About The Momma

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Welcome!

I am a stay-at-home mom to three kids — elementary-aged and younger. I love my children like they are God’s precious gift to me (most days) and my number one goal as a parent is to raise godly children.  As parents, it is our desire for our children to grow up knowing God loves them and for them to live to serve Him.   And if I can manage to feed them more healthy meals than junk, bonus!

So, while I love my kids and want them to act loving towards me, I’m more than willing to play the “bad cop” to ensure they get the structure and discipline they need.  If that earns me the badge of “The Meanest Momma” (TMM), then I’ll wear it with pride :).  The goal is not be loved in the moment, but to instill godly values in our children.  I do look forward to the day that they  “rise up and call [me] blessed” (Prov 31:28), but I’m willing to wait a year or twenty to earn that accolade.

In addition to chronicling the minutiae of our lives (mostly for the benefit of the grandparents), I also enjoy sharing homemaking tips as I learn them, reviewing [mostly] kid products I’ve come to love (or hate), and highlighting areas for kid fun in the Metro DC area as I discover them.

Creating and maintaining this site has been a good outlet for my semi-techie/creative side (prior to achieving TMM tenure, I worked as a web consultant).   Like most bloggers, I love hearing  from my readers, so please don’t be shy and feel free to comment!

Thanks for stopping by,

Kendra
The Meanest Momma


10 Responses to About The Momma

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    Pamela says:

    HI Kendra,

    What a cool blog. I barely recognized your photo with everyone’s hair so dark. You all look great but you will always be blond to me.

    I received your lovely card and note. It sounds like life is progressing nicely. I was so impressed with your father’s holiday card — wasn’t that cool? And Barrett and Melissa going to SFO? Fabulous although I know you will miss them I imagine it is a great opportunity.

    So how long have you done this blog? Is it revenue producing? Even in newsletters (my weekly newsletter now feeds to a blog) I am finding lots of folks have ads. I wonder if I should pursue that since we are pretty good about doing it every single week!

    Any suggestions are welcome since you are much more the expert than moi. I occasionally doing a decorating with kids and/or children’s room theme for my submissions and would be happy to share those with you should they be of interest to your readers.

    Have a great holiday and again congrats on a cool blog!

    Pamela

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    Sarah Carlson says:

    Hi Kendra,

    I came across your blog via Kimberly’s, and just wanted to confirm your sentiment of accepting The Meanest Momma badge. When we were kids, we dubbed our mom The Meanest Mommy in the Whole Wide World. My parents also strove to raise us with godly values and to love and serve our God. It may have taken /thirty/ years, but I can attest that all seven of us can rise up and call her blessed. She was and is a great mother.

    Warm regards,
    Sarah

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    ep says:

    Thanks for your review of the Arlington Parks. Super helpful!

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    Tiffany says:

    Just came across your blog today and I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your family’s story. Glad to know we’re not alone in being the “meanest” parents 🙂

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    Cara says:

    Kendra,

    Thank you so much for creating this blog! I’m a SAHM to my daughter aged 1 and a half and am always on the lookout for playgrounds and things to do. I appreciate how you’ve organized the playgrounds by feature (so helpful!) and location with the map. I was just searching around on my own until I found your blog by chance. Your site has everything nicely compiled in one place with helpful editorials which has really made planning our weeks easier. 🙂 I’m an Annandale resident so any other additions of Fairfax County parks would be great, too.

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    Monica says:

    Hi Kendra,

    I came across your website searching for parks in the area. I have to commend you on the great blog that you have put together. I love the values that you have on your about me section. Parenting is not easy, but we have to do our best to teach our children love and values. I also love the whole Paleo aspect. I dont know how you manage. My husband has been wanting to be Paleo for a long time and wants me to blog more, but I just find it very difficult to keep up with it. I admire your ability to do it all. I will definitely be back for reviews and help on recipes. Thank you very much. Blessings to you and your family!

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    Francine says:

    I noticed right away your pix of the salsa. You used Wegman’s tomatoes!!!!! Only a native of Rochester, NY would make a comment. We’ve been in Florida for 5 years and miss Wegmans!! Love your recipes. Love Paleo by the way.

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    Stephanie Waller says:

    I just found this website from GOOGLE’ing “Jones Point Park”. My 2yr old has his first soccer class there tomorrow and I have never heard of this park. Not only do I now have an address and photos of this mystery park, but I have a new blog to visit to check out mommy information and cool stuff.

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    Mickey Irvin says:

    Kendra, I tried your ole fashion devil eggs, and they were different from what I usually make, but yours were great and now, this is the way I will always make mine. Thanks, and can’t wait to try other things posted by you. One mean male in the kitchen.

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    Craig E. Nicholaisen says:

    Merry Christmas Kendra, and family! I just happened across this (your) site as I was exploring the attributes of Jones Point Lighthouse, read some (most) of your offerings and wanted to add a few thoughts in appreciation of your work.

    Today my 16 y.o. son and I traversed the entire stretch of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in search of several things and reading about your Godly intentions for your children I couldn’t help but want to post what we discovered today and how it came to be that we/I were/was even here.

    Raising two three teens–two teen sons and a teen daughter as a single/divorced father is not easy, but on days like today–Christmas Day–I cannot help but reflect on how well my children have responded to at least some of what I’ve offered them in their young lives. Our purpose for being in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. this Holiday Break is simple…to add to and take part in my middle son’s love for history, nature, and the natural and political sciences.

    So far, over the past three days we have toured two state capitols (Charleston, WV & Richmond, VA)–http://www.wvculture.org/agency/capitol.html and https://www.virginia.org/listings/HistoricSites/VirginiaStateCapitol/; visited several National Parks, National Memorials, National Preserves, and National Sites all operated by the National Park Service–https://www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm; found a couple of geocahces–https://www.geocaching.com/play/search; and eaten extremely well ( I pre-cooked all our meals and froze them for the drive) without spending more than the cost of hotels and gas. Our hotels have been very nice budget hotels, complete with pools and complimentary breakfasts, which added to the discounts.

    We are not done, though, and we are not even close. we sill intend to tour the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday and tour the Capitol (State House) at Annapolis, Maryland (self-guided as they don’t offer guided tours); visit several more NPS sites; find more geocaches; and keep eating well.

    I believe that all of this work–the work I’ve done with my children–has had a greater than expected, positive impact on my three children. My 16 y.o. son–my current traveling companion–is nearing completion of his BSA rank of Eagle; earning his Tae-Kwon-Do Black Belt; in his fifth year of music and working toward becoming the next Field Commander for his high school’s marching band; in his sixth year of a worthwhile newspaper route; has completed his second season at Cedar Point’s King’s Island amusement park as a fully certified Life Guard; and has just completed his first semester of his sophomore year with a handsome 3.8 overall GPA!

    I offer all of this to you and your readers not to brag (well maybe a little), but to suggest that God knows what we are doing, what our intentions are, and that if our acts and intentions are good, pure, and free from hate, our children will be the benefactors and possess the Godly values we work to instill in them.

    Keep up the blogging, and the good work with your own children.

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