I Model Bad Behavior in Front of My Kids

It’s true. I model bad behavior in front of my kids. And before you choose to start judging me, I have my reasons, so listen up! When making an honest mistake, like getting annoyed...

33: The Year of Me

I remember when 33 sounded “so old” when I assumed people were just boring old married couples with lots of kids running around. Little did I know, 33 would be the year that I...

How Giving My Toddler Choices Eliminated Meltdowns

Terrible Twos. Threenager. Fournado. There is a reason people use these terms about their 2-4 year olds; raising a toddler isn’t easy.  After many years of professional development for being an elementary school teacher,...

The Key to Road Trip Survival with Kids

Let me throw out some numbers from our last family road trip to see if you think my husband and I survived. 1 three-month-old 1 two year old 1 set of parents 1 midsize SUV 1 car top...

Meet Our Indianapolis Moms: Sarah Becker

Hi, Indy Moms! I’m Sarah, and I have been loving my experience of writing for Indianapolis Moms for the last two years. Growing up a small-town girl (only 40-something in my graduating class), My...

Tidying Up: Our Family’s 10-Minute Rule

Are you finished with your spring cleaning? Yeah, me neither. Dishes are piling up. Dust is accumulating around picture frames on shelves. The playroom is overfilling with broken toys and junk that you need to go...

The Shock of Being Diagnosed With Gestational Diabetes

I was sitting there 26 weeks pregnant, still in shock, as I left the dietitian's office and the words kept ringing in my head “You have gestational diabetes”.  As a mom who had only...

My 30-Day Challenge of [Torture] to be a “Pinterest Mom”

"Pinterest Mom." Isn't that what all moms long to be? After dealing with the winter blues and spending a few too many days cooped up inside, avoiding the latest sickness going around, I decided...

Winter Blues: Mixing Up Playtime

So, the holiday season has now passed, which means your kids are already bored with their brand new toys they received in December. Yeah, your heart was in the right place, thinking they would...

Experiences Vs. Junk: Non-Traditional Ideas for Holiday Shopping

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You still have gravy on your shirt and you’re recovering from your turkey coma. But guess what? No time to snooze, Black Friday deals are happening!  You rush out...

Planning a First Birthday: Open House Style

You’ve waited 365 days to plan the perfect Pinterest-worthly birthday party for your little one. You start checking off all of the must-have items to make sure the day is a complete success: decor, food,...

Second Baby Amnesia: How Did I Forget Everything?

“An Elephant Never Forgets,” well then I am officially calling it that an elephant is a better mom than I am...at least when it comes to memory.   743 days have passed from Baby #1 to...

The Dark Side of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding. Yes, it has extreme benefits.  From nutrition to bonding, I wouldn’t trade my experiences with my boys for anything. But is there a darker side to breastfeeding? It has its stressors, especially in the first...

Support Systems: Quality Vs. Quantity

So, as I sit here and type this, currently in Trimester #4.  During this time, as many of you know, it is filled with ups and downs. Trying to figure out not only how...
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