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New Years Checklist

December 28, 2016

The week between Christmas and New Years is historically weird. Some of it’s the Christmas tree, just hanging out like the elephant in the room. And some of it is that even though the holiday is over, all our kids are still on break and asking for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at 9:30am.

Three days left of 2016. A few ways to pass the time.

1. Movies. A tiny morale boost: Amazon is offering a special promo right now where you rent any one movie for 99 cents. I think I am going to rent The Secret Life Of Pets tonight without the kids like the worst mom ever and eat all the snacks.

How: First find the movies that apply. Then click “More Purchase Options” and enter the promotional code “MOVIE99“. Once the promotional code has been applied, click “Rent Movie”.

Note: On site pricing will not reflect your discount, but your order history will show the promotional credit applied. Valid once per account. The credit expires January 23, 2017.

2. Music. Spotify has a deal right now where you can sign up for a premium account (NO ADS) for 99 cents for three months. This is an insane deal. Spotify and I don’t work together and I am not an affiliate of theirs, but I thought I’d let you know in case you love their service but cannot listen to one more terrible Home Depot ad. Kicking myself for signing up for last month’s ten dollar deal instead of waiting for this one. Anyways, you can find my playlists here.

3. New Year Reflections. Resolutions are often pointless, but I always appreciate the new beginning-ness of this holiday. A good time to look backwards and forwards and casually glance over gym membership fliers. This year I am looking less at gym memberships and more at the idea of separating my real job (writing) with my side job (blogging). No concrete ideas yet, just thinking out loud about ways to be even more annoying on the Internet.

Happy New Year, friends.

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Lately // October 2016

October 3, 2016

Hi friends. It’s been awhile since we’ve talked like this, so I thought I’d pop in to say I’m still here, avoiding piles of laundry and nursing a baby who believes I’m a 24 hour milk buffet.

When I’m not working on the book (most of the time) or parenting (all of the time), here are a few things I’m up to…

1. Dog-sitting and dog-walking via Rover to make a few extra bucks. My kids desperately want a pet, but because we’re already taking care of too many humans–this is a great compromise. They get a dog for a few days/hours and I get some easy side money. This weekend we watched a sweet Yorkie who was zero hassle, zero shedding, and great with kids. It was really fun! Yes, I make sure they are great with kids first (via a meet and greet and interview) and yes, you can set parameters on everything from dog size to if they are allowed on the furniture. You can also do it as few times or as often as you want!

2. Putting out a few Q&A posts on smart women via IG + FB. I have really been enjoying these series. Partly because I’m so proud of these women I get to call friends, and partly because I get really tired of talking about myself.

3. Reading this book for entertainment and this book for book club. Has anyone else read either of these? So far I’m enjoying them both.

4. Listening to this country mashup. I don’t listen to country music very often, but I really enjoyed this mashup of classics. Dolly Parton gets me every time.

5. Keeping this open in my Internet browser to read and re-read as needed. (For any other writers who occasionally need someone to tell them to keep going).

6. Not buying go-gurts for my kids anymore and making them myself instead with these. I am not especially crunchy, resourceful, or crafty (what a catch!), but I am able to make my own sleeves of yogurt instead of paying more money for more sugar.

7. Watching this special interview over and over again. Just in case you’re one of the few folks who haven’t seen it yet.

Everything else is more of the same: kids, work, kids, repeat–with an occasional mojito and trip to NYC on the side. Waylon is loving kindergarten, Eva is enjoying preschool and being the senior on campus when her older brother is at school, and Novi is doing what he does best (attaching himself to me like a spare appendage).

Have a great week!

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Como Tomo + An Instagram Giveaway Update + Weekend Links

October 16, 2015

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I said I wouldn’t do Instagram giveaways until my friends and I started to win them. Seriously, we can’t stop winning. Dear Instabloggers, I am not too proud to tag my friends 642 times to win a 25 dollar gift card to Home Depot. You’ve been warned. A weeks ago I won an iFit and now I can’t stop tracking how many calories I burn walking to and from the fridge. Thanks guys. My new motto is: Everyone should get free shit.

Due to this recent thrill of winning, I’ve been hosting a few giveaways on the ol’ gram. Since this is my little corner of the Internet, I can make the rules which makes me feel like Beyonce. Here’s what I’m thinking: giveaways where you only have to follow one other shop and contests that last no longer than a few days. Simple.

You can head over there for more details. Two weeks ago we gave away my very favorite baby bottles around, and this week I partnered up with one of my favorite Etsy shops to give away some very cute kid’s clothes. Stay tuned for the next one.

Back to those bottles. When I made a list of companies I love that would make sense for this space, at the top of that list was Como Tomo because they have the best bottles for breastfeeding babies. I recommend them to everyone. After sending them a few flirty emails, Como Tomo generously gave away their starter kit which includes one 5oz bottle, two 8oz bottles, fast and slow flow replacement nipples, and a baby teether. It was pretty amazing (congrats Joy!).

If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you might remember my struggles with breast and bottlefeeding both times around. When Eva was born, I was determined to find bottles that would work with my desire to breast and bottle feed seamlessly. My research led me to Como Tomo and we’ve been using them ever since.IMG_2781

Easy to clean, easy to use, and babies love them. They feel just like a boob! Whenever someone asks for new baby gifts, it’s on my list of musts. You won’t be disappointed.

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Happy Friday

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On Writing Books And Sending Your One-Year-Old To School

October 1, 2015

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I’m sending my one-year-old to school today. She’ll be joining the 2’s class, where she will be the baby of the classroom–unable to sit still or stay quiet or resist ripping off her diaper “for fun.” Bless you, preschool teachers. You have a special place in heaven next to the cheese bar.

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This plan was unexpected. The teachers came to us, and at first I said no until I realized a whole morning off to write would be gold if gold was financially worthless but emotionally thrilling.

I started drafting a few more paragraphs explaining myself and our reasons for sending her, but deleted them all because honey, I’m the mom and she’s going to love it.

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In the meantime, I’ll be here plugging away. This blog is no longer my first priority as I’m in the middle of writing two books, but it is still a great place to post life events, the occasional essay, or fun things from the Internet. Those Friday links used to really bog me down, but now those kinds of light posts are a happy place where I don’t have to think about where the next sentence will come from. Who would have thought curating silly tweets or finding noteworthy links to read would become a relaxing pastime. Instagram and Snapchat (for the most part) are fun too. Feel free to block me.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Not A Pregnancy Announcement

August 11, 2015

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Whenever someone says they have an ANNOUNCEMENT on the INTERNET, I always assume they are a) pregnant or b) trying to sell me something. Unfortunately none of those things are true today. My uterus is empty and the only thing I know how to make are enchiladas, and I have a sneaking suspicion that receiving them in the mail would look a lot like a hate crime. I guess my Etsy dreams are dead.

Instead I’m just popping in here to say that after years and years of cybersquatting on my name domain (yes, it’s a thing), whoever was holding katebaer.com for ransom decided to make better use of their time and give it up. Maybe they had to pay their kid’s college tuition or maybe they were tired of my merciless emails asking if we could “talk.”  Either way, I snagged it, which is great news because it’s easier to say, easier to remember, and doesn’t look like someone threw a bunch of letters in front of a .com and called it a blog.

As a logistical detail, motleymama.com & kbaer.com will continue to redirect to the new site, but not forever. Please adjust accordingly. I promise this is the last time we’ll have this conversation.

In other news, it’s still summer, I’m still sweating, and my kids are starting to look a lot like the kind of people I’d never invite over for a party. Loud, demanding, constantly breaking things. You know you have young children when you linger in the parking lot to google brain tumor symptoms because you’re feeling tired and slightly deranged. School cannot come soon enough.

Some parting words of our lady of wonder, Tina Fey.

You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, “This is impossible–oh, this is impossible.” And then you just keep going and keep going , and you sort of do the impossible.

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PS: Some cosmetic updates–> You can now find Baer family photos and posts (old and new) under the Babies tab. Slowly importing posts from their previous websites. If you are subscribed to my email list, you probably received a bunch of emails today linking to those old posts. So sorry about that! I can think of no one more poorly suited to figure out technical difficulties than myself, but I’m trying my best.
Back to regularly scheduled programming very soon.