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I hate clutter. I’m constantly weeding through boxes and bins of toys (not that we have many) and throwing out broken parts, mismatched bits, and goodie-bag swag. I keep our crap to a minimum (and I’m grateful that I have family, on both sides, who don’t overwhelm my boys with gifts). Usually when I have major purges of stuff, it’s in response to a call from a charity, and I can always muster a clutch of giant garden-waste bags filled with clothes, household goods, shoes and toys. I’ve yet to think about other options, like selling some of our stuff …Keep Reading
So I know I’ve been ever so slightly M.I.A. lately. I beg your indulgence, but a couple of things are going on. Kids, for one — it’s mid-winter break right now, which means I’m even more pulled between my double existence of stay-at-home mom, and work-at-home mom. Sometimes, seriously, I wish I was one or the other, or the kind of working mom who, because she’s out of the house most of the day, unapologetically relies on a sitter or an au pair or after-care at school, on lovely things like grocery delivery, a cleaning service (bonus points if they …Keep Reading
Yesterday, I got a lovely email from a fellow blogger I recently “met,” named Jennifer Carsen, who writes the blog Mommy Tries. She told me she’d given me a shout out in her blog, and in a sort of good-side-of-the-chain-letter way, I want to give back. Writing, mothering — both are, at many times, lonely pursuits. Knowing others are out there doing the same sort of things is an enormous help: the 2000s version of “mother’s little helper.” Plus I just love Jennifer’s blog’s tagline: “Bringing you good-enough parenting since 2010.” So, the deal is that another blogger of Jennifer’s …Keep Reading