Author Archive | Elisa

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What It Means to Be a Mommy

Mommy. An endearing name for the female parent of a child. A sweet name coming from your little one to you. In our household mommy takes on a whole new meaning. When we first found out we were pregnant, we had lots of decisions on our hands. Similar to those of a heterosexual couple. How […]

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Don’t Throw Those Out Yet! Upcycling Kid’s Pants

Crunchy pants. That’s what my eldest daughter calls jeans, corduroys, or any other stiff material. Ever since she could really talk about her clothes she has preferred stretchy material or skirts and dresses.  Most kids wear pants for a season, and then they either a) outgrow them or b) ruin them with all the hard […]

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Another Pretty Picture

Children’s artwork. You know what I am talking about. You pick your kid up from daycare – only to be greeted with a stack of original masterpieces done by your two-year-old. You open your kid’s backpack after school and papers come exploding out. A drawing of your family. A drawing of a mermaid. (Or if […]

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Learning to Love… The Interests of Your Children

Looking back at my own childhood I know there were some toys and things that I was into that I am sure my parents shook their head at wondering “why?” Popples? Garbage Pail Kids? With my own children, I have only started to see some of these phenomenons. Shopkins anyone? Squinkies?  As my eldest daughter […]

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The “D” Word

The “D” word- DIVORCE. It can be painful and ugly, but also liberating and (at times) necessary. Luckily this is not about my own personal relationship, but there are a few people very close to me who are going through this process (all in different stages). As a person who is second hand experiencing all […]

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When I Grow Up…

How many times have we heard as parents “when I grow up I am going to be (insert the most recent hobby/sport that they have been into at that moment).” How do you typically respond? Maybe it’s an enthusiastic “wow honey that is great!” or with an encouraging (yet logical) “awesome- that’s why it is […]

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Road Trippin’ With the In-Laws

Our family of five just got back from our summer vacation….with our mother-in-laws along for the ride. To some this might seem like a nightmare- something with quality material for the next season of American Horror Story. To others this might be wishful thinking- those who have parents who have already passed and would give anything […]

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Getting a Pet- Are We Crazy?

Last summer we had to put down our beloved first family pet, a yellow lab named Uno. He was a cherished member of the family, and we still miss him dearly. Not long after we put him down, we weighed the pro’s and con’s of getting another dog. No biggie that we had twin one […]

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