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Why I Embrace Being A Hot Mess Mom

My name is Paulette and I’m a hot mess mom. I don’t live a pretty, Instagram perfect life. My house is often a mess. On any given day I have at least two baskets of clean laundry that need to be put away – but probably won’t. I often use TV to distract my kids…

Why I’m perfectly fine with being imperfect

I’ve been missing from my blog for a while. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. It’s just that I haven’t had the time or energy to write it. Between life and family and work and school, my schedule has been eating me alive. I’m over-extended and overwhelmed. And one of the biggest…

It’s My 6 Month Blogiversary. Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far.

This month marks six months since I’ve committed myself to this blog. I’ve blogged on and off for years. I’ve bought domain names and shut them down. But six months ago I decided to really commit to building something here at Socially Awkward Mom. To celebrate, I’d like to share 6 things I’ve learned the…

10 Budget Friendly Self Care Tips You Should Check Out This Weekend

Becoming a mom has enhanced my life in so many ways. I’ve gained knowledge, experience, perspective and the ability to love in a way that I never knew possible. But for all that I’ve gained in motherhood, there are some things I’ve lost. One of the main things is the desire to take care of…

I’m almost 30. Why don’t I have it all figured out?

Every year around this time, my social media feeds fill up with photos of kids headed to prom or graduation. I see the smiling faces of proud parents and young adults living in what are essentially their last moments of childhood. And every year I nostalgically think back to my own senior year of high…

Video: The Surprising Impact Our Words Have On Our Children

I’m sure you’ve heard some iteration of this saying before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But this isn’t entirely true. Our words hold a lot of power – especially the ones we use toward our children. The things we say to our kids – both encouraging and…

Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids

My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn’t terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn’t have…

How I Lost – And Found – Myself In Motherhood

Wake up. Make breakfast. Play. Clean up. Make lunch. Wash dishes. Do laundry. Cook dinner. Put the kids to bed. Crash from exhaustion. Repeat. This is what my to-do list typically consists of. And that’s just on the days when I don’t have to work. Sometimes I’m so busy taking care of my children I…

When You Can’t Afford To Take A Mental Health Day

Every time I hear about a celebrity going to a hospital or cancelling tour dates due to exhaustion, I think to myself, how nice would it be to have the ability to pause life when it all becomes too much? The thought usually comes as my kids are destroying the house, or I’m washing dishes…

Why I Don’t Want My Daughters To Be Like Me

There’s no feeling like the adoration of my daughters. To see them get excited about things like dressing like me or wearing their hair similar to mine. My oldest shares my love of writing. And my youngest, my love of art. It’s important to me to set a good example for my daughters and to…