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A Love Letter to My Children

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Dear Children, This morning I think of you as I look about the kitchen. You are not here now, but there is evidence of you all around. Today there are more colorful additions to the normal food droppings that lie...
Our generation is really great about honoring those who served; Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and 9/11 are filled with parades, ceremonies and social media love. Thankfully we live in a time where it’s valued to remember and...
Halloween is over, and suddenly we are faced with the next holiday on the list! The anxiety starts mounting; we start thinking of making others happy, all the while we just want to stay home in our PJs. It’s...
We enjoyed a fabulous evening with nearly 40 local moms at our very first Mom's Night Out last week (which also doubled as our blog launch party)! The setting was the classy, adorable, fun, creative (just pick an adjective that...
It’s bedtime at our house (between 7 and 8 p.m.), and at this daily parenting finish line the usual toddler negotiations begin. Every night, my husband and I “own” a child and are responsible for bath (if it’s a...
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with family and friends... except this year. In true 2020 fashion, many of us are upending our plans and foregoing the typical Thanksgiving experience. With so much upheaval in this season, why...
The kids and I sat around the coffee table and made a list of things of must-do's over Thanksgiving break. Our voices rose with excitement as we tossed out ideas for what food we wanted at our feast and what...
The end of the year sets the stage for us to reflect on all of our past resolutions. You know, the ones we vowed to accomplish at the end of last year? The ones we got three weeks in...
I am a verbal processor. Recently, I was in the car “processing” this post with my husband, searching for the right word to convey what I was leaving behind in the wake of 2017. When I settled on the...
Though we all miss gathering together face-to-face, we are delighted to host the 2021 edition of Bloom virtually to allow as many parents as possible to tune in for a weekend event for new and expecting parents. We'd also like...

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