February is a little more interesting in a leap year

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Okay, lazies, you can’t drop the “R” in Feb-RU-ary. It’s not pronounced FebYOUary, like JanYOUary. Just want to get that out of the way. Some may see the extra “R” as too complicated to pronounce, but it is part of the charm of the month. Even more charming this year is that it is a [ keep reading ]

A potty training tip I promise you’ve never thought of

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Especially when you have your first child, you want to do everything right. You want to be the best parent you can be. If God blesses you with additional children, you hopefully continue to want to be a loving parent. You want to teach your children everything they need to know to get a good [ keep reading ]

Parenting humor that will make you cry laugh

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Good morning (afternoon, evening, night)! Did you come to Hot Mess Press in need of some good parenting humor today? This one’s for moms or dads who need a good cry laugh. Sometimes, you just have to laugh at life, so you don’t cry, but if you cry laugh, that’s good, not bad. Know what [ keep reading ]

The Struggles of Becoming a Morning Person

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Morning people. Ugh. You know, those cheerful songbirds who spring out of bed with a smile on their face ready to take on the world? Are you one of these weirdos? I hate you. But at the same time, I admire you. I envy you. I want to be like you. How do you do [ keep reading ]

Baby names: How to choose to avoid regrets

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Having a baby can be one of the most wonderful, mysterious, miraculous and exciting experiences of a lifetime. Then again, it can also be highly stressful as well. This is especially true the first time around when you suddenly realize you’re morally and legally responsible for another human being’s life! Amid the joy of preparing [ keep reading ]

The Best Christmas Gifts

We’re another week closer to Christmas, people! How’s the holiday shopping going? Last week, I shared the ten worst Christmas gifts (in my opinion) and it caused a lot of discussion among friends of mine who are now disappointed that they can no longer gift me scented candles with reckless abandon. There is another side [ keep reading ]

When one door closes, another restaurant opens

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Noralli’s is gone. Not Noralli’s Pizza, but Noralli’s Pizza and Subs, which took over the space when Noralli’s Pizza closed. The restaurant occupied a tiny storefront on the lonely east end of a dying shopping plaza. Once there was a thriving grocery store right in the center of this plaza, and I was quite disappointed [ keep reading ]

So You Love Winter? You’re Lying to Yourself

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This year, I set a goal to be more optimistic. 2019 has been the year of positivity for me. Over the years, my default pessimistic outlook on life has taken a toll on my mental health. I owe it to myself and my family to show up every day as the best version of myself, [ keep reading ]

The Worst Christmas Gifts

Maybe you’re the type of person who had all your Christmas gifts bought ages ago, or maybe you’re waiting for Christmas Eve to make a mad dash to the gas station down the block. Most of us fall somewhere in between. There are often people on our list who can be tough to shop for. [ keep reading ]

Celebrity fun facts to lighten your day

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Are you feeling it? There’s an atmosphere of mixed anticipation-slash-anxiety as the official 2019 holiday season swiftly approaches for kick-off. If you need a break from planning your Thanksgiving menu or guest list, I’ve compiled a short list of celebrity fun facts to lighten the load. I have a dear friend from high school who [ keep reading ]


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