Jama Oliver

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I am a homeschool mama of four boys and wife to a software developer. We are originally from Northeast Tennessee, but now call Chattanooga "home." I'm a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, gluten free, dairy free, sober, and way more fun than I sound on paper.
I Was an Ignorant Southern White Woman

I Was an Ignorant Southern White Woman

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I am not racist. I’ve never been racist. Not even a little bit.  But I have been astoundingly ignorant.  Growing up in the South, I probably seemed, at least to those close to me, almost progressive....
It's Ok to Hire Help

It’s Okay to Hire Help

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For years -- ever since I became a mom more than 13 years ago -- I’ve believed I should be able to do the following:  Keep the house clean Cook three meals and one...
Life at Home: A Reality Check

Life at Home: A Reality Check

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Now that we’ve all been at home pretty much full-time for several weeks, it's time to take a moment -- and a breath -- and see how things are going. I don’t mean that...
Life at Home How to Manage Extended School Closings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Life at Home: How to Manage Extended School Closings During the COVID-19 Pandemic {Part...

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Hopefully you took some time over the weekend to make a plan, routine, schedule, or came up with a general idea for how you want your home to run over the next few weeks....
Life at Home How to Manage Extended School Closings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Life at Home: How to Manage Extended School Closings During the COVID-19 Pandemic {Part...

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First of all, breathe. This is going to be fine. I’ve been home with my kids for 13 years and no one has gone insane yet! Second of all, please stay home. The school closures...
A Fit Mom’s Guide to Working Out at Home

A Fit Mom’s Guide to Working Out at Home

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The days of having to join a gym to get fit are long gone! With the absolute wealth of information on the internet about the “best” way to get fit, I’m here to clear a...
A Cup for You

A Cup for You

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I’ve come to accept that I am the friend who will talk about uncomfortable things. Alcoholism, mental health issues, having the sex talk with your kids, and even being the one who brings up...
Last Christmas

Last Christmas

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I’m still the “Too Much Stuff” mom. I still hate the thought of my children receiving piles of plastic junk for Christmas that is either going to get stepped on or broken or eaten by...
The Essential Christmas

The Essential Christmas

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Over the last year I’ve been working to determine what is essential. What is it about my life, my career, and my focus that is non-negotiable? What am I simply not willing to push...
Mommin' Ain't Easy

Mommin’ Ain’t Easy, But It’s Worth It

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I understand why people only post their highlights on social media. A couple of weeks ago, in the interest of being real, I posted about what a difficult morning I was having. By far, most...