6 Ways to Stand Out for Being Authentic in a World that is Sick of Fake

I love to look at beautiful things. I mean, who doesn’t? A gorgeous flower. A breath-taking sunset. A child’s face so precious it makes your heart flutter. The things of natural beauty in the world, they warm me and keep me wanting more.  But man-created beauty while equally addictive can sometimes have the opposite effect. A […]

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8 Tips to Increase Connection With Your Child Today

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed with parenting. We worry we aren’t doing enough for our children. Then we worry we are doing too much. So we give more. Then we pull back. Then we stress out. All the while, our little ones are growing before our eyes. As we spend time asking ourselves – […]

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Dear Child: Here’s the Real Reason You Want Me to Say No to You

There they stood. My three oldest sons. Mouths wide open. As I put a scoop of icing onto each of their tongues. This was their reward for smiling for a family picture without a meltdown. Yes. I bribe them for things like this. And yes. I am far past the phase of feeling guilty for […]

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A Prayer for the Discouraged Blogger

Blogging. It seems so fun and innocent when you say it. It’s even kind of a cute word. Until you actually start blogging, then it can seem anything but cute. It can seem more like the boogeyman. A hobby that brings you as much pleasure as it does pain. So just what is blogging to […]

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6 Ways Putting Children to Bed is the Same as Training for a Marathon 

The other day a friend asked me, “Would you ever be interested in running a marathon with me?” And before I could emphatically scream NO—in Spanish, French and Italian for added fervor— she began to describe the 18-week training program she had in mind. But as she talked, I came to a shocking realization: I […]

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Enjoy the Phase You’re In

The other day I pulled up to my house and saw my son’s red tricycle sitting on my front porch. It was so cute and cliche, if it hadn’t been my house I probably would’ve said, “Oh, look. They must have little kids. I wonder how old they are…” But I didn’t. Instead, I turned […]

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I Want to Be More Than Just Mom

A few weeks ago, I took my children to an indoor jump place to meet up with a friend. As I stood there surrounded by screaming kids in a petri dish of madness, I found myself in conversation with a grandfather who was there with his grand kids. As we stood there, he told me […]

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A Bad Moment Doesn’t Make You A Bad Mom–And Don’t Forget It

Buzz. My phone vibrates with a new text. I look down and read. “Oh my gosh. You’re never going to believe what M did last night! She ate the freaking chapstick again and I lost it! I mean who eats chapstick? Apparently my daughter. And I just went ape. #momfail #worstmomever #willsheeverforgiveme This is followed […]

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5 Ways to Make This Valentine’s Day One to Remember With Your Spouse

Do you remember what you did last Valentine’s Day? Did you get a chocolate heart? Roses? Jewelry? Did you go on a date? Hire a sitter? Or stay home and watch a movie with the kids? Did the night stick out in your memory? Or are you still sitting trying to remember what you did […]

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