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Gift Guide for the Tired Mom

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A selection of holiday gifts for the tired mom in your life!

Whether you’re a mom of a kid who isn’t sleeping through the night or you’re just too damn busy to get a full night of sleep, this is the gift guide for you.

Or actually, it’s for whoever is shopping for you.

Know a tired mom? Get her something on this list. Read More »

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Anatomy of The Day Matt Lauer Was Fired

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What a day!

5:45 A.M. Wake up. Empty dishwasher. Make lunch for my husband and daughter. 

7:00 A.M. Get my daughter on the bus. Television is on…but not on NBC, because #kids. Clean kitchen while they watch Lego Ninjago or some crap like that.

7:31 A.M. Get a Voxer (it’s a voice messaging app kind of like a walkie talkie) from my friend Stephanie telling me that Matt Lauer was terminated due to sexual misconduct and they only told Savannah Guthrie right before she went on the air. Read More »

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HOT Black Friday Deals

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Check out all the hottest Black Friday sales and deals!

Maybe you aren’t the type to brave the mall at midnight on Thanksgiving, the official start to Black Friday.

(Don’t worry– that’s not my thing, either!)

I prefer to do my shopping from the comfort of my home in my fuzzy robe and fleece pajamas.  Read More »

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Zoloft {Day 5}

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I met with a psychiatrist and I’m feeling hopeful!

It seemed like forever from the time when I made my appointment with a psychiatrist to the actual date of the appointment…

but it finally arrived and I met with a doctor last week.

I am happy to report that it went SO WELL. Read More »

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7 Reasons to Go See A Bad Moms Christmas

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Here are seven reasons why you should go see A Bad Moms Christmas this holiday season…

You knew that studio execs couldn’t let a blockbuster like Bad Moms get away without a sequel, which is how we got A Bad Moms Christmas, less than a year later.

I don’t want to say that it may have been rushed, but…I just didn’t feel it had quite the same MAGIC that the first movie had.

But alas, it still provided a bunch of laughs and it was the perfect holiday movie to see with my friends.

Here are seven reasons why you need to go see Bad Moms Christmas… Read More »

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Creative Ways to Give Back at Thanksgiving

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Creative ways to give back this Thanksgiving.

I know that when you think of Thanksgiving and you want to help, you think FOOD. 

But Thanksgiving is about so much more. 

It’s about family. Read More »

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The First Step

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Anxiety hits in different ways for different people.

Well, I finally went and did it–

I made an appointment with a psychiatrist.

After a few years of struggling to stop yelling at my kids, I am seeking help of the medicinal variety.

I already know that my husband is going to read this post and give me a hard time. Read More »

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Me Too

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My story of a sexual harassment incident when I was in my teens…

Yesterday actress Alyssa Milano asked any woman who has been sexually harassed or abused to write “Me too” as her status.

From Twitter to Facebook to Instagram, I’ve seen hundreds of people (in my timeline alone) that have raised their hands to say “Yes, I was harassed, too.”


Well, here is my story.

I wasn’t raped. I wasn’t fondled.  Read More »

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Drinking & Tweeting

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Note to self– don’t engage in a Twitter feud while drinking wine.

Sometimes right before I go to bed I will email myself listing the things I’m either worrying about or don’t want to forget for tomorrow.

Last night I was up late watching the Yankees BEAT THE INDIANS AND MOVE ON TO THE ALCS (!!!) and I wrote myself the following email: Read More »

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How to Throw an Awesomely Spooky Halloween Party

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Fun ideas to throw an awesomely spooky Halloween party!

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start planning a fun little soirée for the kids!

My neighborhood likes to have a spooky get-together for the children each year.

Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to throw an awesomely spooky Halloween party! Read More »

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Feeling Inspired

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I’m feeling inspired on this lovely Saturday morning!

Good morning everyone!

I am feeling inspired on this Saturday morning, and in a week that has been filled with so much despair, I thought I’d better get all my thoughts down before they go away.

It certainly is not a convenient time for me to be feeling inspired to write a blog post RIGHT NOW, at 7:21 A.M. on a weekend morning.

Various children of mine woke me up at various points of the night, so I’m tired. (But aren’t we always tired?) Read More »

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Post-Sobriety Diaries {An Update}

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An update on my life since I finished 30 days of being sober…

If you followed along with The Sobriety Diaries, maybe you’re feeling like you’re in withdrawal (alcohol joke– ha!).

I haven’t written about drinking in over a week, so here goes…

My thirty days without alcohol ended and I resumed my drinking life.  Read More »

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It Gets Better

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The teen years can be tough, but it gets better.

Yesterday I ran the We’re All Human 5K Color Run.

It was my first color run. For those who are unfamiliar with it, a color run is a race in which the runners/walkers get sprayed with color during the course.

So you end up with a colorful t-shirt, body, and hair plus some color dust in your eyes and mouth. Read More »

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13 Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters

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Here are 13 candy alternatives for trick-or-treaters this Halloween!

Tired of contributing to the massive sugar overload the neighborhood kids will get this Halloween? 

Be different this year and hand out non-candy treats instead!

Also, it’s a great way to include children with allergies in the trick-or-treating fun. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 30}

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I made it…sort of!

Well, the day has arrived. Day 30.

Even though I cheated at the Sam Hunt concert and had a teeny tiny bit of beer, I still feel proud.

This past week was definitely challenging. Read More »

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13 Nights of Halloween Movie Schedule {2017}

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Don’t miss any of Freeform’s “13 Nights of Halloween” lineup! Print out your schedule here. 

13 days of halloween movies schedule
It’s kind of hard to get into the fall spirit when we are still having 80 degree days here in Virginia, but I’m trying!

2/3 of my kids have their Halloween costumes already picked out and we have our fall decorations up. 

So we are ready for Halloween and the season of scary movies!

Thanks to Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family), you won’t miss any of your favorites! And if you do miss one, don’t fret– most of these are available for purchase on Amazon for CHEAP. Like less than $5 cheap!

Get the full schedule for Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween programming, starting October 19th, here.

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 29}

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My husband was away all week and it sucked.

One of the hardest things about this final week of The Sobriety Diaries is the fact that my husband was away on business.

To make matters worse, he was in London. Where they had a terrorist attack a week ago.

Let’s just say I was a bundle of nerves. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 28}

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I know why people turn to alcohol in times of grief.

On Sunday I got the news that an ex-boyfriend of mine had passed away.

As friends and family reached out to me upon hearing about his death, I repeated each time that “I’m fine.”

Which I really felt I was– just fine. Read More »

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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 27}

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Unrelated: I need help with a parenting issue.

HELP!

This is unrelated to drinking and sobriety, although I guess technically, it’s an issue in my life that’s causing me stress, so maybe it IS related.

Whatever– I need help.

I can’t seem to get my six-year-old out the door in the mornings without a battle. Read More »