Cari

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Cari is a Wisconsin native who married her high school sweetheart and said yes to the adventure of Navy life. She's the mama to Eva, the sweetest toddler around, and Beau, the sweetest Chocolate Lab. She and her family are calling the D.C. area home, at least until the next PCS.  She is passionate about cheering on other mamas and keeping it real. If she's not at Target, you can usually find her on her front porch enjoying good conversations, good beer and avoiding housework like the plague. She also writes about motherhood and life over at thesweetandsound.com.

How I Kicked Mom Guilt to the Curb

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A lot of ink gets spilled about Mom Guilt. That creeping, nagging feeling, however true or untrue, that we could have done it better. We members of the motherhood tribe are capable of making...

The Milk Fairies Have Ears: Why Breastfeeding Just Got Easier

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When the nesting urge struck me recently, it struck like lightning. Everything that lingered on my to-do list for the last eight months suddenly felt more urgent than ever before. In one hormone and...

New Year’s Resolutions for Mom: Grace for Your Goals

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Everybody gets heart eyes for Christmas. I mean, I can see why. The lights, the music, the childlike expectation of Christmas morning. Christmas is great.  But for me? I’m all about New Year's.  A Champagne fueled...

The Five Stages of Friend Dating

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You know the drill.  After you finally arrive in your new city, the to-do list generally looks a little like this:  -unpack the coffee maker -set up the internet -figure out which day is trash day -make some new...

Why Some Days I Don’t Want to be Thanked For My Sacrifice (But Please...

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  "Thank you for your service!" The cashier at the commissary smiled cheerfully as she handed my ID back to me. I usually answer with a polite, "It's an honor!' because it is. Supporting my husband while...

A Real Mom’s Guide To Mocktails

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Attention all mamas who are currently not drinking! Are you expecting a sweet little bundle? Are you nursing and nervous your baby might be getting a little too happy at happy hour? Whatever your...

Connecting with Your Spouse When Work is Classified

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I was catching up with a girlfriend recently, and she was telling me about how tough it's been around the house with her husband's job lately. He's a lawyer, and he's working on a...

Prospering After PCS: Becoming a Local in Your New City

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I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I adore my hometown, and I love telling people where I'm from and how great The Good Land is. I love telling people about how beautiful and cold Lake...