Katie

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Katie is a children’s book author, freelance copywriter, and legal assistant still waiting for the parenting manual to arrive. She lives with her husband, Ryan, and their two kids in the Riverview area of Tampa. Katie received her BA in English from the University of South Florida and has published two children's books. In her “spare” time (you know, those found minutes between work, family, and sleep), she writes about her experiences as a new mom in her blog, Babies, Boobs, and Blowouts: A New Mom’s Journey. Find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

You Know You’re a Mom of Toddlers When…

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your longest stretch of uninterrupted sleep was in a toddler bed... you have 2 weeks' worth of clean laundry strewn about your house... you turn sandwiches into animals/shapes/letters in the hopes that your kid will at least...

10 Food Ideas for Picky Toddlers

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My daughter is 2 1/2 years old. In the world of toddler-rearing, this means many things. But when it comes to food, it means she's more likely to adorn her face with cheese than to...

Date Night: Pre- and Post-Kids

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Do you know one of the quickest ways to determine whether a couple has children without asking? (You know, aside from looking at their ankles and seeing them.) It's whether they call it "Friday"...

The Monster and the Mom: Part 2

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(In case you missed it, read Part 1 of "The Monster and the Mom" here.) Several hours passed in a crawling, swirling, fog of whines, demands, giggles, and pokes until a much larger human poked his...

Short Story: The Monster and the Mom

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She heard the sound instantly; the baby was up. The siren-like screech darted across the house and echoed through the monitor. Her feet hit the floor, but she didn't feel the worn carpet between her...

From “New Mom” to “Mom”: When Does It Happen?

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So maybe it's not an "age-old" question, but it's still a good one: when do you go from being a "new mom" to just being a "mom"? At what point do we transition from...

Mommy Wars: What Are We Teaching Our Children?

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By now, we've all heard the phrase "Mommy Wars". But what comes to mind when you hear it? Do you picture a clique of judgmental women scoffing at another mom on the playground? Maybe...

Secret New Mom Truths

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Do you ever wonder how some moms just seem to have this parenting thing down? Whether you're the pajama-wearing mom half-asleep in the grocery store or the career-driven diva with a baby on the...

Dear New Mom – You’re Doing Great!

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Dear New Mom, You're doing great. Really. I know you don't believe me, but I wish you would. I know how you feel. Stressed. Overwhelmed. Tired. So tired. Painfully tired. I'm talking, crying alongside your...

5 Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

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We're moms; we don't get busy - we live in a constant state of oh-my-gosh-how-am-I-going-to-get-everything-done? The key thing to remember is this: you will never "get it all done". Chances are you won't accomplish everything...