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I didn't tell

I didn’t tell

Let me start by saying that this isn’t a politically inspired post. What it is is a long overdue post. A post I first considered writing back when Bill Cosby’s accusers (victims) started publicly speaking out, and the most common question early on wasn’t: “How could he do something so horrible?” Instead the question people […]

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My kid failed today, so I gave her a piece of my mind!

My kid failed today, so I gave her a piece of my mind!

When I picked up my 6th grader from school today, she got in the car and immediately started sobbing. “Matea, sweetie, what’s wrong?” “I got a really bad grade on my math test. REALLY bad!” Math. Her favorite subject. The subject she’s been getting A’s in. She was so disappointed in herself. It was the […]

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A Promise to his Stepchildren

A Promise to his Stepchildren

  I could write sappily about my husband for days, but I’ll spare you the eye-rolling and nausea and keep this short (“short” being subjective). You’re welcome. My husband rocks. He came into my life when I was a single mom with two young kids. (You can read more about that here.) He is the greatest […]

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Broken but not worthless

Broken but not worthless

  I was sad. Understatement. I was depressed. Depressed, as in my doctor suggested all kinds of pills, depressed. Depressed, as in my friends were a little more than worried about me, depressed. Depressed, as in I gained 20 pounds in one month, depressed. You know you’re a mess when your doctor is handing you […]

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Eleven bucks later, the best Valentine's Day ever!

Eleven bucks later, the best Valentine’s Day ever!

A few years ago for Valentine’s Day, I told my husband I’d like to take him out. I asked him to wear his best suit, and told him I’d be wearing a gown. We had a reservation at a very nice restaurant. But really we had a “reservation” at Del Taco, my husband’s favorite fast […]

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To My Children (And All Children) After Yet Another Terrorist Attack…

To My Children (And All Children) After Yet Another Terrorist Attack…

I wish I could fix it. I wish I could fix the broken, hurting parts of this world you are growing up in. I wish I could shield you from the hatred and sadness and fear that we sometimes see. I wish I could tell you that it’s all just a bad dream and the […]

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Dear future daughter-in-law...

Dear future daughter-in-law…

Dear future daughter-in-law, I don’t want to screw this up! I really, really don’t. My oldest son came out to me as “straight” a few years ago, and he’s a real romantic who has mentioned on numerous occasions that he’d love to be married someday. This would eventually make me a mother-in-law to you, my […]

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Coming out...

Coming out…

My son was a hyper, silly 10-year-old with a sharp wit and deep thoughts. Both a joy and a pain in the butt to raise. I loved him to pieces—still do—and have learned that often the child that challenges us the most as parents also teaches us the most. One particular afternoon, a day no […]

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The Three Most Important Words I Can Say To My Child

The Three Most Important Words I Can Say To My Child

It was another one of those stressful mornings. Everybody was running late, one of the dogs peed in the kitchen, the other threw up on the carpet, the littlest kid was cranky from teething, the middle one couldn’t find her shoes, and the oldest one was taking forever to eat his breakfast because apparently my […]

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Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding in Public

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Philip

Philip

I remember when I first started having feelings for my now husband. The stronger the feelings got, the more I fought them. After a rough divorce a couple of years prior, I was done with this whole love thing. I was perfectly content with my personal romance with cynicism, and I wasn’t going to allow […]

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Fun, Strict Parenting

Fun, Strict Parenting

Let me preface this with a few disclaimers, because I’m reeeeeally good with disclaimers, and when writing, you should always start with your strong point. My strongest points in life are self-deprecation and disclaimers. I know. I’m quite a catch. Here we go… I make parenting mistakes. Daily! Usually smaller ones, sometimes huge ones. I’m […]

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Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

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Mother-in-Law

Mother-in-Law

The first time my then boyfriend (now husband), Philip, took me to Florida to meet his parents, Lou and Judy, I told him on the flight there that sometime during the week, I’d like to have a frank conversation with his mom. I was planning on waiting to talk to her until the end of […]

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It's a new day, it's a new life...

It’s a new day, it’s a new life…

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Tenth Birthday!

Tenth Birthday!

My son turned ten last month (on August 11th), which I still don’t fully understand. I think someone is playing a sick joke on me. I mean, I just gave birth to the kid! Like yesterday. The pain and joy and pain and nerves and excitement and pain of that day is still so vivid. […]

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Step Dad

Step Dad

(Guest post by Philip Crocco, Kristina’s husband.) I still remember the day I met her. I still remember how beautiful she was and how the whole room seemed to stop when she walked in. I remember the time leading up to us dating and the energy she was so full of all the time. I […]

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Yeah, but ...

Yeah, but …

I have a tendency to be a pessimist. I’ve had to fight that my entire life. I don’t naturally find the bright side, but I’ve learned to look for it and to find it even when it seems impossible. This has probably been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, though I […]

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Birthdays and Puppies and Cakes … Oh my!

Birthdays and Puppies and Cakes … Oh my!

I am obsessed with birthdays!  So obsessed in fact, that when my firstborn turned 6 months old I decided to start a tradition of celebrating half birthdays. From then on, every time my kids’ half birthdays roll around, I make them half a cake, and we sing half of the Happy Birthday song. We don’t […]

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Nutella Pecan Pie

Nutella Pecan Pie

The list of things I’m thankful for is very, very long… my kids, my husband, my friends, the man who invented Nutella, my home, vodka, and on and on and on. As a parent, I have to admit that high on that gratitude list is also the fact that when I’m having a parenting tantrum, […]

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