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Let’s Read – it’s National Book Month!

As a busy parent, indulging in a book for pleasure may seem like a far-fetched luxury. Often times, we envision reading as being something that we can only do under perfect conditions. Perhaps a childless vacation, on a lounge chair in the sand. Maybe a cozy chair holding a nice hot cup of coffee or […]

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A No-Resolution New Year

On December 31st, I mindlessly scrolled through image after image of people’s New Year’s resolutions and inspiring messages for the new year on social media. Or at least, they were supposed to be inspiring. Reading them myself, I felt indifferent. When I came across a post that claimed the way you feel and what you […]

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Trying to Conceive

I was stalking someone online or mindlessly scrolling Instagram by the glow of the moon in bed one night the first time I came across the acronym TTC. A google search later, I learned that there was an entire ‘Trying to Conceive’ community, and honestly, it felt like the internet was wrapping me in a […]

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Sorry Honey, but I’m Touched Out

  In October 2008, I walked down the aisle and exchanged vows with my best friend. For the next 4 years, my husband and I were stuck together like peanut butter and jelly. He enjoys drag racing on the weekends, and I went to almost every race with him when we weren’t working; you couldn’t […]

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3 Reasons to Choose a Word of the Year

Choosing a word of the year changed my life. Before that, I spent so many late December weeks sprawled on the floor of my childhood bedroom, college apartment, and newlywed one-bedroom with stacks of white computer paper and pens, making long (and I mean long) lists of resolutions and goals. I would fill up pages […]

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January is Toy Purge Month

January is toy purge month! The holidays are behind us and all the small holidays plus birthdays are ahead of us. Most of us have multiple families that will give our children more toys, more toys, and clothes. However, there are toy baskets or bins, overflowing in our homes already. January and even February, the […]

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A Decade: Hey Queen, You Did SO Much!

Decade: n. dek-eyd: a period of ten years        “It’s not where you start – it’s how you finish.”  Dear Self, You did it. You came to see another decade pass in the world. 2020 is upon you. It went by in a flash it seemed. Although the hard times felt like they […]

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More Than Motherhood

Lately I’ve found my brain going around and around in circles about who I am and who I want to be at age 43 and in this season of my life. I know I’m not alone in this. Pre-motherhood, I used to know who I was and what was important to me. I used to […]

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My Pregnancy Announcement: Part I

Recently, I was over the moon excited to announce to my family that I was pregnant with my first child. They were all coming over in a few hours for a 4th of July cookout at our newly purchased home in Fountain Square. My mind swam with kitschy ways to tell them. “Hey everyone, speaking […]

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My Two Year Old Still Takes a Bottle

Yup, you read that right. My two-year-old (let’s be honest – she’ll be three in April, so we’re beyond two and a half now) still chugs a cold one – an eight ouncer of two percent- every night at bedtime.  Go ahead and judge me – I don’t blame you. Listen, there is no philosophical […]

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Try It: Overcoming Overthinking in Parenting

From the very beginning of our children’s lives, we are encouraging them to take the next step (literally and figuratively). Persuading our young babies to try their first foods, say their first words, and take their first steps. It’s a natural part of raising a tiny human. They don’t come with instruction manuals, as we […]

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