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7 steps to achieving a better mom-wife-blog balance

My mother and her sister are like oil and water.Mum is your typical stiff-upper-lip Brit.Aunt B spends 50% of her day crying.Mum irons sheets, towels, and pajamas.Aunt B doesn't even own an iron.Mum dips the entire contents of her house in bleach once a week.I'm not sure Aunt B even knows what bleac...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-05 11:23:40

Coming out of the closet

You know how I can't leave the house unless I have an industrial-sized container of hand sanitizer in my purse, and have a panic attack if I don't make our bed in the morning, do the dishes before I go to sleep at night, and wash my sheets and towels at 2 pm EST every Sunday afternoon?Well, I have a...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-05 08:23:40

Because no one should have to live in a world without ice cream

About 8 weeks into my pregnancy with my daughter, when I was tired and hormonal and no longer able to button up my favorite pair of jeans, I woke up feeling lousy one morning.Really lousy.Throwing up in the shower lousy, to be precise.I felt like that all day, everyday, for weeks on end, and nothing...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-04 20:23:40

Why I never left college parties by myself

Do you remember your first week of college?I do.I moved into my dorm a week before classes started, with the intention of participating in all of the "welcome to college!" activities that were planned for the freshman, but after about 5 minutes of cheering and singing Kumbaya, I remembered how much ...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-04 14:23:40

You’re not going to believe this…

The Hubs and I have been discussing something.Something I thought we had decided we weren't going to do.Ever.And yet here I am writing to tell you we might be doing it after all.Are you ready for it?Okay, here goes…We're thinking of buying a house.What? Did you actually think we were brave enough ...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-04 06:23:40

How to lose weight without leaving your living room

Life in the Ryan household has been pretty hectic over the last couple of months, and I often find myself looking at my watch wondering where the heck the day has gone.Unless the Terrible Twos are paying us a visit. Time seems to stand still on those days.Between 3 mom-and-me classes (what was I thi...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-03 21:23:40

How to survive holiday shopping as a family

Last week wasn't an overly fun one in the Ryan household.After dropping my husband at the airport on Tuesday afternoon, my daughter came down with a horrible head cold, leaving the 2 of us stuck inside watching Dora the Explorer re-runs for 3 days, while my husband slept in 5-star hotels, ate at fan...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-03 00:23:40

The Guy Who Worked Down The Hall…

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.I was standing at the bus stop outside of my office building on a balmy March day the first time I spoke to my husband. We'd been smiling at each other in the hallways at work for about 3 months by that point, and I was so relieved traffic...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-02 19:23:40

The secret to making your kids successful in music class

This past weekend was a really exciting one in our household.We ordered takeout on Friday night.My daughter officially started piano lessons at Yamaha Music School.I shaved my legs.My daughter's favorite preschool teacher came to babysit on Saturday night so we could have a night out.I ate the most ...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-02 14:23:40

The survivor’s guide to long car rides with kids

Long car rides can be stressful on a good day, but when you add winter weather, unforeseen traffic, and tired children into the mix, it can be downright ugly. The good news is that, with a little preparation, car rides with small children doesn't have to be as horrible as you think.1. START FIRST TH...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-02 08:23:40

This made me laugh so hard I spit wine on my Kindle

I don't know about you, but I've been in a pretty good mood lately.I'm not sure if it's because the weather is improving, the days are getting longer, I finally have some fresh air in my lungs, the grocery store shelves are stocked with Easter candy, I've been drinking double my usual dose of wine, ...Read More

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Dated : 2021-04-02 02:23:40

When “thank you” isn’t enough…

August 1995 started out as one of the most exciting months of my life, but it ended up being one of the most difficult.I had graduated from high school 2 months prior, and after one of the most amazing summers I'd ever had, my friends and I slowly said our goodbyes as we moved halfway around the wor...Read More

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The ONE product every new parent should buy

Exactly 24 hours and 2 minutes after our daughter was born, my husband and I were sitting in our car in the hospital parking lot with a look of shock and excitement on our faces after all of the things that had happened to us over the previous 2 days.Contractions.Labor.Delivery.Breastfeeding.First d...Read More

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Why you should always proofread your child’s homework

When I was 29, I flew back to Singapore for the 50th anniversary of my high school.It was a pretty awesome celebration to be a part of, especially since my parents were still living there at the time and I got to squeeze some family time in as well.The week of the anniversary was filled with lots of...Read More

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The magical panties

When I was in my early 20s, I worked with a gal who was CONVINCED she could feel herself ovulating. In fact, she was such a pro at knowing when her eggs were going to be released from her ovaries that she and her boyfriend didn't even need to use birth control.I'm not kidding.She was that good.Well,...Read More

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This post is about periods, white pants, and a school assembly

I was 12-years-old when I first got my period, and I knew even then that I was going to hate every single minute of it – the cramps, the mood swings, and don't even get me started on the fact that my mother wouldn't let me use tampons until I started high school.The good news is that my Monthly Vi...Read More

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The most amazing Secret Santa idea

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vitamin Angels for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.The Christmas before my daughter was born, one of the gals in my office suggested we start an annual Secret Santa tradition in the marketing department, and while I'm not really one for organized ...Read More

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The Absent-Minded Professor

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.Is your husband a little bit out-to-lunch sometimes?Mine is.He has no problem remembering the details of all the deals he's working on, can talk my ear off for HOURS about boring stuff like Reits and bonds and financial arbitrage (I don...Read More

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The worst wife in the whole world

While we were shopping at one of the outlet malls in Las Vegas over the Christmas holidays, my husband and I decided to split up for an hour so we could quickly tackle the stuff on our wish lists while our 3-year-old was happily sitting in her stroller playing with her Dora the Explorer magnet set.B...Read More

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The secret to making mom friends

Last Wednesday was a really important day in the Ryan household.Our little girl graduated from preschool!Of course, she's returning to preschool in the Fall, but as she's progressing to the next level of the program, she still got a graduation cap (which she refused to wear) and a diploma (which she...Read More

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Dated : 2021-03-31 21:23:40