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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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Presence in Parenting, Despite the Distractions

We live in a fast paced world. We live in a technological world. We live in an instant gratification world. We live in a world where it is more likely that you’ll post about your dinner plans on social media long before you would broach an actual verbal conversation with the person you’re tagging in the online photo. Long story, short: The struggle is real when it comes to slowing down life and enjoying what we have right in front of us. Distractions Our brains have been electrically programmed over the last few decades to crave screens, give our thumbs...

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Five Minute Friday:: Depend

I have teamed up with a wonderful team of bloggers who participate in “Five Minute Friday.” Here’s the skinny: Every Friday for nearly four years hundreds of people joined a kind of writing flash mob. We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that is posted by the the team starting at 10pm EST on Thursday night and all through Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party). No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real. Today’s word: Depend. Dependence is something that is passed down...

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Spotlight Series:: A Tired Mama Who NEEDS Caffeine

It is my absolute honor to highlight and showcase my next spotlight series blogger. Niki, from Toots Mom Is Tired, is someone who I have come to admire and look up to in the blogging world. We share a similar blogging readership, and much like me, she is TIRED and CRAVING CAFFEINE. Constantly. Niki is taking the blogging world by storm, writing #reallife about what mom life is REALLY like when you spend your time with a toddler. Additionally, she carves out time – on top of her paying life gig – to help others succeed. Some of her top...

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The Unfathomable Thing I Did Today While My Girls Played…

Today, I read a book. TWO chapters of a book, to be exact. And I didn’t put the book down once, not even when my two year old was crying that her sister took a toy OR when my four year old started screaming at her sister that she was going to “Tell mommy on you.” While I would be lying if I tried to say I was actively watching or paying attention to what they were doing, from what I gather, my two daughters had an elaborate set up that crossed different environments, and they used their imaginations to role play...

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Mojitos & Munchkins featured on UNICEF Kid Power

Awhile back, I collaborated with UNICEF on a fitness post. Since then, we have been in touch and my little family was recently featured on their blog. Finding Fitness In Your Own Backyard was a fun post to collaborate on, as our backyard is the lifeline of our home! From swim parties to ice skating parties, theme parties to kids’ birthday parties, our backyard is where all the action happens!! What is UNICEF Kid Power, you ask? Simply put, it is an organization that gives KIDS the POWER to save lives. What an inspirational message that is, and how powerful to put...

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Dear Kids, On This Election Day…

To my three beautiful children, Today is the day. After weeks of slander from both parties, this yuck-filled election season that has spewed hatred and divided friendships and families comes to a close. Less junk mail will fill our mailbox. The knocks on our door where Mommy has to go out and answer questions and defend her believes will cease. Endless debates will hopefully give way to talk of activities and get-togethers and happiness. No matter the outcome that is announced tonight, today is the start of a new presidency, a fresh heart and mind in the white house, and...

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Tuesday Truth:: What sounds fun… Isn’t always {with kids}

In parenting, I’m often times flabbergasted at how quickly the mood can go from Yippee! This is going to be so fun to I hate my life and why did I bring kids into the world? Then, as quickly as the YUCK came along, there is some magical moment by a tiny human to bring sunshine into your world…. Which you know means a storm is lurking on the horizon. Ahhhh, the life of a parent. What you think: “Sister Slumber party!! YAY!” Reality: 4 hours past their bedtime, you’ve now NOT watched the movie you planned to with your husband, they’re both...

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If “Parenting” were an Olympic Event…

In honor of the Olympics, I’m re-posting an earlier post from February 2014. It’s still applicable today!! Check out The Newest Olympic Event: Parenting

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WHO AM I and WHY AM I HERE?

I am many things…. A woman, a teacher, a mom, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a wife, a friend, and in recent years I’ve been trying another title – a blogger. The things that I put on my blog could easily be written in a journal.  Why, then, would I air my dirty laundry as opposed to tucking it away in a locked notebook in a shut drawer?  Perhaps it is because I am narcissistic enough to think someone else may care?  Perhaps it is because I have family and friends living a distance away and they have indulged me to say...

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