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la-lobe

Piercing My Daughter’s Ears: We Ditched the Mall and Went to La Lobe

My daughter started begging to get her ears pierced when she was four. I put her off for a couple years, but we finally let her on her sixth birthday. I really wanted to celebrate the occasion as the rite of passage it was for me, and I had heard some horror stories from friends about […]

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Grade 0, Teacher Nobody

Preschool Dropout: Why I Pulled my Daughter from a School We Love 

Last year, the baby of our family started her second year of preschool. The first year I was working part-time, so I had to use the hours of child-free time to invest into my work. Mid-way through the year I transitioned out of that position, which allowed me extra freedom to use that kid-free time for […]

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How a Weekly Date Night Changed our Relationship

I have previously written a post on babysitters {here} and how getting what I wanted from a babysitter required that I stop trying to convince her that I am cool. I was having a major problem trying to make life easier on the sitter and therefore negating my life being easier — which is what I […]

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last mother in the woods

Last Mother in the Woods (Or: Getting Your Kids Outside When You Kinda Hate It There)

I’m indoorsy. I like my animals domesticated, my lawns manicured, my flowers planted intentionally (or more honestly, arranged in vases) and my outdoors time to be spent sitting outside for hours on a patio. Grass makes me kinda itchy and I hate bugs. I faked the bug thing well for 5 years to my son […]

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how we became foster parents

Joy and Loss: How We Became Foster Parents

First, we got a license to be a foster care home, and then we “opened” to receive calls for potential placement. We opened at midnight on a Monday. I turned on my phone ringer Sunday night, just in case. I had the feeling of anticipation identical to the days before my biological babies were born, when I was […]

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SELF-CARE

Self Care in a Sacrifice Season

When my son was born, my mom came in town to care for our new family as we adjusted. I remember dropping her off at Love Field a week later and crying, begging her to stay. It wasn’t pretty. I wasn’t crying because I thought I couldn’t care for my new baby. I was overwhelmed with […]

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The Perfect Mom Bag: Don’t Leave Home without these 10 Things!

Now that my youngest is 3 years old, the bag I carry when I am out with my kiddos looks very different than it did when my first baby was born almost 8 years ago. As babies age and new ones are added, it makes sense to select items for your mom bag differently. Some things […]

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mermaid dates

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: The Most Kid-Friendly Musical Ever

Dallas Moms Blog has partnered with Dallas Summer Musical’s to review Disney’s The Little Mermaid for our audience. All opinions are 100% our own.  My kids already knew much of the story of The Little Mermaid because I serenade them with “Part of Your World” before they go to sleep on a consistent basis. It’s an interesting choice […]

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SUMMIT DATE NIGHT

Elevate your Date Night

Our marriage changed when we had our third baby. We were overwhelmed, outnumbered and under-rested. On a whim we tore the list of 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas out of D Magazine, lined up a babysitter to come every Saturday night we were in town, and started crossing locations off of our Bucket List of […]

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When You Love Your Kids (but you aren’t enjoying them)

I have hobbies, you know. I am not one of those gals that has kids and forgets who she is or what she used to like. But this is a story, all about how my life got flipped (turned upside down) when I started hating my favorite things when my kids were around.  I still […]

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