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Melted Butter: Owning My Mess

On a recent Friday when my son did not have school, we had a set agenda we’d decided on together the night before: bake cookies, play with a friend, workout (for me!), ride our bikes (nearly 7 miles round trip in 90 degree weather) to get frozen yogurt, and watch a requested movie.  Nowhere in […]

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Ice Cream: Summer’s NOT Over Yet

Summer is NOT over. Despite what the retail stores want you to believe with their end of summer clearance sales. Despite what the craft stores want you to believe with pumpkins, colorful leaves, and scarecrows everywhere. Despite what the messages from your child’s school are making you believe. Despite what some websites and Facebook pages […]

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Playing Family Games

Uno, Yahtzee, The Game of Life, Sorry, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Perfection, etc. Some of those games may evoke strong feelings and vivid memories from childhood. Sorry was my least favorite game in the world when I was child! Chutes and Ladders was the least favorite of the games my son had when he was […]

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Sleep-Away Camp: Yay or Nay?

It’s March! How did the first two months of the year fly by already? Many parents are thinking of or already completely stressing about summer plans and summer care for their school-aged kids. For some parents those plans may involve deciding if this summer is the summer to send a kid to sleep-away camp. I longed to go […]

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Rethink Thanksgiving

The title of an email that popped in my box this week was “Rethink Thanksgiving.” The eventual subject of the email turned out to be a using a non-brining method to cook your turkey and new twists on other classic Thanksgiving recipes like making a pumpkin tart instead of pie. I was expecting a whole […]

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Hey, fellow mom! If you don’t take care of you, no one else will. I’m talking not just about your physical health, but I’m also talking about your mental health. How do you take care of your mental health? That’s between you and your health care provider, of course. Taking care of mental health looks […]

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Resale Round Up: Fall 2016

The fall resale event season is upon us. These events allow area families to consign items and receive a percentage of the sale price. The atmosphere at all of them is like a great big garage sale. The resale events are also usually much better organized than garage sales, so it’s very easy to shop for […]

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3 Fall Day Trips

Gone are the weeks and weekends of summer that lend themselves to longer travel destinations. Here now are weekends sandwiched between the weeks of school and preschool. Today I highlight three fall day trip destinations that are within easy driving times of Madison. You could easily make any of the trips into an overnight destination […]

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Sometimes Moms Need Hugs, Too

I stopped working when my son was 10 ½ months old in the spring of 2010. However, I had resisted finding a real support network of moms until February 2012. I attended story times all over the area during that time (I live within easy driving distance of 7 local libraries). I took my kid to […]

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