I enjoy pretty much the entire holiday season from Halloween to New Years Day! I mean who doesn't love dressing up for Halloween and taking their kids trick-or-treating or the beautiful fall colors that surround the days leading up...
November includes National Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20), and for many that's a confusing thing. Maybe you'd rather not think about it, but as much as you attempt to hide it, this is an...
Thanksgiving is almost here. This holiday always brings to mind family time, delicious foods, and decorating our homes with festive cheer. It's also a great reminder to be thankful for what we have and to share our blessings with...
According to Forbes, research shows that gratitude can improve your physical and psychological health, help you sleep better, enhance empathy and reduce aggression, and improves self-esteem. Earlier this year, I listened to the audiobook, Gratitude Daily: 21 Days to More...
Many people have a story behind the day they were born. My story is that I was born on Super Bowl Sunday in 1976 and my dad was actually watching the game when I made my way into this...
Halloween is one of kids’ favorite holidays. It can be just scary enough to be fun but still keep health and safety in mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some well-chosen tips for parents of trick or treaters. Choose...
Believe it or not, it's already October and that means the holidays are right around the corner. Yep, you heard me. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it. I don't know about you but I tend to get...
Sometimes dads get a bad rap. They are teased for their inability to remember which brand of yogurt to purchase at the grocery store. They are chided for not spending enough quality time with their kids. And sometimes they...
I thrive on organization. Clutter makes me crazy. As our family continued to grow, I realized keeping up with all the kids' milestones, paperwork and memorabilia was getting overwhelming. I cringed at the idea of subsequent children not having all...
Recently, I've been trying to be a more mindful mama. If you don't know what I mean by this, mindfulness is the practice of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment and appreciating it. As parents, it...
I hear you knocking; so eager to remind me that I’m halfway to the finish line. You’ve been patiently waiting at my front door since this year began; watching me come and go, smiling with every passing day, every...
Let's be real: kids can make a mess anywhere they go. And while there's no need to make sure everything is neat and tidy all the time, the threat of actual filth can become very real. I know, guys....
Spring is here and right along with it comes some beautiful weather. That gorgeous weather means it's a great time to spend some quality family time outdoors.  One way you can do that is to create a fairy garden together....
I don't have a relationship with my mother, but I am a very proud mother to two boys of my own. Before they came along, I often enjoyed playing "mother" to others who crossed my path - whether it...
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