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November, 2017

  • 22 November

    As a Parent, I’m Thankful for These Small Joys

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    Let me get this out of the way from the outset: I never take for granted how blessed I am to be called “Mom” by three spectacular souls. They are everything to me, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it allows me to truly recognize and express gratitude …

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  • 21 November

    3 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Hot During the Holidays

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    Dinner isn’t the only thing that needs to stay hot around the holidays. You can be married for all of ten seconds and fully grasp how hellish the holidays can be on your relationship. Your time, your energy, and your resources are going to everyone and everything other than your …

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  • 20 November

    I’m Going to Disneyland without My Baby

    Mickey and Minnie in Disneyland

    My husband and I are total Disney nerds. We had our first date in Disneyland, we got engaged in Disneyland, and we got married in Walt Disney World (Yes Virginia, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are not the same!). We even bought into the Disney version of a timeshare called …

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  • 17 November

    To the One Who Made Me a Mother

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    Dearest A: I’m writing to tell you today that things are going to change in our home and in our lives — and they’ll never be the same again.  There is going to be one more who needs me, one more I’m responsible for, one more I have to share my time …

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  • 17 November

    Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks But No Thanks!

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    One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the food! Turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, dinner rolls — I can go on and on and on. I want all this deliciousness in my belly, but do I actually want to make all this deliciousness? The truth is, neither …

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  • 16 November

    5 Reasons Reno is the Best Place to Homeschool

    Five Reasons Reno is the Best Place to Homeschool

    If you are considering homeschooling your children, you just so happen to be in one of the best places to do so!  Having homeschooled my children from the get-go, I may have a little bias, but Reno has been an amazing place for my children to learn and grow in …

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  • 15 November

    Welcome to the Golden Days of Childhood

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    Earlier this week, my husband and I were taking a mental checkout break to delve into the world of Stranger Things 2. I was engrossed in Hawkins, Indiana world, when I realized I was 2.5 episodes deep and hadn’t heard from either child of mine. Were they still in the …

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  • 14 November

    Finding Balance on the Mommy Tightrope: How NOT to ‘Lose It’

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    Juggling work, kids, personal time, couple time, family time, individual time, and time with each kid — are you serious?  While I may not be an expert mom (I’m definitely not), I have learned strategies about how to balance work and family life.  After five years, I have finally gotten …

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  • 13 November

    Maintaining Boundaries with Family During the Holidays

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    Relationship expert Henry Cloud states, “The best boundaries are loving ones. The person who has to remain forever in a protective mode is losing out on love and freedom. Boundaries in no way mean to stop loving. They mean the opposite: you are gaining freedom to love. It is good …

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  • 10 November

    What does your family do?

    work from home mome

    The best kept worst secret of having a school-aged kid are ALL the days out of school. Now, I get it. Teachers need work days. There are holidays. Kids need breaks. Yadda Yadda. I KNOW. But, seriously! The scheduling shenanigans that take place to figure out what to do with …

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