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How to Recover from an Epic Mom Fail

Recently, I booked a special trip with my eight-year-old son, Jack. We were going to Cancun, Mexico to meet up with friends of mine and help on a service trip. We were spending three days helping to support a dad with three boys and rebuild their house and their lives. …

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Help Your Kids Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

As women—and especially mothers—we want to ensure everyone is comfortable and happy. We can’t help ourselves; it’s instinctive. When it comes to our kids? We will do anything to save them from heartache. I remember watching my son walk into his kindergarten room on his first day of school. He …

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How to Appreciate the One You’re With: Take a Step Back

I want to tell you a story. It goes a little something like this: We have a water dispenser on our refrigerator. We live in a rental, a rental that we love, a rental that I am doing everything in my power to manifest in order to buy from two …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a brand new mama, perhaps this is your first official Mother’s Day…or maybe you’ve experienced 18 of these holidays and your babies have left the nest. No matter what age our children are, they will always be our babies. And every Mother’s Day (actually every …

A Mom, A Moment, A Movement

The seeds for this blog, my first for Joy of Mom, were actually planted several years ago—six to be exact—on a flight to the west coast. Remarkable things were manifesting. I was about to be face-to-face with celebrated authors and luminaries whom I’d admired through their books, beliefs and numerous Oprah …

The Messiness of Motherhood: Welcome to Your New Life

I look around. Crusted oats and gelled chia seeds cling to a bowl on my desk. A cup of coffee, still hot, rests to my left, along with a calculator, my daughter’s latest work from school, bills, tweezers and a stack of books. They have somehow gathered in my writing …

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Essentials to Bring on Family Summer Vacation

Before you know it, you’re vacation bound! Get out the suitcases, grab your swimsuit and tell the kiddos to jump in the car. Zoom to the airport and you will be one of millions of moms this month who jump into summer vacation season. Whoo—hooo! Relaxation, plus some well-needed family …

Rainy Days and Mondays

Rainy Days and Mondays Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had that “preschool tummy ache” on Sunday nights. You know the feeling. It doesn’t hurt badly, but it’s a gentle rumbling that tells you something is happening. As an adult, my Sunday feeling has transferred to the pitfall called …

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Let’s Get Real: You are Not Alone

Question: What do you get when you combine a work-from-home mom with someone who popped out three kids in three years? A life that is equal parts bliss and equal parts, how the hell I am going to make it through today? To some, I may look like a seasoned …

Mommy to Mommy: Tips that Work

Mommy to Mommy: Tips that Work Mom: Jennifer from the Chicago suburbs Kiddos: 3 1/2 month son and almost 6 year old daughter NOTE: Hi everybody, it’s Vicki. When I walked into the (tiny) organic hair salon I go to and immediately saw Jennifer in one of the two salon …