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Whenever the weather changes, I have the urge to clean house – literally. I love to go through the closets, the kitchen and the kids toys to see how we can get rid of items to that we’re no...
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Distracted driving is something that impacts all of us, and with the integration of technology it’s become an epidemic. The National Safety Council website states that every day at least 9 Americans die due to distracted driving and 100...
Do you steal your kids’ candy on Halloween? Don’t be shy about admitting it. According to a survey conducted by Crest, 86 percent of parents admit to stealing their children’s candy.I’m guilty of it. My husband is guilty of...
Let’s talk about something no one wants to even think about. It’s something triggered by tragedy. It’s not fun to discuss about. But, it’s vital.Let’s talk about life insurance.When our son was stillborn in 2011, we had to think...
Every now and then – generally when I feel like my parenting game is strong – my daughter will ask me a question that throws me for a loop.It usually revolves around something that’s an issue or idea that...
We’re a road trip kind-of-family. We’ve been up and down both coasts and we’ve driven to Texas, Alabama and South Carolina from the Chicagoland area. We do this for a few reasons.The kids and I aren’t fans of...
My baby is starting kindergarten in a few weeks. While she’s gone to school before this feels different to me. It feels bigger to me and I think it feel bigger to her too.Somehow, this seems to mark the...
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Building memories with my children is something that I cherish. During the week, my husband and I are both busy working – albeit from home – and aren’t able to really do anything with them outside the house. This...
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...
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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...
Whether its winter, spring, summer or fall, your eyes are the only set you get. Taking care of them and showing your kids how to take care of them is just as important as showing them how to take...
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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...

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