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]

There goes a piece of my heart

First day of kindergarten

I thought I’d be fine. We’ve been talking about kindergarten and planning all summer long. We had your book bag and lunch box all picked out and ready to go. I wasn’t even home when you went to bed last night. But when I got home, I crept in your room and watched you sleep. I… [Read More]

The Mom Who’s NOT Happy Summer Is Over

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My Facebook feed and conversations with friends lately have been filled with “Can’t wait to send the kids back to school!” and “So ready for summer to be over.” I don’t think my awesome mom friends are wrong; I totally understand where they’re coming from. I’m just not coming from that same place. I get being… [Read More]

How I’m dealing with the attitude problem in my house

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Over the last few days, I’ve officially cried “uncle”. The level of disrespect in my household has reached Defcon 2. I’m ready to deploy. My kids are good kids. They really are. But, like all kids, sometimes they need a reminder of who’s in charge and who makes the rules. That would be us…the parents…. [Read More]