Hunger Games: Packing A Lunch My Kid Won’t Eat

The Mom Life, The Naked Truth
  You know that happy, warm feeling of maternal satisfaction when your child comes home from school, tosses his empty lunchbox on the counter and then gushes about how yummy his lunch was? Yeah, me neither. Please tell me I’m not the only mom who instantly goes into a state of panic and frustration each night when it’s time to think about packing my kid’s lunch. I wish I didn't get so worked up about it, after all it's basically just a fake lunch anyway- like a prop. Like when you are trying to sell your house but all your furniture has either been shredded by your cats or destroyed by your kids, (or in my case, both), and no one in their right minds would want to buy it.…
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10 Things No One Tells You About Turning 30

The Naked Truth
  I’m still on the sweet side of 35, but let me tell you that my thirtieth birthday brought a lot more than DQ ice cream cake and another-year-older-wisdom. I went from being a bright-eyed, wrinkle-free new mom to waking up fumbling for my glasses in order to pop in my dentures almost overnight. Ok, so that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but still. Here’s what I’ve learned, (the hard way), since my 30th birthday. 1. Staying up past 9 p.m. is a chore. Unless of course I have even the slightest trace of caffeine after 10 a.m. in which case I’ll be wide awake all night long. There’s a very fine line between nodding off at work and inadvertently pulling an all-nighter; it’s about 2 teaspoons too much of…
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5 (Honest) Advantages To Having Just One Child

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I have one child. He’s five, but if you haven't heard by now, he thinks he's fourteen. I’ve certainly got my work cut out for me with this one and I’m perfectly content with my cozy little family of three. In fact, I’m pretty proud that I’ve even kept him alive this long, thank you very much. *takes a bow* But people like to tell me that I should have more kids. That I’m “doing it wrong.” That I’m being selfish or that I'm psychologically damaging my child by not bringing more humans into this world for the sole purpose of giving him the status of “brother”. Don't get me wrong; I admire all of you parents of two, three, four, and even (gasp!), FIVE kids- but I am just…
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I’m Raising A Real-Life Dennis the Menace (So Help Me God)

The Mom Life
The day I received a call from the Vice Principal of my son's elementary school was a mixed bag of emotions; shock, denial, guilt, shame, and then anger- at both my child and the school simultaneously. My kid is in KINDERGARTEN people. Is it that hard to color between the lines, sit in a circle for story time, and limit the number of boogers you eat in public? And if my kid elbowed a fellow five year old in line, is that really a principal-worthy offense? (In case you were wondering, the answer to all of these is a big fat YES). I went from thinking, “I’m gonna kick that kid’s #%*”, to “This entire school system is more broken than my ‘off limits’ nativity set after Christmas.” I mean, when…
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What the $*#! just happened?

The Mom Life
So I guess this is happening. It's real. I did it. A REAL blog. In the flesh! Well, there's no flesh involved, but still. (It's not that kind of blog...) Here I am. "Essentially Momming" because let's face it, all of us moms are, essentially, momming it up 24/7. It's what we do. It ain't easy and it isn't always pretty but we mom and we mom HARD. I'm here to show you how I mom and hopefully we can get through this journey together with some love, some laughs, and a whole lotta wine. Or in my case, a whole lotta anxiety but I don't want to scare you right off the bat so let's just go with wine. I guess I should introduce myself. I'm a twenty-something laid…
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