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Mommy

Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

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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Do you need a medal? I often do.

August 30, 2013

As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I wondered if the mom I just met (in front of a large bush our daughters were both hiding in), thought I was pathetic. “I picked up three kids at three different camps today and got them all to gymnastics on time. I need a […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Cut up your bra

August 19, 2013

Tip for brand-new breastfeeders: It may sound weird, but I did it and so did my friend Maureen. Take an old tank top or soft cup bra and cut holes where your nipples go. Seriously. Wear this whenever your nipples need to be untouched. Preferably not when your father in law is around. (photo: Circle […]

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Activity #21: Cook dinner after dinner

August 15, 2013

Since becoming a mom, I have been experimenting with many different ways to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss. I was a freakin’ industrial engineer in college and I’ve been a management consultant for over ten years. Why is this still so hard for me?! Apparently during those working-sans-baby years, I was just […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Write a Did Do list

August 2, 2013

If you’re getting sick of your “to do” list getting longer and not shorter and wondering where the heck is all your time going, try writing a “did do” list. Share it with your baby-daddy at the end of the day and encourage him to be very impressed. The truth is that your time is […]

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Tech Tuesday: Start a rookie-mom meetup

July 30, 2013

Somewhere in Connecticut, totally unbeknownst to us, a pregnant Jessica Rich started looking for some peers and pals having babies around the same time and created the first ever Rookie Moms Meetup. By the time she had her baby, she had gathered 18 moms to be her tribe. These new mamas got together for strollercize, […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

How to make the most of your child’s nap

July 29, 2013

In this video, I talk about why you might want to put your computer or smart phone down during your child’s nap. It’s not about unplugging, though, it’s about recharging yourself, using your downtime to refresh your energy level, your social life, or create mental space. I provide different three ways to spend your time. […]

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5 great date nights that don’t require a babysitter

July 24, 2013

I’m a firm believer that new parents need to figure out a way to get out of the house and have some dates. Best case scenario, that’s only one night a week. More realistically, that’s one night a month. Or never. So, what about all those other nights? Here are five fun date-night ideas that […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Activity #137: Split your movie date

July 18, 2013

Between the high price of a babysitter and movie admission prices, it can be hard to imagine a cheap evening date. So, follow the example of rookie dad Edwin and his wife: Go see a new-release movie while your partner stays home with the baby; return home and then stay with the baby while your […]

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Oops! Perfectly imperfect without even trying

July 9, 2013

I’m writing this from a cafe while my middle son is at a birthday party at a bowling alley less than a block away. He thinks I’m in the bathroom — though the hosts know the truth — because he told me I couldn’t leave him alone there. Gosh, I wonder when he’ll start worrying […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Activity #221: Run Mommy run

June 26, 2013

Before my first pregnancy, I trained for triathlons with The Half-Asses, a subset of my now-husband’s club, Team Bad Ass. Right now, I have a loose routine to run with a preschool parent-friend after drop-off twice per week and it works pretty well with neither of us wanting to let the other one down. She […]

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If it isn’t a “Hell Yeah”

June 18, 2013

I read that zinger from an interview with Danielle Smith, and it really stuck with me. As a near-obsessive Yes-sayer, I need some reminders about when and how (and even why!) to say no to life’s little requests. Danielle says, “Your time is precious. Value it. Make it a ‘Hell Yeah.’” Read the whole article […]

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