It is often hard to find books that engage the “reluctant” reader, beginner reader or finding books that the “bookworm” hasn’t yet read. Having a list of age-appropriate book ideas can help. This list of books for both boys...
My house has recently seen a lot of tough conversations surrounding current events. Of course, they are conversations that need to be had, but approaching them with young children can be a balancing act, and I'm always looking for...
This is the second in a series on blended families. If you want to read about some truly happy aspects of this topic, check out the first post HERE. And if you want a completely honest look into some...
In my blog post during National Foster Care Month, I wrote about our journey to foster care and experience through the initial pre-service training. Our family worked many hours throughout the summer to complete the necessary paperwork and interviews,...
Apples are one food my kids can always agree on eating. I decided to put an educational spin on snack time and talk about fractions with my kids. Keep in mind that my oldest just started kindergarten and my...

Good Grief

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Grief. It's a part of life, but one that I can't help but notice becoming more complex the older I become.  It's not just sadness anymore.  It's layers and layers of emotions from a lifetime of interactions.  It's the...
Let's paint a picture. You, a stay-at-home-parent, occasionally find yourself daydreaming about sitting by yourself, drinking a hot (what's that?) beverage, scrolling through your social media feed without a tiny human's hands grabbing at your phone. Your kid isn't quite ready (or old...
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Mommy Must Reads

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I know free time, especially time to read, is probably in short supply for you these days. If and when there is time to spare, it always feels like there are a million and one things to do -...
For the past six years, I have hidden handwritten notes in my bed-night stand, typed random notes on my computer, and posted handouts on my refrigerator of the best parenting advice. I hope you find these tidbits valuable and...
One of my absolute FAVORITE  moments with my kids is reading to them!!! I'm sure its because I have such amazing memories of books & reading with my mom & dad.  Reading comic books with my dad when he...

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Columbus Farmers’ Markets

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It's Farmers' Market season! It’s so important to support our local farms so that they can continue to provide for the communities. Farmers’ Markets...
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