Comparison Steals Joy

We all want to be that mom. You know, the one who seems to have it ALL together. Her children look like they just stepped out of a Baby Gap ad with matching outfits and color-coordinated backpacks and lunch boxes. She shows up at every event with her homemade cookies beautifully decorated with the monogram […]

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Taking Halloween Photos That Don’t Scare You

Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to photograph your kids. The images serve as reminders of what kids loved at that age as well as them becoming increasingly independent trick or treaters. However, Halloween photos do pose a number of challenges. Here are some tips to get more ‘keepers’ then ‘creepers.’ Pick a location for some […]

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Treinen Farm

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Sure things are starting to wind down, but for a fall-lover like me, they’re just hitting their peak! Fall is the time of year my spirits are the highest – perhaps it’s all the home-made yummy pies and goodies, the colors on the trees, and the cool nights […]

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Crockpot Recipes

Here in Wisconsin the weather seems to have caught up with the season and it’s finally feeling like autumn. Cool, crisp air and crunchy leaves everywhere. It’s the perfect weather to pull out your crockpot (slow cooker). It’s hard to argue with throwing some stuff in a pot in the morning and coming home to […]

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Autumn Popcorn Balls

When I was little my grandmother made popcorn balls at the holidays. Sticky, sweet deliciousness! I set out to create a “healthy” version of the recipe that could be a festive autumn treat. The girls and I made ours to look like pumpkins and used dried blueberries for jack-o-lantern faces. The result was a cute […]

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Spina Bifida Awareness Month

I wouldn’t have looked at this twice, until 12 years ago, when I learned I was having a child with Spina Bifida. As a pediatric recovery room nurse, I see all spectrums of life- from the healthy teenager with a sports injury to the small child slowly waking up after several cancer treatments and brain […]

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