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Those Milestones No One Tells You About

My husband took the above picture of my four-year-old daughter and me on the water slide Memorial Day Weekend. I thought it was a great action shot and loved how happy I looked even though it was barely 70-degrees outside. I mean, the pool is heated, but man was it windy. Waiting, wet and dripping, […]

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The Power of the Puffball

In most important aspects of our lives, we receive formal training. We need to learn to read and write? We go to school. We need to learn to drive? We go to drivers ed. We need a job? We get our degrees and have training. However, when it comes to parenting, there is no training […]

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CLAYMATES…Something Amazing

“Can we read it again?” Ever since our 4 1/2 year old daughter was a baby, she has enjoyed re-reading certain books over and over AND OVER again. As the words become so familiar that they are easily recited from memory, I pull my eyes off of the page to watch her experience the story. […]

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Charity Family Luau! :: June 23rd at 5:30pm

It takes a village, in this case it’s a Hawaiian village…  The idea that children need a community to surround them and nurture them has been around since the dark ages. Though the needs that a community fulfills have changed from communal hunting and gathering to play groups and preschools, the idea still holds true […]

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How to Wear 5 Summer Trends Without Feeling Ridiculous

According to the spring runways (which I know all mothers, like myself, definitely have time to follow closely – in between packing lunches, swim lessons and the the sleep we don’t get) the top 5 fashion trends of summer are Yellow Everything, Head to Toe Florals, Stripes, Khaki and Off-the-shoulder looks. I think I need to give […]

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HELP! My Daughter Is No Longer a Child!

Yesterday was a normal day. That is, until it wasn’t. Until I heard the most upsetting, most nerve-wracking, most insane thing. I heard something no mother is ever prepared to hear.  I heard from a reliable source (her doctor) that my daughter, my sweet baby, had started PUBERTY!!!  Oh my gosh, I played it SOOOOO […]

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Estranged

I’m sitting in the doctor’s office for my first ever prenatal visit. The nurse is going through the standard questions and inquires about my family history. I tell her everything I know and sit back to wait for the next set of instructions. But she doesn’t move on. She looks at me and asks, “And […]

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