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Cooking, Dyeing, and Hiding Easter Eggs: {EGG}cellent Tips and Tricks

I don’t recall ever having plastic eggs for Easter when I was growing up. Maybe there were some filled ones in our baskets, but hunting Easter eggs was always done with real eggs. In fact, I’m sure there are hours of home videos hidden away featuring my brothers and me spending hours dyeing eggs. Those holiday traditions […]

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Love is in {BLOOM} – A Paper Flower Tutorial

I love to decorate for holidays. However, I’m a total procrastinator. I don’t get decorations up until right before the holiday, and then they stick around far too long. How long is ‘too long’? Well, as I’m preparing for Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded that I still have a Halloween door mat on my porch. That’s […]

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When I Grow Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” You’ve likely asked your children this question, or perhaps you have your own dreams for them. However, do you remember what you wanted to be? Did you follow your dreams, or did your dreams eventually morph into more realistic, practical, and financially responsible opportunities over time? In grade […]

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A Letter to Myself – Learning to Love the Holidays Again

Dear Self- You spent months planning the perfect Christmas full of gifts that were handmade, local, or encouraged creativity. Your daughters went to bed Christmas Eve and you carefully arranged their new easel with a handwritten note from Santa himself, children’s museum membership, a doorway puppet theater, and endless packages of simple art supplies and handmade […]

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Be Selfish. Be Kind.

It’s that time of the year when Facebook new feeds are flooded with ’30 Days of Thanks’ countdowns, people announcing their RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness), and viral stories of strangers making a difference in the lives of others. Like clockwork, every year as the holiday season begins, we are naturally reminded of what we […]

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Shake It UP!

November is here, and we are officially into holiday season. Many of us will be organizing our schedules around holiday gatherings and figuring out how to split our time among families and friends. Whether you are hosting, staying close to home, or traveling for the holidays, meal planning is a lot of work. We all know […]

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No Tricks, Just Treats

I love Halloween. Who doesn’t? Apart from the failed attempts at resisting the candy stash in the weeks leading up to Halloween, having to buy more candy to refill the candy stash that you someone else devoured, the guaranteed bitter cold wind that will inevitably hit on Halloween night, the whining children who can no longer […]

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Like Mother, Like Daughter- The Art of Napping

For nine months we dream about what our babies will look like. What traits will we share. For me? I scoffed when my husband stated with absolute certainty during my first pregnancy that our daughter would have blonde hair and blue eyes. Sure, my husband was a toe-head growing up, but I came from a […]

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What’s for Breakfast? 6 Clever Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

Every night before bed I call for my “three little duckies,” and soon we can hear their footsteps running up the stairs. Moments later they will all line up in the kitchen, oldest to youngest, to collect their Flintstones gummy vitamins. Two for the oldest, two for the middle, and one for the ‘baby’. Like clockwork they […]

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Back-to-School {style on a dime}

Temperatures are rising, and many of us are counting down the days until we get a break our kids are back in school. (At which time we will begin counting down the days until our first break.) But for now, it’s back-to-school season. Soon we will all be meeting in the aisles of Target with our […]

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