Category: Family

Best Parenting Advice I Will Ever Give

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Parenting advice is usually like any other advice you get: totally unsolicited by strangers and family alike. But I promise you, if you listen to this one piece of parenting advice, (I know, I know) both you and your children will be happier because of it.   Here’s the thing about parenting: it makes so much sense in retrospect.  Once you’ve traveled down that broken road, you can see all the mistakes you made and what you’d do differently if…
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Why Character And Kindness Matter Most

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Character And Kindness A few months ago, near the end of my son’s 5th grade school year, he came home with an invitation to a birthday party in his backpack.  I read the name on the invitation and asked my son who the boy was, because I’d never my son mention this friend when we talked about school. “Oh, he’s a friend of mine.  He’s kind of awkward and weird, and he doesn’t have a lot of friends so I…
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How Was Your Summer And How Are You?

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Hello, friends! I’ve missed connecting with you this summer while I’ve been hanging out with my kids, living life in the slow lane.  So, let’s catch up. First of all, I can’t believe the summer is over.  It flew by in a flurry of swim meets for my son, first-time jobs for my daughter, (life-guarding and babysitting) and lots of naps for me.  And now it’s almost September and the garden is waning and the sunset is coming faster every…
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Back To School + Hoorays All Around

Back To School + Hoorays All Around

  Back to school is the most glorious time of year. The end. Just kidding!  It isn’t the end.  It’s the beginning of an entire school year, of magic. FOR ME. I used to cry when my kids left to go back to school on the first day in the fall.  I spent the whole first day back wandering around my house, tearfully picking tiny t-shirts and toys off the floor, heartbroken without my little noisy companions.  Wallowing in the…
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Enough is Enough is ENOUGH: Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve spent the better part of the last week weeping, nonstop.  I’ve been following along on Twitter as the events of the last week, and month, and year have developed live, and have been horrified along with the rest of the world.  But the back-to-back killings of two black men, followed by the killing of 5 police officers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, completely…
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7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

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7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids If you’re looking for some super fun, easy crafts to do with kids, I’ve got 7 new ideas for you to try.  There’s never a reason for kids to be bored with such a variety of things to craft at home. Homemade Slime: Have you ever tried making your own homemade slime?  It’s so much fun for kids!  All you need is a few household supplies (who knew liquid starch was…
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Goop: How To Make Your Own With Recipe + Tutorial

Goop: How To Make Your Own With Recipe

Time for goop, a super fun craft recipe to make with kids! Today I’m sharing one of the easiest, most delightful kid’s crafts of all time: home made goop, or slime.  We’ve called it a lot of things as we’ve made it together over the years: goop, gobbledeygook, homemade slime, Ogre boogers, gloop.  Whatever you call it, it’s super fun and easy to make! Check out the recipe below, and print it up to keep in your craft stash. How…
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10 Gorgeous DIY Jewelry Tutorials

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10 tutorials of gorgeous DIY jewelry! I realized today that I have so many cool, DIY, recycled, up-cycled, crafty do-it-yourself tutorials in the archives of my blog and I want to bring them front and center for you in one place.  So, here is a collection of 10 Gorgeous DIY Jewelry Tutorials.  Everything from a gold-leafed clay pendant necklace, to earrings, a necklace, and bracelet all make out of hex nuts from the hardware store, to recycled old brooches made…
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Stay Off The Field – Parents Staying Out Of Sports

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Sports are in my blood:  I grew up playing sports.  Every kind of sport popular in America: basketball, softball, swimming, volleyball, soccer.  You name it, I played it, whether it was on my parents front lawn or the high school soccer field.  I can count on one hand the number of my games my parents attended, and there wasn’t a single time my parents talked to one of my coaches, on or off the field, about their goals for my…
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