Today is my birthday (thank you, thank you), but unfortunately it seems my almost 2-year-old either didn't get the memo, couldn't read the memo, or did somehow read it and now wants to bite the memo and throw it into the pee-pee pool sitting at the bottom of his race car potty. In other words,... Continue Reading →
Mama’s Groove: Stories
How Artist and Mother Leah Guzman Unlocked the Art at Heart
In the weeks after my first child was born, I remember staring up through bloodshot, envious eyes at my sister-in-law, Leah Guzman, while clutching my tiny new human to my chest. She was thriving as an artist and a mother of two, and from my tired, unshowered, spit up-covered place on the couch, it appeared that her breed of quiet confidence had been instilled at birth, emitting not even a hiccup as she crossed the threshold of motherhood. Turns out I was wrong.
5 Tips for Quick Potty Training
Like most parents of little kids, I like to be prudent with how I ration my free time, and flipping through hundreds of pages on poop management just didn't seem like an appealing way to unwind after a 13-hour day entertaining my wee ones. But still I've had really positive and quick results with potty training both of my kids, and I thought I had might as well share my tips here in case it might make things easier for someone else.
Dyeing for a Living: One Mom’s Path to Her Colorful Calling
Becky's tie dyeing journey began six years ago, when she bought a kit for her oldest son's 8th birthday party. "I was instantly in love." Four years and two babies later, she found herself at the helm of a thriving — and sustainable — custom clothing business.
Beware of Parenthood “Fortune Tellers”
I can't write too much about the first year of either of my children's lives. Neither one of them slept more than three hours at a stretch for the entirety of that time, and as a result, my memory formation was impaired. Thank goodness for camera phones! Flipping through my iCloud storage helps me piece... Continue Reading →
Finding a New Groove: Pandemic Edition
The world is in chaos, and so was my psyche. Until I made some basic — yet vital — changes. I was furloughed from my job in travel advertising in April and, with respect to all the people out there who have been left in dire straits by the reverb of the coronavirus, my layoff... Continue Reading →
Don’t Look at the Baby (and Other Breastfeeding Advice You’ve Probably Never Heard)
It's taken me three and a half years and two offspring to begin thinking about optimizing breastfeeding for myself as well as my baby. That is, to make it comfortable, enjoyable and safe for me, the mama. Here you'll find four mom-forward tips based on my own two tours of mammary land, tempered with wisdom from Marina Langesfeld, IBCLC.
4 Ways I Make Time for Myself While Doing Right by My Kids
For the three years after my first baby was born, I dedicated nearly every minute I had to interacting with and caring for my kids. I don't regret a single second of that time, but now I'm ready to focus on myself a bit, too. So I've developed a few strategies for squirreling away an... Continue Reading →
A New Year, A New Groove
I am coming out of the haze and I am coming into Camille again – a new Camille, who is and will always be “Mama” but who I now know will be other things, too. I don’t know everything about who she’ll – I’ll – become, but I am eager to saddle up and enjoy the ride.