Loreann Talbo

Loreann Talbo is a stay-at-home mom of a 2-year-old who drives her crazy and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she's not baby-wrangling or writing, you can find her in the kitchen whipping up anything from Tunisian Shakshuka to Vietnamese Phở.
Recent Articles

I Asked My Partner For A Stay-At-Home Mom Salary & Here's What Happened

Our bodies always let us know when it's time to rest, so it can be particularly frustrating when you take your cue only to find that you can't actually sleep. But now one simple trick to help you fall asleep faster is doing the rounds online - and if…
By Loreann Talbo

This One Question Says So Much About How We View Postpartum Health

I used to glorify a woman’s ability to revert back to her “pre-baby weight.” I felt that it was a huge milestone that should be recognized and celebrated. Yet I now know after gaining and attempting to lose the 40 or some-odd pounds after having my o…
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How Being Short Has Taught Me To Love My Body

I stopped vertically growing sometime around middle school. Most of the other young ladies in class had a few more inches to go, and the guys skyrocketed through puberty. I drank my milk, ate my veggies, and exercised regularly, but my height refused…
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7 Most Annoying Things About Parenting In Los Angeles

After residing in Los Angeles for most of my young daughter’s life, I must admit that there are tons of perks to living here. Geographically speaking, Los Angeles County is situated on the Southern Coast of California and boasts a climate of year-rou…
By Loreann Talbo

This Is Why We Don't Want To Get Married

My boyfriend and I had a baby together far before we ever considered getting married. Just weeks after we celebrated our one-year anniversary, we hastily picked up a home pregnancy test at a corner pharmacy one dreary Sunday morning. Two bold lines d…
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I Baked 4 Of The Most Complicated Christmas Cookies, & Here's What Happened

The holiday season, for me, comes with a series of cherished traditions. I whip out my advent calendar, hunt for the perfect tree, and most importantly, break out the bulk flour and bake hundreds of holiday-inspired cookies to send and gift my loved …
By Loreann Talbo

I Tried Diaper-Free Potty Training, & This Is How It Went

I never thought we'd be the type of parents who needed to employee ninja-like tactics and Jedi mind tricks in order to get our toddler to pee on the toilet. Yet, here we are. My ever-increasingly stubborn daughter recently got to the point of screami…
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I Thought I Needed To Find Mom Friends, But I Was Wrong

I had my kid quite young in life, younger than the average woman, in fact. I was excited to embark on the journey of motherhood, but I knew that I was going to be the first among my friends to do so. My friends were equally excited on my behalf. I kn…
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9 Times 'Jane The Virgin' Got Everything Right About Motherhood

It’s no mystery why the comedy-drama-satire series Jane the Virgin has acquired such a loyal fan base and taken home countless awards. The show is exceptionally entertaining, and ever since Jane became a mom, the shows gone from love to really freaki…
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Why Preschool Hunting In Los Angeles Is Literally Scarier Than Your Worst Nightmare

I’ve understood the long-lasting benefits of preschool long before I had a kid of my own. Early childhood education leads to improved academic readiness and enhanced social skills, so in my eyes, preschool is an absolutely non-negotiable for my kid. …
By Loreann Talbo

The Terrible Twos Haven't Been Awful — They've Been Awesome

My daughter just turned 2, but she’s been exhibiting the “terribleness” associated with toddlerhood (aka the Terrible Twos) for a while now. Just the other day, we were making a quick pit stop (“quick” — yea right!) at Trader Joe’s when she asked for…
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10 Things You Can Only Do In Los Angeles With Your Kids

Since moving to the City of Angels two years ago with my partner and small child, we've never had a shortage of exciting activities to do as a family. Los Angeles is a fantastic place to raise a kid, especially because of the things you can do to spa…
By Loreann Talbo

What The First 3 Months Home With Baby Are Really Like, Because Fair Warning — They Suck

If you’re pregnant with your first baby and eagerly awaiting your tiny human, first things first — congratulations! Although you might be dreaming of staring deeply into their precious face and watching their small chest rhythmically rise and fall as…
By Loreann Talbo

I Learned To Love My Body After Baby, But Not Because I’d Just Pushed A Tiny Human Out Of It

Having a kid comes at a daunting physical cost, one that changes your body and your life forever, yet I still learned to love my body after baby, thought not for the reasons you might think. Among the dozens of responses one writer solicited from Mil…
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I Tried Parenting Like A Dolphin For A Week, And This Is What Happened

As the mother of an ever-increasingly stubborn 2 year old, I am constantly rethinking the most effective parenting style. My head hurts just from thinking of the dozens of parenting philosophies out there, some of which are named after aircrafts and …
By Loreann Talbo