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Confession: I am the Mother of a Child Without a Backyard

I have a confession to make—I am the mother of a child without a backyard. It’s not that I want it to be this way, in fact it’s the complete opposite. I wake up to a daily dose of mom guilt over it nearly every day, with a big ole extra spoonful on nice days… Continue reading Confession: I am the Mother of a Child Without a Backyard

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How to Take Back Your Time So You Can Follow Your Dreams

Multitasking. Have you ever tried it? Life is so busy that the ability to multitask, it seems, is essential to survival in the fast-paced world we live in. For some reason, “staying busy” is now the accepted cultural standard of industriousness. But busy does not mean productive and it most certainly does not mean happy.… Continue reading How to Take Back Your Time So You Can Follow Your Dreams

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Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (that don’t require gift wrap!)

With Mother’s Day, just around the corner, ideas abound for that special gift that will melt mom’s heart. But sometimes that special gift isn’t an object at all, instead it is time. Spending time with family doing something memorable, that mom enjoys, can be a wonderful gift. This Mother’s Day consider giving mom a memorable… Continue reading Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (that don’t require gift wrap!)

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How Being a Zookeeper Prepared Me For Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

Once upon a time I worked in a zoo. I was a bird trainer and educator and spent my days caring for and training many species, ranging from falcons to macaws to flamingos. I loved my job. I got to fulfill my lifelong dream of working with animals, and the best part about it was… Continue reading How Being a Zookeeper Prepared Me For Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

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How My Daughter Taught Me The Value Of Being True To Yourself

Here is something that no one ever tells you before you have children…you will change. Yes, your body will change, yes your marriage may change and yes, your life will change, but I mean YOU as a person will change. Before I had my daughter, I was definitely what you would call an introvert. I… Continue reading How My Daughter Taught Me The Value Of Being True To Yourself

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The Secret To Raising Happy and Successful Kids (..it’s simpler than you think)

Of course, you want to raise happy and successful kids! Who doesn’t? Maybe you’re expecting some earth-shattering advice, something you haven’t heard before. You may be wondering is it a new parenting technique, learning strategy, or disciplinary tactic? The thing is, it’s something that just about all of us did when we were kids. Are… Continue reading The Secret To Raising Happy and Successful Kids (..it’s simpler than you think)

Kids, parenting

4 Tips For Teaching Your Kids to Love Hiking

One of the many joys of parenting is being able to share an interest or skill that you have with your children. However, sometimes a well-intentioned family activity can turn into a frustrating battle of wills. Maybe you're like me and you have a very young child and want to share your love of the… Continue reading 4 Tips For Teaching Your Kids to Love Hiking

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Why Every Parent Should Take the Road Less Traveled at Least Once

As adults and parents, we often get caught up in our responsibilities and obligations but, sometimes its okay to take the road less traveled, literally... Over the weekend, my family and I were on our way to visit some friends in a neighboring town. We weren't very familiar with the area so we put the… Continue reading Why Every Parent Should Take the Road Less Traveled at Least Once

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Why Going Outside Can Change Your Family and Your Life

 All too often, in this technological age every day is a struggle to stay up to date with the latest trends and txt-speak. Kids LOL instead of actually laughing and parents are more concerned with how many likes or comments the photos of their kid’s birthday party got, rather than looking their child in the… Continue reading Why Going Outside Can Change Your Family and Your Life

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5 Ways to Teach Your Child to Appreciate Nature

Developing an appreciation for nature begins when we are young. Children routinely and intuitively use all 5 of their senses to experience the world around them however, as adults we often forget how to do this. The following are suggestions for exercises that will create a bonding experience with your child and help to build… Continue reading 5 Ways to Teach Your Child to Appreciate Nature