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Mommy Musings - Lyric and Lessons

Music has played a significant part in the fabric of my life. In an odd way, I fully believe that music helps shape us.

October 31, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Spiders And Swear Words

There are many things which I truly love about being a parent to my two children.

October 24, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – The Lesson Of ‘Can’ In Cancer

October … where to begin? As I sit to pen my thoughts for this week's column, my head swarms with three primary thoughts: Breast Cancer Awareness, physical ability and Cancer Sucks.

October 17, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Hit By The ‘Fever’

I should have seen it coming.

October 10, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Spokes And Folks

Familiar faces will once again retire into the everyday life of our community. There is no question that the words 'You look so familiar,' will now haunt Connie and Mel Sanguinetti as they wait in line at the grocery store or sit in a corner booth waiting to eat lunch. If nothing else they're sure to be stopped by a parent or two stating 'We bought our bikes from you for years.'

October 03, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings –Slow, Safe And Sidewalks

The City of Oakdale is home to six separate public schools within the city limits, with an additional two in our rural areas. For those wondering we have four elementary, one Junior and one Senior High school in our town of just over 20,000 people (recorded in the July 2011 Census). Our two rural schools are K-8 campuses.

September 19, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - September Gratitude

My frustration and disappointment is bubbling over a bit this morning, as I've just returned from dropping my children off at their elementary school. As a 'seasoned' parent however, I recognize it is only early September and some really great 'drop-off' material will find me in the coming weeks and months.

September 12, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Hug It Out

My kids are huggers. I share this with complete open and honest abandon because … I can.

August 29, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Back To School … Again

I did it. You did it. We did it.

August 22, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - No ‘I’ In Team

Just like any other business we here at the paper experience our fair amount of turnover or for some 'turn around.' A fair share of the staffers here (myself included) have departed from this building only to later return to its 122 S. Third Ave address. In all honesty ... It's just that good of a gig.

August 15, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


The Give And Take Of True Balance

A question was recently posed to me by a friend, which I'd never really given much thought.

August 08, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The March Of Time

After 10-plus years of column writing, I must admit - at times it's tough to not be redundant.

August 01, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Wishes Granted, Lessons Learned

My mother got her wish.

July 25, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The Gift Of Imperfection

Confession: I am not a perfect mom.

July 18, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Invites And Commitment

This week's column was supposed to be about the topic of commitment. Not commitment in the way of relationships, but the struggle there seems to be with accepting an invitation.

July 04, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Mommy Musings - Horse Trailers And High Heels

And so it goes … another Rodeo Week has been put to rest in the Chapter Book which encompasses my Oakdale life.

April 17, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Empowering Adjectives

Transitioning from my Reporter role at the Oakdale Leader was necessary in my life for a number of reasons. The one most at the core were my children. I knew I needed to work full-time. I knew I needed to stay local, but I desperately needed flexibility.

March 27, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Pint Size Therapy

There are some days I think I'm wiser than others, when it comes to parenting.

March 21, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – A Moment Captured

I was recently challenged by a request to produce some pictures of myself.

March 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – So They Grow

They're growing up.

March 06, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Guilt Free Mommy

There are a number of things I thoroughly enjoy about being a parent. Many of them I have the pleasure of being able to share here, with our readers.

February 20, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Proper Usage of Tools

Generally speaking, I'm an analytical type. More simply put, I think too much.

February 13, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – No ‘ing’ In Sportsmanship

It's barely February and yet here I find myself, penning yet another 'sports related' column.

January 30, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Holidays At The DMV

My month of December was not dissimilar from most of our readers. It was packed full of parties, shopping, holiday tradition and even a little quality family time.

January 23, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – What Awaits You

It's been a few weeks since I've forced my mind to share some thoughts. Truthfully we all need a reprieve on occasion and as the only staffer who does this weekly, there does come a point where I too must take a break.

January 16, 2013 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - We Made It

We survived.

December 26, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - More Than A Small ‘Cow’ Town

Another season has been wrapped up. This year marks one that dreams are made of, for many of this town's young men and their families. The 2012 Oakdale Mustang football season will now live on in the history books as well as the memories of all who will say 'I remember when.'

December 19, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Christmas Wonderment and Lessons

Magic is in the air and I am so grateful.

December 12, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - The Good We Choose

Finding the right words is not always easy.

December 05, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Kids, Politics And Responsibility

I honestly don't remember when I first gained an interest in politics. In a column a few weeks back I candidly shared my interests were pretty typical 'girly' in my formative years (i.e.: music and teen heartthrobs).

November 14, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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