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THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM SHELTERING IN PLACE

This is some intense mothering. Like most of you, I haven’t left the house in weeks. The things I have learned in quarantine do help me recognize the good when those inevitable moments come when  I’m feeling awful.  I haven’t mothered this intensely and non-stop since my three maternity leaves with babies who wouldn’t take […]

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GIVE THE GIFT OF ART

Want to give a personalized gift that won’t be forgotten?  Give the gift of art! There are so many ways to show someone you care through a gift of art.   A caricature sketch can be made of an individual, family or friend grouping. I didn’t know much about caricature art until I married a caricature […]

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TEENS AND DRIVING: ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

It’s not like we didn’t know our kids would drive eventually. We have talked about it since they were little, having fun conversations like “Hey, in the year 2020, our oldest will start driving!”. “Yea, in her self-driving hydroelectric space car!”. Ok, so driving always seemed a long way into the future when we were […]

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MAKE CUSTOM TEE SHIRTS AND MORE THE EASY WAY

This post was written in exchange for merchandise. All opinions expressed are that of the writer. Every spring when our annual Juvenile Diabetes Fundraising Walk rolls around, I start getting stressed out about making the custom tee shirts for our team. Of course, I never quite leave myself enough time, so my options are limited. […]

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TAKING KIDS TO THE NATIONAL PARKS

The National Parks can be a great travel destination for families. This year we tackled Yellowstone, Badlands, Mt Rushmore and the Grand Tetons which had been on our list since having kids. It reminded me of some great reasons to travel the National Parks with kids. 1) Free parks pass for 4th graders.  If you’re […]

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THIS IS YOUR SUMMER TO BE A MERMAID!

We did not get paid, nor did we receive any goods or services for writing this post. We just love the mermaid swim class! *I did not receive any compensation for this post, this post was published for my personal enjoyment of the class and sharing with others.  Our youngest daughter loves mermaids. I’d even go […]

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CELEBRATE MAY DAY WITH YOUR KIDS!

I love May – we see neighbors we haven’t seen in months, the kids get out the fresh sidewalk chalk, everyone is excited to dust off the bikes and play, and the daffodils seem to bloom overnight. There is so much to look forward to in happy anticipation of the warmer seasons and freer schedules. Maybe […]

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