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I turned 34 on Friday. I had a fantastic birthday – in fact, I had a really fun week that included a few different celebrations. I opened gifts I truly love, I spent time with my family, my kids, and my girlfriends. And tonight, the birthday week will wrap up with a belated Valentine/birthday date out with my husband.

And do you know what? It was by design.

Yep. This year, I took charge of my birthday and made it awesome.

I don’t usually get that worked up about my birthday one way or another. I don’t bemoan the whole aging thing, nor do I typically make big plans to live it up. Being a Valentine baby, I’ve always enjoyed the festivities (and chocolate!) that are guaranteed to accompany my birthday, but beyond the usual family dinner and well-wishes from friends, I’m pretty content letting the kids’ Valentine’s Day celebrations take center stage.

valentine table scene

Our Valentine’s Day breakfast scene this year.

But this year was different. [click to continue…]

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Calendar Planning for Moms – a system that works for me

by Sarah Powers January 13, 2014
Calendar Planning for Moms - a system that works for me

Happy Monday, friends! Meagan is traveling (did you catch her beautiful post yesterday from Las Vegas?), so today we’re revisiting a post I wrote last year about calendar planning. If you’re still getting into your groove after the crazy-weather-start to 2014, this might help you get a handle on the weeks ahead. Enjoy! -Sarah If […]

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5 Ways to Nurture Your “Not-Mom” Self in 2014

by Meagan Francis January 3, 2014
5 Ways to Nurture Your "Not-Mom" Self in 2014

Back in September we launched a free online program called Beyond Baby for moms who feel ready to reconnect with their dreams and passions outside motherhood. As a community of 500+ and growing, we’ve talked about topics like how (or whether) you know you’re done having babies, redefining your ‘mom job description’ as kids grow […]

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"What I've learned about new motherhood? Time is not on my side."

by Guest Blogger January 30, 2013
"What I've learned about new motherhood? Time is not on my side."

Today’s post is the third in a series by guest writer Tragic Sandwich. You can read the first two posts in the series here. Time is of the essence. Tempus fugit. One thing’s for sure–time is not on my side. Before Baguette was born, I heard horror stories about how long it could take to get […]

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13 small steps to becoming a happier mom in 2013

by Meagan Francis December 30, 2012
13 small steps to becoming a happier mom in 2013

2013 is here! After having visiting family for the last four+ days, I’m in a bit of a snack-and-party-induced haze. But as is always the case at the beginning of a new year, I’m feeling motivated and ready to embark on a little self-improvement. But as a big-picture thinker, one of my obstacles to making […]

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Holidays, The Easy Way: your guide to a less stressful December

by Meagan Francis December 3, 2012
Holidays, The Easy Way: your guide to a less stressful December

It’s official: the Christmas season is here. And for some of us, that means the pressure is on. The pressure to get the right gifts for everyone on the (extensive) list recommended by etiquette experts (remembering a year I chased our trash collector down the street in my pajamas because I realized I wouldn’t see […]

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20 Can’t-Miss Holiday Gifts For Moms

by Meagan Francis November 26, 2012
20 Can't-Miss Holiday Gifts For Moms

Be honest: have you ever unwrapped a gift at the holiday and thought “Huh?” You’re not alone. And while ’tis better to give than receive, I don’t think there’s anything wrong being a bit disappointed by totally off-target gifts. A present doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to make a mother feel warm and […]

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Documenting childhood. Simply. Beautifully.

by Guest Blogger November 23, 2012
Documenting childhood. Simply. Beautifully.

This a guest post by writer and photographer Veronica Armstrong of VeronicaArmstrong.com. I’m passionate about preserving my children’s childhoods with my camera. The kids and I enjoy sifting through our memory box and flipping through photos taken when they were babies. They often ask to see photo slide shows on the computer of relatives who […]

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Real Mom Moments Caught on Camera

by Sarah Powers October 24, 2012
Real Mom Moments Caught on Camera

This photo is one of my very favorites of me as a mom. For vain reasons? Heck, yes. I look at it and think: hmmm, I like my hair that dark shade; and wow, that’s some lovely décolletage (thanks to nursing); and awww, isn’t that the sweetest little thumb-sucking boy you’ve ever seen? I also […]

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Is all clutter bad? (My stray sock pile, and a case for embracing some disorder as part of life)

by Meagan Francis October 16, 2012
Is all clutter bad? (My stray sock pile, and a case for embracing some disorder as part of life)

I love order. Something about having everything tidy and in its place gives me a sense of calm and peace, and actually makes me more functional. But. Living in a house with 7 people, it’s impossible to completely control the flow of “stuff” around our house. Dishes end up in the wrong cupboard. Toothbrushes idle […]

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