In The Before Time, back-to-school was always a season of excitement and anticipation; this year feels… different. Like a lot of parents, I have a healthy dose of anxiety about this school year, and my kids seem a little...
We are social-distancing and working from home... and in-person school is out for fall. This is the new normal. For many, distance learning in the spring did not prove to be successful. We were surprised by having to learn...
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Pandemic Prepper

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In 2009, my husband and I put together emergency “bug out bags” which included flashlights, N95 masks and MRE’s. We created the bags, put them in the garage and more or less forgot about them. Preparing the bags seemed...
A few months ago, a friend posted an experiment they did with their kids on social media, and I knew I must try it. The experiment? Testing the effects of positive and negative energy on an apple. This was intriguing...
I've found myself smitten with a delightful little part of Instagram these days: designer cookies. Yes, beautifully decorated cookies with some of the most inventive, creative, and funny illustrations. So, really, what's not to love? I took it upon myself...
There is something going on in my house that I can't quite explain. The first week or two of the stay-at-home order I gave myself and my family a lot of grace and space to "settle in" to a...
I’ve never been one for beauty regimens or fancy clothes, so the leap to 24/7 athleisurewear and mom-buns caused by the quarantine orders has not been much of a challenge. No make-up? No problem. I don’t own any, anyway. That...
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Parenting in Crisis

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I am sobbing. I am not sure what’s come over me but I am crying to this kind, sweet third grade teacher who, much to her dismay, shared her personal cell phone number with me awhile back. My lovely,...
With so much uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic, one thing on many parents' minds is how to keep their sanity child engaged and learning during the current school closures. While the idea of “homeschooling” can be overwhelming, what your child...
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous disruption and uncertainty in our lives and the lives of our children. We all have BIG feelings right now, and the best course of action is to try to take it one day at...

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The Right Relief for Better Sleep

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No Rest for the Weary I don’t know about you, but I find being awake at four in the morning never means anything good. Even...