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Springtime Produce

I’ve been buying a lot of fruit and vegetables to maintain my smoothie habit. I’ve never been one to pay attention to what fruit and vegetables are in season, I’m more of a buy what’s on sale at the grocery store person. more

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Show A Little Gratitude

I was hanging out with a friend recently, and we were catching up on what was going on in each other’s lives. I talked about what was going well, but I soon began to discuss what wasn’t. I whined about how hard being a mom is and how I have too much to do and not enough time. I went on and on about it, and she stopped me and said, “I need you to show more gratitude." more

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

The first day of summer isn't until June 21st, but as most parents know the key to a successful summer is planning ahead!

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Making Mom Friends: Redux

The isolation of being a new mom was something I was ill prepared for. My fiancé travels often for work and only had about 5 days of paternity leave. My mom was only able to take a week of vacation time to help me out. A steady stream of visitors soon turned into a trickle. I was sleep deprived, frustrated and lonely. I needed to make some friends, but it wasn’t going to be easy. more

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How the Day Camp Experience Enriches our Children

As a mom, it can be extremely difficult to let go. However, one thing is inevitable—one day you’re going to have to let that baby bird leave the nest. One great way to give your kids greater independence and enrich their lives while keeping them close to home is allowing them to participate in a day camp.  more

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Just Say No

Recently, I have embarked on a quest to simplify my life. I started with spring cleaning and I have felt the fog of stress and overwhelm subside a bit. However, I still feel like I have too many things on my plate and my very mobile almost toddler has needed much more attention. That means there’s less time for everything else.  more

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The Resilience of Youth

Proud mama alert: My 11-month-old baby girl has recently taken her first steps! While extremely exciting, this development has opened up a whole new world of hurtliterally. In the few days that she has officially been walking, she’s had two scary tumbles. more

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For the Love of Reading

Yesterday, April 2nd, was International Children’s Book Day (ICBD). Every year, this special day falls on or near the birthday of legendary fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson. ICBD "is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books." more

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