Do It With Kindness October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The time to empower our children to stand up against bullying by challenging hate with kindness-is now. The amount of constant turmoil our world has been facing is exhausting to...
In 2007, we welcomed our second son into the world.  We were excited to bring our baby boy home to meet his brother and start living as a family of four.  But soon after getting settled at home, my...
I love traditions! The comfort of the familiar each year. A pattern or something to look forward to, brings a smile to my face. A tradition can be anything that you make a priority as a family. It doesn’t...
I often look at my daughter and wonder what life will hold for her. She is capable, smart and loving. She literally has her whole life ahead of her and she dreams big. Dream Big She dreams of being a doctor,...
On a hot August afternoon, with a long line of impatient customers behind us, I told my kids they would have to order their own ice cream.   They whined a bit.  They pleaded a bit.  They tried running away. They did finally each...

Enjoying Your Lasts

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Today marks the beginning of the end for me as a Mom. The Last of Many Things It was one thing when it was my oldest.  I still had one more to go, so it didn’t hurt as much when I...

The Ride Home

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The summer is over in a blink of an eye and new school years and new sports seasons are already upon us.  Whether your children are younger or older, sports can be a huge benefit to their lives.  Whether...
My two-year-old sat on the kitchen floor, fiddling with a puzzle piece she couldn’t get to fit. “Damn it,” she said, calmly. I froze, stunned. “What did you say?!” I sank down to her level, my eyeballs bulging out of their...
Have you ever had a conversation with a mom who homeschools her kids?  Perhaps, you met at a park or happened to be invited to the same birthday party.  “Where do your kids go to school?” you ask. "Oh, we...
My sister graduated from college a few years back.  I forget how old she was but it was definitely closer to 50 than 20.  She had kept plugging away at units as she raised 3 children, endured numerous military...

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Guide to Gluten-Free Dining Options

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Gluten Free! It has been a hot topic over the last couple of years.  Rather you are newly diagnosed Celiac or love someone who needs...
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