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FAMILY-FRIENDLY QUAD CITY TAKEOUT OPTIONS

It’s the chore that never goes away. Dinner creeps up on us every single night! We all have to eat. And then there is the pressure to have balanced, healthy meals (for good reason). I feel like I am always reaching for the perfect balance for my family. Like most parents, I feel the eyes […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING: 6 PRO TIPS

Ready or not-here it comes! Back to school countdown is ON and whether I’m ready for 4 kids in 3 schools doesn’t matter because-it’s happening.  Pro-Tip #1: This one takes taking a step back in time-or locking away for end of next school year-REUSE those half used notebooks, never sharpened pencils and still usable dry […]

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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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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR WORLD STOPS?

My beautiful mother-in-love Joyce is an integral part of my family. She lives about three miles away and we see her on a daily basis. She is essentially my co-parent in many ways, especially during the spring and fall when my farmer husband is working inordinately long hours. She babysits regularly, so I can do […]

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Saying Goodbye

SAYING GOODBYE

As a new parent, people give you advice on many things including breastfeeding, sleeping habits and the latest, greatest gadgets.  All of this information is great, but what I realized is that no one talks about how to deal with loss.  There is the simple type of loss, dealing with sleep, independence and even hair. […]

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6 SIMPLE WAYS MOMS CAN CARE FOR THEMSELVES

Over and over I hear that I need to take time and care for myself. With four boys under 10, I always think: if I take that time, I’ll be so far behind, it will take me hours to catch up. However, when I’m calm, patient and less stressed – when I’m cared for – […]

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LOVE YOUR FACE

LOVE YOUR FACE

For the most part, the 30’s have been amazing. It’s like your brain finally puts things in order – who/what to care about, who/what NOT to. There’s a pruning of what’s important, shedding the negative and really enjoying what life has to offer. That all said, not everything in the 30’s has been smooth.  And, […]

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THE BENEFITS OF MAXIMALISM

Along with many of the people in the America, the appeal of minimalism entices me. At the beginning of the year, I did some serious Konmari-ing on my house. I got rid of over half my books, my clothes, toys and kids books, kitchenware, kids’ clothes. I had a soothing bedroom. I created an inspiring […]

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