It can be tough for parents to accept because it makes us feel like we have failed our child. It makes us feel like our child's failure is a reflection on our parenting, and we often either get upset...
I try to be a positive person. I think it’s a good quality to look at the bright side of situations. I learned to do this at a young age but I recently started to see the danger in...
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...
Remember laying on the beach and slathering baby oil on yourself to get a deeper tan? Remember spraying Sun-in through your hair hoping it would lighten up today if you put enough in? If you remember this too, you...
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...
Miscarriage.  It's one of the most common forms of pregnancy loss, but it's difficult to talk about. If you've ever had one, the word alone brings you right back to that moment. The moment that you felt motherhood was robbed...
My family and I just got back from a trip to Florida. We live in Illinois so a trip to “The Sunshine State” in winter is an amazing treat. Knowing that the trip was approaching I tried extra hard...
I am always on the hunt for a new project. I love to remake something into a more beautiful or useful version. As we are in preparation for a new baby I am trying to find better ways to...
We travel for many reasons. We travel because we love to! We travel because of our work. We travel because of family and friends. It could also be because of an emergency. Our destinations could vary too. It could be...
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...
"What is it like to date a white man?" I remember this question vividly as a young intern at an elementary school. My future mother in law was a kindergarten teacher, and one of her coworkers was very curious about...
My husband likes to argue with advertisements to dispel their arguments about savings. He is never impressed by the "total amount saved" at the bottom of receipts. "It isn't a deal if it was money you wouldn't have spent anyway,"...
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...
One recent Sunday afternoon, after a particularly disgusting diaper change for our 2.5YO son, my husband made the decision that we would be potty training. That day. No going back. I laughed at him and started quoting all my...
Celebrations such as birthdays, family reunions, weddings, even slumber parties are always the most exciting times of the year. But no feast is fun without, food. Some families are accustomed to cooking their own food because not only is...
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...
It’s almost December and I can’t wait! I love the Christmas season. It is my favorite time of year. Everyone is happy and friendly. I love the music, the decorations and let’s not forget the food! ...

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