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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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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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I grew up with my nose in a book. I was never without a book and reading was a lifeline for me through some challenging times. I dreamt of becoming Belle so I could have my very own library...
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