Author Archive | Michelle

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UNSUNG HEROES

As another school year kicks off I find myself reflecting on the teachers from my school days as well as the teachers my boys have experienced. They are so deserving of the credit, praise, teacher appreciation weeks, holiday gifts, and so much more.  Last week there was an article in our local newspaper updating our […]

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I GAVE UP

I gave up. I’m not one to ever encourage giving up or quitting. It honestly goes against ever I believe in. But this summer I gave up. I gave up a tidy house. I gave up on keeping up with laundry. I gave up on mealtimes. I gave up on any semblance of a bedtime […]

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FUN MOM IS B-A-C-K

Fun mom is B-A-C-K! She arrived around Memorial Day but only can stay a few months. She always maximizes her annual visits.  There’s a whole lot more “yes”, “sure”, “absolutely” and “of course” and much less “no”, “I mean it”, and “absolutely not”. It feels so good to welcome her back and everyone in the […]

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THE MORNING I FAILED

We are now full swing into summer but just a couple weeks ago we were hanging on by a thread. Our family of five was burnt out. Tired. Over it. The morning grind was exhausting and on one particular Thursday morning we hit a new low. I snapped a picture of the uneaten cereal bowl left […]

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HAPPINESS IN THE MOMENT

 I’m a planner. I overthink nearly everything. I am a recovering “type-A”. When they say “wisdom comes with age” maybe in fact they’re onto something. Maybe it’s seeing life flash through our eyes as we lose loved ones far before their time. Or maybe it’s how the days, weeks, and months seem to roll by so […]

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RAISING TEENS…THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

Full disclaimer…I don’t really know what I am talking about. I am navigating the rocky waters of parenting a teenager day-by-day. I don’t claim to have the answers. Heck, I don’t even feel old enough to have a teen…much less two of them? We blinked and here we are with a freshman in high school and a 13-year-old. […]

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BEDTIME SNUGGLES OR DINNER DISHES

It was the end of another busy day in our home. I had been on the go running behind to every appointment and was desperately trying to play catch up. Bedtime was approaching so while I finished up work on the computer, cleaned up the kitchen from dinner, and put in another load of laundry my […]

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LESS IS MORE IN YOUTH SPORTS

Soccer, baseball, dance, karate, acting lessons, piano lessons, hockey, guitar lessons, gymnastics……and on and on and on.  Sound familiar?  How about the seasons of going the opposite direction of our spouses every weekend making sure each kiddo is at their respective tournaments. Of course there is the scrambling to get everyone where they need to be on […]

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LESS GIFTS, MORE MEMORIES

While driving into town last week with the goal to get some Christmas shopping accomplished I was searching my brain on what to put under our tree this year. Truth be told our kids really had no burning desires on their lists.  They are pretty content kiddos and they had to give it some deep thought when I […]

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Glam up your Christmas decor…on a budget

Hi, my name is Michelle, and I have OCD. Obsessive Christmas Disorder. It is true, I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Our home is already 100% decorated. I know that can be a hot-button topic, but in my defense we don’t host Thanksgiving and we don’t turn our lights on until then…unless my sneaky, “Buddy […]

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ELECTION 2016 … WHAT REALLY MATTERS

It’s that creepy, scary time of year again. No, I am not referring to Halloween.  It’s something even more terrifying, election season!  The one thing I think we can all agree on is that this has been a memorable one for sure. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so ready to be […]

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HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR WHAT MATTERS

Do you ever have days of self-reflection where you don’t know if you really made an impact on the world around you? As parents, I think we can agree we are influencing our immediate environment considering we are raising the future generation. But sometimes, self-doubt creeps in. Years ago before I was a busy mom, before I had […]

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