A sure way to make me do something is to tell me that I can't and act like you mean it. And you definitely better not tell me I can't do something because I happen to be of the...
A diverse cast of characters tug at your heart as you’re plunged into life on the Mississippi River in Before We Were Yours. Written by Lisa Wingate,  this is a fiction book that centers around the systematic kidnapping and...
Four months ago, I spent four days and nights sitting vigil with my family while my dad died. (Technically he was my stepdad but he was a dad to me and I have found that many people immediately dismiss...
Throughout my entire childhood and adolescence, my mother was the caregiver to six of my cousins. Her sisters returned to work after having their babies, and my mother opened her arms and her home to all of their kids.At...
Tiny houses, toadstools, miniature bridges, and decorative stones. These are common things you will find in one of my favorite things - fairy gardens! My daughter and I love to make a fairy garden every year with different annual...
The other day my son asked, “Where am I?” while looking at a picture of my husband and me. “You weren’t born yet,” I said. His three-year-old brain processed this and asked what I’m sure seemed like a logical question; ‘Were...
You may think that celebrating Christmas in a multicultural family is difficult. It can be, but the key to a successful holiday in is compromise.This is true for any family, especially when husbands and wives are bringing traditions from...
"Mommy, carry me!""Mamamamama...""Mommy CARRY ME!"*more indistinct crying*This is a standard morning for me. Demanding humans needing my every stitch of attention beginning around 7AM. I am lucky if I get to drink a full cup of coffee without it...
It happened. I yelled at someone else's kid at the splash park. I knew it was a possibility, I just didn't expect it to actually ever happen. When we got to the splash park (a playground with random sprinklers and fountains...
Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, teaching them how to become a better reader is a necessity so that they can do well in school, and...
One of the things I love the most about my kids' school is how much they focus on the positive attributes of my children.  I have never gotten a negative comment about their academic performance or behavior without a...
Adopting a pet is a big responsibility but weighing in on the pros, it will be a great addition to your family and a great companion to your child. Growing up, my parents introduced me and my brother to...
I get a lot of compliments on my children's curly hair (which they got from me by the way).And while I appreciate all the kind words about their curls, strangers, please stop touching my kid's hair.In a world of...
As a recent mom of two I have to say there are two emotions that I wish I could say goodbye to. My son will be 4 at the end of the month and my daughter is almost 2...
I love books. I love the smell of libraries and bookstores. My husband and I would often spend our Friday nights just wandering around book stores and getting coffee. That was our idea of a great date night. We...
The other day while trying to clean up I asked my son to help me. He is 4, so some days he is really helpful and some days he has his own agenda. On this particular day I got...
I love a good, rich story that takes me deep into the lives of its characters and another culture or time. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane did all of that, though the different time wasn’t really all that...

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