College Send Off Gifts: Open When… Letters

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Back to School Breakfast Waffles

Back to school is a bittersweet time for me. I’m excited for summer to be over and get back to our normal schedule but also that gnawing feeling that these ...

Our Favorite Family Night Games & Candy Bar Medals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FunSizeMerienda #CollectiveBias Family night is such a fun time for us to listen, ...

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Dear Teacher–What Parents Want Teachers to Know

Before becoming mom, I was a teacher. I married a teacher who’s now a principal. I live and breathe teachery type of conversations with all my teacher friends.  I loved every part of my job, well almost every part. What brought me the greatest joy was to watch that little frown turn into a smile, […]

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Box Top For Education Printable

Box Tops for Education has been around for as long as I can remember. It’s such a great way to purchase items for your school and you really don’t have to do much other then collect the Box Tops. I’m a teacher, my husband is a teacher and we have lots of teacher friends who […]

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12 Fall Family Dates

I’ve been told that here in our neck of the woods the fall season doesn’t exist. Though there is truth to this, in my own way I disagree.  Maybe it’s my love for all things fall and my imagination going wild, but I can feel the change from summer to fall in my soul. This […]

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Chocolate Almond Raspberry Smoothie

I’m on a chocolate almond raspberry kick right now! I just can’t seem to get enough of it and every morning I have one of these smoothies. Sometimes I add spinach but not always. After a workout, I add protein powder to it. I drink these high protein smoothies for breakfast or as a snack […]

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Teaching Our Kids to Celebrate Others

I must confess this was hard to write. I’ve written it over and over again in my head for the past couple of years, but haven’t been able to put it down on “paper”. It first started as an encouragement for parents, but the more I mulled over it and thought about my own experiences […]

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Back To School Prayer for Your Anxious Child

We can laugh about it now but back when we were in the midst of it, it was anything but funny. For the first couple of weeks of school, our little one would develop rings around his mouth from licking around his lips, until he developed a sore from breaking the skin. We have a […]

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The Perfect Waffles

I’ve been trying to figure out, for some time now, how to make the perfect waffle.  I should say the perfect waffle that doesn’t take a long time to make.  This recipe makes a crunchy but soft waffle that’s slightly sweet.   It’s also on the healthier side with oats, honey, coconut oil and coconut […]

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40 Things Every Mom Should Tell Her Son

I started by writing this post as 15 Things Every Mom Should… but I couldn’t stop, so I ended up with 40.  There are so many good quotes and verses that I’ve jotted down throughout my life that I didn’t know which ones to pick. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed jotting […]

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2015-2016 Free Blank Calendars

I love calendars, note pads, note cards, sticky notes, thick fluid pens, new pencils… I literally get excited about opening up a new notebook, sharpening a new pencil and using what will be my new favorite pen, yup, I’m a nerd. I have tons of notebooks all throughout my house in all sizes for me […]

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3 Things That Keep Us Connected as a Couple

I won’t even pretend we have a perfect marriage because–we don’t. We love each other. We are committed to each other. But with all of this there’s that tiny detail that we often forget–we are human. So, we hurt each other. Now that you know I’m not speaking from a platform of perfection let me […]

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That Time I Let Them Be…

That Time I Let Them Be… I’m really good at letting them create and imagine but it has to be within my parameters and my comfort zone. I begin to slowly unravel when it starts getting really dirty and loud. Can you relate? He walked in through the front door with a sparkle in his […]

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My Souls Cry to Create: DIY Painted Mug

It’s interesting what my heart and soul gravitates to when I’m searching for something more. When I’m seeking rest. When I’m needing to process. When I’ve found peace, love and comfort and I’m needing to express it. I’m pulled towards my souls inner craving–no it’s not chocolate. Though some days you can find me curled […]

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Surviving a Road Trip with a Toddler: Tips and Activities

Our first road trip with our baby was absolutely awful.  Our mission: Drive through the night so that our baby could sleep pretty much throughout the whole trip. But the exact opposite happened–he cried through the night. We were moving, stressed and low on sleep, so you can imagine how awful this road trip was […]

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The Worst Way to Compliment Your Children

I’m taking this awesome class with my son to empower him and help him build healthy neural connections, it’s called Brain Highways.  One of the things the teacher said today, that really stood out to me was this (I’m paraphrasing): You need to end a positive, encouraging sentence with a period. Don’t add a “but” […]

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Summer Gratitude Journal

Complaining. Whining. Grouchiness. Entitlement. This can be so easy for our kids to get into when summer rolls around.  Going from one activity to the next, family trips, lessons… all these things are great but they are all about them. We just got back from a family trip to the Amazon jungle and one of my […]

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Giant Bubbles Recipe

Simple summer fun at your finest–Bubbles! If you’re ever feeling like you’ve lost the magic in your life and your childlike wonder–just make bubbles.  Seriously, bubbles are magical.  Next time you’re going from one mundane activity to the next and need a little magic pull out the bubbles and sit in awe. Okay, so I’m […]

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Panzanella Tuscan Salad

Who says you can’t create your own sunshine?  The skies are gray here, but I can definitely bring some cheer into our life by brightening up our dining room with a fun color tablecloth and a delicious Tuscan salad. Panzanella Tuscan salad is a rustic meal traditionally eaten in Italy with stale bread, fresh tomatoes, […]

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How We are Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

We had just arrived at our nice hotel in the Amazon jungle, a trip we’d enjoyed before but this time we were going to go deeper in and visit with the indigenous indians.  I was so excited because for years I’ve wanted to return, but either we had a baby and it’s not recommended to […]

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