9 Signs That You Are Turning Into Your Mother

9 Signs That You Are Turning Into Your Mother

But who is complaining? There is no one who you'd rather be.

There is no denying that the saying "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is definitely accurate, and nothing says strong genetics like the similarities found between a mother and daughter. As I have grown up, I realize more and more how I am literally becoming my mom. The things that she used to do that would drive me insane are becoming part of my daily routine, and the older I get, the more I seem to look like her and take on her mannerisms. I also realize that there is absolutely no one on this planet that I would rather be like than my mom, 'cause she is pretty freaking awesome.

The following is a list of nine indications that you may be turning into your mother:

1. You wear her clothes

You have a job interview and your last white shirt has a giant stain on it. Your mom’s clothes not only come in clutch, but you realize that your mom is actually super fashionable, contrary to what you used to believe growing up.

2. A Diet Coke a day keeps the doctor away

Maybe that's not exactly how this saying goes, but you undeniably picked up the Diet Coke habit from your mom.

3. You have the same sense of humor

And you are probably obnoxiously laughing the exact same way because, I swear, laughs are genetic.

4. You order the same things

We will both have a Café Americano with a half inch of steamed soy and one pump of cinnamon dolce syrup… thanks for the complicated order, mom.

5. OK, you actually look like her

When you were little and people said you looked like your mom, you didn’t believe them and would deny it for days. But now you are beginning to really see it, and hey, it's OK, 'cause she’s so pretty.

6. Why are unhealthy shopping habits hereditary?

If you need someone to binge shop with, you know the person to go to. A credit card is a dangerous thing when you are both able to justify almost anything. “A tree frog coaster would look awesome in the laundry room in case you ever need to set a drink on the washer," right?

7. You realize the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

You soon realize you are just as guilty of doing the things that drive you crazy because what can you say, like mother, like daughter. It’s inevitable.

8. You have the same dance moves

And they rock. If you haven’t danced with your mom before, I highly recommend it. 10/10 would recommend. Just do it (she's still got it).

9. You both look like pack mules as you leave the house in the morning

Workout bag in one hand, coffee in the other. three backpacks, one laptop bag, and plus two extra water bottles in case your friend/co-worker forgot to bring theirs. *Mom gene*

At the end of the day, you realize you will be lucky if you turn out to be half the woman that your mom is, because she truly is a superwoman. A mom is the greatest role model and best friend that a girl is given—let's all give a shoutout to our rockstar mamas.

Thank you Mom, for being my best friend, soul sister, and partner in crime, I'd be lost without you.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Eigsti

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My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

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February of last year I wrote my very first post about Little Bad Wolf's highly underrated burger in Chicago. Give that one a read, my detail is comical – no joke.


Since that tasty treat at Little Bad Wolf, there are others to share the spotlight and applaud! Here are my recent and ever-growing list of burgers to try when you are in the Chicago city limits.

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