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Janie Porter
For 8 years, Janie worked as a TV news reporter, wearing false eyelashes, dresses and high heels everyday. Now, she's a stay-at-home mom, lucky if she gets a shower before 8 p.m., and let's be honest, ballet flats are her “dressy” shoes. Her site,, shares how small choices helped her lose 25 pounds, and empowers readers to find their inner glow through food, fitness and believing they're worth it.

Entries by Janie Porter

How a Stranger Reminded Me That Raising Little Ones Is Magical

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:44 PM

I didn't notice her at first.

It was Saturday morning at McDonald's. I was in the midst of cutting up pancakes, getting straws in milk and generally trying to keep our three sons quiet and (somewhat) under control.

And, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a woman,...

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The Best Response to 'The Days Are Long, but the Years Are Short'

(15) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 1:58 PM

Dear Everyone Who Tells Me "The Days Are Long, but the Years Are Short,"

I know you mean well.

But today, I need to tell you something.

You forgot how long the days really are.

You forgot what it feels like to be jolted awake by a 2-year-old, screaming for...

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Stop Scheduling Playdates and Start Enjoying Your Kids

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 3:17 PM

It's such a contradiction. I dreamt for so many years of being a stay-at-home mom, and when it finally happened, I started to get bored. So then I started scheduling a bunch of stuff, and before I knew it, I wasn't even enjoying my kids. Here's how I changed that.

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Lettera aperta alle amiche che non hanno figli

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 6:14 AM

Qui è "Capitan Ovvio" che vi parla. Ho un annuncio da farvi:

I figli ci cambiano la vita.

Ma da quando accogliere un piccolo miracolo significa celebrare le esequie dei nostri rapporti con le amiche senza figli?

Tra le levatacce notturne e la scelta tra latte materno o in polvere,...

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The 14 Stages of Going to a Restaurant With Kids

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Last week, a diner owner in Maine yelled at a toddler after the kid cried for 45 minutes while waiting for three pancakes. Regardless of where you fall in the who's-to-blame debate, the incident reminded me of why I never take my kids to restaurants.

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Eu tenho um corpo perfeito

(11) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Pode não ter sido essa a primeira coisa que veio à sua cabeça quando viu essa foto de mim, grávida de 39 semanas e dois dias, brincando com meus filhos no quintal de casa. Mas é verdade.

Era um sábado e fazia calor. Os meninos estavam brincando na piscininha. De...

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I Have the Perfect Body

(19) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 5:01 PM

It may not have been your first thought when you looked at this picture of me at 39 weeks and two days pregnant, playing with my children in our backyard. But it's true.

It was a hot Saturday. The boys were splashing around in the pool, and on a whim,...

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Die Vollzeitmütter-Verschwörungstheorie

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 10:04 AM

Also ich habe den Eindruck, dass Vollzeitmütter ein großes Geheimnis bewahren. Ich würde es fast als Verschwörung bezeichnen.

Warum hat mir keiner gesagt, dass es so schwer sein würde?

Nicht schwer im Sinne von ich-stehe-seit-10-Stunden-durchgehend-unter-Termindruck. Sondern schwer auf die auf-meinem-Shirt-ist-Erbrochenes-und-ich-hoffe-dass-ich-noch-duschen-kann-bevor-mein-Baby-in-5-Minuten-aufwacht-Art.

Ich war die letzten acht Jahre meines Lebens...

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What Spring Break Means When You're a Parent of Young Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 6:51 PM

For parents with kids who aren't school-aged yet, spring break can feel like anything but a vacation!

Before kids: You think about spring break for weeks before, dreaming of an idyllic week with a wide-open schedule. Nothing is better than just being home.

After kids: You panic when you realize...

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10 Reasons NOT Wearing Yoga Pants Should Be Illegal

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 8:58 AM

Last week, a Montana lawmaker introduced a bill that would outlaw certain types of yoga pants. Here's why that's totally bogus. Written on behalf of every mom-of-young-kids in America.

1. I'm tired. Like, were you up with a baby four times last night? And then, did the toddler...

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How a Cab Driver Changed My Whole Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 4:00 PM

My gut felt empty.

I wanted to throw up, cry and scream, all at the same time.

Why couldn't we catch a break?

It was December 14.

Two days earlier, we'd just learned that our house had sold, and the house we'd waited months to purchase (via short sale) had...

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The Beauty I Found in 36 Hours With No Cell Phone, Laptop or TV

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Last month, during a third continuous night of insomnia, I realized that my constant screen time was impacting my ability to sleep and relax. So, I decided that the next day, I would turn off my cell phone, TV, laptop and iPad and leave it all at home. My only...

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16 Ways Being a TV News Reporter Prepared Me For Raising a Toddler

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:26 PM

I spent eight years as a TV news reporter, and when my son was born, I stopped working to raise him full-time. Turns out, all my news training has come in handy. Well, kinda.

1. I know how to look really put together when I'm actually...

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To the Employer Viewing My Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

(78) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 2:34 PM

I've often pondered what it would be like to return to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for several years. While I know I've moved mountains in the time I haven't worked, my proof of performance would never show on a traditional resume.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Attached you...

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Kinderlos: Ein Brief an alle meine Freunde, die keine Eltern sind

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Frau Schlaumeier hier. Ich habe eine Meldung zu machen: Unser Leben ändert sich, wenn wir Kinder haben.

Aber was bedeutet dieses Wunder, in Form eines winzigen Menschen, für die Freundschaft mit kinderlosen Freunden?

Irgendwo zwischen die-ganze-Nacht-mit-einem-Baby-aufbleiben-das-nicht-schlafen-will und soll-ich-stillen-oder-doch-lieber-Muttermilchersatz-füttern haben manche von uns aufgehört, sich zu fragen, was unsere karriere-fokussierten Freunde...

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An Open Letter to My Friends Who Don't Have Kids

(43) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Captain Obvious here. I have an announcement:

Our lives change when we have kids.

But when did welcoming your little miracle into the world segue into a funeral for your relationships with childless friends?

Somewhere between up-all-night-with-a-baby-who-won't-sleep and should-I-do-breast-milk-or-formula, some of us stopped caring what our career-minded single pals were...

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Dear Mom, You Are Stronger Than Superwoman

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Sometimes, I wish I viewed myself through the eyes of my toddler. So, I took off my own self-critical lens and thought about what my child would say about my worth.

Dear Mom,

You are stronger than Superwoman, more beautiful than a supermodel and smarter than the smartest Octonaut. You...

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To the Women Watching my Kids at the Gym Daycare

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:49 AM

To the women watching my kids at the gym daycare,

We both know that gym policy dictates you will watch my children for up to two hours per day.

However, I think you should know something.

While I will spend the first 40 minutes of this visit doing cardio, the...

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What Made You Decide to Stay at Home?

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:48 PM

"So, what made you decide to stay home?"

I don't like this question.

But for some reason, whenever someone asks it, I feel the need for further explanation.

Like it's not enough to say I paused my TV career and chose to stop working the minute...

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Am I 'Just' a Mom?

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:26 PM

"So, what do you do?"

It was 6:47 a.m..

Sweat was pouring down my arms and legs, and the soft pink haze of dawn had just begun to illuminate Tampa Bay.

We were about to do final stretches when my new boot camp buddy asked the question.

"What do you...

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