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Three Tips for Becoming the Teacher’s Pet This Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming! When I was teaching, this was one of my favorite weeks of the whole year. It's no secret that teachers can sometimes feel unappreciated or unacknowledged, so it's a...

My Life as an Adult Orphan :: Parenting Without Parents

My Life as an Adult Orphan :: Parenting Without Parents 2014 will go down as my most formative year. It's the year I became a mother ... and an orphan. My mom passed in 2008. The burden...

Holy Week Activities For Kids

Before staying home, I taught second grade at a Catholic school. Elementary school kids are easily excited, but rarely when it comes to religion class. So, I focused on enriching our studies with fun...

Letting Go {Balancing Marriage and a New Baby}

When my daughter was born, my world was turned completely upside down. It's a cliche, but like most cliches, it's a cliche because it's true. My priorities shifted, my interests changed, my attention was...

Five Ways to Use All Those Mardi Gras Beads

Five Ways to Use All Those Mardi Gras Beads Ah, the parades are over, the kids are still home on Mardi Gras break, your feet and head ache, and the beads ... the beads have...

How To Make Shoe Box Floats {A Mardi Gras Tradition For NOLA Kids}

{Also See >>> Ultimate Guide to Mardi Gras With Kids} How To Make Shoe Box Floats It's Carnival time! And for some reason, Carnival always means craft time at my house. Whether it's turning a wagon into...

Updating Your Playlist {Not Your Mama’s Christmas Music}

Updating Your Playlist {Not Your Mama's Christmas Music} Music has always been the lifeblood of my family. I spent most of my formative years in my mom's music store teaching music lessons or playing with...

Keeping My Parents Alive Through Their Holiday Traditions

Throughout my life, the holidays have always been just like the song - the most wonderful time of the year. We had so many traditions that you would think we were the Claus family....

Cranberry Citrus Relish :: From Our Family To Yours

Disclosure :: our Holiday Recipe series is sponsored by Touro Infirmary and Whole Foods Market. My Southern Alabama family takes two things very seriously: the holidays and cooking. So, Thanksgiving meal preparation is a doubly...

Why I Quit Watching the Real Housewives {My Guilty Pleasure Made Me Feel Guilty}

I have been watching the Real Housewives since the OC series first went on the air about nine years ago. One crazy cat fight and I was hooked! It became my guilty pleasure. As...

Postpartum Reflections {Motherhood is Beautiful}

Our postpartum bodies vary as much as our postpartum minds, each a physical manifestation of our journey through motherhood. Some of us cherish these bodies, some of us despise them, but all have served...

You Aren’t Lucky … You’re a Great Mom!

I am generally good at letting people's advice and comments about my parenting roll off my shoulders. I know they are usually well-meaning and not trying to insult my intelligence or capabilities (they just...

Good For You, Not For Me {How Amy Poehler Made Me a Conscientious Objector...

After Ruby was born, I was surprised by how hard I was on myself about being a mother. But the thing that really surprised me was how hard some mothers were on other mothers...

The Five Stages of Planning a Birthday Party {How I Learned I’m Not a...

My daughter recently celebrated her first birthday. We hosted her party at our house, while also hosting multiple sets of out of town guests. But don't worry. You can take a deep breath because obviously,...

 

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