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One Foot in the Ether: My Toddler’s Journey to Faith

My husband and I aren’t particularly religious. We don’t go to church and we rarely refer to God in our home. If anything, we practice and teach kindness and acceptance, maybe on the heels of Buddhism. That’s not to say we don’t believe in a higher power, a God, but we aren’t associated with a […]

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Gifts from Santa: Can We Tone It Down A Bit?

With the holidays quickly approaching, my newsfeed has been riddled with article after article about why people are going to let go of the “big Christmas” guilt and give their kids everything they want this year. After reading six op-ed pieces about reclaiming present-filled holidays, I’m here to offer an alternative opinion. Gift giving is my […]

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Holiday Husband Gift Guide

Christmas is officially right around the corner! I have to admit, when it comes to gifts, I usually go all out for the kids. But when it comes to my dear husband, I hit a brick wall. What makes it even harder is that not only is it Christmas, but my husband’s birthday is on the […]

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Why Music is Essential to Your Child’s Learning and Development (About PROJECT Trio)

(Disclosure: Indianapolis Moms Blog received product or payment in exchange for this review; however, all opinions shared are those of the contributor who wrote them.) At first, my husband and I felt a little silly registering our three-month-old daughter, Lyra, for an early childhood music education class. What would she really pick up as an […]

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Winter in the Midwest: Staving Off The Stir-Crazy

Winter is arriving in Indiana, and my four-year-old daughter and I are already starting to feel a little stir-crazy at the thought of not spending our evenings and weekends outside. So stir-crazy, that she’s taken to asking for daily trips to our community pool (which is outdoors) and for a new pink tennis racquet to […]

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Holiday Food Traditions (Recipe: Butter Pecan Bread Pudding Minis)

I come from a fairly large family. With more cousins than I can count on my fingers and toes, family and connectivity is something that is near and dear to me. That said, I’m pressed about holiday traditions. SO pressed. From my mother’s famed greens, to my grandmother’s sweet potato pies (now made by my […]

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Santa Stays: Why We’re Sticking With Santa Until Santa Doesn’t Stick

I’ve read at least three blogs today about telling kids the truth about Santa. Apparently one of the latest parenting trends is to boycott Santa and his elves in favor of a dose of truth, reality, and the hope of a deeper trust between parents and children. I have to say, I’m all for honesty, […]

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Your Guide to Surviving Family Drama This Holiday Season

We’re coming up on the holidays, and you know what that means! I’m not talking about packed malls, decadent food, and the sweet crooning of Bing Crosby. I’m talking about a holiday tradition older than any of those festivities: Family drama. In recent years I’ve realized that, despite what you might think, absolutely everyone has […]

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