School started this week.  Did your stress level just go up from reading those words? Because mine went up from typing them. For the past six years, the start of the school year has meant my husband and children would go...
Dear Daughter,  Since the moment the ultrasound tech told me I was having a little girl, I dreamed of having a big sweet 16 birthday party for you. I wanted to be able to give you every wonderful experience that...
Yesterday I found myself in the dairy section of the grocery store admiring all the milk and milk alternatives available. My third child turns one next week and we will slowly begin the transition to cow milk. I have been...
We are in our eighth year of homeschooling (yes, we were homeschooling before it was cool). And since we started when my daughter was in kindergarten, that means that (gulp!) we have a seventh grader this year. This is the...
The first day of school for my family is just around the corner and we are beyond excited! My five-year-old daughter will be starting kindergarten virtually through a nearby school, and I’ll be doing homeschool preschool with my three-year-old daughter....
It's 2 p.m. and I'm sitting on my back porch. That's right, I said sitting. It's one of those days I've decided to let the dishes pile up and use the ever sacred nap hour as a time to...
Just like everyone else, COVID-19 has thrown my entire life, and the life of my family, for a loop. One of the biggest ways COVID has affected us is in the education of my children. I send them to...
As a mom of three children, I have found an increasing need for things to keep my youngest busy. I’ve tried (to no avail) to find enough time in the day to do everything I need to do with...
There’s no denying my love for babies; their sweet smell, chubby cheeks, chunky thighs, and adorable babbling. The way their face lights up when they see a parent. The way they snuggle on your chest and fall...
Third time was not the charm when it comes to my breastfeeding journey. I have three children. The first two breastfed with with very little issues. I wasn't really worried about breastfeeding when I was pregnant with my third. I...
It's World Breastfeeding Week and while it's meant to celebrate all the positives about breastfeeding, let's just get real for a moment. Breastfeeding is indeed wonderful in many ways. But, it can also be complicated, demanding, unglamorous and even...
I am not a lactation consultant or any kind of breastfeeding pro by any means. I've only been in the breastfeeding game for about five months. However, in that short amount of time I've learned a lot ... some...
A week before the world shut down I welcomed my second son into the world. I'd heard about the Coronavirus and the outbreak in China, and cases in the U.S. had started to pop up, but what was about to...
It's easy to become overwhelmed and paralyzed by indecision, as the list of education possibilities grows, thanks to the Coronavirus. Full-time, face to face learning? Completely virtual learning? A hybrid of both? None of the above?  It's difficult to discern...
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What I Learned From the SC Drive Through State Fair

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There is no argument that 2020 has been, above all things, just weird. Virtual everything, from school to VBS to camps to church. New...