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Easy Homemade Spa Products

From cracked cuticles to dry, over-styled hair to mom-tired skin I am no stranger to needing a spa day (or 3).  Here are a few recipes to give yourself a spa day at home. Affordable and all natural pampering! So send your significant other off with the kiddos or lock yourself in the bathroom and […]

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The Blessing of Forcing Myself to Host

I’m not a naturally hospitable person.  I’m friendly and I can easily make conversation, but inviting people into my space doesn’t come easily.  In fact, it is very difficult.  It rattles me.  It stresses me.  I overthink everything and suddenly feel insufficient and frustrated at my lack of skill.  I feel self-conscious as I view […]

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You’re the Boss

I’ve been hearing some talk lately about babysitters. Complaints, really, from moms who leave their children with seemingly competent teenagers only to be shocked by the state of their house upon their return. There is no greater buzz-kill than coming home from a fun evening with your husband only to spend a half an hour cleaning up […]

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Music + Children: Find Your Rhythm

When Prince passed a few months ago, I was crushed. Another musical pioneer, a rhythmic genius, funky fixture of my childhood, gone. Weeks later when I asked my husband how he was coping so well, he told me something even more devastating than the original news. He said, “I didn’t really listen to Prince.” “I’m […]

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Door County Favorites

Growing up in Green Bay, my mom and I used to head up to Door County a lot when I was a kid. I always enjoyed going, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really started to appreciate it for what it is. Five years ago, my husband finished the design work […]

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Can I Be Honest? Sometimes, I Get Jealous

Dear Stay-at-Home Mom, Can I be honest? Sometimes, I get jealous of you. Like, when I picture your mornings, minus the chaos of hustling kids out the door to daycare. I picture breakfasts eaten without staring at the clock, maybe a morning kids’ show, everyone still in PJs. I see you taking the kids to […]

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Hangin’ with the Heroes FAQ

We are looking forward to our event this upcoming weekend! The weather looks like it’s going to cooperate (yay!!!) so we shouldn’t have to worry about our contingency plan. BUT just to be prepared – should there be severe weather we will be holding our event at our gracious co-title sponsor’s location (Madtown Twisters) at 7035 […]

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My Plea for Less Sanctimony & More Love

I woke up today to more sad news. I could literally feel my heart breaking in two while I read the news of an alligator attacking a 2 year old child. I hugged my kiddos tightly and thanked God for their innocence and for another day on earth with the three little ones who make […]

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The Beauty In Community

Moving to Madison in 2001 from a small town in northern Wisconsin felt like a breath of fresh air. I remember how amazing it felt to see other faces like mine. It gave me a sense of community and system of support. It was not easy living in a small town where the only faces […]

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Educational App Round-up

With summer vacation drawing near, I know that my ‘weekend only’ rule for playing electronics will probably be broken. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to kids playing electronics, I just don’t want my kids to be consumed with them. However, as I was saying, about this whole summer vacation thing, I know I […]

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