Nicole is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Noe Valley neighborhood before majoring in Sociology at San Jose State University. In her third year she realized her love of children as her true calling and earned a Early Childhood Education Teaching Certificate. She taught Preschool along the Peninsula for 10 years before a rare medical condition left her unable to continue her career. Now a single mom to the apple of her eye, Joey James keeps her busy. When Nicole is not playing, teaching and snuggling with Joey James she enjoys stroller walks around the Bay Area, music, San Francisco Giants Baseball and ice cubes floating in her Chardonnay.
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Soccer Class: Lil’ Kickers Helps San Francisco Kids Get in on the Fun

If there's one thing I've learned since my baby became a toddler, it's that outside play leads to a better night's sleep. So, when we had the opportunity to go to an outdoor soccer...
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The Ugly Side of Motherhood Revisited: My Techniques for Managing Anxiety

A few months ago, I wrote "The Ugly Side of Motherhood: Anxiety, Loneliness, and Exhaustion," and I am finally ready to tackle Part 2.  In my first article, I wrote about how I was trying...
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How to Be the Type of Parent that Nannies and Teachers Want to Work...

The nanny, daycare, and preschool hunts are intense no matter which part of the city you live. It is so overwhelming at times that you begin to prematurely stress about what the kindergarten admissions process will...
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Having a Baby Helped Me See My Disease in a Whole New Way

When I found out in January, 2015, that I was pregnant, I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate zebras into our crib theme. It was the first thing that came to mind, and...

Counting My Spoons: Life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

In 2012, I was diagnosed with an incurable progressive disease called Ehlers-Danlos Hypremobility Syndrome. After struggling all my life with pain, dislocations and subluxations, migraines, stomach issues, multiple surgeries (nine to date) and so...

You Might Just Need Your Pre-Baby BFF, After All

When you have a baby, your friend list goes through some major changes. Some old friendships fade away, and you make new mom friends over time. When I first had my son, my close...

Moms Drive Slowly, and We’re Not Apologizing For It

I have noticed that I drive much slower these days, since becoming a mom. On one drive back into the city after spending time at my grandpa's house in Piedmont, another driver got pretty...
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Shopping with Kids Is Impossible!

Back in the day, pre-baby, my girlfriend and I used to have a few glasses of wine and go to Forever 21 for some buzzed shopping at its best. We love the store's cute...
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The Ugly Side of Motherhood: Anxiety, Loneliness and Exhaustion

No one really talks about the loneliness, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and depression that comes along with becoming a mother. It's something with which most women suffer in silence, like wearing a cold dark blanket....

When Mama Is Sick

It's still that time of year when viruses and the flu are floating around like dandelions in a Midwest state breeze. Everyone's child is sick or getting sick or getting over being sick, so...
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