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From Loss to Growth: Highlights of 2015 and What’s to Come in 2016

For us, 2015 was the year of loss, but we’re determined to make 2016 the year of growth. The first change coming in 2016 that I want you to know about will be a revitalization of our blog. Between work, family, and everything else, I was not able to commit to being here


How I Turned a Potential Toddler Art Disaster Into a Beautiful Memory #StressLess2BMyBest #Ad

This is a sponsored story about a time I turned a stressful parenting moment into a happy one.  My kids like to draw. On everything. No surface in my house is safe from crayons, markers or colored pencils. We’ve tried to limit where they can use art supplies, what they can access,


Cherishing Love Momentos From My Husband

This story is part of a sponsored campaign to inspire you to #PutYourHeartToPaper. Throughout my life I haven’t ever really been a “card” person. I hated reading birthday cards aloud and rarely bought them to accompany gifts for others. For a long time I thought they were best suited for mailing to


Summer Slipped Away, Thank Goodness for My Camera

The clothing featured in these photographs was provided by Mamas & Papas. Time moves differently when you become a mom, at least it does for me. The days often feel long (especially on rough days) and blur together in their sameness. Yet at the same time it all goes by so fast.


Sponsored: Movie Night Nostalgia: Donkey Kong Country

This movie night post is sponsored by Phase 4 Films. I think I’m loving the approach of my daughter’s third birthday. She’s becoming a better movie watching buddy lately. She’s sitting still longer, happy to munch on popcorn, and can stay relatively quiet throughout the movie. I can’t quite remember the first


The Best Part About Baby Showers

This is a sponsored story. The best part about baby showers is celebrating a baby. Forget the gifts and sweets for a moment. After trying to conceive for three years, having a baby shower for Rissa  meant so much to me. It meant she was finally coming to join us. Then it


Sponsored: Keeping in Touch With Long Distance Grandparents

Sometimes it is hard to live miles away from your family. I admit to preferring where I live now to where I grew up, but I wish my parents were close by. There’s one house about a block away that reminds Rissa of my parents’ house for some reason. For over a


The Fireworks of My Youth

We always parked in the mall parking lot on the Fourth of July. I never fought for a square of grass or spread out a tarp midday to save a spot to watch the fireworks. I didn’t know others did this until I was in my twenties. The parade seems to be


And then… she took off her sandals

Ever since Rissa was a baby it has been impossible to keep socks on her for very long. She used to kick them off, now she yanks them off as soon as her shoes are off. But it’s not her socks that caught my attention the other day. Not too long ago


This One Time… I Got a Detention

This one time in elementary school, I got detention. It was the only time I ever got it. Since it happened at least 20 years ago (gulp) parts of it are very clear while other details are quite fuzzy. I can’t quite remember what grade I was in at the time, but

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