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How to Raise Kids With Values

How to Raise Kids With Values

Raising kids is a full-time job. Often there are tears (both yours and your children’s). It’s expensive, stressful and sometimes thankless. But it’s also the most rewarding and important job in the world. And also one of the most difficult. Let’s get through this together! I have a friend whose child has been making poor … Continued

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How to travel abroad with kids

How to travel abroad with kids

If you follow me online, you know that my family recently got back from an epic trip to the UK, France and Spain. All six of us packed up and spent most of the kids’ winter vacation there, something we’d been looking forward to for a long time. We’ve done some travel as a family … Continued

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I’m a Crazy Dog Lady

I’m a Crazy Dog Lady

We welcomed a fifth child into our home this year. She was wanted, by me, but Jeff was more or less pressured into it. The result? Chaos in the home and I’ve turned into Crazy Dog Lady. Yes, Ivy made her way into our home and (most of our) hearts this year, and I might … Continued

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Our Big Puppy Update

Our Big Puppy Update

It’s been a while since my last update on our puppy, Ivy, and since it’s never a dull moment I figured I should let her check in! First of all, I did not know I was signing up to have a crazy, four-legged toddler in the house. We love her dearly (and Jeff tolerates her) … Continued

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How to handle 4 kids in 4 different schools

How to handle 4 kids in 4 different schools

By now, kids across the country are back to school. My kids have been back for several weeks now, and it’s been interesting having four kids in four different schools. Of course, this was really my doing. When you spread out having kids across nine years, you really get what you get. No complaints here! … Continued

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Mindset Over Injury

Mindset Over Injury

I’ve had my fair share of exercise-related injuries. Like when I suffered through some knee injuries and finally turned to acupuncture for some relief. Unfortunately, Lucy recently had her own injury, a fractured fibula in her growth plate during volleyball practice. I’m far more impressed with her ability to overcome the mental challenges associated with … Continued

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Puppy Update: Training the Trainers

Puppy Update: Training the Trainers

Our puppy Ivy just celebrated her 6-month “bark”day, standing proud with yet another sock in her mouth. While we’re still feeling our way around dog ownership, I think it’s safe to say she’s ours for good and we’re doing…okay…with it. I knew getting a puppy would be a lot of work, but I didn’t quite … Continued

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Staying Connected With Loved Ones

With how busy everyone is today it’s hard to stay connected with loved ones, even those who live in the same town as you. I know talking on the phone and texting from time to time makes it easier, but it’s really not the same. This summer we’re taking a trip to Nebraska City, near … Continued

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Healthy Summer Snacks (without the stress)

Healthy Summer Snacks (without the stress)

Kids are ALWAYS hungry, aren’t they? I feel like there’s always someone in the kitchen munching on something–morning, noon and night. I don’t have the time or the desire to be tethered to the kitchen, trying to make sure that my kids are choosing healthy options when they (incessantly) snack. It’s all about being stocked … Continued