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introductions

Great Introductions

My palms were sweaty, and I cleared my throat. It had seemed like a good idea, but now that the moment was here I felt the magnitude of the situation. Two people who had shaped how I view the world, who had impacted me so much, were about to meet. And I was the one […]

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Storytime Favorites: 12 Toddler-Approved Books

Storytime Favorites: 12 Toddler-Approved Books

I’m an avid reader, and it’s extremely important to me that my children grow up to value books and reading as well. I have tried to nurture a love for reading in my son Jona since he was a baby, however, now that he’s at an age where he can sit through a story and […]

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Our Journey Through the Five Love Languages

Our Journey Through The 5 Love Languages

Relationships are hard. It doesn’t matter if it’s date #3 or 10 years after saying, “I do,” choosing to love someone and spend every day by his or her side does not always come easy. Add children into the mix and the word “hard” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Date nights have now turned […]

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TOP 15

15 Values-Led Books for Pre-Schoolers

Finding the holy grail of stories that feature good principles, prose and pictures for preschoolers isn’t easy. I’ve spent time trawling the library and internet, so you don’t have to. I’m an English literature major. About the only thing my degree qualified me for was reading aloud to children. Fortunately, I love this. I may suck […]

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puppy and toddler

5 Tips for Raising a Puppy and Toddler

I guess it should have occurred to me when breeders would stop taking my calls after I let slip we had an 18 month old, that puppies and toddlers are not a good combination. I guess I also should have listened when seasoned dog owners politely suggested I get an older dog as a first […]

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10 Christmas Books to Add to Your Collection

10 Christmas Books to Add to Your Collection

It’s mid-December. Stockings are hung, trees are trimmed, and lights are twinkling on houses and storefronts throughout the city. Christmas shopping is in full force, which for me, means that the UPS delivery guy and I are becoming quite close. (Seriously, can I get an amen for free 2-day shipping?!?) More importantly though, families are coming together […]

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Bottled : A Mom's Guide to Early Recovery

An Interview with the Author of “Bottled: A Mother’s Guide to Recovery”

Dana Bowman is a writer with an extraordinary talent for turning bad situations into hilarious prose. Her first book, Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery, explores her own story as a person in long term recovery from alcohol addiction. But even more importantly, it adds in a dose of much needed humor. While addiction […]

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10 Best Halloween Books for kids

10 Best Halloween Books for Kids

Is it just me or does having kids suddenly make you as giddy as, well, a kid, when it comes to Halloween? I’m that crazy mom that scours stores for the perfect skeleton pajamas, frequents the Target dollar spot to stock up on festive “necessities,” and brainstorms clever costume ideas while laying in bed at night. (They’re still considered clever if […]

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No Yelling Chart

Mom Gets a Behavior Chart

A couple of days after hanging up the one and only behavior chart in our house, my son told me, “No sticker for you! Try again tomorrow.” He was right; I hadn’t earned my sticker for the day. See, the behavior chart was for me, not for the kids. Let me explain. My kids were adopted. […]

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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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Books for Tough Topics

I’d like to think that because I’m 28 years ahead of my oldest daughter, I have mature answers to all her questions, intelligent explanations to her curiosities and calming responses to her intense emotions. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case! I’d like to think I can craft the age appropriate words to handle tough topics. Again, definitely not the […]

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Preventing Sexual Abuse

Typing the title of this post pains me. It breaks my heart that this is the world we live in. About a year and a half ago, my husband went to a conference for his work related to counseling and supporting people through different types of suffering. One afternoon they spent the entire session teaching […]

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