Whitney Williams McDuff

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Charleston native Whitney Williams McDuff has devoted her life to being the best daughter, sister, friend, wife, coworker, leader, and now mother she can be. She graduated from USC with a double degree in Public Relations and Psychology, partially because she’s fascinated by the nature of people, and partially because it set her free from the claws of a monstrous statistics course that she was eager to avoid. (Hey, sometimes the truth isn’t always pretty). Her career spans across the world of sales, marketing, and public relations, thriving in a realm where building relationships was the key to the contentment kingdom. Her passions include writing, reading, painting, her piano and guitar, interesting conversation, film, her pug Bee, and a great glass wine. Ok, glasses. She and her husband Jimmy are expecting their first child, Baby Holbrook, this summer, so wine bottles have been left on the shelf for now. Her blog, No Wine for Nine, began when Whitney became fed up with the pressure to be flawless and knew that laughter and sharing her stories with her girlfriends was essential to making it through this thing called Motherhood.  Her hope is that her blog is a cherished place for any woman who longs for an escape from the stress of perfection, because she believes that true magic lies in the imperfections and hilarity of everyday life. Still trying to navigate Babies R’ Us. Biggest fears include spiders and mis-posting on a mom-swap site.

My Mom Died. Please Stop Asking Me This Question.

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My mom passed away suddenly a little over a week ago. To say it was devastating to my family is a gross understatement. Like many mothers, she was the anchor of our family. She...

Hakuna My Ta-tas: A Working Mom’s Quest for Answers

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Here I am, now a mother of two.  Between my efforts to keep two humans alive (well three humans if you count me in that herd), be a supportive wife, find the lost city of...

The 30-Day Challenge to Change a Life

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We’ve all heard the stories about a random act of kindness that radically transformed someone’s life. A kind stranger in the airport saves a mom from a total meltdown by helping her with her screaming...

Baby’s First Flight: A Tale of Terror

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I’ve never been hunted by an apex predator, but this past week I was the mother of an exhausted, screaming, one-year-old on a plane. So yes, my friends, you could say I know something...

From Night Owl to Early Bird; How That Extra Hour is Life-Changing

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Like so many mothers out there, I often fantasize about the time in life where we were able to drift into a gentle, uninterrupted snooze. A time before said snooze was interrupted by the...

The Hope in “Nope”

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Grab your lattes ladies, because we are about to have an adventure together at the intersection of Disappointment Drive and They'll Get Over It Avenue. Like you, I am a mother. My duties include, but...
Teaching your kids about money

Teaching Your Kids About Money (and some simple ways to start)

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It's the start of a new year, and the time when most of us commit to becoming better versions of ourselves. In the past, I tended to set myself up for failure, uttering general...

Three Tiny Things That Make Me a Better Mom

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Being a mom, I constantly battle to find and keep balance in my life. I’m pulled in a thousand different directions, trying to focus on being a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend,...

I Didn’t Get It (A New Mom’s Confession)

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Two months ago, I became a mother. It has, without question, become the defining moment of my life. In the years before motherhood, I was open about not being ready for children, confessing honestly and...
The Princess and the “Pee”; Babies and Bladder Control

The Princess and the “Pee”; Babies and Bladder Control

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One of the greatest delusions I had about motherhood was that I, alone, was the superhero of women who would somehow be exempt from the discomforts that come with pregnancy. After all, I could...