Sometimes I Think We Should Take Our Kids on Educational Vacations. But Then I Remember My Childhood.

Going to Florida for Spring Break has become the focal point of our year. It is so amazing to get out of Chicago and sit on a beach. I can't remember the first time I was ever on a beach, but I'm pretty damn sure it wasn't with my parents. They weren't beach people. They took us on a lot of vacations. We definitely went to Disney World, where my Dad would take a picture next to Space Mountain and then go ride It's a Small World After All. And…

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Going to Florida is Amazing, Until It’s Time to Come Home

There is nothing more glorious as getting the hell out of Chicago and going to Florida. The way the sun feels on your skin when you first get out of the car. They way the sand feels between your toes on the beach. The way you can sleep with the windows open and hear the ocean. There is nothing like it. We've been doing this for about 5 years now and we've really nailed the art of the road trip. The way there, we drive straight through the night. We…

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That Time I Sh!t My Pants in an Alabama Gas Station

Last week was the most glorious week of my entire life. It was spent on a beach in Florida with the greatest family and friends I could ever ask for. The weather was amazing. The drinks were cold. Everything was awesome. But like all good things, it came to an end. Way too fast. And it was time to drive all the way back to Chicago. Beau likes to do all the driving. Because he makes really good time. Even though it takes exactly fourteen hours. Every single time. We…

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Buying a Bathing Suit at Forty. Amazeballs.

Just a few short weeks from now I will be on Spring Break. In sunny Florida. With a group of my besties and their families. There are nine families all together and it is sure to be an amazing week. But the anticipation of this trip is painful. Not only is time moving at a snail's pace, but I also have to purchase a bathing suit. I'm used to having until June to reclaim my svelte beach bod. From all of winter's indiscretions. Plenty of time to recover from the…

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What to Really Expect When You’re Expecting. The Lost Chapters.

When I was a little girl I always dreamed of getting married and having kids. I wanted to have five kids. I just couldn't wait to be a mom. I thought it would be so fun and that I'd be really good at it. When I was pregnant with my kids I read every single what to expect book there was out there. I was prepared. Knowledge is power and I was full of both. All the books I read were great, but I think they forgot a few chapters.…

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