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Ask Your Mama What She’d Do Differently

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I don’t think I understood my mom so well until I had kids old enough to argue with me. Then I realized that she’d survived a lot! Our parents, grandparents, and older mentors have already walked in our shoes. They “get” where we are as parents today. If we have ears to hear, we can […]

Motherhood is Amazing. And Hard.

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In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Deanna shares her perspective on motherhood. It’s amazing and hard, all at once. The following is a guest post from Deanna: I used to think that my version of motherhood was harder than anyone else’s. I had an infant with Down syndrome who needed 24 hours of oxygen […]

Keeping Up with Regular Eye Care

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Keeping up with regular eye care can help both you and your family see better as well as keep eye disease at bay. In tenth grade, much to my chagrin, I was given a prescription for eye glasses. This is one of only two photos that I could find of me wearing my specs. (Apologies […]

Season Your Meals with Love

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Looking for a fun gift to make with your children? Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers a great suggestion for “seasoning meals with love.” Several years ago, Maggie, one of the mentors at my Mothers of Preschoolers group, shared how she made her meals with love. She had an adorable little spice shaker with the […]

Browse a Bookstore

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Spend an hour in a bookstore with your kids and let them explore. It’ll be so fun! Earlier in the month, I took my four younger children, the 10 and under set, to Barnes and Noble. The mission: to witness my book on the shelves. What I didn’t realize was what a fun experience it […]

Enjoy Fresh Flowers

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For years I dreamt of a having a large cutting garden in the backyard. You know, like in Pride and Prejudice? I’d go out with my basket on my arm and a pair of shears, I’d chat with my sisters while I picked roses and daisies and all kinds of lovelies to put into beautiful […]

Get More Sleep

Get more sleep and reap great benefits. I mentioned last week my efforts to end burning┬áthe candle at both ends. I want to live a long life — and I’d like to do with my health intact. Relaxing has been one step in the right direction. So has getting more sleep. For years I was […]

Remember Your Greatest Adventure

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photo source: Disney/Pixar I love the films that we can relate to, the ones that teach us a lesson, the ones that make us laugh in a good, clean way. The Incredibles is one of them. It ranks up there as one of my favorites. And not just because my husband calls me Super Ultra-Lightning […]