For some who mother, Mother’s Day is filled with flowers, cards, gifts and sometimes, pampering from their children. They may bring you breakfast in bed or try to let you “sleep in” past 8 am. You may get a...
 Valentine's Day is soon approaching, and you know what that means. You're about to be inundated with hearts, candy, and pressure to buy the perfect gift and plan the perfect date night for your special someone. I'm not big on...
When your co-parent gets a new partner - it can often be met with huge challenges for your child and for you: meeting them, learning their personality, adjusting to their parenting style, and (if they have kids of their...
  While out to eat with my kids a few months ago, a male server tripped over a chair and dropped some plates. My heart began to race, and I was short of breath. I was waiting for the blame....
It’s hard to be the new mom-- maybe just as hard as it is for our kids to be the new kid. I’ve been the new mom quite a bit in the last five years. New to the church New...
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” In my experience as a mom, it can also be the thief of: sleep in the middle of the night, patience with my children and husband, and healthy friendships. So, for...
I wouldn't say I was really the marrying type. As a little girl, I never dreamed of getting married. So when I was planning my wedding, there was no preconceived notion of what my wedding day would look like. I...
February is the month where we celebrate love and its many forms, but did you know is also the national month for relationship wellness? Valentine’s Day is a great holiday to show your partner that you care, but it’s...
Dating. Cue collective groan.  It's both thrilling and daunting. Exciting and terrifying. We strive to find a balance between those conflicting feelings. And with that comes finding the proper outlet to begin or re-enter the dating game. And this past year...
As the holiday season looms, I think more and more about how my family will maintain healthy boundaries during the holiday. Boundaries are something that most of us shy away from setting, especially with extended family members. But establishing...
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Sun’s Out- Fun’s Out ! Summer Bucket List ideas for Your...

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Summer is in full swing here, there, and everywhere! Pools are (mostly) open, camps are in full swing, playgrounds and parks are full of laughter...