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The gently warming sun, the chorus of newly returned birds, buds of new life adorning fruit trees and poised to explode with vivid greens. Spring is here; the perfect antidote to long grey days and snowy carpets. I love...
The snow days, frigid temperatures, and endless rain this past winter had me dreaming of warmer weather, thawing soil, and getting back outside to do one of my favorite things: gardening. And with March in full swing, it’s time...
I have never been a stranger to hobbies have always loved houseplants. However, the pandemic kicked what was once a casual interest into a full-on obsession, and somewhere in the haze of the past two years, my previous count...
Boy in a playroom

Rethinking the Playroom

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I often hear families express the desire for “more space” in their house, and they think that adding a playroom for their young children is the way to go. They fantasize that if their kids have a space to...
A box of kids toys held out by child's hands.

Ready, Set, Let Go

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Picture this: my daughter's room is so crammed with stuff that I have to unearth her every morning, determining which lump is child and which a pile of clean clothing masquerading as another small human. Maybe not an original...
Many moons ago, a former roommate of mine often marked special occasions with our group of friends by getting everyone Lottery tickets. Birthdays, holidays, fun celebrations --  a handful of tickets for a group pool made for a fun...
With the spooky season upon us, it's time for monster movies, and who better to create one than your budding young filmmaker? If your kid has a knack for making films, or has just been curious about the craft,...
Nothing says home like a seasonal wreath hung from the front door. Even when I don’t do any other decorating, I make sure we have season-appropriate wreaths. My daughter, Karys, has been helping me make wreaths since she was...
Many of us have mixed feelings about the start of this year, and a lot of us are on edge. Perhaps this year more than ever, it's important celebrate the start of a new adventure and the marking of...

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I’m So Over this ’18 Summers’ Mom Guilt Trip Trend

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Momming is so freaking hard. And exhausting. And overwhelming. And, oh yeah, rewarding. But being a mom in the age of social media is...