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lessons learned over and over again

PARENTING LESSONS I LEARN OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Parenting is the gift that keeps on giving. Each day I learn something new, laugh at something that is beyond my control, and worry and wonder if we are doing this right.  There are lessons that I learn over and over again. It’s like when I eat too much dairy. I know it’s a mistake, but […]

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RECALIBRATING: BECOMING A “YES” MOM

Hi. My name is Olivia and I have a severe case of over committing. They say if you want something to get done, ask the busiest person you know, because she will probably say yes. A few weeks ago, I caught myself being snippy and impatient with my kids while I was “working” (slash doing […]

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QUAD CITIES VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: LOCAL MOM RECOMMENDATIONS

There are some fabulous Vacation Bible School options in the Quad Cities this summer. I asked local moms for ones they recommend and here’s what I gathered: JUNE June 4-8, 6pm-8pm at Bettendorf Christian Church in Bettendorf, IA Preschool-5th grade, Cost: Free June 5-9, 8:45am-11:30am at Cornerstone Baptist in Eldridge, IL entering Kindergarten-7th grade, Cost: Free June […]

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HOW TO TRAVEL CHEAPER–WITH KIDS!

School’s almost out for summer, and the students (and their teachers!) have been counting down the days until they can sleep in on the weekdays and unwind a little after a long year.  Because my husband and I are both teachers, on those days that we aren’t still working in some capacity (believe me, teachers […]

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BIRTHDAY CAKE COUNTDOWN

This blog republished with permission from Becca at Who Arted? This post may contain affiliate links. To learn more about ’em, click here. There are five seasons in our household: summer, fall, winter, spring, and…birthday season. Birthday season is a ten week span sandwiched in between spring and summer where we have fourteen family birthdays. That’s […]

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY FATHER

  Dear Dad – Another year has passed and I haven’t heard from you.  The phone doesn’t ring anymore and I’m certain my youngest wouldn’t know you if she saw you. While these thoughts sadden me, I realize I am stronger than ever before and I am thankful for the many lessons you taught me […]

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SUPER SUMMER CHALLENGE

“Mama?” asked my 12 year old, “Can we please do the Super Summer Challenge this year?” “YES, My Love!” I unequivocally exclaimed. “I was already planning on it!” Over the summers we’ve pulled off the Super Summer Challenge, my family has reaped many benefits from it. Among others, my children have learned new skills been […]

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