Ah, motherhood. The Oxford Dictionary defines motherhood as, The state of being a mother. Well, that leaves a lot open for interpretation, if you ask me. So, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to use my 4+ years of experience as a mom of two (girls) to further define motherhood for you from my perspective.

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Call me vain, but ever since I turned 30, I have become increasingly aware of and concerned about physical aging. It’s like one day I looked in the mirror and felt youthful and vibrant and the next day I saw lines and wrinkles forming and found myself actually considering Botox (no, I haven’t had any). I’ve received compliments on my hair and my skin my entire life and, if I’m being honest, am most proud of and happy with those features. To that end, I have a vested interest in taking care of and preserving both. Enter: Arbonne. I recently discovered Arbonne through an amazing independent consultant, Deirdre Sommerkamp, and have been using a number of their products (of my choosing) for just under 30 days now. Intrigued by their non-GMO promise couple with the vast amount of options, I wanted to try a little bit of everything. So, I have been using some hair, bath & body, skincare, makeup, and nutrition products!

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Are you ever clicking around through blogs and/or your social media channels and find yourself thinking, “Her skin is amazing; I wonder what products she uses,” or, “I wish I could find a collection of blog posts that I know will be good reads and not time wasters”? Or what about, “Those pics of that restaurant look good but how do I know my tastes are the same as that blogger’s?” Well, allow me introduce you to a new social platform, VENNDY.

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Have you ever been walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store and thought to yourself, “I love this cereal! Why have I not had this in so long?” Well, that’s how I feel about Honey Bunches of Oats®. At my latest trip to the grocery store, I bought two boxes – one for us to eat for breakfast and one to use to use to make delicious treats for my family. I put a new twist on an old favorite and we love it! With just 3 ingredients, these marshmallow cereal treats are sweet and tasty! Plus, since we know I’m not very domestic, quick and easy is right up my alley!

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Happy New Year and Welcome to my rebrand, Mom Without Labels! I am beyond excited to be sharing my new site with you after countless hours of first trying to finalize a new name (I’m so incredibly indecisive) and then actually getting everything set up; it was a lot more work that I imagined. I hope you love everything as much as I do. As promised, Mom Without Labels will have the same tone, voice, and types of content as Memoirs of a Working Mom, but I also plan to add posts about my transition out of the full-time work force… and anything else I feel like, really.

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I’m not pregnant. Now that we have that out of the way, I can get right to it. So, if you’ve been following along with me and have read about my long days, my shortcomings as a mom, and my overall struggles with life, you know that I work too much, have a ghastly commute, and barely see my family during the week. Well, all of that is about to change.

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One of my biggest headaches when I first started breastfeeding and pumping was about breastmilk storage. It felt like everything I saw online and everything veteran mamas told me was in contradiction with each other and I ended up having to figure it out for myself.

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Confession: I’m not a Pinterest mom. Okay, you most likely already knew that. Between working, blogging, and general life responsibilities all moms have, I just don’t have a ton of time any on my hands. Well, that lack of time magnifies around Christmas; there’s just so much to do. But in spite of that, yes – we do Elf on the Shelf and yes, my kids love it. Our elf’s name is Francisco (inspired by a scene from “Elf” – bonus points if you can guess which one!). But see, Francisco isn’t a creative or mischievous elf. And, he’s not a huge snitch either. We use him for fun and magic but not really as something to scare my children (but we’ve tried in desperation, at times). Francisco moves at night but that’s the extent of his shenanigans. My kids don’t wake up to some crazy scene; they find joy in simply trying to find him, and that works for me because trying to keep up with Pinterest Mom is a level of commitment that I just can’t accept; I don’t need that kind of stress in my life. That said, even with the very limited amount of work involved with our Elf on the Shelf situation, I confess that I sometimes often forget to move him. Sometimes I can fly out of bed in the morning and make it happen before my 4 year old comes downstairs; other times I have to bite the bullet and leave him in place… and then think on my feet for an excuse.

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