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TTC acronyms so you can understand your support groups

TTC acronyms so you can understand your support groups

I recently joined a Facebook group called SMBC TTC …. in case you have no freaking clue what that means like I did at first, it means Single Mom By Choice Trying To Conceive. (Click this link if you’re interested in learning why I joined […]

Mommy and Son Date Night Ideas

Mommy and Son Date Night Ideas

One thing I’ve noticed is that Z and I get very antsy when we fall into a mundane routine. Wake up, get dressed, go to school, come home, watch TV, eat dinner, go to sleep. It’s not a bad routine, but it’s boring. We start […]

How to get my 2 year old to stop using a pacifier

How to get my 2 year old to stop using a pacifier

We were a hard-core pacifier house, ya’ll. I mean we LOVED that binky, both of us. A pacifier is such an easy way to calm your baby and offer soothing when you can’t always be there. We had the paci during wake times and nap times and it didn’t hinder his speech, appetite or teeth spacing in even the slightest manner. The pacifier was one of the greatest gifts to my peace and sanity, except when it wasn’t.

Despite being a “pacifier,” it also induced temper tantrums and screaming fits in the middle of the night. Whenever it would fall out of his mouth, or he couldn’t find it, or he tossed it into the trunk of the car while driving, it was the opposite of peaceful. That paci was simultaneously the bane of my existence and after 2 solid years of use, I was over it.

So how did I wean my binky-dependent 2 year old off a pacifier? Read below to find out! (more…)

Coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through a few parenting firsts

Coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through a few parenting firsts

Coffee is the nectar of the Gods. This is not an opinion, my dear comrades, it’s fact. Whatever god, gods or goddesses you believe in or don’t, we can all agree that this sweet, sweet juice is what nudges us parents successfully from one day […]

Single mom by choice — why I’m considering sperm donation at 26 years old

Single mom by choice — why I’m considering sperm donation at 26 years old

My son and I just celebrated his second birthday on January 30. I’ve had baby fever something fierce for about 6 months now and the idea of waiting until I find the elusive “one” in order to have more children seems absurd. I’m ready to […]

First Football Game – Miami Dolphins win against the 49ers

First Football Game – Miami Dolphins win against the 49ers

A few weeks back Z got to experience his very first NFL football game: Miami Dolphins vs 49ers! I was a little apprehensive about taking him to the game because I knew it would be a crazy long day, but overall he behaved incredibly well and we all had an amazing day.

It is about a 3 hour drive from where we live to the stadium, and thankfully there were no carsick episodes there or back! It doesn’t hurt to have Grandma in the backseat to entertain for the duration either.

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Minimalist dining room wall art – DIY on a budget

Minimalist dining room wall art – DIY on a budget

One of my favorite mommy bloggers, Life as a Rambling Redhead, recently renovated her new home. Her kitchen is literally to die for. In it, she hung up this beautiful minimalist wall art that simply says “gather” in a scripty font. It’s gorgeous, but her framed […]

Choosing the right daycare for your toddler

Choosing the right daycare for your toddler

Back when I was preparing for maternity leave, I was on the hunt for the perfect daycare. I wanted video camera access, a high security facility, organic menu items. Well, wasn’t I the pickiest little first time mommy?! But how do you choose the right […]

5 Tips for buying a home — the second time around

5 Tips for buying a home — the second time around

About a year and a half ago, I bought Z and I’s first home — a cute little townhouse in a quiet neighborhood close to family-friendly activities. It was a dream scenario with no hiccups along the road. I found a private lender through Zillow who connected me to a realtor and everything went as smooth as butter.

home buying tips

The home-buying process this time around though is the polar opposite. It was a nightmare and caused weeks of stress and several crippling anxiety attacks. I will NOT be buying another home anytime soon because of this scenario and Z and I will live in this home until I get married one day in the far off distant future, and even then we might still live here.

Here are a few tips for buying a home — the second time around. (more…)

Smart Shopping – Saving & donating when money is tight

Smart Shopping – Saving & donating when money is tight

Saving money is incredibly important to me as a single mama, but there are times when I want or need some things and money has to be spent. Here is where Giving Assistant comes in and, literally, saves the day. Not only do you get […]