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Teaching Empathy in Friendships: Second Chances in Friendships

I was a school counselor for many years and one of the situations that constantly brought children to my office was friendships gone awry. Giving our kids the tools so they can navigate their friendships is vital.  School friendships can make or break a child. I’ve seen kids who are always at the school nurse’s […]

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5 Important Phrases that Help Me Parent

Please know that all of my parenting articles on my blog are me writing from a place of “in process”.  I know a lot of times when we read blogs and the great advice that’s dished out, we may think–they have this thing down.  Maybe others do, but I don’t. The counselor in me, begs […]

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What My Toddler Thinks of Me {Mother’s Day Interview Printable}

Kids say the dardnest things! When my oldest son was 4, my husband interviewed him and asked him these questions concerning me. He was 4 at the time, I love his response to #2. I highly recommend you do this and keep it for you to read when they are older. It’s such a lovely […]

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Cinco de Mayo Photo Props and Printable

We had our Cinco de Mayo fiesta this past weekend!  One of the fun things we had for guest was a sombrero and mustache photo props activity. As always, I like to take this day to share with others that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day, but it’s actually commemorating the victory between […]

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Moms Always Love

“In my experience, every good parent intuitively knows what is good and not good for his sons (daughters). The problem is, we ignore our intuitions and jump on the train loaded with mothers and fathers pushing their sons (daughters) to outshine the others. Get off of that train.” Moms Always Love You want to know the power […]

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Things I Will Not Be Trying From Pinterest

Pinterest is chock full of awesome ideas but sometimes when you find yourself scrolling down picture after picture with your eyes glazed over, you stop at an image and think, SERIOUSLY.  These are some things that I will NOT be trying from Pinterest because the reality is “ain’t no body got time for that”. These […]

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Family Devotions: How We Made it Stick in the Busyness

We’ve tried so many things for our family devotions and when I say “many” I mean we tried it all. Well, not all, but I was a youth director and then a children’s director, so I had quite a few tricks up my sleeve. Things I wanted to try before we would give up. Some of […]

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Giving Them Space To Dream

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Honda and Latina Bloggers Connect. It started with their dream–give our children a better life. An education. A future beyond what they could ever imagine. They didn’t let fear of the unknown, the language barrier, the financial struggles,  the reality of leaving their loved ones behind, hold […]

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Transform Your Marriage with These Two-Word Statements

Our marriage gets lost in the sea of daily life–a whining toddler, a tween who won’t take a bath and making sure your stunt man doesn’t fall out of the 12 ft high tree he’s decided to climb. Then there’s the overflowing basket of laundry and dishes, jeans to mend and meals to cook.  So, it only seems fair […]

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Traveling Adventures with the Familia: Xochimilco Mexico

Eat giant ants in the jungle of Ecuador.  Check. Eat grasshoppers in the land of my ancestors. Hmmm, not sure about this one. On my bucket list for our Mexico trip was–eat chapulines, yummy friend grasshoppers. I share at the end of this post if I actually mustered up the courage to eat them or […]

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Volcano Eruption Activity

Science. Party. Or just for fun. We’ve done it for all of the above reasons.  My son’s 6th birthday party was dinosaur themed so we erupted a volcano for one of the activities. See for yourself here: Dinosaur Kid Party Ideas, Games and Food. Last month were studying ancient rome and our book reading on […]

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Teaching Boys Table Manners

Can you please stop pointing your gun at me? (straw turned into a gun) Why is your face inside your bowl? Corn does not go inside your nose! Farting at the table is not okay. Why are your LEGO toys at the table again? Oh. my. word. You’d think they’d get the point after the […]

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Fruit Flower Pot Snack for Kids

Fruit Flower Pot Snack for Kids is the perfect spring or Earth day fun to enjoy with your kids.  No baking is required and it’s some what healthy. I made this snack to go with our Flowers & Seeds preschool unit go and check out all of the great ideas but you can make it any […]

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8 Ways to Thrive as a Homeschool Mom

So, just to be real, here you have it–I’m not always thriving.  Here’s a recent Facebook post I shared on my personal profile, just in case you don’t believe me. “Some days homeschooling depletes all of my patience. Me: “What’s 10-7?” My son: I don’t know. I respond: Son this is review, you know this. […]

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How To Dye White & Brown Easter Eggs

I’ve been dying eggs with food coloring for as long as I can remember.  I think I may have used the store packets once or twice in my whole entire life.  I shared here how to boil a perfect egg, so if you’re boiling and dyeing eggs, hop on over for my tips. Now as an […]

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Because He Lives

The auditorium was dark, hot and surprisingly somewhat full.  I was just another grad student who had nothing to do on Friday night, so I went to the talent show. The first act was, well–just okay.  I debated for 10 minutes with leaving but then I heard Jerome would be singing.  I knew then, what […]

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Kid-Friendly April Fools Pranks

Last year, I got my kids and even my husband really good for April Fools Day.  I was so excited that I was able to pull off our Wacky Dinner and before the night was over I got my husband with #14 from below. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pull one over […]

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Ninja Party Fun: Decor, Games and Food

My son woke up this morning and jumped into my bed and with a big grin and said, “Guess what, it’s my birthday.”  I rolled over in a groggy state of mind and in my smoker (I don’t smoke) morning voice, I replied, “It’s your birthday party not your birthday we already celebrated that last […]

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