UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

UGH. Another deli sandwich, Mom? 10 simple summer camp lunch ideas to the rescue

SharePinTweet  It’s officially summer, when my kids seem to excel at the game “How many water bottles and pair of goggles can you lose?” and “Where did that tube of sunscreen go?”  I’m a working mom who works through the summer, which means fun summer camps (with a hefty side of working mom guilt) for my family.  This past school year, I got quite used to the big boys buying hot lunch every day at school.  But now that summer…

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Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

Gardening with Kids: Simple steps to summer fun

SharePinTweet“We seasoned our dinner with herbs from our garden, and topped off our salad with our homegrown tomatoes,” the  neighbors said.  Not us!  Steak on the grill and frozen french fries over here!  I tend to think I don’t have the skill — or the time — for a fancy, productive garden, though I do think gardening with kids is a great experience, and one I try every year.  I used to think about it a lot, envisioning us creating…

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20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

20 Easy Father’s Day Gifts he’ll love

SharePinTweetYou know when you buy Dad a tie as a Father’s Day gift, but he rarely dresses up?  Or you get your husband a coupon book for various golf courses, and he never uses it because it turns out there are limitations on days and times, and none are convenient?  Yeah, let’s avoid that, right?  It was a thoughtful gift, targeting one of his interests, and reasonably priced . . . but in the end, not really practical.  Time to…

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Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Save Your Sanity: 17 Simple Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

SharePinTweetMemorial Day:  Aside from the ever-important honoring those who have given their lives for our country, it typically also marks the unofficial start to summertime  . . . nearing the end of the school year . . . and the approximate time when the kids — after just hours out of school — start to say, “I’M BORED.”  Don’t lose your temper!  Don’t lose your sanity!  Just ward off the boredom with this helpful list of my top summer BOREDOM BUSTERS…

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5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

5 Tips for Parenting in a Scary World

SharePinTweetMy key for parenting in a scary world: Open the door.  Say “I love you.” Go. It was one of those weeks that make me realize what supermen and superwomen we truly are parenting in the scary world we live in today, and it inspired me to update this post from 2016 in hopes that it can be a good reminder for you — and me, too.  How are you getting by parenting in a scary world these days? My…

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Tips for moms from moms: Perspective on raising boys

Tips for moms from moms: Perspective on raising boys

SharePinTweetSometimes you just need the comfort of hearing some tips for moms from moms who have been through all this before, because, as they say, “Mother knows best.”  Right? It was one of those days.  One of those weeks, really.  The kind where everything is crazy at work, and at home, there are dirty socks on the kitchen floor, pee splatters on the toilet seat and wall, smelly feet on the couch, and lack of patience as my three sons…

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Learning to Blog: What “just another mommy blogger” has learned two years in

Learning to Blog: What “just another mommy blogger” has learned two years in

SharePinTweetIMAGINE if I had never started this blog.  Would it have mattered?  I suppose not, in the grand scheme of things.  Did the world really need another mommy blog? In the little part of the universe where I wanted a creative outlet, wanted to connect with other moms, other M.O.B.s, other bloggers, and wanted to learn some new skills, YES, it would have mattered. I haven’t made it big as a mommy blogger in these past two years (though that…

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Awww! 21 adorable reasons boys (and men!) love their moms

Awww! 21 adorable reasons boys (and men!) love their moms

SharePinTweetMother’s Day is fast-approaching.  I wonder if my silly boys will make me breakfast in bed like they often do, only to eat it before I even get a bite! We hear so much about how boys are all snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails, but they really do have a sweet side, too. I also often hear that “boys love their mamas,” and of course it’s true, right? I surveyed boys, guys, men of various ages with one simple…

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Got sons? Tell me about it!

Got sons? Tell me about it!

SharePinTweetAre you living the adventure of raising boys?  If you told a kid in your house today to take his hands out of his pants (or if you laugh as you remember doing so when your kids were younger), I’m guessing you have a son.  If you balance the question “What sports does he play?” with the answer “I just want him to be active and happy,” and if you’ve found an appreciation for the talent of destruction, again, I’m…

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Learning to blog: (It’s a lot like parenting!)

Learning to blog: (It’s a lot like parenting!)

SharePinTweetLearning to blog can be daunting . . .  but I recently realized it’s a lot like parenting!  Read on . . . I have a toddler!!!!  No, I didn’t go have a secret fourth kid and not tell you until now.  I’m talking about my blog, MOB Truths!  It’s turning 2 in early May! In 8th grade history class, my teacher used to intertwine his fingers and say, “It all fits together.”  He tried to instill in his students…

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