It’s no joke, parenting is hard

A MESSAGE TO PARENTS

Let me first just put this on the table…kids are amazing. Being a parent is fulfilling and wonderful and I’ve never known a love quite like it. But it’s also hard. Really, really hard. All of it. Newborns, babies, preschoolers, tweens, teens…heck, even being a parent to an ADULT can be hard (ask my mom!)…. [Read More]

5 things to think about in advance of a family vacation

Things to do in advance of a family vacation

We have a family vacation coming up in August. (We’re headed down to Universal in Florida – SQUEE!!) Even though we’re a little less than a month out, I’m already trying to think ahead and figure out what needs to happen BEFORE our trip. Here’s my list of things to think about BEFORE you’re walking… [Read More]

12 Water Games for the pool and backyard

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We are now officially in the sun drenched, heated heart of summer. If your kids are anything like mine, that means playing in, around, and with water every chance they get. The problem is those days at the pool or afternoons in the yard with the sprinkler can get a little old. Everyone needs a… [Read More]

Camping With Kids – Secrets for Success!

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About a year ago, I embarked on my first camping trip. I went with a few women I work with for one little (adults only) overnight campout… and I fell in love. There is just something about the simplicity of gooey s’mores, talks by the campfire, and sleeping under the stars that makes me feel… [Read More]

25 Road Trip Activities to Keep Young Kids Busy

25 road trip ideas

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]

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]

I am thankful

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It’s been a crazy few months. I have felt a lot of stress, and I’ve yelled and cried more than normal. But I’m okay. We’re all okay. And for that, I am thankful. When you’re in the thick of change, as things are constantly evolving and shifting, it’s hard to focus on the good that is in… [Read More]

The activity that keeps our family strong

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Last November we found ourselves looking for after school activities for the children. Soccer had been fun, but did not really grab the interest of our kids.  Ideally we wanted something that all three kids could do together to make it easier on our schedule. Our main goal was to have them involved in a class that would… [Read More]

What not to ask families with “just” one child

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*I am so pleased to share this post from local Raleigh mom, Lynn Iannucci. We all have a story, even if it often goes untold.  ————- “Just the one?” It’s a question from a fellow parent. “Yes,”, I answer. I try really hard not to fill the blank space with a reason. I want to say, “But… [Read More]