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Photo by the fabulous Maile Wilson

So This is Alli isn’t the most creative title in the world is it? Deciding on a name for an ENTIRE blog is overwhelming. WHAT IF I NAME IT A CRAPPY NAME? I obviously went for a simple name.

Welcome to my corner of Babble where I get to share my opinions (I have so much to tell you by the way!) about modern motherhood.  I’ll talk it up over here about everything from parenting my own village (I have five boys & a teenage stepdaughter) to the importance of mindful parenting practices, the responsibility of raising men, and tackling the elusive goal of perfect work-life balance.

But that is not where the topic of motherhood ends. What about self-development as it relates to raising healthy kids? That’s what gets forgotten during the hustle of daily life. Crazy as it sounds, blogging helped me get my mojo back. I started when I was a physically exhausted, yet intellectually unfulfilled, stay at home mom to three of my boys. The practice of blogging, the demands of a business based around blogging, and the strong community built online opened my world.

I’m here to yell off the rooftops about the importance of continual self development while we mother our families. Be it in business, with art, our health, or our communities; our families need us to be the best we can be. Mindful lifestyle development doesn’t mean perfection. There is no perfect. Life is what it is: messy, wonderful, painful, confusing, beautiful. The key is simply doing the best you can and enjoying it.

Take a peek at my  family keepin’ it real-

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  • I totally know how to balance kids and career. 1 of 7
    I totally know how to balance kids and career.
    OK, maybe not. :)
  • My kids have perfect manners. 2 of 7
    My kids have perfect manners.
    Well, perfect for them.
  • The older boys teach homeless refugees how to knit for fun. 3 of 7
    The older boys teach homeless refugees how to knit for fun.
    Yeah, not so much.
  • We only enjoy more high minded entertainment. 4 of 7
    We only enjoy more high minded entertainment.
    If, by high minded, you mean Spongebob.
  • We always work as a team. 5 of 7
    We always work as a team.
    TEAM AWESOME!
  • The kids respect us completely. 6 of 7
    The kids respect us completely.
    I think my son's behind in this shot says it all.
  • My husband and kids handle their own chores. 7 of 7
    My husband and kids handle their own chores.
    Well, yeah, but their standards are terribly low.

This first post is an introduction. I think that’s a fine time to make an awkward, “Hi, I’m Alli” video, right?

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