Kindergartener: “Mama, I have a boyfriend.” Me: “Who is it?” Kindergartener: “Bryce.” Me: “How do you know he is your boyfriend?” Kindergartener: “He kissed me on the cheek.” Me: (Raised eyebrows)“No more kisses at school. Got it?” Valentine’s Day card exchanges at school spark conversations...
If you’re showing up late to the Galentine’s Day party with me, here is the gist: It is an unofficial holiday on February 13 (or 14) for girlfriends celebrating girlfriends. You leave your men and children at home and...
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Before I begin, I should let you know that I’m a dad. So, what’s a dad doing writing on a mom’s blog anyway? Well, I feel like I have had something rolling around in my head that I want...
I love baking. It is hands down one of my favorite holiday activities. Admittedly I don’t love baking with my kids. I tend to be neurotic about cookies that aren’t equal or perfectly round; or overflowing cups of flour...
I remember looking at my oldest within the hours and days after she was born and thinking, "I never want anyone to hurt this sweet little girl's feelings." Was this a weird, random, emotional thought of a hormonal new mom?...
What is a Comfort circle? I have my own definition of what this means for me. To me, it means pushing myself to explore other social and professional relationships. This summer I opened my own business. This venture into...
DON’T STAN MY APPEARANCE Don’t stalk my body image. Boundaries are cool. Things that are off boundaries? Body shaming and judging appearances. Don’t judge a fellow mom friend for what she wears or how much she weighs. This says...
I came to an interesting realization recently. My best friend is a better mom than I am. I’m not saying she loves her children more—but I am saying she has more patience and better parenting techniques than I do. Here’s...
I recently was asked if it was hard to meet other moms because I worked. Friendships as a working mom, short answer- yes. Long answer- it's complicated. We both moved into the neighborhood from other areas, but her hunch...
When you live in the sunshine state, you can count on three things: Amazing weather, weird news stories, and lots of northern visitors. Over time, I have figured out a few things about successful hosting – things that leave...

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Things to do in Tampa for 4th of July

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TBM's guide to patriotic parties all across the bay This Monday, fireworks, barbeques, and sticky, sugary, blue and red covered kids will be popping up...

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