Tag Archives | friendship

friendship, dates, moms, quad cities


Time with friends. It might not happen often but when it does I am so energized afterward. It’s like hitting the recharge button for an instant jolt of happiness.  When meeting up with friends, I tend to default to wine related things, but there are so many additional options (but wine is still an option).   […]

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nurturing friendships

5 ways to nurture friendships as a mom

There are a lot of things I believe in – from the cube-to-coffee ratio in a glass of iced coffee to the necessity of a good haircut every six weeks. But there’s something I truly, madly and deeply believe in – the importance of developing and nurturing friendships. What’s that you say? You’re busy. You’re tired. You need to bring […]

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keep your chin up

don’t give up on community

Dear behind-the-scenes mom, Isn’t it easy to feel invisible in this role? Somehow we fade away behind the laundry, cute babies and even small talk, not to mention the tightly constructed guard we put up to protect ourselves from being seen with critical eyes. There are so many ways to feel unseen, unheard and disconnected in our daily […]

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so. much. snow.

a breath of fresh air

I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of this winter.  Snow, ice, freezing rain, and more snow.  And thunderstorms?!  Late starts, no school, no work, stuck inside for days at a time.  I am GOING CRAZY over here.  It’s too cold to go anywhere, it’s too cold to do anything, and my […]

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a reason, a season, or a lifetime

“Some people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.”  I am sure most of you are familiar with that famous quote.   I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with someone who was a huge part of my life years ago.  Even though we had lived in the area close to […]

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auntie guilt

I have a confession to make:  I suffer from a condition I’ve decided to call “auntie guilt”.  Let me explain… When I gave birth to my son, Sam, in August 2008, he was the only baby in our family at that time.  He was my first baby, and my parents’ first grandchild (I’m the only […]

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