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Thank You to the moms who got me through-     Part 1

Thank You to the moms who got me through- Part 1 "The New Mom Years"

Posted Nov 10th, 2019 in Family

People come in and out of your life at different times for different reasons. I’d like to change that first word to “Moms." Yes, Moms come in and out of our lives at different times for different reasons. It was 13 years ago and I was sitting at my kitchen table, our son Anthony was 2 and our daughter Gianna was just born. My husband and I had lived 4 hours from family. I had no one. I felt alone. My husband had recently taken a new position and he was working what felt like 20 hours a da...

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Here's why your girl needs to thank the

Here's why your girl needs to thank the "mean girl."

Posted Oct 9th, 2019 in Family

So you daughter walks in, hands you her phone to look at and cries, "MOM! They are doing it again!"  Pranking, comments, teaming up, taking pics of texts and showing others. Trying to alienate your girl. And now you are pissed. I mean really mad. So much that you want to walk into that school and go all WWE on this girl, her little friends and her little dog too. Calm down mama and listen up. I was there. This is probably the best thing that could ever happen to your girl. She is now pr...

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I'm an addict and I hope my kids are too!

I'm an addict and I hope my kids are too!

Posted Sep 4th, 2019 in Family

DOPE...... Probably one of the best songs and drugs I have ever listened to and taken in my life! ("She's Dope" to be exact by BBD) I hated drugs, I used think they kill people but I love DOPE. I had always liked DOPE but I wanted more. A lot more. Like TONS!  Ok, hold your horses. Did I get you? LOL. I hope so. Almost like when you call an answering machine and it sounds like a real person and you are talking back until you hear the beep and you think...DAMN..... they got me! It's ha...

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My kids laid around a lot this summer and I'm OK with it! (Insert Eyeroll!)

My kids laid around a lot this summer and I'm OK with it! (Insert Eyeroll!)

Posted Jul 29th, 2019 in Family

Have you ever "Unscheduled" your summer? It was a first for us. And I have to say the pros out-weighed the cons. Don't get me wrong, sitting around can cause some arguments. (And it has...just last night!) Typically, We are an active family. I mean REALLY active. From sunrise to sunset we are moving. I rarely sit. So much that when I do sit, the kids ask me if I am sick. Not kidding!

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Dear Daughter, be THAT girl.....3 Tips for more Self-Confidence

Dear Daughter, be THAT girl.....3 Tips for more Self-Confidence

Posted Jul 20th, 2019 in Family

Hey Mama......Check out these scenarios: 2 friends try out for a sports team. 2 friends try out for a play. 2 friends take the same exam. The other girl, not yours, makes the team, gets the role and aces her exam. Are you happy for her? Is your girl happy for her? Do you have any resentment or a bit of jealously?

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Dear Daughter, let me check your followers.....

Dear Daughter, let me check your followers.....

Posted Jul 6th, 2019 in Family

Me: "What is in his pants?"  "Is that?"  "Why is her shirt almost at her boobs?"  Still Me: "Is she trying to get a deal wth Sports Illustrated SwimSuit Edition." I just can't. So I want to share my story with all of this in the hopes of helping just one mama and daughter out there. We have been trying social media and I HATE IT. For me, I'd rather just not let them have it. But then my "brother from another mother" (joke!) said to me: "Here's the thing Nicole, go through it with her. G

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Well Checks and Growth Charts---You picked the wrong mama!

Well Checks and Growth Charts---You picked the wrong mama!

Posted Jun 17th, 2019 in Family

"They are perfect," I say in a stern voice making eye contact with the nurse practitioner. She turns her computer my way to look at her fancy growth chart graphs and I repeat in a different way, "Looks like they are exactly where they are suppose to be!" She looks at me and gets my "subtle" hint. You see, I don't care what those charts say. I H-A-T-E those charts. Any of you feel the same? Rewind 30+ years ago. Every year, the Dr. would say the same thing to my mother, "Lorraine, the c

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Some girls just don't mix......and it's ok.

Some girls just don't mix......and it's ok.

Posted Jun 10th, 2019 in Family

I can still hear my mom singing that song to me. I was a Brownie and I can remember sitting in the church basement for my meeting with my little brown dress and bonnet with those bobby pins dug into my head because my hair was so thin. (On a side note, one year I sold the most cookies, I forgot what I won but I knocked on every door and my mom delivered every single last box with me. I had bragging rights that year.) Here's a huge lesson I want for my daughter: We will not do "Flavor o

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Yep....I make their lunch, breakfast and will bring in their HW if they forgot it...

Yep....I make their lunch, breakfast and will bring in their HW if they forgot it...

Posted Jun 2nd, 2019 in Family

Original rules we set as parents:

You can forget your homework once and I will bring it but then that's it, after that, you are out of luck.

Forgot your shoes for practice?...too bad, run barefoot. (this actually...

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The Naples made history. Yours can too (LOL). Unless you are perfect!

The Naples made history. Yours can too (LOL). Unless you are perfect!

Posted May 29th, 2019 in Family

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Can you believe this freaking happened?  Picture it, Anthony, 10:39pm, our room on a school night, antagonizing Gino and Paul is furious. I let it go because I know in a few years I will miss this. 3 Years and Anthony is off to college. And if you know goofy Anthony, you know that he is freaking hysterical. I mean so funny that when even when Paul and G are mad at him they can't help but break out into a laugh! 

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