Author Archive | Cali

A New Twist on Some Summer Classics

Although my kids are fairly picky eaters, they love fruit. LOVE IT! In the summer months, we can’t get enough blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, peaches, and other seasonal favorites. Today, on Fox 4’s Morning Show, I shared four fantastic summer recipes that feature Fruit2O Sparkling Water and lots of fresh fruit! My kids have gone crazy for […]

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My Little Free Library

Our Little Free Library, hosted by Post Alpha-Bits Cereal, is the talk of the town. Literally! Since we opened on Mother’s Day, we’ve had visitors every single day, had 2 newspaper articles written about us, been talked about on the radio, AND – this is the best part – had AT LEAST 10 individuals contact us […]

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Giving Up Social Media

The honest truth is, most parents I know – scratch that – most PEOPLE I know could do a much better job at being more present in their lives. I’m sure most of us have witnessed this scene before: you’re out to dinner, and at the table next to you, the entire family is on […]

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1 Samuel 1:27

On January 26, 2011, I found myself sitting at my desk for over an hour, trying not to stare at the phone. What is it they say? “A watched pot never boils?” I had told them to call me between 11:00 and 12:30 since that was my off-hour. I told them they HAD to call […]

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The Things People Say …

When people find out you are pregnant, they offer you all sorts of advice – well-meaning, to be sure, but advice nonetheless. When people find out you are pregnant with twins … Katy-bar-the-door, the floodgates of advice are WIDE open! I was often shocked to find out that the people who had the MOST advice […]

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The Keeper of Memories

As a soon-to-be mom of twin boys, I had grand plans for documenting their lives. I bought coordinating baby books (which, two years later, are still in their boxes with nary a word written in them). I created a Shutterfly Share Site (which was last updated eighteen months ago) and we bought an expensive camera […]

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A Fear of Failure

I’ll be honest, the start of a new year always frustrates me. Social media is full of people making resolutions, making budgets, making menus … making plans. However, January usually finds me in a bit of a slump. The festivities of the past two months are over, the Christmas cookies are gone, and all that’s […]

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Unrealistic Expectations

Ah, Christmas. A time for joy, cheer, shopping, sharing, eating, laughing, and that time-honored tradition of watching Christmas Vacation. I can empathize with Clark Griswold a little. I, too, have unrealistic expectations … Ellen: You set standards that no family activity can live up to. Clark: When have I ever done that? Ellen: Parties, weddings, […]

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A Cozy Little Tea Shop

I have lived in Liberty, Missouri for eighteen years. I love it here. I love the small town atmosphere. I love the quaint historic square and its cute little shops. I love the sense of community and pride in our neighbors. It’s a great place to live and raise a family. This past Saturday, I […]

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The Longest 27 Days

when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so anticipating the lovely baby shower in my honor that i would attend the next day. when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so feeling great, with not a care in the world – and certainly not thinking about meeting […]

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Seven Things I Wish Parents Knew

Note: This post is the fifth in our six-part “Back to School” series. Join us for the conclusion of this series on Thursday! This year marks my eighteenth in the classroom. Eighteen years! I have now officially been a teacher longer than I have done almost anything else in my life. Being a teacher is […]

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