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Why Pets are a Must-Have for Little Kids

Most of the parents in my circle have at least two kids under the age of seven.  Their lives are busy.  They balance their family obligations, relationships, jobs, school schedules, extracurriculars, weekends away, and more.  They have limited free time, less free space, and usually have to contend with a budget that’s already strained under […]

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Moms, Take the Nap

I had a hard time adjusting to the slower speed of maternity leave. I’d become accustomed to the nonstop deluge of work emails, and I’d gotten into the habit of always checking my phone right before bed and immediately upon waking. I’d fallen into the trap of equating the number of messages in my inbox […]

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The Tired Mom’s Guide to Indoor Play

Okay, I realize that a Bay Area winter day would probably feel downright balmy to folks in other parts of the country, but does that mean we lose our right to complain about periodic rain and temperatures below 60? I think not! When it’s cold and wet and outdoor activities aren’t an option, we moms […]

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A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self

Dear me, from 15 years ago, Hello dear friend! I know it may seem silly to write you this letter, but I think about you a lot. I look back upon this time in our life with such fondness. I often think about the unique independence college afforded, and how much that influenced this formative […]

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wine

Is Wine Making You Chubby?

It was my first “not-baby” doctor’s appointment I had in almost 10 years.  I looked for an internal medicine doctor the best way I knew how, ask all my mom friends.  Unfortunately, most of my mom friends where in the same boat.  None of us had a “real” doctor’s visit since before our having kids. […]

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It’s OK to Lean Out – At Least for a Little While

The major winter holidays may be over, but somehow things don’t seem to be slowing down. Nearly every mom I know has been lamenting their packed family calendar, and it often feels like activities that would be individually enjoyable become much less so when they are crammed together back to back. But what’s new for […]

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