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Skip the Pool 10 Ideas for Water Play with Toddlers

Skip the Pool: Water Play for Toddlers

With the hot and sticky summer weather, we’ve been constantly on the lookout for fun ways to keep cool. My daughter loves being outside, so we often find ourselves playing in water! However, I don’t feel comfortable enough to let her swim on her own yet. So here are 10 toddler-friendly ways to play in […]

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Letter to the class of 2029

A Letter to the Class of 2029

My daughter just graduated kindergarten. It was precious. It really was a sweet ceremony and I enjoyed it. However, the teacher shared a fun fact.  “Your children will graduate high school in 2029.” First of all. IS THAT A YEAR?! Secondly, I refuse to picture my 6 year old graduating high school and heading off to college (most […]

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To My Daughter who thinks she's stupid

To My Daughter Who Thinks She’s Stupid

To my smart, talented, hard-working daughter: It happened again. You couldn’t do something you wanted to do, and so you stormed off, yelling “I’m so stupid!”   I get it. You’re a negative thinker. We’ve figured that out over the years. You expect perfection from yourself. You automatically think people are laughing at you because you […]

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Instant Pot

The Skinny on the Instant Pot

A few months ago I was pursuing Pinterest and came across a post for something called an Instant Pot. (Although, at that time I read it as Insta-Pot.) Curious, I flipped over to Amazon to see what this thing was. A pressure cooker, eh? Don’t those things blow up houses?  Instant Pot recipes were chalked […]

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Being a Mom and Working the Night Shift

Mama Works the Night Shift

When I went into nursing, I never gave much thought as to how my nursing career would affect my family. I never thought about if I would be working day shift or night shift once I had a family. I figured I wouldn’t have children until after I’d gotten seniority and would be a day […]

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Loving the Life I Was Given

Loving the Life I Was given

You know the girl. The one with the wedding idea book full of magazine cutouts. Her babies’ names have been picked out since she was ten. The one who knew what her husband was going to look like, his job, his values. The girl who had her whole adult life planned out. Yeah. That wasn’t […]

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Grill Safety The Day I Almost Lost My Family

Grill Safety: The Day I Almost Lost My Family

It was an ordinary summer evening. I was at the grocery store picking up some last minute items for supper. I had left my kids playing in the backyard with my husband, who was putting some pork chops on the grill. That’s when I got the phone call. “You have to come home. I can’t […]

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