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Jill P

Jill is a former elementary school teacher, University of Arizona graduate {Bear Down!}, and mom to Talya {September 2012}, but not necessarily in that order. She has always had a passion for writing and really took it to the next level after her daughter was born. It didn't take long for her to realize it was just the outlet she needed. As a first-time-mom, she is constantly searching for balance in her life, whether it's work and family, marriage and kids, or a sense of normalcy and complete craziness. She has, for the most part, managed to maintain her sanity {depending on who you ask}. Jill's writing aims to portray an honest viewpoint on parenting. Sometimes it's what nobody else is willing to say that inspires Jill to speak up on certain topics! She is a regular contributor to sites such as The Huffington Post, LeanIn.org, and localhoustonmagazine.com. She and her husband Sam reside in the Bellaire area with their daughter, Talya.

I Have a Favorite Kid

Something happens when you become a blogger. Your mind starts thinking in blog posts. Ideas flow in and out, clever titles wake you at 3 am {or was that the crying baby?}, and you...

Toddlers Don’t Always Suck

Let me set the scene for you. It’s about 9:30 on a Saturday night. I finally got my three-year-old to sleep after a day with no nap. I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and my husband...

Ten Commandments of Raising a Proper Southern Darlin’

I never really realized how different it was growing up in the South until I ventured to the West Coast for college. I became close friends with people from all over the country, and...

A Quick & Easy Night by Night Hanukkah Gift Guide

I never thought the age old question “What do you get someone who already has everything?” would apply to my three-year old, but here we are. I was completely stumped as to how I...

Navigating the Toddler Minefield

Probably the most important lesson I’ve learned as a parent is to pick your battles. Sometimes, this is a lot easier said than done, and sometimes it’s a no-brainer. There are some things I...

The Great Pink & Blue Debate :: Gender Stereotypes

My three-year-old daughter and I were playing the other day when I noticed she had started to sort her toys. Some of them went into a bucket, and others were placed into a separate...

The Only Piece of Marriage Advice Parents Need to Follow

I am not a parenting expert, and most certainly not a marriage expert. Both of those arenas in my life have experienced their fair share of peaks and valleys, more often than not, in...

To the Mom at Preschool Drop Off {…weeks after the first day of school}

I know what’s going on in your head, Preschool Mom. Everyone told you to just give it time, that it would get a little easier each day, and soon enough, drop off would be...

5 Things to Expect When You’re Expecting…Again

Second time moms are deemed “been there, done that” moms, because, well, we have already been there and done that when it comes to this whole pregnancy thing. However, as I make my way...

I’m Doing it All Wrong Part 2 {Toddler Eating Habits}

There was a time when I did everything right when it came to the whole baby-feeding thing. I would keep track of how many ounces she ate per feeding, per day. I would buy...