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Why Do I Bother…to Cook?

I write this after a rather anticlimactic meal. Not the actual food…but my family’s response. It all began when I sat dinner on the table. I prepared a meal of grilled chicken thighs marinated in a Chipotle mescal sauce (a bit spicy for the littles, so for them plain chicken poached in butter) over a bed […]

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10 Ways To Maintain Your Friendship When Your BFF Has Kids

So your BFF has kids now. It’s fine. You knew the day was coming. There was a guy, and then less “girls night out”, then all of the sudden they were multiplying and now she’s asking you to pick up some baby wipes with the wine and to hold her baby so she can shower. […]

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The Storybook Challenge for Parents

How many of us have children that we struggle to connect with? Whether they’re 2, 3, 5, 10, or 17, there are times when we just aren’t sure what to say. We aren’t sure how to have a conversation with someone who, while we know them so well, we may not totally understand. I have […]

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Dinner Out in Dayton – Top 10 Family-Friendly Spots

When you have kids below age 10 – dining out can be a chore (both for you and those sitting around you).  In my family we believe that if a restaurant has a kids menu – then people in there should expect to have kids around them. Restaurants must have a specific kids menu for me […]

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I Survived the First Trimester of my Second Pregnancy

I am here to tell you that I am an incredibly accomplished person. I’ve run a full marathon. I’ve given birth naturally. I’ve become a foster Mom. AND, I have survived the first trimester of a pregnancy. While I had other kids running around. Anyone else feel like this is probably the greatest accomplishment of […]

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Building ConfidenceOne Stroke at a Time

Building Confidence, One Stroke at a Time

Disclosure: This post is sponsored, however we do not partner with businesses we do not feel bring value to our readers. Opinions expressed by this writer are 100% her own. Confidence. There is a difference between confident children and snooty, nose up in the air, know it all children. I’m hoping, and on my knees praying, […]

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Jumping, Twirling & Tutus – Why We Dance & Balance

I grew up participating in multiple activities. I was a busy girl, exploring gymnastics, ballet and jazz in the 80s & 90s (yes. there was a lot of hairspray and timely perms utilized), followed by years of grade school, high school, and college sports. I was ‘that kid’ who was in a different sport each […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Have a “YES” Summer :: With the Right Supplies

Our family loves Summer and during the Summer I have a rule – I don’t like to say no.  Especially if the ask involves climbing a tree, splashing at a ‘spray-ground’, digging in mud, creating messy art or finding treasures in a creek.  We spend our Summer weekends and nights with as little of an […]

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The Leadership Lie

The Leadership Lie – Life with a Tiny Tyrant

Call Your Daughters Leaders… …Unless of Course they are Actually Being Bossy! I am so tired of the articles – spawned I think in part by the book Lean-In – that attempts to banish the word bossy in regards to little girls.  In fact, there is a whole movement and a website by the same […]

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