Shannon has lived in Fairfield County, CT for most of her life and currently lives in Monroe. She has a daughter L (September, 2008) and a son B (May, 2012). Shannon balances being a wife and mom with working 186 days out of the year as a special education teacher. Thank goodness for vacations, summer break, and snow days! You can be sure that she fills those days with as many amazing activities and outings that she can think of to make up for the time that she is at work. In a distant life, way before babies, Shannon was an aspiring actress and musician. You can sometimes still find her leading sing-a-longs with her guitar at the kids’ playgroups or at her daughter’s school.

Overscheduled? 5 Tips For Surviving Extracurricular Activities

When my daughter was a toddler, I couldn't wait for her to join some local activities. The little mommy and me gymnastics class - "so adorable!" The combined tap and ballet class at the...
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Driving Off Into the Sunset (No Minivan Required)

In the early days of being pregnant with my second child, my husband and I had joked that we were just at that point in our lives with our daughter, where we could "drive...
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Mommy Meltdowns: When Mommy Deserves a Time Out

There is a mean girl in our house, ladies, and true confession time; it is me! I'm not saying that it happens every day, but sometimes when the final button has been pushed, this...
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Family Complete?

It's happening. The momentous Big Brother or Big Sister announcements. The first-time mommy friends I met after having my second child are now announcing their second pregnancies. And I feel it. The twinge. The...
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Facebook Post Envy

As I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, there is definitely a difference between posts of people with children and those without children. Members of both camps will give an eye roll to the oodles of baby...
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Mama in the Middle

  A few years ago, an article popped up on my Facebook newsfeed entitled "A Letter From a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother (and Vice Versa)" by Dr. Carolyn Ee. Both my working mom friends and...
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Dear Mother on the Brink

I am right there with you sister. Your days are consumed with juggling all the pieces of your life, never feeling like you are doing any of them well. You are a mother on...

Hey Alexa! 10 Kid-Friendly Skills That We Love to Play

She plays music, she sets timers, she tells jokes, and if you are a parent to a child of 10 and under, you might have unfortunately discovered that she can even fart! But did...

Children + Chores = One Happy Mommy!

Let's be honest. No one likes to clean the house. It is a thankless job. The minute you clean one area, a new mess is being made in the next room. Now that I...

Tales From an {Almost} Middle-Aged Mama

Middle-aged. We all have images in our head of what that looks like or feels like. For some reason, I always associated that age period with a Cathy cartoon, but in actuality, she was...