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User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 23, 2018 4:42 PM (UTC)

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One of my favorite things about myself has always been my smile, but that smile did not come easy. I’ve had braces three separate times from middle school to when I was pregnant with Mazzy. I've had my jaw broken, realigned, and wired shut for weeks. I’ve had permanent retainers for over 20 years. That’s why one of my New Year's Resolutions is to take better care of my smile— with flossing, better brushing, @Crest Gum Detoxify toothpaste and even though I don’t love them— more frequent dental appointments. Read more about how I’m taking care of my smile #ForGumsSake on the blog today. // new post #sponsored
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 23, 2018 2:42 AM (UTC)

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They don’t always get along but if you ask either of them to name their best friend, Mazzy will always say Harlow and Harlow will always say Mazzy. Just like I would say of my sister. #mazzyandharlow #sisters #bestfriends 💕
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 22, 2018 2:39 PM (UTC)

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It is the most bittersweet experience of my life watching my littlest turn into a big kid. She’s getting more awesome by the day but the speed of it all is keeping me up at night. #poselikeharlow // Thanks for another amazing dress @itscourtneycourtney!
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 22, 2018 3:13 AM (UTC)

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I don’t know how many of you saw what went down on my other account @averageparentproblems today, but it was so disheartening to see so many hateful comments from other women under a photo that basically said #girlpower. I didn’t realize how different my audience is over there. Or maybe I’ve posted enough political stuff on @mommyshorts that I’ve weeded the haters out. I just want to thank you all for being a positive corner of the internet. The other side might think the marches do nothing, but there are more women than ever before who have been motivated to run for office and THEY ARE WINNING.
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 21, 2018 2:42 AM (UTC)

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Today, I asked Harlow what she thinks #thefutureisfemale means. She said, “The future is beautiful.” “What else do you think female means?” She said, “Strong. The future is beautiful and strong.” Then I showed her a puzzle we have of all the presidents. “Do you notice anything that all the presidents have in common?” She said that they all have the same skin color except for Barack Obama. I said, “Yes, that’s true. Do you notice anything else?” She said no. I told her to look again. She looked at it for a long time. Suddenly, it clicked. “WHERE ARE ALL THE GIRLS????” She asked incredulously. I smiled. “That’s what #thefutureisfemale means,” I told her. “It means that this country will be a better place when more women are leaders.” She nodded. “You should be the next president, Mom. I would vote for you.” I told her that if she ever ran for President, I would vote for her too. #womensmarch #womensmarchnyc2018
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 19, 2018 5:56 PM (UTC)

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This is my new favorite photo. You might think my kids suddenly look like teenagers flashing peace signs but Harlow is actually flashing the #2. I know this because she is flashing a #1 with her other hand. So old yet still so so young. 😊 #mazzyandharlow
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 18, 2018 4:27 PM (UTC)

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You might think walking and talking are the most exciting childhood milestones, but you are wrong. You have not lived until you've seen your kid flip her own pancake for the first time. #soproud 🥞😊If you want to see more of my videos, hop over and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I post new videos every Friday!
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 17, 2018 6:44 PM (UTC)
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Mazzy and Harlow both ran to opposite ends of this bubble to pop it. Harlow got to her end first. If you zoom in close, you can see the tiny finger that burst the beast. #centralpark #nyckids
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 16, 2018 7:23 PM (UTC)

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User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 16, 2018 4:49 AM (UTC)

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User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 16, 2018 12:45 AM (UTC)

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They’re feelin’ much better. 🤗
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 15, 2018 1:49 AM (UTC)

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Forgive the pun but we are hanging in there. (Trust me, you don’t want to see a picture of what’s really going on here.) Mazzy seems to be all better. I’m at about 85%. Harlow was at her lowest today but as of this evening, she seems to have come out on the other side. Mike has so far remained unscathed, THAT LUCKY BASTARD. Here’s to seeing outside our apartment tomorrow perhaps? #flupocalypse
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 14, 2018 2:44 PM (UTC)

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We’ve been stuck in Flu Season hell all week. First Mazzy, then me, now Harlow. Mike has somehow avoided it and let me sleep uninterrupted for two solid days. I don’t know how I would feel if I hadn’t gotten all that rest. Thank you Mike! I still have a temperature but I finally feel like I’m on the mend. Anybody know if you can get the same strain again? I want to hold and cuddle Harlow but I also don’t want to start a vicious circle.
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 11, 2018 3:39 PM (UTC)

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We found a way to get a closer picture in front of the Hollywood sign! #mazzyandharlow #LA
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 10, 2018 5:14 PM (UTC)

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I wrote a post giving a full rundown of how we spent the holidays. It's the kind of post people usually tell me they enjoy reading from me. There were a lot of questions on Instagram about why we celebrated Christmas so I thought I would address that in the post as well. Then I guess I opened up another can of worms about us traveling so much (someone commented that I was not relatable anymore) and then someone else said I appear to be favoring Harlow... and then I went down a whole black hole of thoughts and feelings and spent entirely too much time writing my response. You know— people are generally incredibly nice and supportive which is why I've enjoyed doing this for so long. So, I guess a thank you is in order for being a nice online community who usually has my back. If you'd like to read the post, the link is in my bio. Also, i adore this photo. There are few things that make me happier than the relationship between mine and my sister’s kids. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 10, 2018 3:15 AM (UTC)

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We took the kids on a red eye home from Park City. Harlow fell asleep on the way home. Mazzy stayed up the ENTIRE TIME. I get it, Mazzy— there is nothing more satisfying than uninterrupted personal airplane entertainment. I stayed up the whole flight too. I watched the entirety of The Sinner. A show, I might add, that is very questionable to have playing while your kids are sitting next to you. If you've seen it, you know what I am talking about. But I kept checking and both my kids seemed totally absorbed in their own shows and weren’t even glancing in my direction. As a side note, even when the kids are not there, it feels really weird to be watching certain things when you are sitting on a plane (in the aisle!) and everyone can see your monitor. At one point I turned on an Andy Samberg HBO comedy about the Tour de France and there was full frontal nudity! Even Mike looked over and was like, “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WATCHING???” I was like— “It’s a mockumentary about bicycling! It seemed so innocent!!!" But I digress. Mazzy finally fell asleep at 6am as we taxied into our gate in New York. Then I had to wake her up ten minutes later to carry her own luggage into 3 degree temperatures. Good times.
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 9, 2018 5:01 PM (UTC)

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As you guys requested, here’s a ski photo with me in it— the one and only family photo from the trip. My one huge boob is actually my mittens stuffed in my inside breast pocket. Mike is crouching for no reason whatsoever. That’s all we got! We might not have had the best conditions in Park City (there was more snow in NY!) but it actually worked out great. Since the slopes weren’t that exciting, we pulled the kids out of their last two days of ski school to ski with them instead. They were both awesome and it was so much more fun than skiing on our own. I truly can’t believe that we are already able to ski together as a family. I thought we had a few more years to go. I love skiing because it’s one of the few things that your family can grow up doing together, even as the kids get older. That is until our kids get better than us and we can’t keep up! I’m pretty good though so we’ve got some time before that happens. I’m looking forward to many more ski vacations together! #parkcity #skiing #skivacation
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 9, 2018 3:54 AM (UTC)

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Mazzy walked into the living room while we were watching the Golden Globes (she was supposed to be sleeping) and asked, "Why is everyone wearing black?" My daughter is eight so I told her the reason I felt was most age appropriate. “It’s because they are taking a stand against women being paid less than men for doing the same jobs.” She nodded. She knows about how women often have to work harder than men to get to the same place. She wanted to stay up and watch. “Mommy! I’m interested!” She kept saying. But it was late and I insisted she go back to bed. This year, Mazzy told me she wants to be an actress. When I was little, I wanted to be an actress too. I dreamed of being one of those beautiful women in the fancy gowns claiming the Best Actress statuettes. In 7th grade, I remember meeting with an agent that had been arranged through my acting teacher. My mom and I sat across from him. He said, “Well, she’s not the prettiest girl in the world but she's not the ugliest either. It helps to be one or the other.” This was before I had said one word, let alone read the monologue I had been told to prepare. I'm not sure what effect that meeting had on me, but I know in the years that followed, puberty hit and my self esteem plummeted and I was left with a massive case of stage fright. I quit acting and became an art major in college. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s, working as a creative on a commercial shoot, directed by the first woman we had ever hired, that I realized I would have loved to work behind the camera rather than in front of it. Writing television or directing movies were not options that ever occurred to me when I was young. By then, I thought it was too late. I’m not going to discourage Mazzy from acting, but I’m also going to make sure she knows about all the power players she can be in the TV and movie industry. In the future, when I let her stay up to watch awards shows, I hope there are many more examples of successful women in Hollywood— not just actresses, but directors, cinematographers, producers and screenwriters too. I don’t care what they wear. And judging by Mazzy’s interest in the all-black Golden Globes last night, she doesn’t either.
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 8, 2018 5:12 PM (UTC)

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HARLOW KILLED IT. I was shocked at how well she did. SHOCKED! Watch and learn. #parkcity #skikids
User Image mommyshorts Posted: Jan 7, 2018 10:55 PM (UTC)

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When you’re dining in a yurt on top of a mountain and someone hands you authentic Viking helmets, you make your kids put them on.! Want to see how Harlow felt about this particular photo op under that helmet? #swipeleft #mooooooommmmmm