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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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Indoor Fun for Bad-Weather Days

Indoor Fun for Bad-Weather Days

As kids get older, they start to ask for birthday parties that are a little out of the norm. When we celebrated Lucy’s 11th birthday recently, she asked to go to the mall with her friends. Not knowing what kind of trouble a group of 11- and 12-year-old girls could get into at the mall, … Continued

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How We Defied the Marriage Statistics

How We Defied the Marriage Statistics

Though statistics show that U.S. divorce rates are actually dropping, divorce is still very common. According to The New York Times, those married in the 1980s had about a 47% chance of divorcing, while those married in the 1990s (like Jeff and me) have about a 35% chance of divorce. These statistics still aren’t very … Continued

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The Donut ‘Do – Inspired Fun

The Donut ‘Do – Inspired Fun

Lucy’s summer camp had a dress-up day and we needed an idea. Fortunately, my niece had just done a fun “crazy hair day” activity where she’d come up with a really creative hairstyle, so that was our initial inspiration. I searched Pinterest for more ideas and found someone who had done a great style where they … Continued

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First Impressions of Last Chance

First Impressions of Last Chance

We needed to do some camp shopping and on our way to find Nordstrom Rack we stumbled upon Last Chance.  For those who (like me) are new to Last Chance it is Nordstrom’s final-clearance store for returned and overstocked merchandise from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom Rack and Nordstrom.com. (Quick note – All merchandise at Last Chance is sold as-is with … Continued

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The Heat is On – Our Summer Schedule

The Heat is On – Our Summer Schedule

Ahhh, Summer – school’s out, sun’s out and the pressure is on for parents (well, at least that’s how I feel). Summer in the Ratterman household includes the kids going to various day camps for most of the day, including tennis camp.  This is both fun and builds skills plus teaches sportsmanship, so it’s a … Continued

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Back to School Transitions

Back to School Transitions

Life is full of transitions, right? The transition from single to married, a couple to a family. Even my career underwent a major transition when I went from a corporate job to becoming a Beachbody coach. The first day of school is all about transitions too. This year three of my kids made huge transitions—into kindergarten, … Continued