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Danielle Herzog
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Danielle Herzog is the writer and blogger behind Martinis and Minivans (, a blog for anyone who has ever needed a martini after driving a minivan around all day. Or for anyone who has just ever needed a martini. In addition to writing for Martinis and Minivans, Danielle is a weekly blogger for the Omaha World Herald's parenting site, Momaha ( and her blog posts have been featured numerous times in the Omaha World Herald's Living section. She has been a freelance writer for over seven years and received her B.A. in English from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and fifteen years later, she is now pursuing her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She is a New Yorker now living the Midwest life as a somewhat sarcastic writer, mother and wife.

Entries by Danielle Herzog

Lean In? But What if I Just Want to Stand Still?

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:17 PM

"What are your goals for the next year?"

Her supervisor was sitting across from her at her annual review, asking the question that every supervisor asks at every annual review.

But this one was different.

Because the person being asked didn't actually have any goals. She was, dare any woman...

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What Does 39 Look Like?

(8) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 11:01 AM

I turned 39 on Saturday. It feels so weird to say "39." I'm in the last year before I turn 40. I'm not sure what it is about 40 that freaks so many of us out. I think it has to do with the fact that people start saying things...

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The 5 Types of Moms at the Children's Museum

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:11 AM

While at our local children's museum this morning, I took notice of the other moms around me and quickly realized that we all fit into one of the five categories of moms.

1. The Cell Phone Mom: The one who never gets off her cell phone and looks confused when...

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Ten Places Moms Wish They Could Bring a Flask

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 1:53 PM

1. Toddler soccer games. Though, this could make for a hilarious drinking game opportunity. Every time a kid watches a ball roll right past him because he's climbing on the goalie net their parent has to drink.

2. PTA Meetings with mothers who come dressed in Prada and Gucci. There...

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The Words We All Need To Hear Sometimes...

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:54 AM

I went to the Children's Museum this morning here in town and had an experience that I will never forget. My son and I were getting into the elevator when a woman entered looking a bit frazzled. She had a large double stroller with a boy in the front seat...

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A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Dear Younger Self,

I rode a mechanical bull this weekend for the first time in my life. At 38-years-old, I decided that it was time to let it all go and ride the bull. I got on that bull, filled with confidence and strong intent to look sexy, and proceeded...

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Things I Can't Tell My Daughter

(12) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:20 PM

My 4-year-old daughter thinks I'm perfect. I can say with certainty that she is the only human being on this entire earth that thinks that. She tells me that I'm beautiful, and that I'm the best mommy ever. She tells me that my hair looks like Princess Belle's and that...

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The Choice of My Life

(11) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 3:46 PM

I was curled up in a ball on the bed, tears pouring out of my eyes, begging God or any higher power to give me an answer. It was New Year's Eve and my husband had just told me that he wasn't in love with me anymore. He had told...

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Selective Memory Is Key to Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:06 PM

The first time that I truly realized how different my life had become after having a baby was when my daughter was just two weeks old. It was Halloween, one of my favorite holidays, and I couldn't wait to share it with our new addition. The fun of dressing up,...

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New Year's Resolutions I'm Not Making

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Each year, we, as a society, create these in-depth resolutions to declare a fresh start to our lives. We write lists, we make promises and we swear we are going to do our best to try all the things we said we were going to try the year before. And,...

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5 Things I Learned From My Grandmother

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2013 | 6:41 PM

This week was my grandmother's funeral in New York. I spent the past five days crying, laughing, exhausted, relieved and about twenty other emotions that I can't even figure out. The death of a loved one is a strange thing; one minute you are crying at a wake over the...

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