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Why I Needed a Parenting Coach

I’ve always known that parenting was going to be hard. Seasoned parents are often quick to point out this reality with new parents. But I figured that if I read enough parenting books, applied the tips of others and tried hard enough, the rest would fall into place. It turns out that these parenting skills […]

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#HomeschoolLife

I was homeschooled during those dreaded middle school years. I heard they were rough. I got to completely bypass them as I was homeschooled for three years during that whole timeframe of my life. I played sports at the local middle school and I remember one day, the popular girls came up to me and […]

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4 Ways to Keep Our Children Safe this Summer

Chances are you’ve already kissed a boo-boo or two this summer.  Or maybe you’ve already made a trip to the ER.  As a mama to three boys ages six and under, I am no stranger to boo-boos and stitches. It is a point of pride that our family went nine boy-years before someone needed stitches! Our youngest […]

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Two Ingredient, Essential Oil Tick Repellent

It seems like every week I hear another local news story warning about ticks and the diseases they carry- Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. Just today I heard about a new type of tick- the Lone Star tick- making it’s way to Minnesota. Ick! I already make sure to check my kids thoroughly after they’ve […]

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BodyArmor: Hydration For The Whole Family {Sponsored Post}

We have partnered with BodyArmor™ to introduce you to their new line of hydration beverages. While this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% our own. We are quickly becoming a soccer family. This year, our oldest has actually played year-round, which means a lot of time at the fields – both indoor and outdoor. […]

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5 Tips to Start Writing about Motherhood in 2017

Someone once told me the days are long, but the years are short.  By someone, I mean literally every mother I’ve ever met. My daughter turns two next month, and I’m going to say something revolutionary: these have been two loooong years. That’s right—I don’t think the years seem any shorter than they have the rest of […]

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To My Greyson, My Promise to You…

Dear Greyson, My sweet, sweet happy boy. Oh how I love you, and I want to keep life simple and pure for you forever. As I watch you begin life’s rites of passages… crawling, talking, walking, soon kindergarten and eventually adolescence, and all the peer pressure that surrounds it, I realize it’s a flawed life. […]

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Sponsored Post: Five Ways to Talk to Children About Political Campaigns

{Disclaimer: We have partnered with The Goddard School to bring you some advice on talking to your children about the upcoming elections. Political campaigns can dominate the media at times, and occasionally the messages they broadcast can be mean-spirited. Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education for The Goddard School and member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory […]

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The Summer We Quit Media

Four weeks ago, my kids quit TV and media. Or rather, they were forced to quit by my very sudden and rash proclamation, “THAT’ S ENOUGH! Until further notice, TV, iPad and any other source of media is prohibited!” I regretted that statement almost immediately. I have four children, one of whom is a newborn. […]

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Every Mom Blog Says the Same Thing

In my quick lunchtime perusal of the mom-blogosphere, I skimmed a post lifting up working moms and another saluting stay-at-home moms. There was an ode to breastfeeding and a defense of formula. A post promising summertime structure and one vowing to throw it out the window. And you know what? Despite the conflicting headlines, they all […]

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