Archive for the Raising kids Category


Taking Maternity Leave? Plan Ahead

I have a few friends who are pregnant with their first child, and I’ve often joked that a newborn would be so easy, if only you knew what you were doing. For most of us, maternity leave was a bit of a blur. I was fortunate to take four months off with both of my […]

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Jean Chatzky Features Time is Money Mommy Guest Post

I’ve watched financial expert, Jean Chatzky, on the Today Show for years and always admired her. I follow her on Twitter, so when she tweeted this summer that she was accepting guest blog posts, I wrote in right away. I was thrilled that she (and her amazing team member, Arielle) liked my post. It was […]

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Five Benefits of Early Risers

I’m lucky my kids are good sleepers, but Clay has always been an early riser. He’s slept past 7:00 a.m. maybe five times in his entire life. Unfortunately, once Avery turned two she followed in his early-rising footsteps. They are usually up by 6:30 a.m. and for some reason it seems to be earlier on […]

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Kindergarten Smiles

I didn’t realize how many friends had babies the same year as I did until I started scrolling through my Facebook news feed this week. I loved all the adorable photos of kids with new backpacks and new shoes, ready for their first day of kindergarten. Today was Clay’s turn! At the orientation in the […]

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My Good Napper

Clay is two days away from starting kindergarten, and he’s down for a nap right now. I have no idea how I got so lucky. Like I’ve written before, no child is perfect, but Clay is pretty darn close when it comes to napping. Don’t get me wrong, he had some times when he was […]

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The perfect child (does not exist)

I have often said (and written) that Avery was the perfect child until she turned two. She never cried, slept 12 hours without a peep and smiled nonstop. Clay never tried to fool us into thinking he was perfect, but he was pretty darn good. More recently I’ve joked that if I could combine my […]

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Feeding your kids and why I love Drew Barrymore

I was waiting in a client’s office this morning, and I picked up Bon Appetit magazine. An odd choice  for me since I am hardly a chef, but I do like to eat and drink, so it’s always good eye candy. I also like Drew Barrymore, who was interviewed in the magazine about her new […]

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Wishing time away

  I’m pretty sure all parents, at one time or another, have found themselves wishing time away. I know I’m guilty of it. When the kids were newborns I couldn’t wait for them to sleep through the night. When I was nursing Avery, I wanted her to turn one, so I could stop pumping milk […]

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Friday Five: save time and money

The “Friday Five” series shows five items that could save you time or money. I hope you enjoy this week’s list!  1. CVS Spray Sunscreen Since it’s the first day of summer an easy, inexpensive sunscreen had to be at the top of my list. I like the CVS spray for quick trips to the […]

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Clay turns five: “Welcome to the ‘big kid’ years!”

Today is Clay’s fifth birthday, and I just got an email from BabyCenter that nearly made me cry. “Welcome to the ‘big kid’ years!,” the first line said. I guess it’s better than “your baby is going to kindergarten this year, where does the time go?,” which is what I’ve been thinking a lot lately. I […]

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