Author Archive | Allison Smith

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I’m Not the Mom I Used to Be

The other day I found myself in a rare moment out and about with only one of my kids. I was enjoying an afternoon of shopping without chasing three boys in three different directions. As I returned the shopping cart, I scooped up my sweet two-year-old and pulled him in close. I just stood there […]

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The Parenting Advice You Do Need

With the sea of information provided to parents in this age of social media, it is hard to know what advice you should listen to. Not to mention all the unsolicited advice you can receive from the well-meaning stranger in the grocery store. I remember feeling overwhelmed with all the do’s and don’ts in my […]

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The Birthday Cakes I’ll Never Make

I should be baking a birthday cake. That is the thought that starts repeating in my mind as soon as my eyes blink open every year on July 20th. The same thing happens again every year on August 5th.  One of my favorite things to do with my boys for their birthdays is to help […]

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He’s Not the Man I Married Anymore

My husband and I recently celebrated 15 years of marriage. I spent some time on our anniversary morning looking at our wedding photos. I found myself trying to remember what we were like at 18 and 19 years old, when we vowed to love and cherish each other for all the days of our life. […]

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I’ll Try Again Tomorrow

Do you ever have those days when everything just works out right? When you leave the house on time, the kids play together nicely all day, and you even get all the laundry folded and put away. You crawl into bed at the end of the day thinking, “man I am crushing this whole mom […]

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Vacation Without The Kids

As my husband and I approached our 15th wedding anniversary, we started thinking about how we had never really taken a vacation without our kids.  In the nine years we had been parents we had never left for more than a night or two, and hadn’t gone more than a few hundred miles away. The […]

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I Was a Perfect Mom Too…Before I Had Kids

One day my Facebook feed was full of pictures of my friends taking their kids out for Unicorn Frappuccinos from Starbucks. I have to be honest and say at first I had no idea what it was. I’m just not a Starbucks fan (gasp, I know!) so I hadn’t even heard that it was a […]

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