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I'm not writing. Which is weird because I just attended a panel at MOM 2.0 Summit entitled "Writing Through Hard Times". The thing is, you can't always write through everything in public. I have a thing about airing dirty laundry, there are tons of things I keep to myself. This has been one of them but for the sake of honesty I think I should at least say I'm still here. I just can't write through this. 

Divorce can be super easy, or so I hear. I wouldn't really know. It is not an easy road right now and I can't talk about any of it.  Just like when you are getting married or having a baby, getting a divorce is a huge life event. Huge life events tend to be all encompassing in your mind. It's the only thing you are thinking about, the only thing you are talking about. So, I can't write. I can't talk about much aside from getting my life worked out. 

I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth. I am here and I will write again when the time is right. 

Bye Bye Baby Weight



I've definitely eluded to the fact that I have this lingering amount of baby weight. It's super frustrating for me. After each girl was born I had no problem (I mean I literally put in zero effort) losing the accumulated weight; quickly dropping right back down to my normal size 4. Before you get jealous and think I'm some kind of stick person, I am not, I am also a small person so it makes sense to be a small size. The past two years however, have sucked. I've never been so stressed and in turn unhappy with my appearance in all my life. 

Last year, I started running. I hate the gym, Yoga has never been my thing but it turns out I love running. I completed a 5k and everything. That's a huge step for someone who would rather be drinking beer and listening to music. The thing is, I lost no weight. None. I only check my weight every month because I was just so sick of seeing that number without change.

Then, I went and added injury to insult by twisting my ankle so badly (while walking) that I had to go to the emergency room. So now? I can't run. I had an Air Cast and crutches for a while. Then no crutches. I'm finally down to an ace bandage sometimes and mostly ok walking. But running seems so far away. 

Something had to give. I started a 30 day Ab challenge at the beginning of the month. I mean, my stomach is my problem area but I really just wanted to work out so badly. I started to feel so run down not, well, running. Most exercise involves your ankle in some way, something I quickly realized. Sit Ups and Crunches I can totally do. And I am! I'm really  proud. 

Diet. It's a word not in my everyday vocabulary until I happened upon this book, The Dukan Diet. I admit i was totally skeptical but let me tell you how much I have changed my tune in a week. 

I lost 5lbs. In 4 days. 4 days. Seriously. It's amazing. I feel so much better already, less bloated and lethargic. I feel like I have more energy. I feel like I am also reteaching myself discipline. Making decisions to stay the course instead of taking the easy way out. I'm not a nutritionist or anything of the sort so I can't say what everyone should do. But for me, it's been an awesome few weeks health wise. 

Now, I can't wait to step on the scale and see how my hard work has paid off. 


PBS Kids: Martha Speaketh Weeketh

We are such big fans of PBS Kids that when watching any other channels my children become confused by the weird commercials. It's one of the many reasons I love the station so much. Obviously, every show the girls watch on PBS is educational, even the ones I don't like as an adult have educational value.  

Lucky for me, Martha Speaks is one of the shows I enjoy. If you aren't familiar the premise is fairly simple, a family with a dog that speaks when she eats alphabet soup.  It's definitely cute and kids of all ages seem to love talking animals. 

 

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June 16 is the start of Martha Speeketh Weeketh.  Personally, I am really ready for some fresh episodes. The girls will watch the same things over and over without complaint. 

I can't thank PBS enough for sending the girls two of the episodes from Martha Speaketh Weeketh before they air. I have to say, I am loving the episode"Thou Callest Me Dog". Martha eats part of a Shakespearean play and starts to speak Elizabethan English, complete with soliloquies. 

Your kids are going to love all the new episodes during Martha Speaketh Weeketh.  

 Here's a handy rundown of the episodes you can expect. With many kids out of school for the summer, a new week of shows could be a great transition for the whole family. 

 

June 16th

Thou Callest Me a Dog
A dog speaking Shakespeare?  ‘Tis a consumation devoutly to be wished and achieved when Martha swallowsHamlet.  Never was a dog’s desire for meat so artfully expressed.
 
Martha’s Paper Chase
It’s the Town Crier deadline and Carolina needs a headline.  Hot on the trail for a story, and a biscuit, Senior Canine Reporter Martha stumbles into a scoop that screams front page: the whereabouts of Big Minnie.  But is exposing Minnie’s privacy worth the story?
 
June 17th
Alice Tells a Story

When Alice tells the story of how she got Nelson, her class is confused.  She ate pizza while playing hockey in an animal shelter?  With a little help from Helen and T.D., she might be able to tell it correctly, even if it is about cats…
 
Pirates and Princesses
Princesses Carolina, Alice and Helen needeth a castle.  Skipper Truman and First Mate T.D. are scouring the land for a ship.  The problem: Helen only has one tree house.  Who will prevail in the clash between bucanneers and royalty?
 
June 18th
Tomato, You Say

Why is there a tomato on T.D.’s shirt?  Helen’s eager to know.  Unfortunately, she’d have an easier time getting Martha to skip breakfast than getting a straight answer from T.D.  Will she ever find out?
 
Martha Questions
Is Martha only speaking in questions?  Why would that be?  Can Skits help her figure it out?  Did somebody put something funny in her soup?  Will the questions ever stop???
 
June 19th
Oh, Noooo!

Granny Flo’s Alphabet Soup is taking a licking from the competition, Oodles of Os. If Granny Flo goes out of business, how will Martha communicate? To increase sales, Helen, Martha, and T.D. set out to convince Granny Flo to advertise on the popular TV show, International Icon. Who will Granny Flo choose as a spokesperson?
 
Bye, Martha
Nefarious con artist Weaselgraft hatches a scheme to kidnap Martha by pretending to be Martha’s long-lost owner . . . from Poland. The family sniffs something suspicious, but why has Martha suddenly begun speaking Polish? Will they really have to say pozegnalny to Martha?

June 20th
Martha Sings
Martha wakes up singing and not just because she’s happy. She can’t stop! Helen and Martha visit the vet, some musicians, and an opera singer, trying to discover the source of her musical malady to no avail. Will Martha ever be able to talk without a tempo again?
 
TD Makes the Band
Everybody’s singing about Shecky the Sea Lion and it’s driving TD nuts! He could write a better song than that, and that’s just what he’s going to do! He recruits the gang to join his band and then sets out to write a hit song. . . . about Belgium? Inspiration strikes, but what will they do for an encore?

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Laid Back Mama at Mommybites Boston

I've had a little radio silence these past weeks. Gathering thoughts and processing what I learned at Mom 2.0 Summit in Atlanta. But I'm not gone!

You can also find me now at Mommybites Boston blogging as The Laid Back Mama. Exclusive content you will only find there. Head over and show some love for my brand new column. 

 

Laid Back Mama 

Personal Style vs Mom Style

I always thought I had a strong personal style. I've never been on the cutting edge of trendy fashion or anything, but I knew who I was. My entire life has been spent dressing accordingly. My clothing choices were a point of much amusement for peers when I was a kid. I got teased a lot. I held my head up and didn't waiver in my style. Ironically "Hipster" is now a thing, I'm pretty certain that is how I dressed in elementary school. 

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Taking BandAid Off

There is  no way that you don't know that a year ago Boston was shaken to it's core because of bombings at the Boston Marathon Finish Line. It was national news but more importantly it was our local news. You never wake up expecting that your city will be faced with something so terrible. 

The difference between local news and national news though, is that even when the rest of the country wasn't actively thinking about the Boston Marathon of 2013, here at home we thought of it everyday. Everyday we thought about the victims. Everyday we collectively watched as those physically and mentally injured, healed.  

There have been a lot of tears in Boston this year. 

Yesterday, the third Monday of April 2014, like every third Monday before it for the past 118 years; was Marathon Monday. 

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Spring, Sprang, Sprung

It's here. I know it's here because the Crocus are here, the first official sign of spring because you can't count on the weather man. I have missed the sun. The warm air. Being outside. 

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Kindergarten in Boston

During the Kindergarten registration process, months ago in Boston, I was told notice would be sent out in mid-March. This is a big deal. Half of the families registering for a K1 (which is a pre K) spot in Boston, don't get assigned a seat at all. For us, that would mean a third year paying out of pocket for preschool that we can't really even afford. 

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Sick Days

This  winter season has totally kicked my ass, because there is no better way to say that. It's just true. I have been more sick then healthy. My children have had everything from the cold to pneumonia. I haven't run in the past 2 weeks. I am eating comfort food...you know for comfort. 

I have now completely given up on looking my very best by the end of April. There is no way I'm shedding 5 pounds let alone 10, right? Who am I kidding. My nose is red and running and my eyes are glazed, I am in the misery of the common cold. I hope this is the last one. I just hope I can get healthy before my trip to Atlanta. No one wants to take a business card from a lady with snot all over her face. 

Speaking of business cards. I haven't even started designing my new ones yet. 

First it was sick kids. Then, a death in our family took me out of town completely spur of the moment. Then my mother was here, sick. Now i am sick. 

Being a sick mother means I still have to get dressed and take Coraline to ballet class and preschool. She has an appt. for speech evaluation on Friday. We have an IEP meeting this month. I have a doctors appointment, next week. Oh and Game of Thrones is coming back on Sunday, so obviously i'm pretty booked. 

I'm wondering how my cards will turn out if I design them while on cold medicine and while drinking a hot toddy?