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I’m going to say something that you already know, but seems important to reiterate occasionally: You only have now. Like this very moment. The past is over and the future hasn’t yet happened so you literally have this moment we’re in (thank you for spending it reading this post, btw). Yet, how often do we […]

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Have you ever had that slightly desperate feeling while at dinner with friends (or in line at the grocery store or coffee shop or wherever) where you start to think you might not have the funds to cover what you’re doing? I can remember sitting with friends in a gorgeous locale and not being able […]

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How’re you gals holding up? I just want to start this post by saying, I am here for you.  I mean that so sincerely. I don’t want any of us to feel alone and part of what’s keeping me going right now is showing up for you. So, tell me in the comments or by […]

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Right before I started putting out my Rock Star Challenge newsletter, I was absolutely crippled with uncertainty. I find this happens a lot, right before I’m about to do something meaningful – fear will step in and tell me I need to clean out my house, lie on my bed all day, catch up on […]

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Can we stop for a quick sec? I want to let you know right now how grateful I am that you are taking the time out of your day to read this, to give me the opportunity to make a living doing something I am passionate about, and for caring enough to teach your kids […]

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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY CUTIES AND THEIR #100DAYSOFSUNSHINE A couple of years ago, I was behind a soldier in line at Chipotle and he was having some trouble getting his credit cards to work. One after another, they were handed back to him and I could sense his rising panic, but I couldn’t figure out if […]

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Here’s the thing about Mom Life: If you’re scared or uncertain, it is incredibly easy to get distracted and/or sidetracked. There are invariably an infinite number of things that legitimately need doing and no one’s going to question you sorting out the shed or finally hanging photos (they’re just going to be relieved they don’t […]

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In case you missed it, I’m going to be sharing one hot tip a week for how to have more fun in super-easy ways that will work FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. #nopressure ???? Um, are you working really hard? Yeah. Me too. And sometimes I feel like there’s so little time in my days that […]

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Listen, you need more fun in your life. I say this with confidence because I have yet to meet a mom (or person) who’s like, “Aww, thanks, but I’m actually totally full up in the fun department. I just can’t take another night out with the ladies and the idea of a side-splitting laugh makes […]

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If you guys have been around here at all, you know I believe the fastest route to joy is staying in the moment. If you’re buried in your phone, lost in your head with worry, constantly distracted by to do lists, it’s hard to connect in a deep way with life and the others around […]

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It’s a NEW YEAR! Oh man, you guys, I know I’m not the only one who is not sorry to see the backside of 2016, which is not something I normally feel. But, last year was a toughie. We lost several people we love, our family endured a traumatic event that shook our beliefs and […]

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When I was twenty I traveled with the group Up With People, which consisted of 150 kids from different countries, running around Europe and the States, doing community service and a Broadway-style show. The year was heavily focused on experiencing other people’s viewpoints – we stayed with close to 90 different host families all over […]

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This post has been such a long time coming and I must have started it 45 different times, but words can’t fully capture these past few months so I’ve decided to stop trying and just be here with you all now. I know when my heart and mind have settled a bit (and I can figure out […]

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I’ve always had a tendency to make things harder than they need to be (it’s the perfectionist in me that secretly thinks I’m still being graded on life). My very wise life coach once pointed out that not everything has to be done to the level of 10 – lots of things (folding towels or even answering […]

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Obviously with it being the New Year there are a ton of posts floating around on how to lose those last few stubborn pounds or how to make this the year you finally get healthy, and that is all well and good. But, what about the other side of the coin? What about those of us gals […]

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Merry Christmas, you guys! And a very Happy New Year Year! We’re closing in on the big day and the excitement around here is off the charts (the kids have taken to spontaneous screaming, which is hilarious and heart attack inducing every single time). We have big plans to relax with family and eat ridiculous […]

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Lately, I’ve noticed I spend most of my day hurrying everyone along. Sometimes it’s for an actual reason – we have to get to school and since mornings consist of putting on shoes “all by myself”, throwing toys into the toilet, pouring cereal all over the floor, and refusing to wear anything that is not in the dirty clothes, things sometimes […]

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Happy New Year! Am I still allowed to say that? Did everyone have an excellent holiday season? Ours was alternately totally magical (yeah for kids!) and totally sick (which, I won’t bore you with the details, but know there was a time I morosely hobbled over to gaze out a window and thought “I will never be well […]

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Things have been a little quiet around here because we have all been really sick. Like pneumonia sick.  Let’s let that sink in for a moment. I had PNEUMONIA. When I first got sick, I could tell everyone was thinking I was being overly dramatic because I honestly could barely get out of bed. Can I […]

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OMG, you guys. I AM SO BUSY.* There are sales to shop, lists to make, cookies to bake, and a whole lot of gossip to catch up on. No offense, but blogging just isn’t going to fit in my totally hectic sched. So, have a wonderful weekend and I’ll meet you back here on Monday to […]

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I’ve mentioned my daughter is more than a little princess-obsessed and while I’ve made my peace with it and now am along for the (carriage) ride, it doesn’t stop me from trying to infiltrate her brain with non-princess-related ideas and attempt to make our playtime a little less royal. She, obviously, does tons of things that are […]

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When I was a life coach… (Oh, you didn’t know I’ve had just about every job out there? Some time I will list them all out for you and you will shake your head in disbelief; for now, know pedi-cabber, postal worker, and yearbook salesperson are just the beginning.) Anyway, when I was a life coach, we […]

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The other day I was at the coffee shop, chatting the with gal at the register and she mentioned that her mom’s name is also Kara. I said that is so interesting because I haven’t met many people from our mom’s generation named Kara. The poor gal looked at me like I’d just grown three heads and […]

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Oh hello! Fancy seeing you here. Can you believe summer is almost over? I keep thinking it’s about mid-June and there’s still so much I want to do! For us, this summer was one heckuva ride and I honestly just kinda held my breath and tried to roll with it; there’s a small part of me that’s relieved […]

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You know how you don’t know how badly you need a vacation until you’re actually on one? That is totally what happened to us. I thought we were doing really well and truckin’ along like normal people, but turns out that not sleeping for the past ten months has taken a bit of a toll. […]

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It’s sunny, feels like Spring, and it’s Friday. I’m thinking impromptu ice cream sundae party – anyone else in? Happy weekend! Sometimes I write other places too.  These gifts were for Valentine’s Day, but I bet they’d work just fine right now too. Um, I love the Internet: -I should probably wear this necklace for Alice until […]

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I may have mentioned I take my New Year’s resolutions pretty seriously, mainly because they’ve had a real impact on changing my life. Last year’s was no exception. Having a baby means a lot of family time – we started to get to know Bennett, we saw almost all of Chris’ and my family numerous […]

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Alice’s favorite dance song comes on (“Accidentally in Love” from Shrek, if you must know) and suddenly all four of us are jumping, swinging our arms, twisting our hips, and singing in a way which most certainly alarmed the neighbors, all thoughts of “to dos”, “need tos” and “should haves” suspended for a moment of […]

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Okay, so I haven’t been around, but, you guys, I have a very good reason. I had our baby! Woo hoo! Without further ado (there’ll be much more of that later), I’d like to introduce you all to Bennett Derek Hawes, who was born two weeks ago and is turning out to be quite the […]

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Last night I almost burned the house down. And not in a “Ha, ha, she almost burned the house down” way (although is there ever really a “ha, ha way” to burn your house down?);  it was more like a “holy shit, we’re lucky to have somewhere to sleep tonight” way. Basically I was cooking […]

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I can be a bit of a junk show about a lot of things, but the one place I do not mess around is with my New Year’s resolutions. I don’t vow to finally lose those last ten (fine, fifteen) pounds or suddenly keep my house spotless or buy less shoes because, honestly, it always […]

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When I was pregnant with Alice I moved to my own planet. I decided that my life was not going to change at all, books/friends/random strangers on the street with all your “opinions” be damned. Case in point, I made a big deal of the fact I wasn’t going to need maternity clothes; larges would […]

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Have I told you about my moms’ group? The one that saved my sanity when I had a two month old, one friend, and talking to myself just wasn’t cutting it anymore? I cannot emphasis enough how integral these ladies are to my mental health – nobody can talk/analyze/laugh/empathize more than moms who are going […]

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Things have been a little bit hectic around here lately – I have some ridiculously awesome projects with some ridiculously awesome ladies coming up that I’ll be sharing very soon (woo hoo!) and it’s been Fun Project Central around here. So pretty much I just wanted to check in and tell you all that I’m […]

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Oh man, you guys, I am trying to figure this all out. Puh-lease, tell me I’m not the only one whose house looks like it’s been ransacked by thieves who decided they’d pass on anything Elmo. I can literally count fourteen different piles of junk from where I’m sitting and I can pretty much guarantee […]

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I was writing a post about my upcoming trip to Colorado when I heard the news coming out of my hometown, Aurora. It feels too close to home and home suddenly feels too far away. Anything I write today feels trite so I’m going to take the day to giggle a little extra with Alice, […]

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The other day we were on our way to Target (for the millionth time this week) when I made a split-second decision. There’s a little seaside town about ten miles from my house called Pacifica where everyone goes to surf – I’ve never been but always wondered about it and guess what I did? Yep, […]

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When my mom was teaching school in the early 70s she was a seriously foxy mama – we’re talking mini dresses with white platform boots and a perfect hair flip every day just to stand in front of a bunch of 11-year olds. And then she had me and while I think she probably kept up her […]

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This morning Chris woke me up and asked if I thought “Babragoon Chondlestein” would be a good name for our next kid. It’s not quite as good as last month’s “Rogan Josh” but I think I like it better than “Poodle Grifter Hawes.” We’ve, obviously, got important stuff to do around here today. Have a […]

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