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My Cold & Flu Season Survival Kit {from a wanna-be natural mama}

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored partnership with Hyland’s 4 Kids, however we would not partner with a business we did not feel brought value to our readers. Opinions expressed by our writer are 100% authentic and she is only one of several moms on our team who regularly use and enthusiastically endorse […]

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Embracing Your Enoughness

I grew up thinking I was never good enough. I was never smart enough, skinny enough, I didn’t work hard enough. Instilled in me was a sense of worthlessness that was hard to overcome, and that still affects my life and relationships. While I have finally realized that I am a creature who is worthy […]

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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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8 Tips to Increase Your Child’s Communication Skills During Play

I’ve heard it a thousand times, “All they do is play, they’re not learning anything!”…but that ‘play’, well, it is a child’s work!  Did you know you can arrange the environment that your child plays in to increase their communication skills?! There are ways you can systematically increase your child’s communication?! As a former special […]

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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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Are you a Bad Mom?

I finally had the opportunity to watch Bad Moms and I loved the movie! In this new comedy about a Mom who has (or appears to have) a perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career – but in reality, she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to […]

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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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Mommy, she doesn’t look normal…

Normal. What is normal anyways? As a former Special Education teacher and Behavior Analyst, I am no stranger to the typical stares that often accompany a person when they look ‘different’.  My previous jobs often included having the privilege to work with kiddos with pretty significant disabilities, and it was my passion. When I officially entered mommy hood, […]

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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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