Author Archive | Amanda

Gift Ideas

Unique Gift Ideas for Friends

I am always on the hunt for the perfect unique gift for people.  I love to get things for people they will appreciate, not just something that will end up in the back of their closet, collecting dust.  Whether it’s for a friend’s birthday, a work celebration, a Christmas present, or just because, here are […]

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hard things

You Can Do Hard Things

“You can do hard things.”  I hear myself tell that to my four-year-old as he’s working on some basic life skills.  His hard things right now include putting shoes on, getting dressed and eating vegetables.  His hard things seem fairly trivial at this point in my life, but I recognize that it’s all a matter […]

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Simplicity of the Heart in a Complicated World

Motherhood is anything but simple.  Constant demands on life, kids running around needing things all the time, to do lists for home and work, and a myriad of other things consume our minds and our hearts on a regular basis.  Simplicity in motherhood probably doesn’t mean that we will be able to throw off all […]

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MUNDANE MOMENTS | Albuquerque Moms Blog

Making the Most of the Mundane Life Moments

I recall daydreaming of different adventures I would take throughout my life.  When I was young, I thought adulthood encapsulated the most exciting part of life, and I couldn’t wait to grow up.  Part of my 20’s was characterized by this lavish idea of adventure as I traveled the world after college.  I turned 30 […]

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Rail Yards Market: Albuquerque Summer Fun

One of my favorite things about Albuquerque in the summer is the number of activities that you can find to do at any given point in time.  I love the weather, especially in this pre-summer stage.  I love spending time outside. But the sun is blazing in the middle of the day, so if you’re […]

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Mother's Day for the broken and weary mom

Mother’s Day for the Broken and Weary Mom

Motherhood is not an easy undertaking.  Long days can turn into long nights.  The to-do list never seems to get done.  Many times there are no thank-you’s for the things we do.  Mommy wars, internet trolls, and even our own voice can condemn us for not being enough or too much (fill in the blank). […]

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Weekly Planning for the Weary Mom

Once upon a time, I was able to keep up with my entire schedule for months in advance in my head.  I could remember birthdays, anniversaries, deadlines, and vacation schedules without having to write any of it down.  Ever since having kids, though, the ever-intrusive “pregnancy brain” took up residence and never moved out.  I […]

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Gardening: Resources for the ABQ Gardener

I am not known in my family for having a green thumb.  My mom gave me a house plant in college that theoretically I shouldn’t have been able to kill.  It was dead by the second semester of my freshman year.  As a result, I approach gardening with a massive dose of trepidation.  After all, […]

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Vegetables for the Picky Palate

Vegetables used to scare me.  No wonder they scare my three year old.  I do not recall eating many vegetables when I was growing up, and usually if I did, I tried to mask them with a condiment of some sort.  Maybe my mom hid them in the middle of meals like lasagna.  They were […]

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Easter Traditions for the Family

Easter is easily one of my favorite holidays in the year.  Our family celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, the beginning of spring, and the world around us changing into a canvas of pastels as everything wakes up from the winter.  Easter is a time of new freshness as the cold and dead of winter gives way to […]

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