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If You Give Your Child a Banana

If you give your child a banana, chances are that someday soon they will ask for another. If your child is preferential to consistency, like mine, their daily banana will become routine. If you are running solo on getting ready for the work day in the morning, like me, the banana became my safety blanket […]

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6 Keys To Hating Winter Less

Winter. It’s what this great state of Minnesota is famous for—the long, cold, snowy, stay-in-your-house-kind-of-frigid days of winter. When my daughter was about 3.5 years old, she walked out into the frosty air, turned to look at me and with tears in her eyes said, “I don’t like winter, Mommy! It hurts me!” Straight up […]

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When You Don’t Have a Christmas Tree

“What are you doing for Chanukah this year?”   I kind of hate this question, if only because I never have a good answer. “Lighting some candles and being forced to listen to Adam Sandler again,” doesn’t really have the same ring to it as “bounding down the stairs wearing matching Christmas pajamas and eating cinnamon […]

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Holiday Travel

There really is nothing better than the feeling the holidays bring. You know how the song goes, “all is calm, all is bright.” Yet, such calm usually goes out the window when the holidays involve travel plans. Having lived far from home most of my adult life, I never really thought of anything different. Often […]

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10 Questionable Parenting Tips from a First-Time Mom

I’m a first-time mom. Aside from some furry children, I only have one kid of my own. So while I often feel like more of a third-time mom (regularly finding pacifiers in my work bag, refusing to pay full price for any kids clothes ever, and an almost alarmingly cavalier approach toward safety and cleanliness), […]

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Find Your Own Happiness During the Holidays

For almost 10 years, I would spend days leading up to Christmas by cooking. There was researching, planning, calling stores, shopping, and of course cooking. It started by reading an issue of Cooking Light and talking about holiday traditions, and one of the traditions was the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Desperate to start a […]

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Awkward Family Photos: Loving the Imperfect

“Say cheese!  Please stop moving for just a second.  Now look here.  Smile.  No, give me a nice smile.  That was too quick; I didn’t get it.  Let’s try again.  Backup – you’re too close to me.  Ok, now smile.  Cheeeese!! That wasn’t a good smile.  Alright, I guess that will have to do.”  I’m […]

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