Tagged: Family

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Road Trip Tips

*This is a sponsored post.* As a child, I have fond memories of family road trips. As a mother myself, I know that road trips with tiny humans can be challenging, but also fun. Our family took a long road trip last summer and it was easily the most fun we’ve had in a long time. Spanning 2 countries, 14 states, 18 days, and traveling via 5 modes of transport, there were many lessons learned and countless memories made. Read about my Road Trip Tips to help make your time on the road a success. SAFETY FIRST One thing that...

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Family Fun Days: Attainable & Doable Ideas

Family Fun Days are like a holiday around here, and we try to schedule them about once every other month. I won’t lie, when the day actually rolls around, it is typically referred to as FORCED Family Fun Day. What seems like a fun, simple outing can often be complicated by the personalities in the vehicle and the moods of the moments. It is safe to say that we haven’t been on a single Family Fun Day without tears from someone (adults included!).  See some of our favorite Family Fun Days below. APPLE ORCHARD/ WINERY: A WINNING COMBINATION We love...

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Choosing To Walk

Our family walks in an annual charity walk to raise funds and awareness for blood cancers. For us, this is an event that began in a desperate need to hold tight to the memory of my beloved mother. Over time, it has become a laugh-filled walk full of memories, shared stories, and a guaranteed calendar spot where the stars align for far-away family to be together.  What happens when this yearly event is plagued with tornadic activity and terrible storms, and subsequently cancelled? We walk. We choose to walk, despite the clouds, despite the rain, despite the cold.  We walk....

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The Time My Intentionality Made Me Fail

I happily welcomed and accepted a 31-day writing challenge, one that would focus my mind and push me to wrote for 31 straight days. I decided I would write on intentional living, knowing that present and mindful living is an area of struggle and we would like to improve upon. How ironic then that my SUCCESS at living intentionally and in the moment caused me to FAIL at my writing challenge. Now I am left trying to figure out if I should be celebrating the fact that I am properly living in the moment and making meaningful memories with my...

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The Helpless Feeling Of Loss

Yesterday, I got word that a wonderful man lost his life. He was not my father, my brother, my husband, my co-worker, or my friend, but he was each of those things to someone. He was a meaningful acquaintance in my life and the father of three of my previous students. He was a man that stood for family and faith, and was sincere in all that he did and said. Though my interactions with him were limited, my cumulative time spent with his family over the last decade was limitless. My time spent with him was that of mutual...

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When Play Trumped Work

Today was one of those days where I felt slammed. I was behind at work, I had a sick kid, I had taken on waaaaaay too many volunteer projects and needed to fulfill the commitments I made to people. I felt like the entire world was waiting for me to finish things that I hadn’t yet started, and I had NO time to accomplish any of them. And then… A sweet faced toddler crawled up into my lap and ask me to read a book. So that is exactly what I did.  Now here I am, 15 hours since waking...

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A Tip for Intentional Living {With Children}

When it comes to living with intention, we as parents need to carve out intentional time in our day to have meaningful conversations with our children. I think intentionality is often confused with an intense amount of time, but it doesn’t have to be. I know that I always assumed I wouldn’t have the time to be “one of those intentional parents” that drops everything to give 100% to my kids 100% of the time. As it turns out, being intentional is sometimes simply responding to a situation in the moment and not scripting everything out in advance.  One of the...

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The Questions I Ask My Kids Every Night… And Why

Between sports and activities, scouts and meetings, work requirements and family obligations, it seems that the moments we have in meaningful conversations are sometimes few and far between. Gone are the days where we come home from work and talk as a family while the newborn lays peacefully on my child. Gone are the days where we gather around the living room carpet and watch a toddler scoot and grunt. We have entered a new season of life and it is busy, and packed, and intense.  In the limited amount of time where we are together, I make it a...

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The ONE Thing That You Must Start Doing With Your Family. TODAY.

No matter how busy you are, there is one thing that absolutely must be done every single day. EATING is both a staple for fueling your body with energy, and an important time to build relationships and connect with one another over a shared meal. If you have to carve out the time anyway, there is no better time spent than with family. Don’t wait for a holiday or festivity to hold hands around the table, either. Families that eat together have strengthened bonds and are able to connect with one another during the dinner time rush. Make time, even if...

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