Martha

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Martha is an Albuquerque wife, Mama!, sister, and friend who enjoys coffee and doughnuting around. In her spare time, she teaches and makes up ridiculous songs while swaying her youngest to sleep.
No Refunds, Exchanges, or Do-Overs: Pregnancy and Loss

No Refunds, Exchanges, or Do-Overs: Pregnancy and Loss

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As a teacher, I often hear kids tell each other, "You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit." They say this as they're passing out treats to one another on holidays...
black widow, albuquerque

ABQ Mom’s War on Black Widows :: I Didn’t Want Her Fanging Around!

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Warning, not for the fainting or squeamish types . . . Nasty pictures of black widows included below . . . Proceed at your own risk, and don’t say I didn’t warn you! It’s that...
I Like Good Sex and I Cannot Lie (Even If It's Just a Quickie!)

I Like Good Sex and I Cannot Lie (Even If It’s Just a Quickie!)

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I recently admitted to the world that I LOVE SEX. Isn't it great to get that right out there in the open? What I didn't say is that sex is sometimes hard. The daily events occurring...
Zozobra, ABQ Mom

Zozobra, the New Mexican Tradition We All Need

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One amazing tradition, found ONLY in New Mexico, is the burning of Zozobra. Each year (since 1924) on the Friday before Labor Day, merrymakers gather in Santa Fe to celebrate this creative symbol of...
Back-to-School Tips from a Teacher/Mom

Back-to-School Tips from a Teacher/Mom

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 If you're lamenting the end of summer and preparing your kids for this new school year, then this is for you. Also, if you are so glad summer is almost over, because your kids...
3 Disgusting Reasons Moms Should Always Have a Zip-Top Plastic Bag Handy

3 Disgusting Reasons Moms Should Always Have a Zip-Top Bag Handy

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Ok, here's the disgusting truth you never knew you always needed. Every mom should always have a gallon size, freezer, plastic zip-top bag at the ready. Not only are these baggies ready to carry...
enchiladas, ABQ Mom

The Great Thing About Enchiladas

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Really, the great thing about enchiladas is EVERYTHING! When you're not sure what to put on the table for dinner (who am I kidding...for ANY meal really!), enchiladas are a great way to go....

Road Trip :: Are We There Yet?

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It's summer! And for lots of us, that means it's time for a road trip! It's hot and the kids are getting the house dirty for the 132nd time today. And in the summer, we...
A Teacher's Summer Soap Box :: 3 Simple Ways To Help Your Child

A Teacher’s Summer Soap Box :: 3 Simple Ways To Help Your Child

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My very first year teaching first grade, I spoke with some very angry parents. Their child's kindergarten teacher had assured them their child was on level and ready for first grade. I insisted that...
Fear Can Be a Lifesaver

Fear Can Be a Lifesaver

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My family took a trip to the Grand Canyon when my youngest son was three years old. The Grand Canyon is breathtaking! It's more beautiful and vast than pictures can show. I was taking...
4 Reasons Why You Should Camp Across the U.S. This Summer

4 Reasons Why You Should Camp Across the U.S. This Summer

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Last summer, our family loaded up in the car with a tent, an ice chest, and a storage box filled with clothes for different types of weather so we could camp our way across...
Start Summer Well :: A Teacher/Mom's Tips for the End of the School Year

Start Summer Well :: A Teacher/Mom’s Tips for the End of the School Year

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If you've got Alice Cooper's "School's Out for Summer" scrolling through your head, I am right there with you! I can't wait to run barefoot through the grass and lounge lazily in the backyard...
Part 1: Infertility-You Never Know How Bad You Want Something Until You Ugly Cry in Chili's

Part 1: Infertility-You Never Know How Bad You Want Something Until You Ugly Cry...

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We just sat there and cried . . . in the booth at Chili’s . . . both of us . . . just flat out weeping. Our waiter came to check on us....
Part 3: Infertility-What Doesn't Break You Makes You Crazy

Part 3: Infertility-What Doesn’t Break You Makes You Crazy

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Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this infertility story. There it was. My Aunt, in her kindness, had begun this thing. She started the "Baby Love" Fund. I ugly cried sitting at the ATM with cars waiting behind me....