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Back-to-School Shopping: A 7-step Guide on how to Survive

Back-to-School Shopping: A 7-step Guide on how to Survive

It’s back-to-school time again, and I’m sure many of you have already sent the kiddos off to their new classroom adventures.  We start later this week where I live, so I took the time (risk?  challenge? dare?) to do some last-minute back-to-school shopping with my boys this weekend.  I was foolish to think it would have gone any differently from how it has in the past.  I swear these boys have crafted a 7-step guide on how to successfully make…

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Raising boys: What every mom needs to know

Raising boys: What every mom needs to know

Raising boys, it becomes clear early on how much they love their penis.  In case there was any doubt about it, check this out: I just said to my completely nudey, just-turned 4yo, “I will play with you only after you put your underwear on.” He replied, “Then I don’t want to play with you.” 9 years into being a Mother of Boys (M.O.B.), boys’ connection to this “thing” still surprises me. Here’s an updated version of a post from…

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Nature vs. Nurture: When Ordinary Happenings Become Full-Contact Sports (plus, a GIVEAWAY treat!)

Nature vs. Nurture: When Ordinary Happenings Become Full-Contact Sports (plus, a GIVEAWAY treat!)

Nature vs. nurture?  Not even a question in my mind.  I was enlightened when I became a Mother of Boys (M.O.B.).  For anyone out there still debating nature vs. nurture, I know the answer.  It’s nature, people!  Nine years into being a M.O.B., I am still mind-blown by the otherwise ordinary activities that play out like full-contact sports in my house.  Things that my sister and I calmly did together as kids lead to instantaneous brawls between my boys.  Is…

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Vacation with Boys: What I (re-)learned . . . again

Vacation with Boys: What I (re-)learned . . . again

You may have read my post-vacation summary last summer, Vacation with Boys: What I (re-)learned.  Here we are again, after another family vacation . . . where I re-learned again things that I should have known to expect as a M.O.B. (Mother of Boys).    For Part 4 of 4 in my Disney Family Vacation series, I’ve captured the learnings for you.  Can you relate? Time spent waiting in line is perfect for hitting siblings and for climbing on the…

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Exercise Routine for a Busy M.O.B.

Exercise Routine for a Busy M.O.B.

Exercise?  Hmmmm.  Since I have zero time to myself (ok, maybe 20 seconds of free time each day), I have trouble finding time to exercise.  I tried the awesome “Couch to 5k” running app last year, but my neighbor and I (she’s also a working mom) could only fit it in around 5am (think dark, cold, crazy).  While it was certainly invigorating and awesome to have such a sense of accomplishment by 5:30am, it reminded me I’m not so good…

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Good night, Butt Cheek: 10 unexpected & giggle-worthy uses of the term

Good night, Butt Cheek: 10 unexpected & giggle-worthy uses of the term

I was a language major in college, and my friends know I’m pretty nerdy about grammar.  Now I’m a mom to three boys, well aware that so many things in parenting are enlightening . . . including the amazing and prominent role “butt cheek” has in the English vocabulary.  Well, at least in my house full of boys.  So many parts of speech.  So many emotions.  Such positive and negative underlying tonality.  And while my Mommy voice says, “Boys, that’s…

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The order of the world world, according to my boys

The order of the world world, according to my boys

Zombies are popular these days.  I’m pretty sure I never knew anything about them when I was a kid.  But, according to my boys, they inhabited this Earth even before dinosaurs.  I have so much to learn.  🙂 #mobtruths #boymom #parenting #evolution #raisingboys Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend…

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Potty puppet?

Potty puppet?

What I wouldn’t give to have a bathroom clean enough for a potty puppet show . . . #motherofboys #mobtruths #raisingsons #raisingboys #boymom   Fellow Mothers of Boys, how many times a week does your toilet need to be cleaned? Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services…

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The p word

The p word

The p word Let’s just get this out there.  The p word. It sounds a little funny, it makes me a little uncomfortable, and I used to blush at the mere mention of it.  Penis.  That’s the word I’m talking about.  There, I said it. (Sorry, Mom).  It’s not a word I used or heard often when I was growing up — partly because I lived in a house dominated by females (my dad was outnumbered by my mom, my…

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School shopping – with a son. One boy’s adventure.

School shopping – with a son. One boy’s adventure.

School shopping . . . with a son. It’s that time of year again — back-to-school shopping season is in full swing!  For one brief moment, I envisioned a back-to-school shopping trip with my two school-age sons:  Which shirts will they pick out?  Will they want high top sneakers or boat shoes?  Will they finally agree to jeans and khakis instead of athletic pants?  Where will we have a leisurely lunch to laugh and smile and spend great quality time together?…

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