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The Real Reason You’re Not Getting a Christmas Card from Me This Year.

Dear Family and Friends, We regret to inform you that while, you have all sent us lovely photos and cards with witty poems and limericks about the year that was 2016, we have waited until the last minute (like we normally do) to even attempt to get a holiday card printed much less in the mailbox. There […]

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Featured Parenting

Childhood Lovey’s, Blankies, Taggies, & Teddy Bears: What is really normal when it comes to my child?

  Some kids love their pacifiers. Some children suck their thumb until their ten years old. Some kids have a favorite blanket that resembles a rag that they’d like to rub on their face. I’ve even seen kids lay on top of their favorite stuffed animal and move back and forth which looks strikingly similar […]

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pregnancy

35 Tips from One Experienced Mom to A First Time Mom

Just so you know, there are affiliate links in this blog post; it won’t cost you anything extra, however, should you make a purchase from one of the links I’ll receive a small commission for your purchase. Thank you for supporting my family! Being a first time mom is exciting and waiting for the arrival […]

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Mom Friend: STOP and take the time to play.

The summer is difficult. We wait all year for it, especially here in Minnesota, it finally arrives and it’s this mad dash to cram everything you possibly can into three months. It’s exhausting and we don’t have any kind of structure to our schedule. The kids seem to think that since they’re out of school […]

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Childbirth Motherhood

What to expect when you get your first postpartum period

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who is a first-time mom about her first period after baby. I’ve done this pregnancy and breastfeeding thing three times now and I have to admit that I kind of forgot how things have changed (especially since the first time was six years ago). If you’re like me […]

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Parenting

Tips for Traveling with Little Ones

Tis the season for holiday travel. In fact, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the busiest times for long distance travel in the U.S. We want to be with our loved ones for the holidays so we pack up our clans and hit the road […]

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Parenting

Parenting with Purpose

Parenting with purpose is the compass that guides you on the long road of motherhood. The moment you find out you’re pregnant the decision making starts. Where do I want to go for prenatal care? Will I stay home or go back to work? What should I put on the baby registry? Do I want […]

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Featured Parenting

Guarding Against Performance Driven Parenting

Early on I learned to love thrill of working hard and performing well. In elementary school I struggled with reading. I didn’t understand what was “wrong” with me and felt stupid, insecure, and ashamed because I wasn’t like the other kids. Thankfully with the help of my parents and teachers I was able to overcome […]

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Parenting

15 Things First Time Moms Need to Know

Hi Lady! It’s the first time you’re doing this, isn’t it? It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Up until this point being pregnant, becoming a mother has all been but a dream; a dream you had as a little girl as you played house with your friends. Here and now; the time […]