How I’m Doing Christmas Differently This Year. And Forevermore.

Friends, forgive me. I fell down the discombobulated mama hole when school and work resumed in September, hence the echo-y silence of This Lovely Chaos since then. I am still deep in that hole as I write today - as discombobulated as ever - but through the noise of my ever-thrumming to do list and …

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I am Mama: Mover of the Things.

Recently I was chatting with one of my mama tribe pals, and I expressed some exasperation over the fact that I seem to spend the majority of most days moving things around. Toys, laundry, sunglasses, dirty dishes, clean dishes, dead batteries, bathing suits. Kids. You name it, I probably spent time moving it somewhere today. …

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5 Perks of Being an “Older” Mom

I have a confession to make: Up until I was 34 years old and met the man who would later become my husband, I spent the entirety of my life not wanting children. It's not that I didn't like kids or lacked maternal tendencies. They just didn't factor into the grand plan for my life. …

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OK Universe. Message received, loud and clear.

The job of a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) is pretty unique as far as employment goes.  In some ways it reminds me of the role Anne Hathaway plays in the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, but without the designer clothes and clean, swishy hair:  You are on call 24/7 and there are no holidays - ever. Your boss …

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5 Jobs Every Mama Should Have On Her Resume

Being a mama is one of the toughest jobs in the world.  Few would disagree.  It requires resourcefulness, creativity, organization, time management, people skills, effective communication, conflict resolution, adaptability, leadership, and the ability to work under pressure. Quite a diverse and impressive skill set, to be sure. Whether you stay at home with your kids, …

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