Calm in the Teenage Storm

Tobi Blake
Calm in the Teenage Storm

I don't have time to write a long, drawn out blog post about parenting today. I have seven children and one of them is making my life very difficult right now. They take turns, and this will pass. He's a great kid, he's been through a lot, and I love him. But in the difficult moments, those things are not easy to remember... Those who follow me on social media know I've started the Miracle Morning. It has helped restore my sanity, especially being stuck indoors with seven children in this Phoenix heat all summer. Affirmations are a big part of...

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The Difference an Angle Makes

Tobi Blake
The Difference an Angle Makes

I have given birth to five babies. I also have MS. I work hard day in and day out to make healthy choices so my kids will have their mommy around for as long as possible. With a disease like this, every single day is precious and I try not to take the time I have for granted.  For too long, I ached to have my pre-baby body back (say that ten times fast). I thought with enough clean eating and exercise, I would once again look like I did in high school. The funny thing is, before I had...

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My Mother’s Day Gift to You: Three Secrets That Will Save Your Sanity

Tobi Blake
My Mother’s Day Gift to You: Three Secrets That Will Save Your Sanity

Cup of coffee in hand, children off to school, it’s 8:30 in the morning and I’m feeling great. I sit down to write this post and the phone rings. It’s my seventh grader saying he forgot his socks and needs me to bring him some. Roll my eyes and deliver socks. Switch laundry. Change god-awful diaper. Re-heat coffee. Deep breath. Sit back down to write this post and the phone rings. It’s the school nurse telling me my third grader is having chest pain. Rush to the school, fearing the worst. It was a minor case of indigestion that a...

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Mom with Stretch Marks Says Put on that Damn Bikini!

Tobi Blake
Mom with Stretch Marks Says Put on that Damn Bikini!

I am a mother to seven children. No, that is not a typo. I gave birth to five of them. My middle name should be legally changed to Kegel. Some days I feel like I'm on top of it all. Mostly, I spend my days trying to stay sane amidst absolute chaos. By the end of most days, I feel like I survived some insane war battle. A glass of red wine and an episode (or five) of House of Cards feels like a legitimate vacation. I love my kids dearly. I would do anything for them. I work from home....

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