school

 I taught 4th and 5th grade for seven years before deciding to stay home with my kids. For the most part, the parents were fine (emphasis on "for the most part"). Now that I have a child in elementary school, I have the potential to be that parent. The annoying one. The one the teachers talk about in the lunch room. In fact, the potential is there for all of us. Unbeknownst to many, there are rules of etiquette for parents of students - rules for how to be a good class parent. And these rules were once unwritten, floating around in the minds of teachers, until now.... 10. Just stop. Stop … [Read More...]

Girl, Get Your Act Together.

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The title is a phrase I found myself repeating over and over last year, well, more like "get your shit together" but I was afraid google wouldn't think that was very searchable. Regardless, it was a phrase that spun through my head quite often, you know, at times when I forgot a practice or a birthday party or a CLASSROOM EVENT WHERE ALL THE PARENTS COME IN (!!!!) and for reasons unbeknownst to me - I simply forgot. Never in my life have I had problems remembering things (or being late to things for that matter), but now with kids and one kid that is in "real school" and sports and playdates … [Read More...]

Fall Mom Uniform – Shake Your Shirttail Feather.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah...lame-o connection with the tail feather song, but once upon a time I danced to that song at a frat party and probably felt all young a cool and this post is all about regaining those youthful, playful feelings. Maybe not dancing on a bar (I swear I never really did that), but maybe today's equivalent would be jamming out to Disney radio in your kitchen with a litter of children around you clapping their hands and thinking, "Wow. My mom is so awesome." Can an outfit do that for you? I'm willing to bet that it can. So here is how you can shake your SHIRT-tail feather, mom … [Read More...]

One of those days.

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I fell asleep with the baby last night and now my shirt is soaked with pee because his diaper leaked and when I stumbled out of his bed to get new sheets I slipped on a toy car and yelped which woke up the other kids and I could tell it was going to be one of those days. At breakfast I made pancakes with strawberries but that was the WRONG choice. They wanted cereal with no strawberries. Just marshmallows. One with a little milk, one with a lot of milk, and one with no milk and one with fork not a spoon. In the car on the way to camp they were all screaming at each other and poking and … [Read More...]

3 Philadelphia Area Places You Need to Visit this Summer

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Hi guys. I'm still here. It's been a busy summer and apparently my kids are wearing me out because when I finally have the time to blog (like at 9pm), I'm exhausted. And despite all the fighting, whining, wrestling, screaming, crying, scrapes, cuts, bruises, spills, messes, and wildebeest behavior that is the theme of my children this summer, we have had some really, really fun excursions. And by fun I mean fun for the kids AND the adults. No amusement parks with long lines and scary characters that will have you running for the nearest bar upon exiting (no thank you sir, readmission handstamp … [Read More...]