I sat in front of my computer for two days, trying to figure out how to put my thoughts in to coherent sentences regarding decision fatigue. Alas, here it is, and I can’t decide if I like it or...
I have a habit I am trying to change — punishing myself while holding my kids accountable for undesirable behavior. Do any of the following sound familiar? “Hit him again, and you are going to your room for the...
As mothers, it's a struggle to find an authentic balance between doing what feels right and doing what is expected or what society deems as "normal."  When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had been warned about...
Holiday family photo time is here and what a fun yet stressful time it can be. At this point, hopefully, you’re all set in finding an awesome photographer and have budgeted for those soon-to-be beautiful photos, yet you’ve waited...
I vote whenever the opportunity presents itself. I try to get to know the people and initiatives on my ballot as best I can. I talk about upcoming elections with friends and family regularly. I share my excitement with...
Last year was a big year of changes for me, and one of the things that changed was my participation in a multi-level marketing company (MLM). There was no big drama when I left after three years on my...
As parents have been gearing up for the return of school and navigating the new landscape of education as we know it, I have been gearing up for my own return. That is, my return to work after having...
It’s a lazy morning around the house. My children have strategically placed pillows all over the floor, down the hall, throughout the house. They pounce from pillow to pillow shrieking “don’t fall in the lava!” They inform me all our...
We’ve known it was coming for a long time, right? I should have been prepared. But truthfully, nothing would prepare me to accept that my parents are aging. Don’t get me wrong, they would not consider themselves as senior...
TV comedies are full of references to "The Talk," an uncomfortable, one-time discussion about the “birds and bees.” Maybe that’s even how you learned the facts of life.  I remember my mom giving me a booklet about puberty (provided...
My biggest fear when becoming a mom was the sleepless nights that many had warned me about. Going all night with no sleep and only a few naps during the day did not seem very appealing to me, and thinking about...
I am already terrified that as my toddler son grows, each new year will bring him closer to the day he no longer loves to read. This fear is a result of my profession. Before I became an English teacher,...
It goes like this. I give my family a heads up about one week out that we have family pictures scheduled. I steel myself for the collective groan. I then start trying to throw outfits together that will solicit the...
For months, debates have raged on regarding school re-opening plans. Everyone seems to have an opinion, and a strong one at that. The implications of the decisions are astonishingly profound. Administrators and school board officials (the school board being a...
We recently joined the ranks of families who have children with a feeding tube. We've been very open about this on social media and realized that people have lots of questions they've always been too nervous to ask...so I'm...

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101 Things to Do This Winter

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It's no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the...