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Dress Shopping Made Simple

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dress First. All opinions are my own. My scarf is keeping my neck cozy, though the kids keep insisting they don't need to wear coats yet — despite the temperatures dipping lower and lower each morning. They wear them, of course, even with stomping feet, and I know that [...]

Miles to Go

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Robert Frost spoke of "miles to go before I sleep," and we have a few miles to go, but for the first time since Abbey was born, I'm beginning to think sleep might start gracing our lives again. Both kids have been sleeping better since Dylan's sleeping bag trial in Abbey's room, and we're ready [...]

Sleep, Skin and Christmas Stories

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Last week I stumbled into my bathroom, head still fuzzy from sleep. I felt rested, which is such a relative term when one lives with two kids who don't really love sleeping, one of whom likes to be reassured of our presence in the early hours of the morning and one of whom ends his [...]

More Than a Word

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Before I could grab my camera, their hands were eagerly unwrapping, pulling at bubble wrap and the yellow envelope (her favorite color). My "careful, it's glass!" was heeded, but just barely, the lovely packaging too enticing to ignore. As they jumped on bubble wrap (four giant pieces, evenly divided between two territorial children), I ran [...]

Following His Lead

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She asked for underwear for her second birthday, waffling between Minnie Mouse and Abbey Cadabby; she eventually got both, plus Hello Kitty for good measure. We explained how they work: underpants mean you go on a potty and not in a diaper. We set up a sticker chart, planned on staying home for a few [...]

Supporting Independent Publishing

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If you've missed my shameless campaigning for my friend and mentor Cameron D. Garriepy's crowdfunding effort, please check out her Buck's Landing indigogo page and consider helping her towards her publishing dreams, either through contributing or sharing (or both!) In a further effort to support independent publishing and as part of Novel Publicity's The Praise [...]

Breaking Through Teacher Stagnation

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We spent days labeling books with numbers, teachers sitting on the floor with Sharpies, chatting about the possibilities between the covers of Lois Lowry's The Giver and something wonderful by Jerry Spinelli and a slew of other books ordered for the new school year. Stories tugged at me from the closet at the front of [...]

Sunshine and Sprinkles

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Thank you COOL WHIP for sponsoring this post. Join us on Facebook for inspiration and recipes for everyday treats. What you add makes it. #coolwhipmoms     As spring brings more daylight and sunshine, I begin to lose interest in rich, dark chocolate desserts and start to think of lighter treats to satisfy my sweet tooth. Summer [...]

Freshening Up

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Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit http://www.discoverbeautywithin.com/ After school on Thursdays, she barrels towards me and wraps her arms around my legs.  She and Dylan both have smiles of anticipation and excitement. On Tuesdays we linger [...]

Cold, Cold Go Away

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I left the gym the other night to the kind of balmy air I'd expect sometime in April or May.  We've had a slight setback to more typical Michigan weather, but my brain flipped that night, and I'm aching to polish my boots and slide them to the back of the closet until next fall. While packing [...]