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A surgery only a mother could love

Ever since having child two (Em) and three (Aug), I have had the most horrendously painful varicose veins on my legs.  As far as I know, varicose veins don’t even run in our family (apparently, they are hereditary).  I have a couple guesses as to why I got them and they have to do with giving birth to very large babies and eating a freakish amount of food while pregnant so that I tipped the scales at about 190 with…

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Maya Angelou and me

The other night, when I was watching that scroll of people that died at the Oscars… Wait, that didn’t sound right.  A bunch of people didn’t die at the Oscars — I was watching that section where Meryl Streep was paying tribute to all the famous people that died in 2014, I had momentarily forgotten that Maya Angelou died last year.  Maybe forgotten isn’t the right word.  I had successfully pretended that Maya Angelou was still alive until Meryl Streep…

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Lessons I’ve learned from lessons

Kung Fu, ballet, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, horseback riding, sailing, choir, soccer, art, yoga, dance… to name just a few of the many lessons I’ve taken my kids to over the years.  It seems like the over abundance of classes kids can take to expand their minds and open their futures is a major first world problem these days.  And for parents, it can be very stressful. (Again, first world problem stressful.)  How many lessons should they take?  Who are the…

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Do I smell like cat pee?

There are several mom fashion mistakes I always try to avoid.  1.  Mom jeans.  If I’ve learned anything from My Year of Fabulous, it’s that there’s no excuse to ever where unflattering jeans.  The jeans market is vast, widely available and amazing, so why walk around in a pair of pleated Lady Wranglers? 2.  Never, ever, ever, under any circumstances wear big, white sneakers.  They are the Hallmark of poorly dressed Americans traveling abroad and matched with a pair of…

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Guns and Kombucha – My life so far

I wanted to explain a little why I compared letting your child have a gun with not vaccinating your child.  And it has everything to do with the two worlds I inhabit — the world of my childhood and my world now.  I grew up in a very gun-loving house.  My father’s side of the family was from the deep South where having guns was as natural as breathing and being a Baptist.  I had my own gun (a BB…

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It’s every parent’s right to not vaccinate…

…In America, that is.  I’m not going to argue whether I agree with this right or not.  I’m simply saying that our country is based on a set of principles that give parents the right to make good and bad decisions when it comes to their children.  Decisions that sometimes not only affect the child, but society at large.  We are a group of people that don’t like the government telling us what to do.  I mean, isn’t that why America…

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Okay, so I’m sick

Even though I never get sick, it turns out I’m sick.  Writing it right now is actually the first time I’ve even admitted it at all. I made the worst mistake ever when you have a sick child in your house – I did not keep up the regiment. After I successfully conquered the sore throat that Emmy had given me, I was so cocky and pleased with myself that I stopped taking garlic and Emergen – C.  So when…

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I never get sick

The other day it it occurred to me that since Buck had his tonsils shaved down in October, none of us have gotten sick.  No colds.  No flus.  No viruses.  Nothing.  Usually by this point in the cold and flu season, most of us would have gotten something horrible several times.  Weeks of school would have been missed.  The kids would just be sneezing all over each other and passing it around in a never-ending loop.  And worst of all, the…

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