I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

We are heading to the Keys for a week-long vacation soon, and so I loaded the kids up late last week to head over to Target for the dreaded bathing suit purchase.  Can we all agree that fitting rooms are the devil?  The lighting makes me look like an eskimo, the three-paneled circus mirrors make my stretch marks (which I still have, six years later, thankyouverymuch children…) look like deflated balloons, and the super thin partition walls make it easy for everyone to hear me crying.  The experience simply can’t be…

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Body Image

Body Image

It has been a jarring day, to say the least. I am spent. And my body image has been battered down to my sixth grade self. Several things happened today which led to this middle school regression in self confidence. Allow me to share. 1) Remember that inspiring post I wrote last week about my running and healthy eating habits? Yeah…. about that… I haven’t run since that post and I’ve decided to go all the way and just JUMP off the wagon by eating like crap on top of…

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Strong Women Make Joyful Noises

Strong Women Make Joyful Noises

When I first saw the trailer for the new Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah movie, “Joyful Noise,” I will admit my first thought was not of my mother. At first glance, my mom and I would seem to have little to do with this movie, mostly because neither of us is a vocally-gifted Black woman with an attitude nor a petite, Southern, white woman with large…eyes. But I spent the past weekend with my family, celebrating Christmas a little early, and I got to spend some time with my mom. After being with…

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What’s in Your Purse?

What’s in Your Purse?

In my Reader of the Month posts, I always ask what is inside the reader’s purse.  I think this reveals a lot about a person actually.  Maybe not about their personality, per se.  But it does often tell you something about the life they lead.  Coupons and receipts tell you where they shop.  Different kinds of beauty products tell you how much they put into their appearance.  Miscellaneous items usually tell you about their home life – i.e., number of kids, married, single, etc. So today, let’s peek into my…

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My 7 Month Review of Motherhood

My 7 Month Review of Motherhood

I meant to do this post a month ago, which would have made this my 6 Month Review of Motherhood and that just makes more sense.  But the holidays, the travel, the stomach flu, the black hole in Target, yadda, yadda, yadda… I just didn’t get around to it.   So, this is my 7 Month Review of Motherhood instead. Look at it this way, I’m one month smarter now. On June 1, 2009 I became a Momma for the first time to my beautiful, strong-willed, bossy, self-assured, lovable, squeezable,…

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Out With the Old, In With the New

Since growing a human inside me, I have noticed some alarming changes in my body.   You might think one would be prepared for massive changes to one’s body once having spawned offspring in one’s loins, but not me.   I lived in a magical place for nine whole months.   A magical place where fairies whispered in my ear every day, “Don’t worry – your body will snap right back to normal once you give birth!” Lying damn fairies. I’m 6-weeks out from having my baby and while I…

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To Perfume or Not to Perfume

To Perfume or Not to Perfume

Its fall.   That means its time to change your shoes, put away your white (I don’t care what region of the country you live in, white is unacceptable after Labor Day…unless its winter white or in any form of cashmere, and then we need to talk), cover up your legs, and break out the coats.   One thing I do when the seasons change is change my perfume, too.   So its time for me to put away my floral aroma that is Happy by Clinique and dust off…

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Finding the “I” in Marriage

Finding the “I” in Marriage

They say when you keep a daily journal, you learn more about yourself.   I have found that keeping this blog is giving me the same result.   I write about things that seem to randomly be on my mind any given day, but when I look back through things I write about, certain things seem to keep surfacing.   Things that I didn’t even know about myself.   Things I’m not too sure I like about myself. Apparently and according to several of my own confessions, I procrastinate.  …

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