Author Archive | Tara Elder

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We Needed a Sleep Intervention

I dare say that the lack of sleep that comes with the early years of parenthood is one of the hardest parts of one of the best times of life.  Our first-born, (now nearly 4) has had a tumultuous relationship with sleep.  We worked through our issues on our own for the first two years.  […]

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Family Gardening Made Easy

It’s that time of year when I’m tired of grey skies and I look forward to getting my hands dirty in the soil.  I come from a long line of farmers in southern Indiana and though I now live in the city, I still get the itch to plant and grow.  I have had a […]

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Today I don’t want to be Mom- From the Trenches of Motherhood

Today is hard. Nothing in-particular has gone drastically wrong; sometimes it’s just hard. My 3 1/2 year old is acting his age and throwing milestone-appropriate tantrums and fits. His demands are rapid-fire and they are many. He feels everything VERY deeply and wears his emotions on his sleeve. Like, for example…his favorite socks are in […]

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Instant Pot: Mother’s Little Kitchen Helper

You might have heard about this popular little kitchen “gadget”. It was the top selling product on Amazon’s Prime day this summer, there are more than 100 groups dedicated to it on Facebook, countless Pinterest boards dedicated to recipes and it’s the topic of many discussions in moms’ groups around the country.  Meet this popular […]

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Instead of a Baby Book…

Just as many first time-moms, I received a baby book at one of my baby showers.  I had grand plans of tracking all of my son’s milestones in it like my mom did for me.  I absolutely love to look back on the baby book she meticulously kept for me, but when it comes to […]

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Self-Deprivation is the Ultimate Gift This Holiday Season

Self-deprivation is the ultimate gift for moms (really anyone, but especially moms).  Deprivation? At the holidays?! Yes! But it’s probably not what you think.  I’m talking about sensory deprivation! Imagine 90 minutes of complete silence and complete darkness – NO INTERRUPTIONS! No one is touching, tugging or pulling at you, and you are in complete […]

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A Love Letter To My Neighborhood

                                             Dear Irvington, It’s been 10 years now, and I grow to love you more each day. I was single when we first met. I bought a two bedroom bungalow on a sleepy little street on your northwest side. I loved your quaint historic architecture, your history and your winding, tree-lined streets. You felt like my […]

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