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How to Do a Playdate

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Mammas and Munchkins is a playdate group that meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. We moms take turns hosting these playdates at our homes. I joined and have been to four and am hosting for the second time soon. The group began by a mom in the military, who learned how …

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Keep Calm and Puppy On (With a Toddler)

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“You know how no one told you how hard it is to have a baby?” I heard my best friend’s voice say in a comfortably familiar tone through my cell phone, “Well this is me saying, if you get a puppy with a toddler, its going to be hard. This …

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The Elephant in the Room…Santa Claus

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I’m sorry, but what the hell is up with parents that choose not to trick their kids into believing Santa Claus exists?!? A lot of my mom friends are not perpetuating the Santa Claus myth and I’m surprised, like really? Its super fun as a parent to play along in …

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Go Forth and #Light the World

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For the last few years, my family has followed the LDS #LightTheWorld service calendar during the holidays. The calendar has acts of service for each day in December accompanied by short videos. Some suggestions require a little more effort than others. Most are things that can be done very easily, like “love …

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Home, Home on the Range

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I met my husband Mike when we were both 18 and just starting our adult lives.  He grew up riding horses, cattle ranching, and building barns with his family. All of this was a very different childhood experience from the one I had, where the closest I came to a country lifestyle was …

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The Seasons of Motherhood

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Lately I’ve been feeling more acutely the seasons of motherhood.  It’s incredibly cliché to say, “Oh enjoy this season, it goes so fast.” In fact, when other people (usually elderly women) said that to me when I had newborns, I shifted between feelings of, ‘yes, it’s amazing,’ to feelings of, …

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Remember all the hype over West Nile virus??? It’s heeeeereeeeee….

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If you haven’t heard, several mosquitos in Washoe County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. RUN! HIDE IN YOUR HOMES!!!! Just kidding. But truly, let’s have a discussion about West Nile Virus and why it’s important. West Nile Virus is a viral infection (i.e. antibiotics can’t cure it) …

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