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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I was on a walk around a beautiful lake with some particularly rockin’ Pandora to keep me company when I had one of those perfectly poignant ideas pop into my brain. I was approaching a milestone birthday – it’s name was 35 (why most have to end in a 5 or 0 to be milestone, […]

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MOM HACKS PART 2

I hope you enjoyed Mom Hacks Part 1.  I’m back with more tried and true mom hacks to share.  Carry on, super moms. EVEN/ODD CAR SEAT DAYS This is a reader submission – I’m looking at you, Nancy and Lauri!  Two kids + front seat = fight. Give one kid EVEN and one kid ODD. […]

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MOM HACKS PART 1

Mommin’ isn’t a cake walk and we could all use some quick short cuts to keep our sanity.  Here are some tried and true “Mom hacks” to keep business running as smoothly as possible. RESTAURANT TOY When we were training our brand new puppy (before kids were in the picture), our trainer recommended that we […]

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TO THE MOM IN A FUNK

Dear Moms, It’s January.  It’s grey and cold and the holidays are over.  There are toys all the places, thank you notes that aren’t writing themselves, and a stretch of indoor play that seems potentially endless.  And those are some prime ingredients for a good, solid funk, if I ever did see them. A funk […]

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CHECK YOUR PULSE

It seems everyone these days has a way to instantly check his/her heart rate.  Exercise trackers are the Tiffany’s heart charm bracelet of the 2010’s.  We all know how far we’ve walked, how well we’ve slept, and how quickly blood is being thrust through our veins.  This matters. But what is the pulse of your […]

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HOW FULL IS YOUR BUCKET?

If you have (or have had) a school-age child recently, chances are you’ve heard about their “bucket.”  This comes from the children’s book How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, which is a favorite of elementary schools.  The concept is simple.  Everyone has an invisible bucket.  Things you do and things […]

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REFRESHING YOUR WARDROBE 101

It’s nearly fall and we’re all smelling pumpkin spice, seeing much earlier sunsets, and getting ready for that equally exciting and overwhelming closet change over! If you’ve got that “I’ve got nothing to wear” vibe, here are some ways to refresh your wardrobe (that won’t empty your wallet!) Have you ever heard that one man’s […]

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10 TIPS TO BUILD EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE IN TODDLERS

I am a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist with a specialty in early childhood education.  While many toddlers learn to speak and never stop jabbering, some are slower to use their expressive language and may need some assistance from caregivers.  Below are the 10 most common tips I give to parents to help boost their child’s language. […]

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PLAN B: LIFE AFTER A DEVASTATING LAYOFF

Sometimes there are life events where your brain takes a beautifully accurate video that you can pull back at a moment’s notice.  Some of those are happy – your wedding day, the birth of your children, etc.  Some of those are less so.  I remember where I was standing, what I was wearing, and where […]

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