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WAHM: How We Found the Right Work and Child Care Balance for Our Family

Back when Rick and I were just married, before Ricky was born, I had this great idea: I was going to work from home full time with NO HELP once we had kids. An infant can’t be that hard to take care of, right? Looking back, I really can’t believe that either of us were so naive to think that was actually going to work. But after he was born, we tried.

We tried, and tried, and tried. And surprise of all surprises, it didn’t work.

Here’s the thing: no matter how little or…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 29, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Working Out with the Lazy Girl Squats (aka Condense Your Workout and Still Prevent a Saggy Rear)

The other day, I was talking with my friend Rachel about working out – she is a workout queen and always has great tips for how to get a workout done faster or how to really motivate yourself through a great run. My favorite recommendation that she ever gave me (before what I’m going to detail in a minute) was the Zombie Running App. Basically, the app has you start your favorite workout…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 28, 2014 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Blogging Better: What To Do When You Have Writer’s Block

As I delve further and further into the world of freelance writing as part of my career, I find myself encountering something that many writers dread: writer’s block. And it’s honestly one of the most frustrating pieces of my job. Because some days, the creativity just flows, and I feel like I could write fifteen articles in a row, no problem. And then I have days where I really have to push myself to get just one or two pieces done.

I’ve never noticed anything to really…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 27, 2014 at 10:06pm — No Comments

WAHM: 5 Tips to Keep the Kids Occupied While You're Working

So my child, my cheeky little 22 month old, has somehow become smarter than I could have ever possibly imagined as an under-two-year-old. I’m not really sure if that’s just because I had no idea what to expect, or if he’s just incredibly brilliant. But I’m going with the latter because…duh, I’m his mom. And don’t all moms think their kid is basically the smartest thing since sliced bread?

Anyway, the kid is brilliant, I swear.

By 15 months, he figured out how to take apart our…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 25, 2014 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Since we lost our baby, I’ve become a better mom.

I realized something the other day. And it’s not something that made me feel like the most incredible person on the planet, to say the least.

Since we lost Addison, I’ve become a better mom.

Breathe that in for a second. It kind of hurts your heart, doesn’t it? At least, it hurts mine.

Don’t get me wrong – I was a great mom to Ricky before any of this happened. And I can honestly say that without getting a big head, despite how it sounds. But when we lost our baby girl,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 24, 2014 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Losing the Baby Weight: Let’s Get Real

Can we just be real about this for a second? Losing the weight after your second baby is SO MUCH HARDER than it is after your first. After Ricky was born, I fit into my jeans about six weeks after he was born. Sure, things were still pretty jiggly. But I could zip up my jeans with no muffin top.

This time around, it’s been nearly twelve weeks. I’m still using a rubberband to get my jeans to fit correctly. And pulling the rubberband trick when there’s no baby in the belly…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 23, 2014 at 2:49pm — No Comments

#ShopCartons to Save Trees This Month (aka Get a Tree Planted Just for Tweeting!)

ChooseCartons contacted me a couple of weeks ago to share an initiative that they’re running during the month of July to help raise awareness about recycling and food packaging – while planting trees at the same time. Being a household that’s pretty good about recycling (we try our best!) and choosing the eco-friendly option, it seemed like a pretty cool campaign to participate in.

Please note that I was compensated for participating in this campaign. They also planted a tree for me.…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 22, 2014 at 10:01pm — No Comments

We Keep Moving.

Last night I had a mini breakdown. And what triggered it made me feel so guilty. I saw all of these beautiful pregnant mamas all over my Facebook feed. And that’s when it hit me: I should be 36 weeks pregnant. I should be glowing and happy and getting ready to deliver my baby in just a few short weeks via c-section.

August 19th. That’s when it was scheduled for...Continue reading at The Mommyhood Project

Added by Cortney Galster on July 21, 2014 at 10:32pm — No Comments

New Faces at The Mommyhood Project

So remember a couple of weeks ago I said that there are going to be some exciting things going on around here? Ok, maybe I didn’t quite say it like that…but it was implied, right?

Well, in the spirit of moving forward with life, I’ve been looking at everything that I do now, figuring out what I actually love to do and doing more of it. Part of that is being around these parts…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 20, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

This is What Summer Fridays Are All About.

One of my fave things about Fridays: this is my office view...View photos at The Mommyhood Project

Added by Cortney Galster on July 18, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Three Things I Never Expected My Mom Self To Be…And Yet I Am

Before you have kids, you have this vision of who you’ll be when you actually do have kids. You tell yourself that your kids will be perfect, you’ll always have fresh food on the table and sweets will be off limits. That you’ll never fall into the “frumpy mom” category, will have the smartest and most social kid in the class and your life will basically be one blissful moment over and over for the rest of your life, the end.

And then you become a mom. And that moment…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 17, 2014 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Three Things You MUST Do Now if You Want to Own a Successful Blog in a Year

I get emails at least once a week from people asking how they can build a successful blog. So let’s just be honest here for a second – and talk about the stuff that a lot of bloggers don’t want to hear – all of the things that take a lot of work if you really want to make your blog successful. And just to clarify, when we’re talking successful, I’m referring to the type of site that both reaches a lot of people in a positive way AND produces money.

Now, I’m going to preface…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 14, 2014 at 4:56pm — No Comments

The Best Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Summer

Summertime is seriously the best time. I really do love all of the seasons, but even the hot weather haters have to admit that being able to be outside – without seventeen layers of winter clothes – is pretty amazing. And if you’ve got young kids, one of the absolutely, positively, best things about summer is that there’s a never ending list of things that you can do to stay busy.

Here are some of my all time favorite outdoor activities that we’re finally able…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 11, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Life After Loss: Katie's Story

I’m hosting a Life After Loss series to share some of the stories that you all have shared with me. Your stories. Stories to help inspire those who are in the midst of loss and are looking for hope. Personally, I know that a light at the end of the tunnel – even if it’s far away – has been so helpful for what we’ve been through this year. And I hope it’s helpful to some of you, too.

Today’s story comes from my friend Katie* – someone I’ve known since high school – who…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 10, 2014 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Do More of What Makes You Happy

I was talking with a friend the other day and she made this comment about how quickly our life – mine and Rick’s – has evolved and changed over the past few years. Which is absolutely one hundred percent true. But if we’re really being honest, this is just how our life kind of works.

When Rick and I met, we both immediately knew that we were meant to be together. I know that sounds corny – but it’s really how our relationship played out. We were madly in love and spent every free…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 9, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

The Elephant in the Room: Having Another Baby

Once we got over the shock of losing Addison, there was one question that just hammered over and over in my head: what does this mean for the future of our family?

I think initially, I couldn’t imagine the idea of not being pregnant right now. I mean, everything was (obviously) so unexpected, and it was all planned out in my head, and I just couldn’t wrap my head around not having a beautiful baby girl in August.

Slowly – which is a relative term, because the time after…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 7, 2014 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Things I Love: Lucy Activewear

Several weeks ago – like right when we got home from the hospital – Lucy Activewear emailed me to see if I wanted to try out some of their new yoga capris and tanks. Knowing that I needed to start working on my fitness again – and also knowing that I love Lucy to death – I happily said yes. And boy oh boy am I glad that I did.

They sent me some super cute …

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 5, 2014 at 9:24pm — No Comments

7 Reasons Why I Love Costco

Today I was doing a combination of working from home/going to appointments/preparing for the fourth. I know, I try to cram way too much into one day. I’m working on it.

Anyway, my biggest and most important task of the day was to go to Costco for all of our necessities for this weekend. So I thought that going during the day today meant I was being super smart and avoiding the rush. WRONG – it was busier than a regular Saturday! And if you are a shopping-in-bulk fiend like I am, you…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 3, 2014 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Four Ways to Grow Your Audience and Make Money Blogging

Making a living as a blogger went from being a reality for the few and far between to being an actuality (and a serious career) for thousands of people across the country – and you don’t even have to be a professional writer to be successful. There are really three major things you need to do to build your personal blogging brand online:…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 2, 2014 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Prepping for the 4th of July

Happy July friends!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Because I LOVE the Fourth of July. Basically, it’s on the same playing field as Christmas morning. Every year, we go to a family friend’s house to play at the lake. It’s a great time. Plus, it’s warm outside – 80s and sunny is about as perfect a day as we can ask for after such a frigid and brutal winter.

Oh, and one other thing: the festive decor, food, drinks…you name it. A good day with…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 1, 2014 at 5:34pm — No Comments

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