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Oh what a difference a year makes! Growth and Development milestones the first year.


                                                          From one day to one year, what a difference a year makes!                                                            The first few months of my children’s lives sometimes felt like a blur.  Parents get VERY little sleep and are just trying to get to know their baby.  I can remember feeling that the first year just flew by and all of …

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We need Dad’s to be involved in parenting….encourage it!


Brad  as “King for a day!”  He has always been a “hands on” Dad! Dads have a special role in their kids’ lives.  I believe that my parenting would have been incomplete without Brad, but I could have very easily discouraged his involvement very early on.  I was a “gatekeeper” Mom; I needed and wanted …

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Read, Read, Read…..and Read Some More!


Reading opens up the world for your child…..our goal is 1000 books before kindergarten!! Bath time is over, p.j.s are on, your little one is on your lap and you snuggle your nose into their sweet smelling cheek.  The craziness of the day begins to melt away.  You open the familiar book and your toddler snuggles …

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“Tools of the Trade” for literacy


Here is a list for “tools of the Trade” for literacy!  What items do you have in your home to promote the love of reading? I admit it, I am a list maker.  I love to make a list and cross off things I accomplish.  There are days that I write something on my list …

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How much juice? None if under age 1!


Why would your child need a glass of juice?  The short answer that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) gave this week is almost never.  While a juice box of 100% juice for an older child isn’t the worst thing to have, it certainly isn’t the best choice.  This week the AAP recommended even stricter guidelines …

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Swim Season is here…keep your child safe!


We have spent many summer days at the pool or beach!  It is a part of summer and kids! Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching.  That means the beaches and pools will be open!  Summer water fun can be wonderful for children; most of us have great memories of the lazy days of summer spent …

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Bumps, a few….but blessings…a lot more!


I have had the privilege of being a Mom to these 4 kids….there have been a few bumps….but many more blessings!   Motherhood is a gift beyond gifts….. As I sit here in my PJs drinking my morning coffee, I am reflecting about my years as a Mom. Hard to believe that I have been mothering …

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When Mom ain’t happy….then no one is happy!


When Mom ain’t happy…no one is happy.  We have all heard that saying and in actuality it has a lot of truth to it.  If Moms are unhappy, then their families suffer.  Moms that are stressed have less patience with their spouses and children and have less fun and engagement with their family.  Families benefit when …

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This wasn’t how it was supposed to be….


I feel like we need to talk about this topic at least every 6 months….and what a better time than right before Mother’s Day! So, I am posting this again so we all will be reminded that taking care of ourselves is a must in order to be good Moms.  Sometimes we don’t feel wonderful and …

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Get a little dirty…it is time to garden!


  It is that time of year when I am doing a bit of grumbling about all the work, but also looking forward to getting my perennial beds cleared and blooming, my cut flower bed planted and preparing my vegetable garden for this summer’s crop of tomatoes, beans and of course sunflowers.  I definitely am …

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