Lauren M

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Lauren M. is a native Houstonian who now lives one street over from the house where she grew up in Sugar Land. After a brief fling with Austin where she received her Bachelors Degree in English Lit from Southwestern University, she returned home to attempt to write the great American novel {or, you know, the next Harry Potter series}. A short while later a friend recruited her for a kickball league where she met a tall, handsome engineer who quite literally swept her off her feet. After tying the knot in 2014, they soon welcomed their first son Raleigh {October 2015}, and little brothers Renner {January 2018} and Rafe {September 2021}. When not chasing around her three crazy Texas tornados and reveling in the boy mom life, Lauren has discovered a newfound passion for photography and Photoshop, creating whimsical family portraits at @andwhetherpigshavewings on Instagram. You can also find her at @polyjuiceandpixiedust .

How to Plan a Spell-tacular Hocus Pocus Party

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Come little children, I'll take thee away. Into a land of enchantment... I will never forget my first viewing of Hocus Pocus. It was summer 1993 (why they released it in July, I will never...
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When the Postpartum Anxiety Never Fades

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I thought it would go away. That tidal wave of anxiety that threatened to drown me after the birth of each one of my children. With my first I suffered through it without getting...

The Formula Crisis: Breastfeeding Isn’t Free, or the Answer

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My breastfeeding journey isn’t something I like talking about often. The shame of our “breast is best” culture weighs on me heavily, especially in trying times such as these. The guilt I felt -...
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Appreciation Gifts Teachers Really Want (And What They Don’t)

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Summer looms before us. The long, long, long days of “can I have a snack?” and “Mom, he hit me! No, he hit me!” Not to mention temperatures rivaling the pits of Hell. Oh sweet...
A note in a child's writing with the text: For Ukraine love Raleigh. Four 1 dollar bills are on top of the note.

Pennies into Miracles, Dinosaur Wallets, and a Spark of Hope

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Last month hit me hard. Like so many across the globe I found myself glued to the news, simultaneously desperate for information on the events unfolding in Europe and terrified one more update would...

Leprechaun Trap:: A St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activity

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Step aside Elf on the Shelf, there's a new wee little man in town. He's pint-sized, has an affinity for the color green, is notoriously hard to catch, and best of all, all the...

Cupid’s Favorite Holiday:: Valentine’s Day Activities to Do At Home

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I'm gonna level with you right now and straight-up admit that I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day. Maybe it's a holdover from my awkward teenage years when I generally spent the...

A Love Letter to the Women of Encanto

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I heard whispers about it before I knew what it was. A magical house. A gifted family. Some guy named Bruno that no one's supposed to talk about {even though everyone does}. It was...
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Momtographer Resolutions Part 2: Organizing and Storing Family Photos

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Last year, Lauren got us moms to get in the picture. Now she's back with what to do with all those pictures- how to organize and store them.  It's happened again. The ball dropped. We...

Christmas Activities Advent Calendar

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. The kids are jingle belling {or, to be more precise, jingle yelling}, and I'm busy telling them be of good cheer...or to quiet down. One or...