Gretchin

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I'm Gretchin! I'm a silly, artsy mama from Waterbury, Vermont, who loves exploring the Green Mountain State with my husband and toddler. I'm a little different from the average mom in that, most of my parental coping skills involve singing, dancing, putting on silly theatricals, and painting rocks. My house is one filled with imagination, where magic is real, and where boots get sad when they have no feet to dance with. I'm a Production Editor at a publishing company by day and a Freelance Graphic Designer by night. I'm surrounded by love, buried in laundry, and looking for my coffee cup in a pile of unfinished art projects. I also blog at Your Mom Is Strange.com.

Holiday Fails From Your Burlington, VT Moms Blog Writers

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Well, the season of holiday fails is upon us, friends. The pressure to cook, create, and concoct amidst time constraints and cranky in-laws apparently is a real-life recipe for disaster. This month, I gathered our...
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Menstrual Cups: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

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This month marks my (gets out the calculator)… 260th period. Ah, 260 weeks of inconveniences, awkward moments, leaks, embarrassments, and rushing to find a bathroom. 56 of those weeks were post-baby, which equated to heavier...

How Motherhood Ruined My Dreams… As Illustrated by Snapchat Selfies

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Not, like, dreams of being a beauty pageant queen or an astronaut. No, motherhood just ruined my sleepy-time dreams. When I was in college, I had such beautiful dreams. I would go to sleep after...
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Why We Don’t Do Time-Outs

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I’d first like to say that this is NOT one of those judgmental parenting posts, where I think my method for discipline is better than yours. If time-outs work for your child and your...
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Our Not-So-Perfect Marriage: Surviving Lies, Temptations, and Rumors

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Our Not-So-Perfect Marriage A lot of people have told me that my husband, Mark, and I have “the perfect marriage.” We don’t. Our marriage, like most, has been tested by temptations, lies, rumors, arguments, and...
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The Most Powerful Phrase I Taught My Child

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I told myself that the reason I taught my 4-year-old daughter, Ellie, this powerful phrase was because I wanted her to be more independent. That's partially true -- I do work from home in...
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Finding Happiness – 8 Ways to Escape the Motherhood Funk

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Happiness seems so fleeting nowadays. Especially when exhaustion sets in. Sometimes I hate motherhood. I love my daughter. I really do – even when she’s throwing a temper tantrum, even when she spreads kinetic sand...

Spirituality and Parenting

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When it comes to spirituality, I consider myself a “Jill of all Trades.” I was raised Methodist, am the daughter of a Catholic Deacon, was surrounded by friends who were Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Atheist,...

Pet Spotlight & Answering Toddler Fish Questions

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Since my daughter (E) turned 4, she has been begging us to get a pet, her very first! We live in an apartment, so our options are limited. I finally found a clearance sale at...

To The New Mom Who Says Parenting is Easy

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Oh, Mama! If you’ve been mingling on the mommy-blog scene lately, I’m sure you’ve come across this Facebook post by a fellow mom who is ranting about how easy parenting is and how the...

Mommy’s Intuition or “I Think I’m Psychic”

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“I think I’m psychic,” I said to my logical, skeptical, mathematical husband, “or a medium, or something.” “Oh yeah?” he said nonchalantly. Though he’d never outright say it, it’s a known fact in our household that...

Holiday Travel Tips for Your Preschooler

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The holidays are fast-approaching, and this could possibly mean more travel time with your preschooler or toddler. Here is a process that we've used for a 5-hour trip that has consistently worked with our almost...

Public Tantrums and a Random Act of Kindness

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Lately, toddler behavior has been a major topic of controversy and has even made the news. Please allow me to take a moment to pray to the gods of all that is holy that my...

10 Ways to Use Humor to Combat the Terrible Twos, the Horrible Threes, and...

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It’s no secret. I’m frazzled. My clothes are wrinkled. My hair is greasy. My floors are sticky. This is the first summer that I thought the ants might actually run me out of my home....