We’re a few days away from Christmas, and about a week ago, someone posted a note on my Facebook wall asking if I was planning a “Real Parents” post about how different families approach Santa Claus. To be honest, it had crossed my mind and part of me didn’t really want to go there, but you asked, so I reached out to my parent pals and got some really thoughtful, honest, and emotion-filled responses.
Now as far as our family is concerned, we haven’t really had
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This has been a tough week. There’s no way to sugar-coat it for you.
A dear friend, who was 38 weeks pregnant with a healthy, lively baby boy, learned that her son had passed away just days before he was to be born. Gabriel Eric was born still on Tuesday, October 26 at 2:14 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs, 9 oz and was between 22-24 inches long. I had the awesome privilege of being able to see him in the hours following his birth, and had the enormous honor of
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Boo! It’s almost Halloween, you know, and as a (relatively) new mom, I was curious to find out what my other Christian mama friends thought about the spookiest of holidays. Do you dress up your kiddos and trick-or-treat around the neighborhood? Do you check out alternative celebrations like church harvest parties? Do you do nothing and hide in the dark, hoping no little ghouls and goblins ring your doorbell, or do you get all gussied up and sit with a great big bowl of full-sized M&Ms, anxiously waiting the
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If you haven’t yet checked out The Green Grandma, definitely do. Hana’s one of my favorite fellow bloggers and a beautiful friend, inside and out. Her recent post on keeping the Sabbath holy has really challenged me. And to be honest, I still haven’t figured out how to make it work in our family given my hubs’ crazy variable schedule. But I do know that God’s commandments were meant for me too, so I’m going to pray on it and trust He will show us His
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I’ve got a very weird love-hate relationship with media.
On one hand, it’s what helps to pay the bills in our household. My day job is in marketing, so I spend all day, everyday glued to websites, email and social media. And then there are my biggest hobbies: blogging and photography.
On the other hand, when I get home, all I want to do is unplug.
I’d rather drive in silence than with music most of the time. Movies are not my thing at all…I can rarely stay awake
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Okay, I need your help. And quickly.
A week ago, when we left Pittsburgh for vacation, I had a sweet, mild-mannered, easily pleased little pre-toddler. After several days of practicing her walking skills, my little munchkin has grown into a full-fledged mover and shaker and has absolutely zero tolerance for sitting still. And she’s growing in leaps and bounds with new tricks every single day.
Just this week, my beautiful baby girl started:
walking effortlessly clapping on command playing peek-a-boo dancing on command hugging on command saying “mama”
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Tonight I whipped up some crabcakes and sweet potato fries for a quick dinner, but having to turn on the oven was a real drag. Our thermostat read 89 degrees in the room next door. Is that wrong? Yes, it’s terribly, terribly wrong. Which brings me to tonight’s Real Parents topic: family-friendly summer meals. I don’t know about you, but not only do I NOT want to cook when it’s 120 degrees outside, but the very thought of turning on the oven makes me break out in hives. Never fear, dear friends! Our incredible panel of parents is to the rescue with enough new tried-and-true favorites to fill up your menu planner for a week or more. Do you have any summer favorites? Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me some of your faves. After all, there’s still a whole lot of summer left (and hallelujah for that!).
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Being a parent seems to be synonymous with exhaustion, busy-ness and having absolutely no time to yourself. What do you do when you desperately need to have your batteries recharged? I asked my always inspiring panel of parents to weigh-in on some of their ideas. And since I know there is always lots of great wisdom from my Facebook friends, I’ve included some of my favorites from there as well.
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Just in time for summer vacations and long weekend road trips, the always amazing panel of parents is back with the best tips and tricks to help you and your kiddos survive those long trips over the river and through the woods. And since I knew there would be lots of great wisdom from my Facebook buds, I’ve included some of my favorites from there at the end as well.
Quick! They’re Asleep…Let’s Go! “When we are traveling any great distance, I try to
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Is there a magic equation to get your kids to go to sleep? Judging from the responses on our Facebook page and from our fantastic panel of parents, there’s not a perfect recipe, but there is a magic ingredient. Can you guess what it is?
Sage Advice That You Probably Will Ignore “Okay, so here is my sage advice. Never, EVER let your children sleep in your bed. Cute little babies—NO! Sick toddler—NO! Nightmares—NO! Your bed has to be the last sacred
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