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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...
This post was sponsored by Medifast. All throughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be included. I’m at the end of my Medifast Flex journey but I realize that the end is really just the beginning for me....
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...
It’s been five years since my son was stillborn (eight since this article originally appeared) and in that time I have cried too many tears to count. I’ve listened to people give me their opinions – rude, kind or...
Entertaining doesn’t mean you have to spend the entire day slaving away in the kitchen, or spend a small fortune to impress your guests. Entertaining can be simple and easy, especially if you have a small crowd. All you...
“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...
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....
Eight 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....
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...
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...
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...
Do you get overwhelmed when packing for a trip away? I do. There are so many things to get ready at home and to pack for myself, the two kids and my husband. I find that packing for the kids is...
With preschool winding down soon I've started reflecting on the last year with my daughter. She's learned so much and it's been exciting to watch her just soak it all up, but we've had some setbacks too in the...
July is my rainbow baby month. Both my alive children were born this month so it is literally my rainbow after the stormy June anniversary of my first son’s death and birth. Happy July, friends. I hope you all...
Do you remember your favorite 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 legs. What...
Every mama needs a break, right? Well every daddy/spouse needs a break too. Not only do we all need breaks but we all need opportunities to reconnect with one another. Let’s be honest, parenting is hard. Sure there are...

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