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The Real Deal

Showing Love

showing love collin and owen

Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Showing Love I’m terrible at playing. I’m literally the worst at pretend play. Whenever Owen asks, “Mom, will you play with me?” I have to admit, I always slightly cringe and hesitantly respond, “Sure.” I just don’t like to it. I’m not…

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Challenges of Parenting

challenges of parenting collin and owen in bathtub

Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout The Challenges of Parenting Parenting is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done. Whoever said that a stay at home mom doesn’t have a real job is full of crap. I taught 6th graders at a Title I school for 6 years…

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Quitting Teaching

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Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Quitting Teaching May 24, 2019 It’s official. I’m no longer a teacher. I should be skipping down the street, singing at the top of my lungs, and cheersing with a glass of champagne. But I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy.…

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Balance

Collin and Owen smiling at each other sitting on chairs

Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout The Unreachable: Balance Pneumonia 4 times in 1 year. That’ll change a person. In good ways and bad. After each bout of pneumonia I went through days, weeks, even months of sadness and frustration. Sadness that my life didn’t feel like mine…

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Career Change

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Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Career Change I became a public school teacher 6 years ago. It has been a hard 6 years.  To tell you the truth, I think I’m a decent teacher. I build real, trusting relationships with my students, work tirelessly to differentiated my…

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Breastfeeding

Collin standing on colorful play area in back yard

Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Breastfeeding Challenges Well, the time has come. I’ve decided to start weaning my little guy from breastfeeding. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I actually do.  I’m just so done with pumping. I’m done with hauling my pump everywhere, always wearing…

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Sleep Training

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Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Sleep Training Method I never knew how difficult sleep training would be until I had kids. Before Owen and Collin, I thought I knew what tired felt like. I look back at pre-kids Leslie and think, “Seriously? You thought you were tired?…

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Anxiety

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Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Living With Anxiety I have anxiety. I first noticed it after having Owen – worrying about the usual stuff such as health, safety, work, etc. but with a little extra knot in my stomach. Then, after having Collin my anxiety got worse.…

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Mom Guilt

balance collin and owen sitting on leslie's lap

Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Mom Guilt Mom guilt. I first experienced mom guilt when I stopped breastfeeding Owen. Call me naive, but I truly didn’t realize how time consuming breastfeeding would be until I had a baby stuck to my breast seemingly 24/7. Owen had acid reflex,…

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A New Normal

a new normal Collin and Leslie smiling

Easy, Delicious Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Moms! Yes Please! HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout A New Normal I’ve got to admit the past few months have been hard. It feels like my life has been dumped upside down, stepped on, kicked, punched, chewed up and then spit out. I knew adding another kiddo to my life…

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