Lexi, House Mother of Charlotte Moms

28de964What happens when a former workaholic from Cleveland gives up everything, moves to Charlotte, has two kids, opens her own PR consulting firm and then takes over a popular mom blog? Well…we’re not entirely sure just yet. For now, this can’t-seem-to-sit-still-unless-wine-is-involved mom is stumbling through motherhood one laugh, one cry and one awkward moment at a time. A lover of writing, cable news, online shopping, a good pest control company and gel manicures, Lexi runs the show at Charlotte Moms. Reach Lexi at lexi@charlottemomsblog.com.

 

How Not to Lose Your Sh*t This Holiday Season

From cookie exchanges and impromptu family gatherings to budget-busting gift lists and huge crowds everywhere, it’s no wonder that most of us moms are about to lose our sh*t at any given moment.

This Is What Happens When Christmas Explodes

Turns out Christmas caught a bug and barfed tinsel, glitter and merriment on the Park Expo & Conference Center. And, oh boy, it was super fun. I heart the Southern Christmas Show times a million.

I Shall Never Clean Again

If I had the choice between listening to a baby cry all night or cleaning my house, I’d rather sit back in my La-Z-Boy and endure the night song of a teething infant.

Date Night at Carowinds | No, seriously

Yeah, yeah. Call me a nerd. Call me crazy. But, let me tell you, life’s too short to not have fun. Here’s why you should give a Carowinds Date Night a whirl.

Working Mom Monday | Tracy Dodson from Lincoln Harris

Most moms lead crazy lives. But Tracy Dodson, vice president of brokerage and development at Lincoln Harris, pretty much tops everyone. The high-powered exec has been moving mountains in the world of development here in Charlotte for years. The long hours and epic...

Greensboro Science Center | One-Tank Trip

Greensboro. Admittedly, it wasn’t the first place that came to mind when I was planning family travel this summer. But, thanks to my husband’s recent promotion, a trip to Greensboro was not only an option – it was now a necessity. Honestly, though, I was blown away by...

Working Mom Monday | MaryBeth Simon from Bank of America

Most moms of two will tell you the hardships of being pregnant with #2 while tending to toddler #1. Put lightly, it can be immensely stressful and, frankly, exhausting. But, MaryBeth Simon, Community Relations Manager for Bank of America, is showing us how it’s...

Working Mom Monday | Colleen Penhall from Lowe’s

Working motherhood. For those of you who are out there in the nine-to-five(ish) trenches, you know it’s a battle for balance. As part of a six-week series, Charlotte Moms is talking with Charlotte moms who hold leadership positions at area companies and organizations....

What If You Never Had to Do Laundry Again?

Over a lifetime people spend about 18,000 hours doing laundry. [Cough. Chokes on coffee.] 18,000 HOURS?! So, what would you do if someone started doing the laundry for you? What would you do with all that extra time? Spend more time with you kids? Meet up with your...

6 Tips for Waterparks With Tots

Three year olds and waterparks. Not exactly a match made in heaven, amirite? Au contraire, mes amours. Three-year-old daughter, meet Carolina Harbor. Carolina Harbor, meet three-year-old daughter. What’s that? You love each other? One hot, hot, hot summer day, my...

Carolina Harbor With Toddler In Tow

Little known fact: The first five years of my career were spent working in amusement parks and waterparks. And, that’s not even including the two years prior that I spent hustling as a games attendant and intern at a popular amusement park in Cleveland. So, when I was...

How to Handle a Time Out in 40 Easy Steps

Three year olds. Aren’t they grand? Okay, so mine’s a few weeks short of officially becoming a three-nager. But that doesn’t really mean much to her. In the last three months, my once-perfect two-year-old cherub has magically transformed into a fire-breathing, angry...

Clean and Sanitized Car Seats? Yes, Please!

Ahhh…car seats. They’re where Goldfish crackers come to die. They serve as collection bins for stale Cheerios. They play home to kids meal toys. And, they’re always much dirtier (and often stickier) than we care to admit. If you’re anything like me, you’d rather just...

Going From One Kid to Two Kids: Four Products Saving My Sanity

Oh, they warned me. Those other moms told me that going from one kid to two was going to be challenging. I knew I was completely unprepared for the chaos that awaited me, but – boy – this has been quite the doozy of an experience. Managing two young children is a...

Gestational Diabetes | Let’s Clear Some Things Up

So, here you are, rounding the stretch into your final trimester. By golly, you’re almost there. At this stage, you’re less concerned about making it to your pre-natal yoga class and more focused on just trying to properly roll over in bed at night without the use of...

Things I Never Dreamed Would Be My Problem

This weekend, my husband and I became those parents. Our daughter? Yep, she became that kid. Friends, I have an announcement to make: My kid pooped in the pool this weekend. And, not like the pooped-in-the-swim-diaper-lets-not-tell-anyone variety. This was a floater...

Potty Training Drop-Out

I have a two-year-old daughter and another little one due in October. To say I’m desperate to get her out of diapers would be the understatement of a lifetime. And, let’s be honest here, toddler “business” – of the #2 variety – is basically like big adult versions at...

Hangin’ with Your Preggo Friend: Booze-Free Girls Nights Out

Being pregnant is hard. If you follow anything I write, you’ll know I’m basically the world’s biggest pregnant complainer. But, if there’s one thing that really makes me down in the dumps with pregnancy, it’s the fact that time spent with my girlfriends changes pretty...

Surviving the 3rd Trimester | And, the award goes to…

I have absolutely no idea what I was thinking when I developed a blog idea that revolved around the title “Surviving the Third Trimester,” because, as it currently stands, I feel like I’m doing a rather poor job of “surviving.” Quite frankly, I’d say that I’m...

Push Presents That Don’t Involve A Jewelry Store

Dear Husband, What’s that? You wanted to get me something nice for the feat that is creating, carrying and delivering our children? You want to say thanks to me for allowing our offspring to ravage my body and take years off my life within just a few weeks? Feeling...

10 Tips for Flying with a Toddler

Last year I documented some of my tips for airline trips with babies (check it out here). That was waaaaaay back then, when I had a one year old on my hands. These days? Yeah, I’m in “Toddler Land” – complete with a growing baby inside my belly. Traveling...

The Best Worst Pregnancy Comments

The one thing that has surprised me the most about pregnancy is the sheer number of totally inappropriate, insensitive and ridiculous comments I receive from everyone ranging from coworkers to family members. Even worse, I am consistently flabbergasted that so many of...

5 Pregnancy Must-Haves

Backaches, ill-fitting maternity clothes, big bellies, sleepless nights. Ah, yes, the joys of pregnancy. By now you might know that I’m not a fan of this “magical” life stage. I love my kids, but gestating them is the pits. (For me at least.) As I was lying in bed...

4 Tips for Moving to A New House Toddler in Tow

My family moved for the second time in under a year. Hold back your jealousy as best you can. After all, moving is listed as one of life’s most stressful events – up there with death and job loss. Oy. The good news is that all this moving has really made me a bit of...

My Second Pregnancy Funk

Surprise – I’m pregnant! But, I guess considering that my first child is almost two years old, this should come as no big shocker. I think I’ve encountered exactly no one who was surprised by my rather predictable second pregnancy. But, of course, we’re elated. Okay,...

A (Work) Day in the Life of a Part-Time Working Mom

6:00am: Much to our constant surprise, the child awakens with a roaring scream from the room next door. Why it’s always a surprise that she arises so early every day, I’ll never know. Perhaps we just pray every morning that she’ll sleep just 30 minutes longer. It...

The Perfect Babysitter

When I first moved to Charlotte, I went through the usual myriad of motions one goes through when moving: unpacking, cleaning, setting up utilities, crying, pulling my hair out, etc. But, it took about two months before it became evidently clear that my darling beau...

Adult Beverages for Your Next Mom Soiree

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I like to drink. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not the fall-down-sloppy type (usually), but rather a (semi) demure lady who appreciates a finely crafted cocktail (or a cold light beer) every now and again...

Choosing the Right Daycare

As I sit here right now, I’m peering through two eyeballs that are nearly swollen shut from yet another bout of pink eye. The good news? During dinner tonight, my 20-month-old daughter counted to 10…IN SPANISH! Both of these situations are the direct result of having...

Part-Time Work And the Unachievable Concept of Balance

Everyone says having a baby changes everything. And, for the most part, I can agree with that sentiment. Before having my little girl, I was what many would describe as a driven, career-minded work-aholic. Let’s be clear, I was a straight addict. I’m the type of...

Hosting a Holiday Party? Beverage Bars Are Your New BFF

The holiday season is upon us and, chances are, you’ve been graced with the delightful opportunity to host swaths of family and friends. It always seems like a wonderful idea until about a day before the shindig – am I right? But don’t let this be like every other...

5 Apps for Toddlers That’ll Earn You 5 Minutes of Sanity

I know, I know. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, providing media to children under the age of two is not recommended. Other studies have indicated that prolonged media exposure can potentially cause all sorts of issues like depression, obesity and...

Got a Case of the Mom Beauty Blahs? | 4 Quick Beauty Services

Every girl gets the beauty blahs. You know, when you look in the mirror and think, “Meh, I need a new look.” But, for whatever reason, those beauty blahs took on a whole new life when I became a mom. Perhaps it was the incredible sleep deprivation, the constant...

The Dos and Don’ts of Moving with a Baby

They say moving is one life’s most stressful experiences – up there with death, divorce and job loss. And, with an estimated 43 million Americans moving every year, one would think we’re all about to lose our minds. And, that’s kind of how I felt during our move from...

My First Time Overnight Without Baby

Over the past 18 months, my husband and I have left our little girl for plenty of nights out. It wasn’t exactly easy when we moved to Charlotte. But thanks to a couple of fast friends, visiting relatives and the Care.com website, we managed to make nights out happen....

5 Baby Products That Mom Can Use Too

I wouldn’t exactly call myself frugal. You’re not going to find me extreme couponing or obsessively yard sale-ing, but I’m certainly not one to pass up a good deal or save a couple of bucks here and there. So, when it comes to items that can reused and re-purposed,...

10 Tips for Visiting a New Baby (and Momma, too!)

So, your girlfriend just had a baby – a much anticipated baby that you spent months hearing about. And now, you want nothing more than to visit that itty-bitty little baby and hold her in your arms, sniff the top off her head and listen to her coo. But, before you...

Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Daycare

In the year and a half that I’ve been a mom, I’ve been a full-time working mom, a full-time stay-at-home mom, and now a part-time work-from-home mom. And, this August marks one year from the time I started my little one in daycare. If you’re out there contemplating...

Dear Elmo…

Dear Elmo, Oh, Elmo. You three-and-a-half-year-old red, furry monster living on good old Sesame Street. You googley-eyed fuzzy scarlet troublemaker with your maniacal laugh and meaningful lessons on compassion. You’ve become quite the nosey parker in my family much to...

10 Tips for Flying with Baby

Between vacations to visit family up North and trips to/from Charlotte during our relocation process, my husband, one-year-old daughter and I do quite a bit of flying. We’ve had good experiences (slept the whole time) and bad experiences (stroller malfunction in TSA...

Prepping the Family for Severe Weather in Charlotte

About a month after moving to Charlotte from Cleveland, Ohio the local weather stations started to warn of an impending weather system capable of producing tornadoes. As a former resident of a mostly flat Midwestern city that frequently got its share of tornado...

How I Became a Mom | Lexi

It was month 18 of charting ovulation, menstrual cycles, body temperatures and (let’s be honest here) holding my legs straight up in the air after scheduled “sessions.” I quit smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol – a feat in and of itself. I stopped taking...