My Son Wants to Wear His Sister’s Clothes

Ben and Ryan digging

By: Amber Leventry “Don’t trip on your dress,” I said this to my son as he climbed the steps in preparation for nap time. Earlier in the day he had taken advantage of his big sister being at school and made himself comfortable in her space. He had also dug through her bins of clothing […]

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Jillian Michaels Makes Me Sweat

Jillian Michaels DVDs

By: Amber Leventry I love to exercise. I always have. Physical exertion, challenging reps, endorphins, and sweat are so good for my mental well-being. Enter parenthood. I am not the biological mama of our three kids, and it has been two years since our boys were born, but I am still carrying a little baby […]

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Documenting a Year With Twins And A Toddler

twins painting

By: Amber Leventry At least once a week, my partner and I look at each other with a look that refers to many conversations where we have said, “I don’t want to wish their youth away, but I want the boys to be a little older.” I feel guilty for feeling it and guilty for […]

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If My Four Year Old Daughter Had An Instagram Account

Kids and cameras

By: Amber Leventry My daughter received a kid-friendly digital camera for her birthday. It took her approximately 17 minutes to fill its memory card to the 500 picture limit. And because each picture was precious, I wasn’t allowed to delete any. Instead, my four year old stood over my shoulder while I downloaded them onto […]

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Having Kids Has Forced Me To Work Harder To Keep The Spark Alive In My Marriage

Love at the Cape

By: Amber Leventry Despite my snarky and exacerbated comments, complaints, and posts about my children, I do love all three of them. But as much as I love my children and as much as you love yours, there needs to be space to vent about our kids. And there needs to be an allowance to […]

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Does Not Play Well With Others: Seeking My Playgroup Soul Mate

playgroup for toddlers

By: Amber Leventry I don’t like children’s playgroups. Not totally true: I like the fact that they are free and get me out of the house, preventing me from going batshit crazy while home with my 20 month old twin boys. I also like the part that allows my boys to do art projects with […]

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Zak’s Safari: A Children’s Book About Donor-Conceived Kids and Two-Mom Families

Zak's Safari Book Cover

By: Amber Leventry My partner, Amy, and I have three beautiful kids thanks to the generous donation—let’s call a spade a spade—expensive contribution of a sperm donor. And now that our oldest child is almost four years old, we have started to talk to her about that donor and her conception. Why, you might ask? […]

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Making It Through The Grocery Store with Twins

Ben and Ryan at Hannaford

By: Amber Leventry When I go to the grocery store with my 15 month old twin boys, I swing through emotions faster than I do on the day before my period. As I gather my coupons and courage to leave the house, I know I will soon experience more feelings than a sane person should […]

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Be The Change In This World Your Dads Hope For

Jason in the plaid shirt speaks out about second parent adoption in Nebraska.

By Jason Holling About two weeks ago, Justin and I had the chance to help with a postcard campaign in an attempt to get a bill out of the Nebraska State Judiciary Committee that supported the need to allow second parent adoption by two unmarried qualified adults in Nebraska. We collected post cards and helped […]

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