How do I teach my daughter about beauty?

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Last week, I sat in a room with about 20 other women and we talked about beauty and the stereotypes that women have to deal with. (Yes, men have to deal with some too, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just focus on women.) We talked about self-esteem and the struggle women have… [Read More]

25 Road Trip Activities to Keep Young Kids Busy

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We all know traveling can be stressful, but road tripping with young children can make it even worse if you’re not prepared. As you’re looking to take a long trip with your kids this summer, consider a few activities (other than the much appreciated portable DVD player) to keep them busy. I’ve rounded up 25 of the best… [Read More]

5 things that make being a mom crazy awesome

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I’m gearing up to go out of town, which is always stressful. The kids hate it when I’m gone and we’ve already had tears over me telling them that no, they can’t actually come with me. Luckily, I’m back in time for Mother’s Day so we’ll have a nice time celebrating together upon my return…. [Read More]

To the Mom Who Used to Be a Dancer

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If you’ve ever clicked on those links that say “You Were a Dance Kid If…” then this post is written for you, from the bottom of my heart. I’m pretty sure I’ve clicked on them all. Do you ever catch yourself with your hand on the handle of your grocery cart in the oh so… [Read More]

To my daughter, on her sixth birthday

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My darling Emmy Lou, Every night before I go to bed, I lean down and kiss your cheek. Every. Single. Night. Did you know that? I listen to you breathe and I take in all the changes that have happened over the course of the day, the week, the year. Now you are six. You waited… [Read More]

An (Almost) Sugar Free Easter Basket

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I promise, I’m really not the lamest mom ever. But I do have a sort of personal vendetta against sugar. To give you a little background, some bizarre autoimmune conditions run in my family, so when my body completely freaked out after my second child, I started seeing a naturopath who helped me quickly see how… [Read More]

The one author your young children NEED to be reading

Assortment of Mo Willems Books

Mo Willems, in my opinion, should be the newest member of the legendary children’s authors hall of fame. I was first introduced to his books as a kindergarten teacher about 10 years ago and I have continued to follow his hilarious and lovable characters through their ups and downs ever since. What makes Mo Willems’… [Read More]

Books for Boys: Recommendations for ages 7-10

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Mr. A is a reader, much like his mama was/is. The only problem with that is I’m constantly scrambling for appropriate reading material – for both his age and his interests. Thank goodness for Facebook and other blogs to tell me what other kids his age (and older) are reading. Right now he’s eight and… [Read More]

6 things to help calm the chaos

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There’s a weight pressing against my chest. It’s been there for awhile. It’s rough out there right now. I hesitate to even open up my computer because there’s just SO MUCH — opinions, arguments, facts, lies, half-truths. I can’t deal with it and I know a lot of you can’t either. And that’s just the… [Read More]