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.
Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating on a Budget

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This may come as a surprise, but foods that seem cheap really aren’t. Take it from a mom with a full-time fitness career (read: super hungry) and four growing boys (also super hungry): the...
The Kids are Alright

The Kids Are Alright

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As we embark on a new school year that is unlike any we’re ever attempted before, I want to assure you that your kids are alright. Whether you are homeschooling, virtual learning, sending your...
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...