It’s no secret that I, like most moms, am pretty busy. One glimpse into a day in my life, and it would be very evident that I need to take shortcuts wherever I can. And, boy do I! As much as I would like to strive for perfection in all that I do, it’s just not possible. So, I prioritize and decide ahead of time what things I need to spend the most time on and what things I can cut corners on. So, with that, I want to share the single most valuable hack I have for busy, working moms (or any moms, really).

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One of the advantages of having my girls’ birthdays be two days apart is that I can throw them a joint party every year until they’re too old to allow it. Since I wanted E to have her own party for her 1st birthday last year, this year was the first time we did the joint party thing. I had it all planned out in my head until A decided she had a theme in mind: Hello Kitty. She mentioned it months before her birthday and never gave up on it despite my attempts at convincing her. Why would I try to change her mind, you wonder? Because A has like 2 Hello Kitty things and I still have no idea where she got that idea from and/or why she was so dead-set on it. The problem is that E is obsessed with Minnie Mouse. A likes her, too, so that seemed like the easy choice. But, nope. A wouldn’t let up. So, I had to figure out how to do both in one party. Here’s how I did it.

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Breastfeeding is one of the hardest, most beautiful and beneficial parts of motherhood. It’s equally as challenging as it is rewarding and is the best thing we can ever do for our babies. Adding in having to pump at work creates a new layer of complexity. Truthfully, I wish I would have nursed Lady A longer than I did but my work schedule simply made it too challenging and I wasn’t committed enough to make it work. I stuck it out a little bit longer with Sweet E; her personality was one that needed the closeness… and maybe I did, too.

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Over the 4th of July weekend, Todd and I took the girls {ages 3.5 and 21.5 months} on a vacation to the Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL. We were so excited because we had only taken the girls to the beach once before and the weather was pretty terrible on that trip. We had high expectations for our time away, especially since both girls are now walking, and overall, the trip didn’t disappoint. There were a few lessons learned {the hard way}, though, and I’ve compiled the Top 10 for you below!

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Four. Four is the number of expletives women who have asked me over the past year if I’m pregnant. Actually, that’s not true; two of those four people actually said, “When are you due?” and, “When is your due date?” while the other two asked if I was having another baby.

Let’s analyze that for a second. Two people just assumed that I was pregnant. There was no doubt about it for them. At least the other two, even though still completely inappropriate sought confirmation. These four all have something in common: lack of sense. I mean, they’re women! They should know better!

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