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]

4 Bathroom Must-Haves for Boy Moms

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Y’all. I am done with our guest bathroom smelling like pee. D.O.N.E. My son is eight years old. I naively thought once we got this potty training thing nailed down, my days of dealing with pee would be over. FALSE! For the love of all that is holy, he cannot keep the urine in the… [Read More]

The “last time” is just around the corner

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I lay in bed with my newly eight year old, scratching his back and talking about our day. As exhaustion took over, he asked for my pinky, which he holds every night for just a few minutes while I sing Silent Night. It’s a silly little thing that brings him comfort and allows me a… [Read More]

A letter to my son on his eighth birthday

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My sweet boy, Today you are eight. I try to come to grips with it, but in my mind, I still want to imagine a little boy with chubby cheeks, toddling down the hallway. That’s not where we are. You are an athlete – basketball, baseball, soccer…you name it, you want to play it. This… [Read More]

Great Children’s Books for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday. To be honest, it’s a close race for first place, but Christmas still takes the cake. I think that Thanksgiving kicking the door wide open to the Christmas season is one of the reasons I love it so much. I really love Thanksgiving though, because it reminds each and… [Read More]

Fun Fall Activities for Your Family

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I’m a huge fan of local pumpkin patches, apple orchards and, of course, here in NC, the State Fair. There are so many ways you can enjoy fall with your family. Here are a few of my favorite ideas to get you started. Bring Some Love to the Local Fire Station In addition to being… [Read More]

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

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I lost my first family pet when I was in 7th grade. I cried, my mom cried, and it was one of the times I remember seeing my dad cry. We loved Allie, our family dog, for 13 years. Then, all of a sudden, one day she was gone. Losing a pet sucks. That’s not very… [Read More]

Our 3 favorite after school snacks

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I am staring at disbelief at my summer calendar. It’s officially over.  We’ve passed the time for back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, and school supplies. I’ve planned out lunch menus since I have to pack lunches for three kids nightly. It dawns on me that I also need to plan out our afternoon snacks for… [Read More]