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Mommy

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

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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Tough love: Here is your body image homework

June 5, 2013

When I met Dr. Jessica Michaelson, I got the feeling she’d fit in here. She’s a psychologist who specializes in maternal well-being. She didn’t have me at “Hello,” because I’m way too cynical for that, but rather, she had me at “You need someone who really knows what you’re going through and how to get […]

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

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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Why you need new mom friends

May 27, 2013

When I was a brand new mommy, I was lucky that my best friend had a baby of her own. Whitney seemed to have all the answers and didn’t mind if I talked about sleep, swaddles, and nursing… A Lot! The day I returned from the hospital, she dropped off some witch hazel and teeny […]

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

My new fashion role model is Holly

May 17, 2013

I struggle with figuring out what to wear. Before kids, I didn’t know. And ten years after buying this What Not to Wear book (and gestating three humans) I sure don’t know any better. So, I’m on a quest to figure out my style along with realistic, affordable ways to get there without shopping. And […]

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Get your mama mojo back

May 1, 2013

A huge thanks to Kimberley Blaine from MommytoMommy.tv for sharing her experience on connecting with girlfriends and bringing mama mojo back. I have been inspired to jot down steps to help mommies boost their confidence, find that perfect balance and get back the energy that fuels motivation. It’s easy to get caught up in the […]

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

How to: Romance after birth

April 25, 2013

We put this little tip at the beginning of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook because as discussed earlier this week, it’s easy to put your love life on hold when you have explicit instructions from the doctor to do so.  But remember: Dr. Obgyn never said you couldn’t make out. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook is available […]

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Marriage and parenting

April 24, 2013

First comes love, then come marriage, then comes baby, and then another baby, and then HOLY HELL what happened to us? When I was about to take my first maternity leave, a senior executive at the company where I worked called me into her office and then got misty-eyed as she told me how magical […]

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

Date night idea: thrifted board games

March 28, 2013

Reader Alana shared a terrific tip for keeping an at-home date night creative for less than five bucks: Head over to the thrift store and buy a few new board games. Play with your partner after your baby goes to bed. Done and done. Nala’s games were all half off at the thrift store She […]

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Be your own personal trainer

March 25, 2013

I’m pleased to present this guest post from our good friend and rookie mom, Karen, who invented her own way to get fit with a baby in the house: After I gave birth last year, I lost a lot of my baby weight pretty quickly without a huge amount of effort. I did a lot […]

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

Tip: bubble wrap for new moms

February 20, 2013

The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]

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5 ways to have fun with your friends without a babysitter

February 19, 2013

I love to spend a long evening out with my friends eating off of each other’s plates and splitting three desserts (unless there are more than two of us, in which case, I expect more desserts). If leisurely nights away from home have become a ridiculous fantasy like jetting off to Paris for a pedicure, […]

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