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Earth Day is on the horizon and while the world picks a day to celebrate the planet, I’m hoping to teach my kids to appreciate it every day. Since it’s the only one we have treating it right is...
Pesticides can have a profound impact on children even before they’re born. A first-of-its-kind study presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress late last week found that babies exposed to higher levels of organochlorine compounds in the womb...
When we moved in the middle of the school year, I was thrilled to find a preschool/daycare for my son that said it followed preschool curriculum for learning and writing numbers and letters. And they also said they focused on...
Nine years ago today, we delivered our son stillborn at 25 weeks and 2 days pregnant. The days, weeks and months that followed were the most difficult of my life. The story that follows is my son's birth story....
“Why didn’t you want to kiss me?” I asked my daughter.“You’re not supposed to kiss on the lips,” she said.I had asked for a quick smooch as we snapped a photo on our recent trip to Austin. We aren’t...
It’s been nine years since my son was stillborn and in that time I have cried too many tears to count. I’ve listened to people give me their opinions – rude, kind or otherwise - I’ve changed jobs, added...
Do you remember your favorite old school games from childhood? Games that you would play outside with friends until the sun went down. Games you would play in gym class at school before you ever thought about shaving your...
On Thursday I was excited to pick up my daughter early from preschool. After spending the previous weekend in the hospital with my son we were planning to keep the kids home on Friday and have a fun, family...
During the school week I like to make life as easy as possible. School morning can easily get out of hand with a kindergartener and 2-year-old. Amid arguing over outfits to wear, 5,000 requests for them to put their...
Four years ago, you came into my world. For the first time, and I had a baby boy who I could hold forever and love for a lifetime. A baby boy who could love me back and wrap his...
With Lake Michigan so close to us now, my summer goal has been to spend as much time at the beach as possible.The beach is my happy place. I’m one of those people that can just sit and watch...
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...
Dear invisible baby,When people look at a picture of our family, the photo looks complete. They see a mom, a dad, a daughter, a son and, if we could get her to cooperate, the dog would be there too....
I love a fun project at home that’s educational too. While I don’t home school (and really think I would be horrible at it), I do enjoy fun projects with the kids when it comes to reading, art and...
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...
There are days that I wish I could carry less of a load – literally and figuratively. Figuratively I don’t think I’ll feel like this until my kids are older, but I literally thought I would be done lugging...
With school back in session after break, you might be breathing a sigh of relief. Having the kids home for two weeks straight is hard!Although, admittedly, I miss them the second they’re gone.But what’s even harder for me after...

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