The Mid-May Slide (aka Senioritis for Elementary School)

3In September I was ALL into making healthy lunches. I used little tiny cookie cutters to cut cucumber into appealing shapes, I made quinoa, I introduced a new food each week. My lunchboxes were a rainbow hued, fresh food, nutrient packed testament to that feeling you get when starting a new year. You know the one, the clean notebook and brand spanking new sneakers feeling. The one where the hum of sharpening pencils is in the air and you think “THIS IS THE YEAR!!!!”. The excitement of a fresh new chapter, new school clothes, new friends, new teacher, new you. Forget January 1st, September is the real fresh start.

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The Parenting Advice I Hate to Give

dandelionsEven before you give birth, advice is doled out to you freely, whether you are receptive to it or not. Everything from how to feed your baby, how to swaddle it or diaper it or look at it or hold it, it’s all heaped on you left and right, along with tips and tricks and product recommendations. Most of it is good natured. Some is not.

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Last Day for Mother’s Day Giveaways!

GIVEAWAYSYou have till 5pm today (Friday, May 8th) to enter the Mamatoga Mother’s Day Giveaways! One winner for each giveaway (five winners total) will be chosen at random today at 5pm and will be notified via email. Click the links below to enter, and good luck! Thank you to the local businesses that donated these great gifts!

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Silverwood Initial Necklace and $25 Gift Card
Mom’s Night Out for Two from Healthy Living Market and Cafe
Happy Mommy Mug
Monogrammed Wine Glass
Bundle of Goodies from The Bundle Store

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Mamatoga Mother’s Day Giveaway #6: Win a Bundle from The Bundle Store ***giveaways now closed***

season ending_saleI’m not going to give you a list of tips on how to relax, we all know HOW to do it, the question is WHEN?! Instead, Amber from The Bundle Store is going to give you some lovely little relaxation helpers to have on hand for when that moment comes that OMG THE KIDS ARE ALL ASLEEP I CAN TAKE A BATH (plus a gorgeous little accessory especially for nursing moms).

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I Mean, Parents Can’t be Expected to Know EVERYTHING…

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Mamatoga Mother’s Day Giveaway #5: Monogrammed Wine Glass

wine &***giveaways now closed*** I love monograms, and I’m also a pretty big fan of wine, so monogrammed wine glasses are really sort of perfect in my eyes. There’s something about having something all your own, especially something that you can reserve for those rare moments when you can actually unwind, watch what YOU want to watch on TV (no cartoon animals saving the day here, folks), and just carve out a little quiet time. With wine. Did I mention the wine?

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Mamatoga Book Review: “Where Do Our Baby Teeth Go?” from Mighty Twenty

YafanaI’m a multitasker by nature, as a mom of four it is pretty much a job requirement, which is why I fell in love with this little Tooth Fairy book by Mighty Twenty called “Where Do Our Baby Teeth Go?”, because it’s a story book, a keepsake, and kids actually learn something, all in one adorably illustrated package. Bonus points? It makes my kids want to brush their teeth, score!

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“Kids don’t stay with you if you do it

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Mamatoga Mother’s Day Giveaway #4: Win a Happy Mommy Mug ***giveaways now closed***

Mamatoga(5)Sometimes the little things in life make you smile, and that couldn’t be more true than it is with me and my Happy Mommy Mug from Happy Mommy Box. I am a coffee drinker (BIG TIME) and this is my go to mug every day, and every day it makes me feel good, even on those days when I don’t really feel like a Happy Mommy. Besides being a perfect size for those larger cups of coffee (16oz.) it’s just a simple reminder that even with all the trials and tribulations and tantrums and lack of sleep, being a mom is what makes me the happiest in life.

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