Author: The Mama On The Rocks

A Holiday Gift Guide For The Financially Frozen

After posting gift guides for mom, for minimalists, for kids with ADHD and Sensory Needs earlier this holiday season, I received endless comments about what to do when the gift-giver’s budget is strapped. Have no fear shoppers! This list comes from a couple who still, twelve years later, make a DIY gift for each other every single Christmas because we’ve just never had deep pockets. Our kids still receive homemade gifts from us as well giving DIY gifts to others in our family. So get your list ready because the items listed below can be made from regular household...

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Resolve to be More Organized in 2018

A new year means new resolutions maybe you should resolve to be more organized in 2018, here are some tips how to stay on track year-round. It is hard to believe the New Year is right around the corner. Right now thoughts of sugar plums and eggnog, elves on shelves, and mistletoe are swirling through the heads of those drunk on Christmas spirit. Moms and dads everywhere are secretly planning covert wrapping sessions and late night rendezvous to ensure their little ones wake up to the magic only Santa and his eight reindeer can provide. However, after the presents...

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More Than A Milk Machine: The Raw Truth About Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding is so much more than  a way to please your crunchy granola BFF, “good for baby and mommy”, or the money saving savior you will need to afford to get them to elementary school. While nursing your babes can be a completely beautiful bond, it can also drive mamas to the brink of insanity. It is painful and emotional, messy and difficult, exhausting and frustrating, terrifying and rewarding. It is all of those descriptions and much more. No experience is the same. This is a dive into the depths of one small part of motherhood that no one...

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A Gift Guide for Real Moms: What To Buy The Mom In Your Life (32 Gifts She’ll Actually Like)

Historically, moms are the easiest people to shop for during any time of the year. I once bought my mom a “jewelry tray” (read: tiny metal pan) with a unicorn painted on it at the Secret Santa shop in my elementary school for $0.50. Now, thanks to Pinterest and loads of DIY YouTube videos, kids and husbands alike can fashion moms something way nicer than your late 80’s macaroni necklaces or popsicle stick reindeer ornaments. Honey, put down the glue stick and take a step backwards. I am about to let you in on a little-known secret. While I...

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Holiday Survival Mode: How To Parent Your Extreme Child Through Winter Break

Long breaks from school can be hard on parents. As both a public school teacher, and a mother of two (one of whom has five behavioral/anxiety diagnosis), I feel like a self-proclaimed expert on the topic of how breaks from school can disrupt an already tumultuous sea of parenting navigation. While teachers and students alike race to squeeze out of the hallways at the last bell for their long-awaited break from the daily grind of standardized test prep and sitting in rows of desks, these long leaves of absence can leave some parents paralyzed with the overwhelm of what...

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