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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 27: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)

It’s already March! We are busy looking ahead to spring, mentally planting flowers and rejoicing with each morning that brings sunshine!

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be wise to start the meal planning a week ahead! Let the Irish food flow!

Head over to Design Mom for great ideas and yummy recipes.

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It’s never too early to start planning Mother’s Day gifts, and this project looks fun and easy! I think my husband could handle this one without me, hint, hint….

Follow Handmade Charlotte for more great craft ideas.

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This post really resonated with me as a mama of two little girls and a boy, all of whom are very opinionated.

“So one thing is to simply say, ‘Be quiet and let others speak.’ Head her off at the pass. It might take a week to get a little traction on this new habit, — and maybe more like years, so see how it goes. It might take repeated gentle reminders and explanations to get the message through. ‘You can’t speak up whenever you feel like it. Listen first to see if you are being helpful.”You don’t have to say anything right now.’ ‘He’s littler than you and it takes him a while to say or do this — you were the same way when you were little. Let’s be patient.’ ‘He can do it.’ ‘Mama said, ‘be quiet.'”

“Then of course, let her know when she’s been helpful; encourage her when she handles things well, because you know, our faults are our strengths; our strengths are our faults. You can’t actually change how you deal with life, you can only somehow, with the help of others and God, make the way you deal better.”

Like Mother, Like Daughter is full of stories, advice and inspiration.

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Here are five great ideas to implement into your day.  All of them doable.  All of them simple.  And, she’s honest.  I trust any woman who can be this real about exercise.

“Truth be told, I haven’t exercised since Harlow was born. This is coming from someone who ran four miles on the tread mill the day that Mazzy was born. No joke. I no longer belong to a gym and I don’t even own a pair of running sneakers. When I think about exercising again, I think about that cardio-obsessed time in my life that in hindsight, doesn’t really seem that healthy. Also, I think burning all those calories just made me more hungry which made me put on weight… so that’s not very motivational. But I do realize that as I get older, exercise becomes more important and maybe I just need to shift my definition of what exercising means. Maybe it’s not intense cardio sessions but more about strength training and the stretching. It makes me feel really old to say that but with age comes wisdom. At the moment, committing to daily or weekly exercise sounds like a false promise, so I’m going to start with something much smaller. I vow to buy a pair of sneakers and a presentable workout outfit, so that if the opportunity or the desire to exercise presents itself, I can’t use lack of appropriate footwear as my excuse.”

Follow Mommy Shorts for great ideas.

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Again, gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day. Doesn’t this look delicious?

Chocolate Covered Katie has fantastic recipes!

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