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STOCKING AN ARTS AND CRAFTS PANTRY

Flour, sugar, salt, basic ingredients that most would consider pantry staples. The great thing about having a well stocked pantry is being able to create so many great dishes without a lot of planning and grocery shopping. The same principle of keeping a pantry so that many dishes can be made without a trip to […]

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GARDENING WITH KIDS

Growing up in northern Wisconsin on a hobby farm acreage, I have many good childhood memories of our whole family working together outside: planting seeds, weeding, watering, and harvesting our large garden. Whether we were starting seeds indoors or reaping the goods we’d sown earlier that year, there was a nurturing and fostering of the […]

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5 LESSONS A MIDWESTERN MOM CAN LEARN FROM HER EAST AFRICAN SISTER

As I write this post from my comfortable kitchen while one child plays Osmo on her iPad and another circles the block on his Razor scooter, mothers living in developing nations are raising children while contending with famine, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to clean water, subpar education, and a host of other challenges. The […]

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20 WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS

20 WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS

April is Stress Awareness Month. Who knew? I’m sure if I was to ask how many of you are stressed on a daily basis, I would see a lot of hands. Mommin’ ain’t easy! There’s kid stress, work stress, marital stress, self stress, and stress about all the stress. It definitely can take a toll […]

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WHEN MY FAMILY’S PICTURE WENT VIRAL

It’s not something you think about, really, to have a family picture go viral. I mean, you probably imagine that best case scenario, if it comes out ok, you’ll want to share it with friends and family. But hundreds of thousands of people? Two years ago we had just lost our 6th child, a baby […]

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EASTER EGG CUPCAKES

  The Easter Bunny left us something darling! These Easter Egg Cupcakes are kid tested and approved. #MixUpAMoment #ad #sponsored   This post is second in the series sponsored by J.M. Smucker Company.  Be sure to seek out the first one.  I replicated a classic American candy bar into cake form!  It was epic.   With […]

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GET YOUR TICKETS | BLOOM AN EVENT FOR NEW/EXPECTING MOMS

Are you currently expecting a baby? Have you had a baby in the past year? Are you planning to grow your family soon? Then, our next event is definitely for you! You won't want to miss BLOOM - a national event for new and expecting moms that we'll be hosting right here in the Quad Cities! This is our second year hosting this [...]
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