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Beth Anne Ballance is a born and bred Southern Belle, blogging at okay, ba. Deeply personal with hilarious tales from the trenches, Beth Anne holds nothing back when discussing marriage and faith, depression and miscarriage, or being a working mom. Nationally syndicated and a 2010 Blog Luxe Award nominee for Most Inspiring, she topped categories in the Mommy Blog Awards from The Bump, and her writing has been featured on the front page of Yahoo!, Huffington Post, Yahoo! Shine, ABC News, and US News. Beth Anne adores good books, rich coffee, to-do lists, and being romanced by her husband of more than seven years.

My Last Post at Babble

My Last Post at Babble

After 2 1/2 years of telling stories and sharing experiences, this is my last post as a regular contributor to Babble. When I started as a traditional “mommy blogger,” there was no higher honor in my mind than being asked to write for Babble. It was the cool kids club and a validation that I MORE »

How A Preschooler Helps With the Family Dog

How A Preschooler Helps With the Family Dog

We adopted our dog back in late 2006, just a few months into our marriage. She was our first baby, taken to obedience classes and the dog park and fed premium dog food. When we brought home our human baby boy, we took great care in making sure our dog was still loved as a MORE »

Is My Son Too Obsessed With Cars?

Is My Son Too Obsessed With Cars?

Whenever someone asks what they can buy for my 4-year-old son, I don’t hesitate — he only wants cars. He’s obsessed with cars. If it doesn’t have wheels, he’s not interested. That can come across as sounding bratty but the truth is, he’s just really not interested in much else. Coloring? Okay, as long as MORE »

I Wish My Kid Didn’t Need A Nap

I Wish My Kid Didn’t Need A Nap

When my son was about 2 years old, fellow moms with similar-aged kids flooded my Facebook News Feed with status updates bemoaning the end of nap time. I saw them virtually crying into their coffee cups by 5pm, and thanked my lucky stars that my toddler was still snoozing a solid 2-3 hours every afternoon MORE »

Mayhem and Her Paper Dresses Cause Instagram Mayhem

Mayhem and Her Paper Dresses Cause Instagram Mayhem

Unless you’ve been living under a social media rock for the past 24 hours, chances are that you’ve seen the absolutely adorable “Mayhem” and her paper dresses. After watching her daughter play dress up with everything possible, Angie (Mayhem’s mother) suggested that they use paper, finding materials and items around the house. For the past MORE »

The Compromises I Make as a Working Mom

The Compromises I Make as a Working Mom

Mother, wife, full-time employee, freelancer. Cook, maid, banker, grocery shopper, laundry mistress. These are all hats I wear while balancing personal life and career with a preschooler’s growing social calendar. I’m not extraordinary – in fact, I have it easy compared to many working mothers, and the truth is that a successful life balance means a MORE »

Parenting Problem: My Son Prefers Dad

Parenting Problem: My Son Prefers Dad

Growing up, I loved my parents fiercely and equally. My mom did Scouts with me, my father did Indian Princesses (circa 1987, but is now called Y Princesses). My mother stayed home, but my father took me for bike rides on the weekends. It’s well-known that my mother is my very closest friend — we MORE »

How I Made the Choice Between Home and Career

How I Made the Choice Between Home and Career

I stood in a navy blue nursery, face buried in the crook of my 12-week-old baby’s neck and eyes squeezed shut. My heart clenched as I held him and his freshly bathed smell, in fuzzy pajamas wiggling in the comfort of his momma’s arms. My husband appeared in the doorway and I attempted a hopeful MORE »

8 Reasons I Love My Kid, in Honor of Valentine’s Day

8 Reasons I Love My Kid, in Honor of Valentine’s Day

I’m not a big Valentine’s Day do-er, and I’m pretty sure that’s been chronicled loud and wide on the Internet. Maybe it’s because I worked at Hallmark in college, or maybe it’s that I have a cold, tin heart… but I’m just not that into the red heart holiday. I don’t think my husband and MORE »

It’s Okay, Mom – Just Order A Pizza

It’s Okay, Mom – Just Order A Pizza

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the amount of “EAT THIS, NOT THAT! OMG YOU FEED YOUR KID WHAT?!” that pervades our culture of motherhood. We’re taught about the benefits of organic food and the dangers of GMOs. We’re warned to stay away from MSG and substitute turkey for beef and stay away from sugary cereals. MORE »

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