Excuse My Messy House, My Husband Doesn’t Care

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So remember my real life friend Erica from this post? Well, she’s back again today! See, she read my post about why I don’t apologize for my messy house, and she had some really great insight. She started talking to me about it and I said, “You should just write it up for me!” And she did. 🙂 So yay for us!

Oh and in case you forgot, she blogs at Dresses and Spurs all about crafting and she’s awesome at it! So go check her out there when you’re done reading her here.

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6 Easy Ways to Rock Your Compliments Like a Boss

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The ultimate list of things to avoid when complimenting your kids and what to do instead.

Today we are super lucky to hear from my new friend Leah from Momsters Raising Monsters. She runs a great blog with excellent parenting advice and help. (Seriously, go read some of that stuff!) Today she’s sharing really smart ways to adjust the compliments we give our children so they actually build them up in positive ways. I didn’t realize how much I could improve my complimenting until I read this! Super insightful. So without any further yammering from me, here’s Leah.

My 4-year-old daughter slipped into the shimmering dress-up gown and twirled. “I’m beautiful! Mom, am I beautiful?” she asked.

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Unrealistic Expectations Put to Rest

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I recently read this post about how bloggers set unrealistic expectations for wives and mothers in much the same way the pornography industry does, except we do it to the minds of women while typically porn is targeted toward men.

Literally, right after closing it, I saw a blog post about how a woman went 366 days without duplicating her outfit. (I won’t link it because I’m not trying to bash her or her blog. I am a blogger and know it’s hard enough without everyone picking on you.) I don’t have enough clothes to make it 30 days if I started wearing t-shirts over pajamas!

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Potty Training is the Worst!

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This was originally a guest post over at Love, Life, Laugh, Motherhood. I am about to embark on my second potty training excursion and thought I’d repost it here in honor of the dreaded feat. Did I mention, I hate potty training?

Today I wanted to share with you my very biggest fear going into Motherhood and how I managed to jump that hurdle. Potty Training. Yikes. Still makes me a little nervous just saying the words! It’s been over a year since I first started potty training my first child and I would say we’ve finally arrived. He can now completely take himself #1 without me even having to even know that he “has to go.” It’s amazing. #2 is another story…

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Parenting – Wrong No Matter What You Do

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Parenting is no picnic. But total strangers seem to think you want their potato salad.

I’m about to go on a rant. You’ve been warned.

What is wrong with our world?

Do you know what it was like for our parents to raise us? Or their parent’s to raise them? Or their parents to raise them? And back and back and back since the dawn of time?! Ok, so, neither do I back that far…but the point is, for all of recent history, parenting has been the big gig.

It was the whole point of existing.

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Changes from First Time Mom to Third Time Mom

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Since having baby #3, I’ve realized that our bodies are incredible. Actually, I realized that as a first time mom, but now I realize how incredibly adaptable they are! My birth experiences have changed with each child but the biggest differences I’ve noticed are the after effects – healing, milk production, etc. Things have definitely been different with each of my sons, some for the better, some for the worse. For those of you that are a first time mom, read on to find out what you may have to look forward to with subsequent babies. For the rest of you, let me know how you relate.

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How to Minimize Extended Family Gifts

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I’m here today to talk to you about how to minimize extended family gifts. For those of you more interested in MAXIMIZING said gifts, move on. You are in the wrong frame of mind to even understand why I would write such craziness. But thanks for clicking on a title you had little interest in. Your support is astounding. 🙂 (P.S. I totally understand where you’re coming from sometimes too! I like other people to get my kids (or me) stuff.)

I’m going to focus mainly on extended family gifts given to our children because not many people complain about getting gifts for themselves. We’re parents. We’ve earned the right for a little duplicity haven’t we?

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Ideas of Motherhood: Replacing Fantasy with Fact

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This post (titled I’m Not My Mother) originally posted on The Daliah Scene a few months ago. I’d still suggest going to check out her excellent site. It has undergone a few minor changes since then so read on for my Ideas of Motherhood.

While growing up, I had grand ideas of motherhood. My mom raised 7 children and seemed to hardly break a sweat! We grew up very rural (like, completely in the country, on a cattle ranch) so we didn’t have any opportunities to take dance classes or soccer. That was one of the changes I thought I might make with my own children because I firmly believed I would grow up to live in middle-class suburbia. Otherwise, I expected I would do everything very much the way my own mom did.

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Consistent Parenting: A Solution to Behavior Problems

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Kids are hard. Don’t I know it. It’s not just the constant need, the bathing and feeding, the sleeping and snuggling, that wears on you. They require so much attention! They have so many wants. Honestly, the fact that anyone survives parenthood to see old age is a miracle.

I get it. We are often in survival mode. And ya know, if that’s all you’ve got in the tank, good for you. Way to go on not quitting. It’s a hard job and you are surviving it. Pat yourself on the back and go eat a cookie or get a pedicure or watch an episode of some waste-of-time show. You rock.

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Postpartum Depression

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Fast and easy delivery didn’t equal postpartum bliss.

With baby #3’s due date fast approaching, I thought it might be time to address this issue. I’ve had it written down for months but feel like now is the time to talk about it.

Postpartum depression.

It’s not necessarily what you think. It can show up in so many different ways. For some it might be crying or thinking harmful thoughts toward their child but it isn’t that way for everyone.

I was bitter.

I didn’t want to have to give anything to this new little baby. I was deeply motivated by duty but completely unmotivated by love and caring. I hadn’t wanted to get pregnant with him in the first place but my husband convinced me it was time for my first son to have a sibling. And that lack of desire only increased with every pregnancy ache.

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