Looking for the Pause Button

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I absolutely love this stage of life that we’re in. My boys are on the verge of turning six and three and this is my most favorite, everything feels right with the world, happy heart stage of motherhood yet and I keep looking for the pause button. The problem is, it’s just not there. How… [Read More]

Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

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I like the whole concept of Earth Day: celebrating our beautiful planet and taking time to focus on what we can all do to preserve her beauty. It makes me feel a little warm and fuzzy inside. If I’m honest though, in our house, Earth Day doesn’t get a huge spotlight. I have a few… [Read More]

The day I ate a bug

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Yep. You read that correctly. My kids dared me to do it and I ate a BUG! It really wasn’t even that gross. Okay, it was a little gross.  Let me give you some background. We took a family outing to the Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte.  My husband and I firmly believe that children learn best… [Read More]

A first for me in over seven years

So something amazing happened this weekend. I got to be home alone…in my house. I know this may not sound like a big deal to some of you. Don’t I work from home? Yes, I am alone in my house four days a week. But that’s not time for me. That’s time for work, cleaning,… [Read More]

Tips for traveling without your kids

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My husband and I are about to leave town for 8 days. EIGHT DAYS! We will be on our own, seeking out adventure and relaxation without our little minions tagging along. Yes, I’m excited. I am counting down the days, pre-packing my stuff, and loading up my Kindle. I am so incredibly grateful we can do… [Read More]

A letter to my daughter on her fifth birthday

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Happiest of Birthdays to my sweet little girl, I am sort of in denial that you are now five. Five sounds so very big to me. It’s not a toddler and most certainly, not a baby . But that doesn’t change the fact that you are and always will be MY baby. You’ve grown a… [Read More]

Eliminating “No Fair” from Our Vocabulary

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These days it seems that at least several times a day someone in my household is screaming NO FAIR! It’s happening at a ridiculous pace and I have had it. The straw that broke the camel’s back came last Thursday when Miss E. looked at a photograph of a little girl on a dance poster… [Read More]

My Baby is Going to Kindergarten

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So it’s official. All the paperwork is turned in. My baby is going to kindergarten. I honestly can’t even fathom this. It seems like just yesterday that I got the positive on my pregnancy test. How is she possibly old enough to be going to elementary school? We are entering a new phase of life…. [Read More]

Kindness never goes out of style #fashionfriday

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Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. It pulls on your heartstrings, yanks on them and sometimes rips them out completely. Parenting can be downright painful as your children start to navigate the rough waters of life, learning lessons that you know they have to, but wish they could avoid. I want a lot of things for… [Read More]

Not Freaking Out About Melanoma

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I have fair skin, moles, and had a few (maybe more) bad sunburns as a kid, and a few more as an adult. I always wear sunscreen (at least a 30 spf), wear cover ups if the sun starts getting a little too strong, and keep a hat handy. Neither of my parents have had… [Read More]