Author Archive | Kelly

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#parentingfails

Parenting. I have been doing it for almost 9 years now. You would think, at a certain point, I would actually start to be good at it. But, on a pretty regular basis, I find myself shaking my head, checking the window for the arrival of the car from DCFS or wondering how much I’m […]

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solo cinema

I returned a call to my mother the other day while in the parking lot of the movie theatre. I had to cut the conversation short to make it for the start time of the movie I was going to see. When she asked who I was watching the movie with and I replied, “Alone” […]

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mall madness

Growing up in the Quad Cities, Milan in particular, I spent a good portion of my life prowling the halls of Southpark Mall. As a small child, I would beg my mother to take us to Hardees so we could sit in the caboose of the train they had in the middle of the restaurant, […]

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mommycation

I recently took a 5 day girls trip to Vegas with 3 friends. We had a great time, did a lot, ate a lot, and drank a bit. But, upon returning, I reflected on how different this girl’s trip as a 37 year old wife and mother was drastically different than the girl’s trip I […]

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sixty-five candles

Today is my Mom’s 65th birthday.  It’s been a really rough year for her, including multiple hospital stays, and finally culminating with a cancer diagnosis.  I could use this opportunity to write a sappy piece about all the lessons I’ve learned and the generic sentiments that you might read in a Mother’s Day card, but […]

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first impressions

I saw the call for new writers for the QC Moms Blog and I was immediately intrigued. I have always loved to write, but as a full time retail employee and mother, I do not get many opportunities to do it with a purpose. Here was the perfect chance. I also had experience with the […]

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saved by Pinterest

It breaks my heart to admit, but my 8 year old doesn’t like to read. I remember being his age, devouring books by the dozen. It was just a year later I began my childhood love affair with the “Sweet Valley High” and “Nancy Drew” series. But, a simple request of Brady to sit and […]

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