Paige Pacini

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Paige is a stay-at-home mom to three hilarious, energetic boys. In her pre-kid life, Paige worked as a licensed mental health counselor, but she shelved her empathetic listening and insightful questions to change diapers, race cars on the kitchen floor, and mediate toddler wrestling matches. While Paige loves to be there for (almost) every moment with her children, she also loves to get away and connect with other moms for dinner or a walk in the beautiful Albuquerque sun. Paige is married to her high-school sweetheart, Ben, and they work together to raise their three sons with lots of laughter and lots of love.
Mother's Day

When Mother’s Day Is a Set-Up for Disappointment

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Last year, I was chatting with a friend after Mother's Day. Our conversation went a bit like this: How was your Mother's Day? It was fine . . . Yeah, it was okay. We were working...
Why Kids Behave Worst for Their Moms

Why Kids Behave Worst for Their Moms

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My husband and I joke that I should never go out to dinner with the family. When I go, the kids behave terribly. My husband frequently takes our three sons (ages 6, 4, and 1.5)...
3 Quick Weeknight Meals with Trader Joe's Favorites

3 Quick Weeknight Meals with Trader Joe’s Favorites

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Who needs some easy dinner ideas? I sure do. By the time dinner rolls around, I have already cleaned a million messes and cooked a billion meals. I'm looking for dinners that: 1) can...
Want to Put an End to Sharing Squabbles? Me Too

Want to Put an End to Sharing Squabbles? Me Too

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The Sharing Scenario Child A has a toy. And Child B wants it (of course). Child B asks nicely if he/she can play with it. What do you do? Can we all agree upon a...
Nursery Decor Inspiration :: 3 Easy & Affordable Ideas

Nursery Decor Inspiration :: 3 Easy & Affordable Ideas

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When I learned I was pregnant with my third son, I was running out of fresh ideas for decorating a boy's nursery. I had already done this twice! I was tired of decorating with...

Why I Will Never Make a Diet or Fitness New Year’s Resolution

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Everyone is talking about their New Year's Resolutions. While my friends are planning to “lose 20 pounds” or “run a marathon,” I am announcing that “I have absolutely no diet or fitness goals!" I bristle...
It's Not Our Job to Worry

It’s Not Our Job to Worry, Mom :: Self-Care Sunday Series

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Here at ABQ Mom, we care about your self-care! It’s so important as moms to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Since it’s a brand new year, we want to get it...
top 12 posts of 2020

Top 12 Blog Posts of 2021

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Well, 2021 is in the books! We endured another year marked greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic. We adjusted, we pivoted, and we pressed on when we felt weary from the heaviness of these past...
Managing Mom Guilt: Do I Enjoy My Kids Enough?

Managing Mom Guilt :: Do I Enjoy My Kids Enough?

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Young moms are offered a great deal of advice. None is offered more commonly than the following pieces of parenting wisdom: "Cherish these moments!" "It goes by so fast!" "You're going to miss this so much!" It's good...
Unpopular Opinion :: Women Have Ample Encouragement to Take Care of Themselves

Unpopular Opinion :: Women Have Ample Encouragement to Take Care of Themselves

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Unpopular opinions are just that . . . opinions. They are ideas that contradict the status quo. And this week, ABQ Moms Blog has a few unpopular opinions that we need to get off...
Three DIY Ornaments for Kids that You'll Actually Want to Put on the Tree

3 DIY Ornaments for Kids that You’ll Actually Want to Put on the Tree

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It's true confession time. I have a hard time putting my kids' homemade ornaments on the Christmas tree. I'm sorry! But when I sit down to relax on a cold night in December, I...
miracle baby

My One-Pound Miracle Baby :: Part One

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When I was 23 weeks pregnant with my first son, my belly finally popped. I excitedly bought my first-ever maternity clothes. I remember looking in the mirror and smiling at that small baby belly--...
Mixed-Up Play Dough Colors and Other Things I've Decided to "Let Go"

Mixed-Up Play Dough Colors and Other Things I’ve Decided to “Let Go”

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Multicolor Play Dough and Ripped-Up Books The first time my sons started grabbing different colors of play dough and smashing them together I had no idea what to do. Do I ask them to keep...
3 Amazing Mascaras You Need to Try for Under $10

3 Amazing Mascaras You Need to Try for Under $10

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I have a confession. I have spent a lot of time browsing lifestyle and beauty blogs over the last five years. So much time, in fact, that I can confidently recommend to you the...