From the category archives:

Happiness

If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

Climb out of the darkness of PPD

May 14, 2014

Becoming a mother was a huge shock for me, and not just in the good way. I felt surprisingly bad at it and I found myself saying stuff like, “New motherhood is like heartbreak; everyone says it’s hard but until you actually go through it, you have no idea how hard it can be.” I was rocked to […]

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Online doctor’s appointments are my new favorite thing (Sponsored)

April 15, 2014

Thanks to American Well for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. Waking up and realizing you have pink-eye/strep throat/a bladder infection is immediate license for a pity party, right? Not only am I suffering from some horrendous malady, but seeking treatment looms as an obstacle that will derail my whole day. That’s the first scenario in […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

My Creative Moms’ Night Out {Rookie Moms Challenge #10}

March 20, 2014

I have to thank the Rookie Moms, Heather and Whitney, for helping to break my creative slump. Sincerely, I could not be more grateful. What with all of this painting I have been doing, when faced with Rookie Moms Challenge #10 Plan a moms’ night out with some friends,  I was inspired to choose a […]

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Getting back on the horse, confession of a rookie mom’s night out

March 6, 2014

It was Mama’s night out and you have no idea how badly I needed it. My husband,Tyler, had just returned from being out of town for work and would be leaving again in a few days. I love my baby, don’t get me wrong, but being alone with a 7-week old, around the clock, tends […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

On creating happy holiday traditions

November 26, 2013

As the Mom of the house, I have become Keeper of the Traditions. Of course, I didn’t seek this position out, but along with Laundress In Chief and Head Grocery Shopper, it just sort of happened. So, how do I make holidays as awesome for my family (and my SELF) as I can year after […]

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Just say YES to holiday stress

November 21, 2013

This post on reducing stress was sponsored by Pediacare as part of a continuing series on wellness. The holidays will officially begin when my mom arrives for Thanksgiving week. We’ll slide down a rabbit hole of sugar castles, half marathons, turkey dinners, and chaos that continues on through New Year’s Day. And somewhere in there, […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

10 ways to be happier (& there’s an app for that)

September 24, 2013

Nataly Kogan has gone from Russian Jewish Immigrant to Venture Capitalist to CEO/Happiness Seeker. As such she created a very cool app (Happier, see below) and spends hours each day sifting through what makes people happy. Great job if you can get it. She found these themes running through her bazillion Happier posts; how many […]

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Do you have 20 minutes for your own happiness?

September 5, 2013

You guys, I’ve been on a rampage for the past several months trying to get my mojo back and get happier. I’ve been reading blogs and books; watching videos; talking to a therapist; soul-searching and meditating; ordering my groceries online; clicking on new apps; running; and running around in circles. I’m trying so many things […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

6 “Momtras” of a Triplet Mom

August 5, 2013

Catherine Jones is the rookie mom of two year-old BBG triplets (that’s Boy, Boy, Girl, OMG) named Alton, Baxter, and Charlotte. She offered to share some of her lessons learned in the trenches; these are the calming words of wisdom, AKA her Mom-mantras, that she repeats to herself to get through any given situation. We […]

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Encourage Daddy time & relax already

July 16, 2013

According to Mr. Dad, “kids who grow up with actively involved fathers are happier, healthier, smarter, and better adjusted than those who don’t.” Great, sign me up. The added payoff is that I get a break, right? But figuring out how to do it can be a big challenge: I was a super nervous parent, my […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

Banish your mommy guilt

June 10, 2013

My caring husband bought me the book Mommy Guilt as a not-so-subtle hint for me to lighten up and have more fun when our firstborn was a baby. The subtitle, Learn to worry less, focus on what matters most, and raise happier kids, was appealing enough; and my commute and daily visit to the pumping […]

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40 self-care tasks for moms

June 3, 2013

Consider this list your to-do list, women. I am recently humbled by women younger and seemingly healthier than I being diagnosed with mother-effing cancer. I offer this list to you because Meagan and Shana want you to go get your shite checked out. Please do this stuff. If not for yourself, do it for your […]

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