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  1. Baby
    Recently I wrote a post about the unexpected ways I've found community through my kids. I shared that for me this was not part of my initial plan, that community had happened but was not something I had sought. That was a bit of an oversimplification, though. One particular response to that...
  2. Baby
    Motherhood is one of those openly incredible-but-a-little-terrifying things that no one really understands until they hold their baby in their arms and find themselves in the weeds. All those "things" that people tell you will happen or "things" that people tell you you will be feeling, or all...
  3. Toddler & Child
    I used to worry about the lack of date nights my husband and I had. I don't anymore, and our marriage is stronger than ever. I now realize that, for us, they aren't necessary for a fulfilling marriage, and we are soaking up more time with our little ones because of it. No, we don't do 'date...
  4. Family Life
    Returning to the office post maternity leave is tough. Having made the transition twice now, I have a few tips for successfully easing back into working mama mode. There are more working mamas in the labor force than ever before, which means there are likely more mothers returning to work after...
  5. Family Life
    Meet Sarah Dooley, the mama behind Marley's Monsters, an eco-friendly shop with products almost too pretty to use. The passion to create inspires her hard work, but more than anything, she is motivated to show her children that they too can bring dreams to life. When Sarah was pregnant, she...
  6. Family Life
    Holding space requires becoming completely present for someone else. When we hold space for our partner, we walk alongside them hand-in-hand, free of our own judgement, ego, and anxieties. One of my intentions for the New Year is to hold more space for my husband. More than anyone else in my...
  7. Family Life
    Although often considered rare, the number of stay-at-home dads is rising. It is estimated that 1.4 million men are choosing to be the primary caregivers for their children. One of these men is my husband. If I am being completely honest, one of the reasons I was totally on board with my...
  8. Family Life
    Another year has "flown" by. Our children can teach us many valuable lessons that can help slow our perception of time. Another year gone by. Just this week I sat down with a fresh planner in eager anticipation of the new year ahead. As I started to scribble down appointments to make and...
  9. Family Life
    Over 20 years ago, when I was a new parent with my baby in my arms, I looked across the street into the dining room window of my neighbor's house. Every evening, there was a candle lit, and I could see the adults at the table with their two teenagers. I saw that this family took the time to set...
  10. Baby
    My milk is slowly diminishing. My sweet baby boy is active, busy, too interested in the world around him to breastfeed non-stop like he used to. We still have our moments, daily, but they are slowly spreading out. He doesn't spend as much time in my arms as he used to. In our big, wild family...
  11. Baby
    I recently moved from the Oregon Coast to Austin Texas in pursuit of my dream job as a writer/editor for a Home Design and Decor website. Due to the logistics of moving across the country, packing up a house, finding a new home and starting a new job, I had to move down to Austin without my two...
  12. New Member Introductions
    Join Motor Club of America!!! MCA is a roadside assistance company that's been around since 1926, we provide customers with excellent roadside assistance. As a member we are also provided with 50% off of Dental, Vision and Prescriptions plus many more Benefits! We also provide our members the...
  13. Baby
    I love November. It is a time of fires and pumpkin pies, a time of apple cider and sweaters, scarves and even more snuggling. It is a time of darker days, of coming inward, of bare branches and crisp evening strolls. But out of all of this, I mostly love that it's National Novel Writing Month...
  14. Opinion
    Our Village (Homeschool Co-op, 2013-2014) I am by nature a private person. I do not quickly or easily invite into my personal life the people around me. Given the choice, I would keep most of the world at arm's length. In another era, I would be the crone who lived in a tiny, tidy hut at the...
  15. Family Life
    by Melissa Deuter, M.D. What do you need to do to prepare your child for adulthood? To develop new skills, children need to learn through experience. Give your child room to take on responsibilities and make mistakes while he still lives at home. Provide abundant opportunities for supervised...
  16. Baby
    There are days I feel totally and completely incompetent. Take today for instance. My bedroom floor is littered with toys, books, and clothes. There are far too many water glasses on my dresser. My kitchen is messy, a side-effect of my son's insistence that we make an apple pie. All my...
  17. Toddler & Child
      How mindfulness can help children and parents deal with their anger. My son sat at the table, body noticeably calmer than it had just been, but eyes still darting from my husband's face to mine. Having recently emerging from his room, he was coming down off of the rage that had gripped him...
  18. Working and Student Parents
    I am parenting in the best way that I know how, that works for my family, which ends up being attachment parenting for the most part. However, I work full time. While I have found a bunch of like minded moms in my area, it seems like they are always making plans for play dates and such when I...
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