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Three Little Questions

At the end of each day, I ask myself three little questions. I take advantage of those rare moments of silence before I fall asleep to reflect on my actions and lessons learned throughout the day. I ask myself these three little questions because they keep life, and my place in it, in perspective. Did I […]

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Teaching Religion My Way

We go to church. Sometimes. Our church isn’t traditional; there are no shiny pews to slide down or hymn books to flip through. There is a coffee bar in the lobby and “jeans are fine” policy, the latter of which is actually considered fancy dress by two boys who live in athletic wear. I was […]

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My Post-Holiday Cleanse (no, not that kind ...)

My Post-Holiday Cleanse (No, Not That Kind…)

Don’t let the title fool you. My post-holiday cleanse doesn’t involve kale smoothies and swearing off caffeine, although both would probably do me some good. No, my cleanse involves cleaning out closets, shelves, bins, and other areas that didn’t bother me before the holiday season, but now cause me to develop a nervous eye twitch. […]

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Holiday Sanity: Celebrating Without Losing Your Mind

Don’t Go Broke this Holiday Season

The holiday season not only requires our time but our money, adding more stress to the monthly budget. There are ways to still make the holidays magical but cut back on spending. “I Can Make That.” By all means, browse. Get ideas from the beautiful things in stores, but before you buy, ask yourself, “Can I make […]

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The Behavior Chart That Really Works. No, Seriously.

The Behavior Chart that Really Works. No, Seriously.

I feel like I’ve tried it all, the journey of molding and steering my children’s behavior a winding road of twisty turns and treacherous blind spots. I started out super positive, fully on-board the train of rewarding good behavior via carefully-crafted construction paper charts and sparkly stickers to memorialize “good choices.” I was determined, upbeat, […]

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Eight, Going on Nine, Going on Eighteen

Eight, Going on Nine, Going on Eighteen

I’ve been a mom for going on nine years and I’ve heard a lot about the drama involved in raising girls. Admittedly, I’ve breathed a sigh of relief that conversation in my house will never involve talk of the latest must-have from Justice or how much makeup is the right amount for a dance recital. […]

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What I've Learned From My Furry First Child

What I’ve Learned From My Furry First Child

Her name is Maddie, and my husband and I adopted her from an animal shelter the year after we were married. I saw her photo online, a pathetic looking little thing with two different colored eyes and ears that didn’t know they were supposed to stand upright. The shelter had named her Wilma – a […]

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A Boy and His Cardboard Box

A Boy and His Cardboard Box

My sons have a book, an adorable picture book with a simple message titled “Little Boy,” by Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds. The book is one they’ve always loved, the words simple and its meaning clear. It is about a parents’ wish for their little boy to never lose the magic of childhood – the […]

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Surviving Road Trips with Kids (as seen on Better KC)

Ah, vacation. Who doesn’t need one? Like everyone else, I want to snap my fingers and be there, my family’s luggage miraculously unpacked, sun shining brightly overhead, and a cocktail with bright umbrella and pineapple wedge resting safely next to my lounge chair. That’s not the way vacations work, however; there is a right of […]

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