Author Archive | Allison

Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You”

“Thank you” is one of the first phrases my children learned to say. Sure, my daughter sometimes says “thank you” when she should be saying “I’m sorry,” but we’re working on it! Regardless of when your child(ren) first learned the phrase, “thank you” is something that should be engrained in our vocabulary. We all want […]

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My Advice for New Moms

My Advice For New Moms

If I could pick one bit of advice to give to a new mom, what would it be? That’s the question I was asked following a baby shower this weekend. I first thought about how hard it is to filter all of the advice, both solicited and unsolicited, that comes to a rookie mom via loving […]

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When Mom Leaves Town …

My husband arranged for me to take a much-needed trip to Chicago to visit a girlfriend over the 4th of July weekend. I was beyond excited! I cherish my time with my family more than anything, but I was ecstatic to sleep in, lay out in the sun, shop, eat, etc. without my little “shadows” […]

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Dear Mom at the Pool

Dear Mom at the Pool

Dear Mom at the Pool, I stand in the pool with both of my children, watching one swim on his own while catching the other as she jumps in – but I can see you out of the corner of my eye. I see you looking at your phone while sunbathing on the lounger. I […]

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Beyond the Hunt: tips for making Easter fun for your kids

We love a good Easter egg hunt in our family. Who doesn’t enjoy the great variety of Tootsie Rolls, Peeps, chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs and bunnies, Easter Sweet-Tarts, and more? That said, it’s very important to me that my children understand the reason we celebrate Easter, beyond the candy-filled eggs left behind by the bunny. So, in […]

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“Pick up, pick up …”

Legos. Matchbox cars. Puzzle pieces. Sports balls. Game pieces. Transformers. Baby bottles. Crayons. Legos. Baby dolls. Tonka trucks. Did I say Legos? These are items which have caused injury to my feet after stepping on them; items which can often be found beneath my couch cushions, in my garbage disposal, in the toilet, in my […]

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My Go-To Crock-Pot Recipes

As a busy mom, I like to find any way I can to spend more time with my kids and husband – which means less time prepping our meals in the kitchen. To do this, I call on my Crock-Pot to do the cooking at least once or twice a week (especially during the cold […]

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Baby, it’s cold outside!*

* Note: Inspiration for today’s post came well ahead of yesterday’s sixty degree warm up! 😉 Are you one of those people who, like me, enjoys changing some of your home accessories up seasonally? I don’t know about you, but I think decorating for winter is the hardest. Unless you have a stash of snowmen […]

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The Perfect Snow(ed in) Day

It’s Sunday night. I’m sitting in front of the fire, beneath the glow of the Christmas tree, a cup of hot chocolate in my hand. I just finished watching “Home Alone” with my little guy and am listening to the quiet of my babies sleeping. The snow is falling outside, and … I am secretly […]

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Teaching Thankfulness

Last night, as I was tucking my son into bed, I asked him what he was thankful for.  The conversation went like this: Me: Let’s say our prayers. What are you thankful for today? M: I’m thankful that I’m a leaf expert. Me: A leaf expert? M: Yep, I’m thankful that I’m a leaf expert. […]

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