Archive for February 2013

The Muffin Top Years: "Tighter" Not Always Better

By Tracy Jensen, Parenting Without A Parachute contributor A few months ago, I got invited to a networking event. My excitement at the idea to get out amongst people over three feet tall quickly withered into smacking my head against the keyboard… Upon closer reading, I discovered this event was at a club. A swanky... Read more »

Stretch Marks Revealed (PHOTO)

I have no problem embarrassing myself whether on accident or on purpose. It seemed only natural for me to go one step further and capture the image of my stretch marks and display them online for everyone on God’s green internet to see. I’m just not embarrassed about the fact that my life isn’t perfect... Read more »

Minivan = Mom Identity Crisis

Minivan = Mom Identity Crisis
It all started a few weeks ago when we bought a crib for the new baby. We were so excited to find a great deal until we realized that the huge crib box would not fit into my husband’s mid-size sedan. Crap. Again we are calling good friends to help us deliver a large purchase,... Read more »
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Mommy Guilt: Play With My Kids or Play With My iPhone?

by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor There have been a few articles and blog posts making the Facebook rounds recently, addressing the evils of the iPhone or other similar cellular devices.  Have you read them? 
I stumbled across the first one a few months ago, and the author’s words coaxed me into a... Read more »

Second Pregnancy = Soda and Brown Meat

Second Pregnancy = Soda and Brown Meat
When women are excitedly pregnant with their first child, they don’t mind turning down offers of roller derby lessons and raw meat sandwiches. They are excited to say, “I’m sorry. I can’t join you. I’M PREGNANT!!!!” I’m currently pregnant with my second child and I couldn’t be feeling more the opposite. This past weekend was... Read more »

My Birth Plan...that’s not a birth plan.

My Birth Plan...that’s not a birth plan.
Well, I’ve successfully made it through my second trimester and as I coast into my third, the “birth plan” is a common topic among the girls in my prenatal classes. Because my mom is a labor and delivery nurse, I am aware of what labor and delivery is really like. It was literally dinner talk... Read more »
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Growing Up: I love apples, so I will become a teacher.

Growing Up: I love apples, so I will become a teacher.
Over the years I have wrestled with one main question: What do I want to be when I grow-up?  Yes, even though I am a grown-up by chronological standards, I am still eager to learn.  I am eager to become a professional something and be proud of what I do to make money.  I am... Read more »