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Marianne is originally a small town Indiana girl, but has been living in Indianapolis since attending Butler University. Marianne and her husband are high-school sweethearts, and their family has now grown to include two children and two fur babies. Marianne is a Pharmaceutical Marketer by day and is openly addicted to Target, iced coffee, HGTV, & Amazon Prime. You can always find her with a drink or snack in hand!

Grocery Shopping Hacks That Saved My Time and Sanity

One of the best things that the transformation in how we live due to the pandemic brought to us was online grocery ordering and curbside pickup. With two small kids, I don't have the...

Three Easily Overlooked Child Care Factors

  When my son was ready for daycare, I was lucky enough to be starting a brand new job with a higher salary than I was used to, and my new office had a daycare...

Where To Donate or Dispose of Clutter

I’m in the mood to clean. No, not just clean… purge. I’m tripping over bins and boxes and piles of toys. Everywhere I turn, something is out of place. I feel claustrophobic in my...

I’m a Luisa: The “Surface Pressure” of Being a Mom

Replace almost every instance of “sister” with “mother” in Luisa Madrigal’s song “Surface Pressure” in Disney’s movie Encanto, and it’s me.  In the movie, Luisa’s magical gift is her strength. So everyone depends on her...

Honoring the Memory of Our Fur Baby

There is a hole in my heart, deep within my soul, left behind with the passing of my fur baby. My husband (then, fiancé) and I got Roxie together when I was heading off...

COVID-Conscious Party Tips

I am not a health care expert. I am also not a professional party planner. I am just a mom trying to keep my kids' lives as normal as possible during this extremely abnormal...

Breastfeeding and Pumping Tips and Tricks

August is National and World Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Though my breastfeeding and pumping days are now behind me, I have gathered many tips and tricks over the years and want to share them with...

I’m Adding Bikini Wax Back Into the Budget

  As moms, we give up a lot of things that aren't "necessities" to help save time or money. Showers, clothes that don't come from Sam's Club, name-brand coffee... Well, I've recently rediscovered the bikini...

One Year, Two Hats

One year.  It has been one year since I returned to work from my extended maternity leave and entered a whole new world that I never expected. Because when I thought I was going back...

Mom Guilt: The Saga of Opposing Child Care Approaches

The mom guilt is real. For all of us. Right now, though, I'm feeling particularly guilty as I compare and contrast the early learning experiences that are so drastically different for my two children....

My Next Step at Work: Waiting for the Right Opportunity

  I have learned that the best things in my life come to me when I'm not forcing it. My first job (they found me on Monster), our home (we were actually trying to get...

Stay-At-Home Dad: Our New Normal

  I went back to work from maternity leave one week after the COVID-19 pandemic had forced schools to operate virtually, companies to close office buildings, and much of Indianapolis shut down. My husband and I...

5 Instant Pot Recipes for the Non-Believer

I used to always say that I would never get an Instant Pot. I would read blogs about how much people love them and would think "What is the point in this expensive gadget...

The Untold Breastfeeding Story

  As I walked into the hospital conference room, I felt very out of place. These other women had been to this breastfeeding support group meeting before, they had likely come regularly. I knew my...
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