13 Things You Need To Know About 13 Reason’s Why: A Mom’s Guide

If you have a teenager or a preteen, chances are you’ve heard about 13 Reasons Why and your kids are hounding you to watch it. If you haven’t heard about it, chances are, they’ve already watched it.  It’s what’s going on right now, so that’s just the reality. If you’re asking the question, “Should I let my kid watch 13 Reasons Why?” you should know that there is a LOT to consider. It began as a book that gained popularity, especially after Netflix announced they would be turning it into a show. I never read it in advance but I skimmed the internet for the plot points and figured out pretty soon that this book/show showcases some pretty mature story lines. My initial reaction was just to say no to my daughter watching it. However, she’s fourteen, going into high school next year and she has access to our Netflix account. I don’t live in a bubble where I think me saying no means she’ll never be exposed to it. So, I decided to watch and help weed out some situations and also use some as conversation starters. Here’s what you’ll want to know going in. And yes, there are spoilers ahead.

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Hands Up If You Have An Organized ‘Fridge. Now Put Your Hands Down And Stop Lying.

Look, I’m fine with admitting it. My refrigerator is chaos no matter what I do. I clean it out before I go food shopping and I desperately try to group like food items together in appropriate places around the refrigerator to create optimal efficiency and space. But by the end of the week, every week, it looks like a crime scene.

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Highs and Lows

Happy Friday, Mommas! I don’t know about you but this week has crawled by for me and I am sure the rest of my household would agree.  I feel like the list of things to do with a third child has not only tripled but quadrupled.  In fact,  I will go as far as saying whatever comes after quadrupled would be an adequate description regarding the increase in the amount of shit that needs to get done.  

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Men who cook: Turkey Chili 🌶

Turkey Chili By: Danny ( my beautiful chef of a husband) Note: My husband is an excellent cook! Excellent. He spends hours upon hours in the kitchen making sure the flavors are perfection. I would argue any day of the week that cooking is one of his great passions in life and he would argue that feeding his family is his real passion. We could both settle the argument by saying both are true but we are both too stubborn for that;) The passion he has in the kitchen is something to watch! So, this is not a recipe for the quick and easy weekday meal.  This is one to take your time with over the course of a Sunday. But I promise you, it is worth every second! Delicious! Hope you enjoy:)

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Finding Yourself Outside of “Mom” Again

None of us go into motherhood thinking that it will change us. Next thing we know, we’re standing in the checkout line of the grocery store in the same sweatpants we’ve been wearing for three days, ponytail disheveled, with that vacant expression staring into the outer depths of the ice cream aisle as one of our fourteen hundred kids tug at our wrinkled shirts for a candy bar. We look behind us at the super cute, and super bouyant twenty-something girl behind us, who is staring back at us like we’re their mother, and suddenly we’re faced with just how much we’ve been sucked into the blackhole of motherhood. If this sounds at all familiar, trust me, it’s not just you. At some point or another, it’s all of us.

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Happy Monday!

Why do Mondays always roll around so much faster than Fridays!? Since there seems to be no stopping this whole Monday thing, I’ve decided to take on the whole if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em type mindset. It’s way better sailing into Monday thinking of it as a fresh start with tons of opportunity as opposed to just the end of your weekend.  So, in the spirit of embracing Mondays, here are a few of my favorite links that I turn to when I need a little inspiration; anything from recipes and design to community and laughs.  Hope you enjoy! http://tiffanithiessen.com/ I LOVE Tiffani Thiessan. I’ve been a big fan ever since her Kelly Kapowski days on Saved By The Bell and now I’m an even bigger fan. I’m totally hooked on her new show, Dinner at Tiffanis!  Her blog offers recipes, design ideas, ways to entertain and snapshots of her life. http://www.thehonesttoddler.com/?m=1 I’m obsessed with The Honest Toddler anything! I follow her on every facet of social media.  Her hilarious take on parenthood keeps me going throughout the day. http://www.scarymommy.com/about-scary-mommy/ Scary Mommy is a blog written by a slew of super funny and talented mothers.  Their spot on take on motherhood makes me feel a little less crazy 😜  http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/ When I have a little free time I like reading this blog so I feel like I’m somewhat caught up on the latest fashion and trends. Recently, I was in desperate need for new makeup so I looked […]

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Swimsuit Models This Year Are ACTUALLY Real Women … Finally!

Is there anything more annoying that the term “swimsuit ready”? What exactly does that mean, anyway? Aren’t we all technically swimsuit ready? I mean, if you have a body and you own a swimsuit, you are, by default, swimsuit ready. But this is the bull that women constantly have to listen to, making us feel like we’re not swimsuit ready. Or, at least, not swimsuit ready enough. For whom? I don’t know. I guess for everyone? I never got the memo.

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