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Goodbye, plans! (And hello new ones)

“I think I want to wait until after Christmas next year to have another baby.” This was part of a conversation that I was having with my husband over breakfast the morning of December 5th. I had just received an email that StrongFirst was hosting a SFG 1 Kettlebell certification course in Seattle next September. […]

Too big? Says who?

“You’re too big for him.” Growing up I never gave much thought to this idea. That I was “too big.” Sure, I had insecurities and struggled with self esteem. I wanted to look pretty, have nice clothes and wished that some things about my body had been different, but I never really considered myself “big.” […]

I’m Done with Trying to Be a Perfect Mom

Perfectionism and I go way, WAY back. Certainly way earlier than when I became a mother almost two years ago. I remember moving back home one summer in between semesters of college and getting bent out of shape because my boyfriend at the time had turned a box the “wrong way.” I mean, it was […]

Why Moms Need a Social Life

I remember our first outing with Jack. He was 10 days old. Sam and I were invited by Cara and her family to go out to a pumpkin patch with them. I said, “Sure,” but I was terrified. I had to leave the house? With a baby? But….how?? The day went pretty much as expected. […]

“She’s just a little girl!” – Breaking Gender Stereotypes

“She’s just a little girl!” the man kept yelling. I had joined up with my family for a camping trip at the Coast over Labor Day weekend. Our camp site was at an organized family camp, which means there were lots of other campers and a lot of family activities planned. One of those activities […]

How to Start a New Workout Regime and Stick With It!

When I was growing up I’d do my mom’s Jane Fonda workouts. Then I stopped. Later, it was Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. Then I stopped. Then, I was working out everyday at a gym for 2+ hours. Then I stopped. Then I started running everyday. Then I stopped. Then I did P90X. THEN. I. […]

What’s Your Bright Blue Elephant?

“That’s awesome! You’re going to win!,” one of my third grade classmates exclaimed as he looked over the coloring job that I’d done. Each one of us in class got a coloring sheet of paper. It had an elephant dressed in a policeman outfit directing traffic on it. Our teacher told us that we were […]

Why Middle School Sucks: Raising a Son to Fend For Himself

It’s a pretty common occurrence for Jack and I to just kind of hang out after his nursing sessions. After he’s done eating he’ll continue to lay across my lap while he smiles, coos, and laughs. I tickle him or play with his feet and sometimes, we just sit there and stare at each other. […]

Are Postpartum Pants Even a Thing?

Today is Halloween. Our son’s first Halloween, actually. He is a little over 3 weeks old, which means that if we do end up taking him trick-o-treating tonight, we know who the candy is really for, now don’t we? I have one Halloween shirt that I’ve held onto over the years. It’s a long-sleeved black […]