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If you’re lucky enough to have befriended a mom with kids older than yours, you know the value and perspective they bring to your life. This is my ode to the moms who went first. I distinctly remember when my...
Screen time. Oh, how we love it and abhor it for our littles. Screen time is a respite for parents of tired toddlers, ten minutes of quiet from talkative tweens, and blissful silence from cooped-up kids on long car rides. Screen...
My daughter has a job, and she's not even born yet. Although we had discussed the possibility months prior, when I became pregnant in early 2023, I froze like a deer in headlights staring at those two pink lines.  "What the...
When I think of women supporting one another, I imagine them standing together no matter what and uplifting each other. Therefore, imagine my shock on my bi-daily trip to Target when a lady recently mom shamed me because of...
Two months ago, I had my last day at work. As a hospital nurse for seven years, the hospital was my second home. It was a bittersweet saying goodbye. I didn't set out to be a stay-at-home mom. I...
Dear Mama, Who Recently Had a Positive Pregnancy Test, Congratulations! You'll be having a winter baby! I know that we're all celebrating spring, which is finally here, so it might feel wild to be thinking about winter, but it's...
I knew there would be a laundry list of things keeping me up at night when we became parents. The lack of sleep is certainly no secret, as any parent will readily tell you. I didn't, however, envision the...

No Sick Days For Mom

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There are a plethora of analogies I can use when it comes to motherhood, but the one that I always come back to is the idea that Mom is the ship's captain. The household. The command center. The one...
It occurs to me one morning, as I groggily watch coffee drip, that I still consider myself postpartum. It is part of my identity even now nine months after my daughter was born. Is that normal? I wonder, suddenly...
Adulting, zero out of five stars, do not recommend. I've decided at the ripe age of 38 that I tried this adulting thing, it's just like really hard, and I don't want to do it anymore. I am coming...

The Junk Drawer

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There is a junk drawer in my kitchen where things go to hide. It is the catch-all from various aspects of our life: stubs of movies seen over the years, single candles unlit from a pack of 10 because...
Our middle child was diagnosed with autism in 2022. The journey has been one of gratitude and grief. I knew something was different about our precious boy, even from infancy, but I could never put my finger on it. Right...
One evening, I waited for pasta water to boil while my kids wrestled loudly on the couch. I scrolled on my phone to drown out the noise and kill time, and I came across an Instagram ad that made...
When our youngest daughter was born this past November, we began a new tradition with our oldest one: watching The Price is Right. Those of us born in the 80s remember Bob Barker and the famous line, “Come on...

In + Around Indy

Best Lakes to Swim Around Indianapolis During Lake Season

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It's lake season! And if you don't know where to go on your next summer adventure – we've got it covered. We have rounded...