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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

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Prepping Yourself – And Your Life – for Summer Break

Prepping Yourself – And Your Life – for Summer Break

Are your kids getting antsy about summer vacation coming up? I’m not talking about going away for vacation–I mean just being off of school and lounging around the house. School days have challenges. All the sports practices, homework and driving kids around here and there. But summertime has its own problems, whether you work from … Continued

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Adding a New Family Member

Adding a New Family Member

In case you missed it, we added a new little girl to our family in February. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to get her, and I immediately wondered why I said yes. But we are so excited to have our little Ivy in our lives! I’m a first-time dog mom so getting a puppy has … Continued