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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 friendship 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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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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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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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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Making My Tweens Birthday Special

I was caught off guard when my tween son told me he didn’t want a party this year. To be honest it was a bit painful. In the past, he plans his party, months and months in advance. I’ve thrown him a birthday party from his 1st year of life, so I didn’t know what […]

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Conflict Resolution: The One Thing Kids Need To Remember

Because the reality is–conflict is inevitable, no matter if you’re two or 80 years old.  The wonderful thing about conflict is it’s not necessarily a bad thing and sometimes good can come out of it if handled in  a healthy way. I was a counselor in a private school for kids in elementary and high […]

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Family Night: Sushi Making

My toddler asks if we can make sushi, every time we go to the grocery store.  He’s only had it once and he was quite small so I can’t believe he remembers.  I think he just likes saying the word, “Shushi”, that’s how he says it. I’ve avoided making sushi because in my mind it seemed like an […]

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The Question I Get Asked Most Often, “What Do You Do All Day?”

I love accessories. Especially hats.  So you’d think I’d have this wearing different hats and sometimes even two or three at one time, thing down. There are so many hats for me to wear throughout the day and sometimes I feel like I’m not wearing any of them well. Writing is therapeutic for me.  In […]

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A Warning to Single or Married Women

I feel like it’s my duty to warn all of you single or married ladies.  I know that many of you will thank me once you’ve read it. Sadly, I can relate to these words written by an unknown author. A Warning to Single or Married Women You’ve heard about people who have been abducted […]

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Things I Did Before Having Kids

I wouldn’t trade my life filled with burps, farts, car noises, wrestling matches, kisses from my little admirers, hand picked wild flowers and sometimes even dead bugs all just for me–for a mundane life of sanity, cleanliness and sleep. Nope, not this mama.  I love my life. This is just me reminiscing the days from […]

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