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Tricks of the Trade: A No Fight Way to Organize Your Kid’s Closets

Tweet The fall colors are back – the bright yellow of the school buses, the orange and gold of the falling leaves, and the red in my daughter’s cheeks as I tell her it’s time to clean out her closet to prepare to go back to school. I remember sobbing over large plastic containers as […]

Nutritional Know-How: Not All Protein is Created Equal

Tweet Mealtime is the most stressful time of day for many families because it is a never ending battle of wills. You’ve probably got a decent grasp on the nutritional needs of your child, but there is no way to communicate the importance of protein, iron, and other vitamins to a screaming two year old […]

Lessons from a Miserable Pregnancy: Lesson Three – Assert Yourself

Tweet If you have ever left your doctor’s office with unanswered questions and unheard complaints, then you are very much not alone. I spent my entire first miserable pregnancy feeling as though there was a wall between myself and my health care providers. Perhaps it was my general inexperience with doctor’s visits. Growing up I […]

Lessons from a Miserable Pregnancy: Lesson Two – Choose the Right Hospital

Tweet When most women find out that they are pregnant for the first time, they run to their closest book store and buy a flurry of how-to’s, what-to’s, and you-can-do-it-to’s – that is, if they can stop feeling nauseous long enough to make it to their car. I indulged in the same mommy-to-be right of […]

Lessons from a Miserable Pregnancy: Lesson One – Choose Your OB Wisely

Tweet Choosing an obstetrician for a first pregnancy is a tricky business. As a woman who is not yet a mother, there are several hurdles to overcome: naivete, modesty, lack of experience performing bodily functions in front of others. So when the time came to choose an OB for my first pregnancy, I knew very […]

Reflections: Unexpected Delivery

Tweet I read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Twice. I subscribed to parenting and pregnancy magazines before conception, I checked out all of the best websites, and even read medical journals online to help me make the “big” decisions such as how to choose the best hospital, the benefits of natural childbirth, and how […]

Reflections: How Freecycle Changed My Life

Tweet I’m a pack rat. A hoarder. A woman who keeps stationary in unopened boxes so that it doesn’t disappear “too quickly.” Yeah. That bad. But like any genetic disorder, my packratitis is not my fault. I come from a long line of pile stackers, closet stuffers, and box overflowers. We’ve got basement fillers, attic […]

Reflections: Motorcycles and Mustangs

Tweet I want a motorcycle. I really do. But what I want it for is the funny part. I’d like to have a motorcycle to drive to “the gym” (you know, the one that’s just for ladies…). Why does one need a motorcycle to drive to the gym, you ask? Because my other option is […]