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SINGLE MOM SHOUT OUT

When I got married and decided to become a mom, I knew one thing, I wanted my husband to be involved. When our first child, Mia, was born he was still working 2nd or 3rd shift. We made our life work around that schedule. He stayed home with her during the day, I stayed home with […]

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10 ways to shine more love while dealing with negativity

CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT HATRED ISN’T THE ANSWER?

Have you ever been pierced by a comment so mean you were stunned into silence? Recently, a friend’s Facebook post inquired “Can we all just agree that everyone who votes for [a particular political candidate who I happen to have just voted for] should be neutered?” “Wow,” I thought. This coming from a fellow mom in whom I had invested […]

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THE COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS

Note from QCMB: College may be far off – or it may be just around the corner.  Thanks to Meghan Cooley, director of Recruitment Services at Augustana College (and a local mom of three),  for sharing this post about how to navigate financial aid. It may seem overwhelming – but these tips will give you a great place to begin. […]

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Starting over

STARTING OVER

When I became pregnant with our 3rd child, I was often met with a question regarding starting over.  Our kids were turning 8 and 6 and people couldn’t understand why we would start all over.  They would bluntly ask the question and follow up with “was this planned or an accident?”  Sometimes they didn’t even […]

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SOME ADVICE ON ADVICE

Nothing in life seems to invite unsolicited advice more than having kids. It starts the moment we announce a pregnancy. The floodgates open and suddenly everyone has an opinion and some “friendly” advice about how to handle stretchmarks, bloating, names, and nursery colors.  Everything. It doesn’t stop once the baby is out either. If nothing, […]

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DEAR APATHETIC TEENAGE DAUGHTER

Dear hormonally charged, apathetic, roller coaster emotioned daughter, Every time you roll your eyes at me, I picture them rolling onto the floor like bouncy balls, and yet, they are still staring at me….rolling..rolling..rolling…. When you yell at me irrationally it takes everything in me to not yell back irrationally. Your constant need to have the last […]

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