Author: Nicole Carpenter

Are your expectations ruining you? 3 changes that can help…

Unrealistic expectations are like the gateway drug to mom guilt and unhappiness. Though the dates and circumstances vary, the story is the same: The fantastic idea in your head of how the day will turn out fails. You run out of time. You run out of patience. You remember you can’t control the people in the perfect picture from your head. And, like a raging fire, your mind fills with doubt, regret, guilt and frustration. What went wrong? We try to be happy. We had good intentions. But, in most cases, it comes back to the underlying problem that...

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Back To School Help: Teaching Kids Time-management Techniques

In the late 1990s, during my high school days, I lived and died by my Franklin Covey planner. It kept track of every homework assignment, shift at work and to-do item. I relied on that zip-around-organized-bundle-of-goodness so much that during my senior year, my friends thought it would be funny to steal it from me. They watched me walk around clueless, unsure of my next move for an entire week. And then finally one night, they surprised me with it. It was so funny (insert sarcasm). When I saw that beautiful mahogany faux-leather case again, I dropped to the...

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Meet Janneke

Hi, I’m Janneke Marquez, the Community Manager here at MOMentity! I’m so excited to run the MOM Academy and you’ll see me in and out of all the MOMentity social media groups. But I realized you probably don’t know much about me. Let’s change that! How did I cross paths with MOMentity? I heard about Nicole and Momentity in 2013 at the first ever Pinners Conference in Utah. At that point in my life I was a SAHM mom to my 3-year-old son. I also had a portrait and birth photography hobby I was trying to launch into a business. I...

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An Easy Acronym to Get Your Dream Going

On the wall above my desk is a framed quote by author, speaker and pastor John C. Maxwell: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Familiar quotes like Maxwell’s sound nice. You probably have a favorite of your own, like Walt Disney’s, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Or Henry David Thoreau’s, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” At a glance, phrases such as these remind us of possibilities. But in how many cases does a quote in a frame on an office wall actually...

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Fighting Bullies Through Kindness in our Home

My sweet little kindergartner was coloring at the bar while I was cooking. It was a rare moment of peace during the pre-dinner rush. He must have been deep in thought while he worked to keep the crayon inside the lines. Through the sound of sizzling hamburger I heard him say of the blue, “I don’t respect Donald Trump.” It’s a bit of a shock when we see the world around us through the eyes (or mouth) of our children. Usually, it has us squirming a bit in our skin because what they say or do mirrors what we...

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