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Abby Kowalik

SAHM & Blogger

Mom to 4

St Louis, MO

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Real Mom Talk: Fun Family Activites
June 3, 2014 5:50 am | by

We recently went on a family outing and I spent so much energy, money and time planning this special event.  My expectations were so high of how much the kids would love it, but the reality was the trip was filled with a lot of drama. From getting everything organized and packed and all the kids dressed, by the time we got there, my husband and I were so exhausted.  It was a bummer trip.  On our way home we decided to stop at Starbucks and a local hair salon because my husband wanted a quick haircut.  I sat outside on

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Real Mom Talk: The Myths of Motherhood
May 13, 2014 5:00 pm | by

I have always liked kids.  I was the number one babysitter on my street, a second mom to my little brother and worked at a daycare for my summer jobs.  No one was surprised when I graduated college with an Early Childhood degree.  After you graduate and teach for a while, you definitely become the expert on kids – or so I thought.  I would even stop moms with screaming toddlers at the grocery stores and give them tips on “positive reinforcement.” I am very sorry.  I loved giving parenting “advice” to those who were close because I was the expert…

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Real Mom Talk: Twins are AWESOME
May 12, 2014 12:28 pm | by

 “Double the trouble!”  “You’ve got your hands full!”  “I could never do that!”  “Why do you look so tired all the time?”  Those are just a few common things a mom of twins hears. Raising twins is a lot of work, but no one wants to tell you the wonderful, outweighing benefits of two at a time.  It is absolutely thrilling and wonderful, and here is why… Everyone wants to tell you it is double the work.  It is not double the work.  If we are getting technical it is maybe 1.25x more work.  Think about it; your baby’s diaper is dirty

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Real Mom Talk: My First Mother’s Day Card
May 11, 2014 11:50 am | by

My first Mother Day card read “Happy Mother’s Day to a Wonderful Mother.”  My friend bought it for me when I was 33 weeks pregnant.  Reading the words “Wonderful Mother,” in a card addressed to me was very unnerving.  Mothers wore pearls. They were older and had their lives together.  And this wasn’t me. I wasn’t ready to be a mother (or so I thought) and definitely didn’t have anything together. The moment motherhood actually started to hit me was when I was sitting on the floor in a Walgreens bathroom, holding three positive pregnancy tests.  I took three just

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Real Mom Talk: The WRONG Way to Cloth Diaper
April 22, 2014 6:16 pm | by

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is completely satirical. It is our attempt to make you smile 🙂 The wrong way to cloth diaper…from the experts When my husband and I started cloth diapering we felt like everyone was the expert except for us.  All of my friends used “lingo” we had never heard of.  We didn’t know all the different types of diapers or even what we needed to buy to properly cloth diaper- what the heck was a wet bag or a diaper sprayer?  Things we learned along the way… If you buy diapers that you have to stuff, never

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