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April B.

April Brownlee is a professional fundraiser and freelance writer. She was born and raised in the Panhandle, holds a degree in mass communications and started her career in TV news. Married and mom to three kids age 9, 6 and 4 April likes to joke that in her "spare time" she gets to take a shower. But in all actuality, April is a book nerd, a wanna-be chef with absolutely no knife skills, a reality TV junkie, a follower of all things political, and a shop-a-holic. A fan of the "knowledge is power" mantra, April also likes to chat about two subjects that are very close to her--food allergies and children with special needs.
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Mommy Blogger April B. – My Goal: Travel All 50 States With My Kids

I've been hanging on this blog a lot lately: travel50stateswithkids.com. The whole site is built around the concept of taking kids to all 50 states--in as little as 12 trips even. I know, sounds crazy, right? But I have to admit, I'm kind of digging it. There are numerous clubs for this, by the way. Google it!

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Mommmy Blogger April B. – The 30 Something Me

I'm feeling a bit like a curmudgeon, of late. I think it's that spring has come crashing through like a tilt-a-whirl flinging me from corner to corner of my proverbial seat in life. And I'm someone who gets motion sickness very easily, mind you. Like, sick from a bouncy house sick. I once got sick sitting in a parked car on a windy day. True story. And, so here comes spring, that crazy perfect storm of work activities and kids activities colliding right on top of me and making me all uptight.

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Mommy Blogger April B. – What’s On Your Bucket List

All the mayhem this week has brought to our nation--and our state--has made me do some thinking about the fabled "bucket list." I then remembered I actually have a note on my phone entitled "bucket list." It's a work in progress. Only one thing has been crossed off (learn to make sushi--thanks, husband!) I don't ever look at it, unless I'm adding something. And I certainly don't make any plans to actively accomplish any of the list. So, I guess it's more like a dream list, which kind of flies in the face of everything a bucket list is meant to be.  

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Mommy Blogger April B -Favorite Spare Time Moments

One of my favorite things to do in my "spare time" (which is the time when I eat breakfast. Hey, it alters my mood if I think i have some actual free time) is catch up on my favorite mom reads. Books, blogs, magazines... Sometimes I'm hoping to glean some advice or parenting tips. But mostly, I just want to relish someone else's sticky fingered reality for a few fleeting moments.

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Mommy Blog April B – Aging Gracefully

As I purchased a $25 jar of anti-wrinkle cream the other day to take charge over some fine lines that are becoming noticeably less fine, I couldn't help but feel resentful... like I was forced to buy it. It feels like men are allowed to age and no one thinks anything of it. Sure there are a few men who try to maintain their youth and take it just a little too far. Hello, Kenny Rogers.

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Mommy Blogger April B. – When it Rains

Ever feel like you're caught in a figurative monsoon? It has certainly been one of those weeks for me. Nothing that ice cream or a cupcake or a funny conversation with one of my kiddos can't fix. I've just found myself tripping over a bunch of messy odds and ends that were also tied up with some bad luck.

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Mommy Blogger April B. – Parenting Isn’t ‘One Size Fits All’

In the last couple of weeks, a particular viral Facebook post has been bugging me. If you're on Facebook, I'm sure it's crossed your newsfeed. You might've even shared it. It's the one that's an open letter to the mom sitting at the park playing on her iPhone while her kids do all sorts of cute things. It's sweet and sappy and really gives the mom a good finger wagging for missing out on her daughter picking dandelions.

But, in case you missed it....

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Mommy Blogger April B. – Snow Day: A Pictorial

As many parents discovered this week, snow days are fun until there's more than one of them. It's at that point, children become caged animals and no amount of movie watching or cookie baking will pacify them. So on Tuesday, while the rest of the Panhandle began to unearth itself from our massive snow, I made peace with the realization I would have to get dressed and that I would have actually go outside with my children who were, by that point, hopped up on a snow ice cream high. I even managed to capture a debilitating bout of brain freeze.

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Mommy Blogger April B. – Anger Management

As I snuggled up with my very sweet, very cuddly 4-year old son one evening, I wondered how children can have so many personalities throughout the day? He patted my hand and called me sweetie-pie, which as relationships between little boys and their moms often go, is just the way its supposed to be.

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