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Dads vs. Babysitters

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Is it babysitting if it’s a dad? I examine the differences between dads and babysitters.

Dads vs. Babysitters

Want to know the latest thing that has people in a tizzy? No, it’s not the idea of a “me-ternity leave.” That was, like, so five days ago.

It’s when someone has the audacity to say that a father is “babysitting” his children. I assume the people who are outraged by this occurrence have conversations that go something like the one I had recently…

ACQUAINTANCE: Who’s babysitting the kids? Your husband?

ME: Yup.

Cue rage in someone who is bothered by the phrases “husband” or “dad” and “babysitting” in the same sentence. Read More »

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Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

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Snap judgments might cause you to miss out on a great book or a new friend!

Never Judge a Book By Its Cover

Never judge a book by its cover.

That’s always been a hard one for me, because I like pretty books.

I recently sent a book (The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver) to a friend for her birthday. When she thanked me and asked why I had sent her that particular book, I told her it was one of my favorite novels. (But also, it’s a really pretty book!)

Even if I didn’t love The Post-Birthday World, I’d probably keep this one for display on a bookshelf. But it’s a great book, I swear! Read More »

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Weddings…Then & Now

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Oh, the excitement of getting a wedding invitation when I was younger! But now?

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Remember when getting a wedding invitation in the mail was cause for excitement? Now that I’m older with children, the feeling I get is a little different.

Not that I don’t appreciate a good wedding…I do. It’s just funny how life changes us. 

Here’s a look at the thoughts that ran through my head when I was a young, fun twenty-something vs. the thoughts that run through my head now (as a boring, tired thirty-something). Read More »

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When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? 

Feeling Overwhelmed

The weekends always seem so full of promise.

Two full days of having my husband home to “help out” and no preschool to rush the kids off to in the mornings. 

But then, inevitably, it’s Sunday mid-morning. I’ve been up since 5:30 (thanks, screaming two-year-old) and I’m still in my pajamas with a full to-do list. 

I start to get that panicky, overwhelmed feeling as I think of all the things that are not “perfect” or “completed” in my life. 

I need to get the toys organized for the consignment sale. I need to finish that blog post. Shit. There’s laundry in the dryer that I forgot to fold last night. Read More »

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Men Are From Mars…

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Men really must be from a different planet.

Men Are From Mars

There’s nothing like a few years of marriage and raising children to make you realize that indeed, Men Are From Mars & Women Are From Venus.

Because despite five years of being married to each other, my husband and I still fail at some simple communication techniques. Things like listening to each other. (One of us more so than the other.)

I swear– he does the most infuriating thing.

I will say something to him, like “The dog threw up today.” Or “I won $100.”Anything really. It doesn’t matter what the comment is. Read More »

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Digging Out

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It’s finally starting to feel like things are back to normal after Jonas…

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I say this a lot, but I love the promise of a new month and a fresh start.

January started out pretty blah until Jonas hit, leaving my neighborhood snowed in with three feet of snow. Schools in our county were closed all week. My husband worked from home until Friday.

Yes, you heard me right. MY HUSBAND WAS HOME ALMOST THE ENTIRE WEEK. Read More »

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What to Do If Someone Asks You to Go See Star Wars

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Star Wars. It’s everywhere. Here’s what to do if someone tries to make you go see the movie. Should you resist? Should you accept?What to Do If Someone Asks You to Go See Star Wars

My husband and I rarely go to the movies anymore. It used to be a cheap date idea but after adding in the cost of my giant popcorn, Twizzlers, and large fountain Coke PLUS a babysitter…it adds up. 

Also, there’s the fact that we can never agree on a movie. I like comedies. He likes action films. So we usually just wait and we he will watch them at home when they are On Demand. Read More »

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10 Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

10 Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

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It’s the start of December which means for many, it is the start of the giving season.

Something about the holidays just makes me want to help others. And yes, you should help others all year long, but if the holiday spirit inspires you, just go with it!

Here are ten easy ways to give back on Giving Tuesday… Read More »

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The Golden Rule

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“Yes, but would you let the Syrian refugees into our country? Yes or no?” I pressed my husband.

“Why are we talking about this again? This is two nights in a row now,” my husband replied.

I wanted to scream. WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THIS AGAIN?!

This is what’s going on in the world right now. In our country.

It is important, and so we will talk about it. 
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The Sock Problem

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All signs pointed to the fact that it would indeed be a “yell-y” day, as my four-year-old calls it.

It was Monday, first of all. I had gotten barely any sleep the night before. I don’t know why. It was just one of those nights where I tossed and turned and was awake way too much. 

The baby had a bad cold so he was up at 4:45 A.M. to start the day. Yay! 

The kitchen was not clean and tidy like I like it be when I wake up in the morning, so that was bothering me, too.  Read More »

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Voting Fail

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I try to keep it real here on my blog, so I want to share what I consider a huge failure on my part that happened yesterday.

I have been very gung-ho about politics in the past year. Issues like gun control and a woman’s right to choose if she wants an abortion or not have become important to me.

I share my opinion quite frequently on my blog, on my Facebook page, and with anyone who wants to talk about it.

So of course I was very excited to vote yesterday, even more so because there were several races in Virginia that were supposed to be close. I thought my vote really would matter this time. Read More »

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My Squad

My Squad

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Ever since Taylor Swift got herself a “squad,” that’s all I’ve been hearing about. Taylor’s got a squad. Kim Kardashian has a squad. Beyonce has a squad.

Well guess what, Taylor? Non-celebrities can have squads, too. I mean, I’m a mom of three trying to manage a household, run a blog, and still have a social life. A girl like me needs a squad. 

Or a pretend one anyway.

So after countless interviews, research, and and debate, here are the founding members of The Naughty Mommy Squad…made up entirely of Bravolebrities! Read More »

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I Heart Virginia

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After living in Virginia for three weeks now, I can definitively state that I love living here!

I am so happy with the house we chose. It felt like home from the moment we saw it.

My favorite room is the kitchen. It has so many cabinets that I can finally fit all my crap in them! And the amount of counter space! I have a special counter reserved for just my wine rack and my cookbooks. Read More »

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10 Things I’ll Miss About New Jersey

10 Things I'll Miss About NJ

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Well, New Jersey, it’s been real. After living here for all my life except college, I’m leaving you today to move to Virginia.

Here are 10 things I’ll miss about living in the great state of New Jersey…

10. Having a gas station attendant pump my gas for me. I’m gonna have to actually get out of my car and do it myself now?! Read More »

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Running Towards Sanity

Running Towards Sanity

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Running…the sport for people who aren’t good at sports.

That’s how I fell into it, anyways.

My mom wanted me to have an activity that occupied my afternoons in high school. My friends were doing things like field hockey and soccer, but they weren’t for me. So I joined cross-country and track (winter and spring).

I was pretty good at it back then. Nothing spectacular, but I won some (smaller) races in my day.

I kept up with running in my twenties, mainly to counteract the lifestyle I had of eating too much pizza and drinking too much beer. (I was not yet into the wine.)

As I turned 30, becoming a mom of a little one made running a bit more challenging. No longer could I decide to go for a long run on a whim, grab my sneakers, and go. “Be back in an hour!” Read More »

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Must Love Wine

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In case you missed it, my eBook Must Love Wine hit the virtual shelves last month and it’s destined to be a classic! Not to mention, it’s Real Housewife-approved. (See book cover above with praise from RHONY‘s own Kristen Taekman.)

If you haven’t purchased it, here’s why you need to– it’s a collection of essays about my life. Not just mom stuff, but relationship stuff, too. FUNNY mom and relationship stuff that will have you laughing so hard you spit out your wine.

Did I mention that Must Love Wine is only $3.99? That is a steal, my friends! So head over to Amazon right now and do a little clicky-clicky on “Buy Now.” (Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle. You can easily download the free Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet and read it there!)

Still not sure you want to fork over the mere cost of a latte to support me AND burn some calories giggling? Here’s a sample chapter that I’m sharing FOR FREE so you can preview a tiny bit of what Must Love Wine has to offer… Read More »

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Big News

Virginia is for Naughty Mommies

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So I know the saying is “Virginia is for lovers.” But I’m hoping that it’s also for Naughty Mommies because that’s where this Naughty Mommy is headed!

WE ARE MOVING TO VIRGINIA.

In case you didn’t know, I currently live in New Jersey. So this will be a fairly substantial move…a little over three hours from my current town.

My husband got an amazing job opportunity in the D.C. area and we decided to take it! Sure, I cried for a week after we decided. But I’m better now. Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 6

The Bethenny Project

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We all know the depressing statistic that claims 50% of marriages will end in divorce.

But do you ever look around and wonder which of the couples you know will end up in that 50%?

Admittedly, we only see the sides of a relationship that people show us, but the ones that seem to me the most likely to end in divorce are those that have a control issue.

Maybe it’s a husband who is too controlling over his wife and how she spends her days or her money. Or maybe it’s a woman who tries to control everything her partner does, right down to what he wears and what he eats.

The sixth chapter in I Suck at Relationships is called “Control Yourself.” It’s about learning when to relinquish control and when to take the reigns in a relationship. Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 5

The Bethenny Project

 

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Chapter 5 in I Suck at Relationships deals with what Bethenny refers to as “playing the game.” That cat-and-mouse thing you do when you’re dating and trying to entice someone.

Isn’t it funny how you get married and half the time you’re trying NOT to entice your husband? Please let me go to sleep. Please let me go to sleep. (Or is that just me?)

Still, Bethenny says that “the game doesn’t end when you get married; it just changes.” 

Her advice? Get dressed up and flirt to bring some excitement back into your marriage.  Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 3

The Bethenny Project
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Chapter 3 of Bethenny Frankel’s book I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To is entitled “Master the Catch and Release.”

She gives pointers on how to catch and keep your ideal guy. Since I’m already married and I hopefully don’t have to do anymore catching and keeping a guy in my lifetime, I wanted to share my own story of how I snared my husband.

So here is the story of us. Hold on tight, because it’s quite the rollercoaster… Read More »

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The Bethenny Project: Chapter 2

The Bethenny Project

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Chapter 1 of I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To was all about understanding men. Chapter 2 is about what women do wrong.

I know, it’s hard to admit that we aren’t perfect creatures. But we do have our faults, and Bethenny certainly has a handle on those (or at least she is identifying ones that I personally have).

One of her tips is to stop talking as much. We recently took a 1.5 hour car ride to a family birthday party. All of the kids were asleep in the back of the car.

I tried several times to start up a conversation, but unless I ask a question, my husband rarely answers. It’s possible that my topics of choice were uninteresting to my husband, since most tend to fall on the list of “Things Guys Aren’t Interested In.” Read More »