Author Archive for Mrs. Cotton Candy


Things I Said I Would Never Do Before Having a Kid

I’m four-plus years into this parenting gig, and I feel like I’ve settled into a nice groove. No, I don’t get as much time to myself or enjoy as much disposable income as I would like, but that’s life with a kid. And yes, I could definitely do without the daily power struggles and battles […]


And It Begins…

On January 20th I took a pregnancy test and it was positive. Unlike with my chemical pregnancy in December, both lines were very dark. I had a good feeling about it, but what could I do but wait and see? I took another the next day: still positive. (Then proudly attended the Women’s March in […]


Some Stray Thoughts on Gender Stereotypes & Kids

As we’re contemplating how adding a second child will change our lives, I’ve been thinking about gender norms and how society places them onto children from day one. From the moment we found our we were pregnant with Little Cotton Candy, I knew I didn’t want to know the sex of our baby until he […]

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2017 Goals: Reducing My Family’s Spending & Consumption

I’ve had the goal since the beginning of 2016 to reduce my consumption and addiction to retail spending. I’m not a shopaholic or a hoarder, but I know there is significant room for improvement in my outlook and spending behavior. Last year, I got lazy and didn’t really changes my habits all that much, even […]

Untangling My Feelings About Trying for Baby #2

Do you ever have a moment where something that happened to you in the past that you thought you were over comes back and hits you in the face, full force, and brings all of those emotions back so strongly that you think, hmm, maybe I’m not over this? I had a moment just like […]


What’s on My Baby #2 Shopping List?

When I was pregnant with Little Cotton Candy, I spent hours poring over baby registry lists and forum discussions to cull the perfect list of products that we just “needed” to receive or purchase before my due date. Our friends and family were so generous with gifts and hand-me-downs, and we ended up with pretty […]

Budgeting Tips & Strategies for the New Year

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to tackle those naggling tasks that we put off over the holidays. Clean start, and all that. This year, due to some changes in income, we are tweaking our budget to squeeze it a bit tighter. I wanted to give an overview of how we budget, plus […]

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