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My name is Jess, and I'm an alcoholic. I quit drinking to be a better mom. I had a tumultuous relationship with alcohol, from the first sip at sixteen. I was excited to drink, all butterflies and pink cheeks. I...

Let’s Encourage Funny Girls

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My six-year-old daughter is a funny girl. She makes silly faces, she does wacky voices, she improvises goofy songs. She learned a knock-knock joke recently and told it to me during breakfast one morning. It’s an old one that...
When my little family lived in North Carolina, one thing I ALWAYS looked forward to in our visits "home" to Milwaukee was a morning (or five) at Colectivo Coffee Roasters. I love everything about Colectivo: the coffee, the atmosphere, the...

The Prize in the Box

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Dear Moms of the Interwebs,  This is a true story, I swear to you. I am writing it anonymously mostly to protect my someday teenage children from the humiliation of Googling their mother's name and finding a horror story about...
As children, we learn friends are very important. Relationships and connections are just as important as we grow, however, adult friendships can be harder to maintain. Adulting, especially parenthood, comes with new responsibilities, priorities and time commitments. As any mom can...
“Hey! Ladies first!” the mom yelled at the boy. We were on the playground, and her 3-year-old son was crowding my 4-year-old daughter at the bottom of a ladder. Nothing big, just two kids nudging each other out of the...
I still remember the season of motherhood where I had four jobs. FOUR. All at the same time. My three kids would be in childcare or preschool during the day while I worked my part-time day job (with no benefits)...
I saw a cutie pie and her momma in the Denver airport a few weeks ago. Something about this princess reminded me a bit of my daughters twenty years ago when they would get excited about the simplest, yet...
I confess, I have an extremely short fuse.  I "lose it" on my family (specifically, my children) much more than I would care to admit. I explode. I express my frustrations. I yell. I know it's bound to happen. Friends...

I Will Always Want A Baby

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A funny thing happens when you take the plunge and start having kids: the unending comments begin. When you’re pregnant, comments like, “Are you sure you’re not having twins? Are you feeling ok?” and “You’re huge!” are merely a...

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Milwaukee Area Summer Camp Guide

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Welcome to the 2020 Milwaukee Area Summer Camp Guide! Though it’s the dead of winter, it can be hard to get our heads around the...

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