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Our Gift-Giving Makeover

I love gifts. I love choosing, wrapping, and giving gifts. I also love receiving gifts. If you follow the book The Five Love Languages, you will understand that gift-giving is the primary way I express affection. So Christmas gift shopping and wrapping is a fun, if significant, task that I undertake each year. Our kids […]

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The Elf on the Shelf: Reality

A Naive Beginning When my oldest was almost three I excitedly added Elf on the Shelf to our family traditions. I couldn’t find ideas on Pinterest fast enough. My husband and I planned and put the scenarios together each night. It became a mini-date each night for us that we truly got a kick out […]

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Create Family Memories at The Nutcracker Tea Reception

Disclosure: This post is part of a paid partnership with Indianapolis Ballet. Create a magical experience your family will never forget by attending Indianapolis School of Ballet’s The Nutcracker Tea Reception in the Murat Theatre’s Deco Room! During the Nutcracker Tea, guests will be able to meet and take photos with Nutcracker performers (photo opportunities […]

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Give Me the Turkey, the Football and the Family Craziness – I Love Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. It is far and away my favorite holiday. A girlfriend asked me a few weeks back to rank holidays and I spoke without hesitation that Thanksgiving was number one. Here’s why! Ok, lets start with the obvious – Thanksgiving is a daylong holiday for eating. Give me the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy […]

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November: National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. An entire month dedicated to raising awareness of the increasingly large number of children in need of a loving home. Our Journey Our choice to become adoptive parents was a long journey filled with multiple doctor appointments, medicine, treatments, injections, and finally surgery. My husband and I discussed for […]

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Kiss Holiday Stress Goodbye

Halloween is over, we already had some flurries and our first frost of the season made some of us cringe. Shorts, polos and sundresses are now replaced with hoodies and yoga pants and winter gear (sigh). Pumpkin spice everything has taken over, Christmas decorations inundate store shelves and retailers are bursting with eagerness to get […]

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The Size of my Child is Not Your Concern

I was at Kid City at the Greenwood Community Center the other day (side note: absolutely amazing, cheap place to take a kiddo!) and I overheard a conversation that was pretty familiar for me. To set the scene: Two little ones are playing in the same vicinity as (presumably) their parents look on: “She’s so […]

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Remembering My Pregnancy: First Trimester Surprises!

In honor of October being pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, I have chosen to share this.  I found out through an ultrasound a short time after I originally wrote this that I had lost my child. But my pregnancy was real and exciting, and watching my belly grow was such a blessing. I celebrate […]

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