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Stephanie “Six Pack Mom” Ortiz
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Life At The Helm Of The Half Doz...
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Too Cool For School: 25 Tweets About The Hot Mess Of A Typical School Year

I know that in some areas the new school year has already begun, but here in New York, we still have three weeks of summer left. Free time is dwindling, & I’m getting angsty about getting back into the swing of it. Even the school supplies. While I LOVE…
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"The town pool is cool... except when there's lot of....TOWN in it."

The summer’s flying by, & we’ve spent most of it either at home or at the town pool. As I look back on our last five or six summers, I can probably say we’ve spent them doing the same exact thing. But THIS summer? A total game changer, baby! First, here’s…
Just Keep Swimming…
Just Keep Swimming…
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So I'm in a book. And that's cool! But what's REALLY cool is that it's a book that celebrates ALL moms. Want to uplift & encourage any mama you know? Check it out!

Mother’s Day is soon approaching, so chances are that you’ll find yourself sporting a macaroni necklace & eating burnt toast made with childlish love as you attempt to nurse a wilting school-plant-sale geranium back to life. Or, maybe you’ll be spending…
Amazing Moms Book
Amazing Moms Book
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Enough sleep? Nope. Water? Nope. 10K steps? NOPE. Tried the Fitbit, but my favorite kind of bit? Still bacon.

So yes, I’m obviously way behind the curve. Fitbits are so 200… I don’t even know how old they are, because I live under a parental rock. Yup, I’m that person. I’m perpetually behind the times. I was the last to know that Bruce Willis was dead the entire…
If The Bit Fits…
If The Bit Fits…
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This is a cookie. Well, technically it WAS a cheap, no-frills cookie, but now it’s a stealthy dental weapon…. because the creamy vanilla filling was meticulously scraped out of two of these cookies & replaced by the 8 year old, an evil genius*. *or avid…
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Sometimes when you feel like you're stuck in the coal of life, your kid finds the diamonds.

Happy New Year and all that jazz! I’m not a big fan of resolutions, mainly because as someone who fights a tendency towards perfectionism, I used to go overboard on them. I’d make resolutions, but along the lines of: Clean & organize every single corner…
Diamonds In The Rough
Diamonds In The Rough
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What's better than making people admire pics of your kids? Making them admire HUGE wall pics of your kids! Check out my review of Photowall's canvas prints.

Remember back in the good ‘ole days when you’d take pictures with your camera, drop off the film, & pay for actual prints to be made?  If you’re like me, your phone is crammed chock-full of pictures that never see the light of day, because you’re waiting…
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Sometimes the best cure to a pity party is a sudden jolt... or a punch to the face. Literally.

So the blog’s been quiet as of late, & though I kept thinking I’d update, days became weeks. Now  granted, life’s been busy, but that’s typical here. My radio silence has been more than that. Life’s been busy, but it’s also been more difficult. You know…
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Finally saying goodbye to the treadmill; thanks for the memories, pal. And the near-death scares. And the naps.

Before kids, I was a hard-core athlete. I LOVED to run, to push myself, to get the adrenaline flowing. Running was my favorite activity; I’d lace on the sneakers, grab my Walkman (I told you, BEFORE kids. Like a long time ago, when cassettes were still a…
Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly
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As a former English teacher & self-professing lit geek, it should come as no surprise that I love to read. All.the.things. And for those of you that hang with me here or on social media, you also know that I love babies (the whole “bajillion babies” bit),…
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