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Welcome to An Ideal Mom. My ‘Ideal’ means trying my best, forgiving myself when I do not, and learning from my mistakes and triumphs. On this site you will find honest reflections  on life, marriage, and parenthood, fun educational activities, an occasional simple recipe, and inspiration as you join me on my journey to become an ideal mom. There is more to know, click here to find out!

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I am very excited to announce I am now the creative director over at http://www.saratogamama.com!! Be sure to check out this great parenting resource for even more ideas and inspiration.

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Usually when a package arrives at our door it is one of two things: a boring, work related item for my husband or something fun and exciting for the kids. But last week I was the one jumping for joy as I heard the delivery truck pull into our driveway. I knew inside the neatly wrapped box were deluxe sized samples of some of the latest and greatest beauty products just waiting for me to give them a try!

image: BirchBox.com

image: BirchBox.com

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Driving my newly turned six year old boy to school in the morning is not a task I have encouraged or welcomed. Why add an extra 10 to 20 minutes to my already hectic morning when he could easily hop on a bus and be whisked off to school safely. Lately though I have been more open to doing things a little differently. The freezing cold temperatures and the extra ten minutes to stay snuggled in our nice warm beds seems a fair trade for those extra minutes spent driving him in. That, along with the recent memory of a terrifying event, is why I did not hesitate to drive him to school this morning despite my natural instinct not to.

Image: Amanda Vitti Photography

Image: Amanda Vitti Photography

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I could not wait to be a mom.  My journey was not an easy one but the result was amazing and truly a miracle. After everything I went through I was beyond ecstatic to find out I was  pregnant. As we prepared for all the changes that were to come I had one nagging thought  I could not banish; what are we going to do with all of the stuff that will soon be part of our lives as well? Awful, right? To be worried about keeping my house neat and clean when I was so undeniably fortunate to be having a child in the first place? But that is me, a neat freak, married to a military man who had actually won an award for his professional demeanor and neatness. The challenge of keeping our house from looking as chaotic as it feels is never ending. As my kids grow so do their toys. But with a little creativity and a lot of trial and error I have come up with some affordable, easy to implement ways to keep the mess from looking like a mess!

If you have a boy, you most likely have more cars, blocks, tools, dinosaurs, and action figures than you ever dreamed you would own. Here are some ways to keep your little boys room organized now and as he grows. (read more…)

If you have a daughter anything like mine, chances are you have drawers overflowing with hair clips, bows, leggings, tights, fancy underwear, and princess dresses! I like to be organized but when a three year old that loves to dress up and accessorize is in control, organization slowly unravels. In an attempt to gain back some control and get out of the house in time, I have added some very simple, affordable solutions. Now I just keep my fingers crossed the chaos that was her room is gone for good.

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Barrette and Bow Holder: Use a nail or damage free hanging hook and tie a ribbon or scarf on it. Let it hang down and simply attach barrettes and bows to it. Hang it at a height that your child will be able to reach so she can help pick out her accessories. photo(14)

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You made it through the holidays and welcomed the New Year. Now you deserve a little something special. Winter can wreak havoc on your skin and hair; lack of sun and fresh air can leave your complexion and your mood feeling tired and blah! Why not sign up for one of these beauty boxes and try some great products without having to commit? Another great thing about these sample boxes is if you find something you really like but do not want to spend the money on the full size product, you can probably find something similar in the drugstore. Just bring it with you to the store and compare color or ingredients to find what you love for a better price.

What are beauty boxes? Thanks to some creative thinkers and marketing geniuses you can be the recipient of a box full of beauty products each month. (read more…)

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