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Stop Judging My Age

Stop Judging Me By My Age

Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not that young. I’ll be 31 shortly after my 3rd arrives this summer! The problem is I have a baby face. And while I’ll be thankful for it when I’m in my 50s or 60s, at the moment it’s mostly annoying, especially when assumptions are made about my […]

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Hey Fellow Mom, It’s Okay to Just Survive

Dear mom/dad/grandparent/guardian, I need to tell you something simple, but important.    It’s okay to just survive.    I taught 5th grade science in another life and I remember some of our vocabulary words during the life science unit were “thrive”, “survive”, and “perish”.  The visual vocabulary cards I had showed a plant in full […]

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Grieving During the Happiest Time of Year

First off, if you’re reading this chances are you (or someone close to you) has lost someone, and I’m sorry.  I lost my dad last December, and though we technically celebrated Christmas last year, I think we were still in shock, and this will be our true first holiday season without him.  I still can’t […]

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Motherhood: This Lonely Never-Alone Stage of Life

We all have seen the memes poking fun at moms’ plural status: And it’s true! I shower, potty, cook, clean, shop, nap, and everything else you can think of with my two mini-me’s (and usually both dogs too). I work part-time as a Preschool Director and whether I’m at school or working from home, they’re […]

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The Magic of Rainbow Babies

Rainbow baby: a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth. Just as a bright and beautiful rainbow follows the thunder and darkness of a storm and promises sunny skies ahead, a rainbow baby brings joy and hope to a family that has experienced loss. We lost Baby Girl on April 2, 2014 […]

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DINNER CONVERSATIONS PRESCHOOLER

How to Have a Conversation with a Preschooler at the Dinner Table

My mom would probably say she isn’t a good cook.  I don’t necessarily think that is true, I think she had a tough audience (remember me? the picky eater), but regardless of her culinary prowess, every night we sat around our kitchen table and enjoyed a meal together.  That table still sits in her breakfast nook, […]

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Four wreath ideas for the non crafter

Four Wreath Ideas for the Non-Crafter

Three years ago when we bought this house I loved these huge double entry doors.  Quickly I learned their downside – big doors need big wreaths, and big wreaths aren’t cheap!  Look at how sad that Easter hanging thingy looks – it used to be adorable at our old house!  I have since made half a […]

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This Is Not My Stage

This Is Not My Stage: a Lesson in Patience

I took several child development classes in college and learned about the theories of men like Piaget, Freud, and Erikson.  They all classified development into stages with differing perspectives on what changed from one stage to the next. Recently it occurred to me to refresh my memory with what those stages are about, and see if […]

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