As a mother of two daughters, my parenting goals are to raise self-sufficient women who display integrity and compassion, who live happy and fulfilling lives, and who share and value a strong family bond.  Sometimes I lose sight of those goals when I am waist deep in the...
Do you want to be a part of the Orlando Moms Blog team? We are looking for local moms to join our team! Our team of moms inspire, encourage, support, inform, and simply share this journey of motherhood we’re all navigating together. They are moms...
Dear kiddo in care, I can't wait to hear you tell your story.  To tell it in your own words, without fear or shame.  No tears, no quavering voice, no trembling chin.  I know your story, but I look forward...
Naseeb, kismet, vidhi, whatever you choose to call it, the meaning is the same in every language - destiny or fate. This is Women's History Month, coinciding with International Women's Day on the 8th of March. I hadn't intended on writing...
The alarm buzzes on the alarm clock of my life: “Standardized testing time!” I search desperately for a snooze button, to no avail. It’s time. Put on your big girl panties, your sparring gear, and your supermom cape (in...
With re-registration happening all around me this time of year, I couldn't help but remember two years ago when I was stressing out about finding the “perfect” daycare fit for our son Everett. It weighed heavy on my mind for weeks,...

Breast is Best. Right?

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So here’s the thing. Breastfeeding? It was kinda horrific for me. Eleven years ago, my daughter was born three weeks early. Not premature, but tiny and without the sucking reflex. However, I knew the value of breast milk. I determined...
It often feels like blog after blog addresses the same issues: mom guilt, a need to encourage other moms, failing to get it all done, the importance of setting our kids up to feel amazing about themselves (ever notice what a...

5 cardinal rules for brunch

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If you're lucky, once in a blue moon you will find yourself free on a Sunday morning to brunch with your mom-friends, your extended family or even possibly just your husband! Sunday being the new Saturday, here are a...

Remember why you run.

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I ran my first half marathon last week. Crossing that finish line, was the most exhilarating experience of my life. I would not call myself a runner, by any stretch of the imagination. I'm more of a cat stretch, yoga...
Writing about this is some kind of therapy for me, because I don't feel like I can talk about this to many people...if anyone. I've got friends with kids and I've got friends who don't have kids. The latter...

“Like A Girl”

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Proctor and Gamble's #LikeAGirl commercial aired during Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show, coincidentally (or maybe not) the only part of the Superbowl that most tween girls probably watched.  The commercial presents a series of video snippets of men, women, and one young boy demonstrating what...
I had dinner with friends on a school night, leaving the Tuesday evening chaos for my husband to handle.  I came home to find homework done, and the girls showered and ready for bed.  Classical music was playing on Pandora....

The Mom Purse

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I ordered this cute little crossbody bag for myself late in the evening on Cyber Monday.  It looks great in my closet.  I'm sure I'll have an occasion to use it sometime soon, but most days I carry a "Mom...
Past a certain age, some people would prefer to have their birthday pass without notice. Not me.  I embrace my special day.  In fact, I love birthdays so much that in our family we celebrate twice a year, on...

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The guide to the BEST ice cream in Central Florida!

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National Ice Cream Day is July 18th and that means it's time to to try the BEST ice cream in Central Florida! We polled our...
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