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Wendy

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What is Santa? {40 Definitions From a 40-Year-Old Who Still Believes}

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What is Santa? "Does she still believe in Santa?" I've been hearing that question frequently lately as my sweet eleven year old approaches another Christmas still having that "sparkle" in her eye. "Yes, she still believes...

10 Ways I Will Parent My Teenager Like a Kindergartener

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10 Ways I Will Parent My Teenager Like a Kindergartener How will I survive the teenage years? The hormones ... the mood swings ... the changes my sweet baby will go through as she becomes...

Journey Proud: The Love Story That Beat Cancer

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“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” This is the quote that...

The Worst Parenting Advice I Ever Received {And Why We’ve Made Our Family Dinner...

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We’ve all heard it – the advice given to us by the “older and wiser” folks who have already gone through parenting little ones. Sometimes they offer good advice, and other times, well ... not...

Sibling Friendships: Does Age Difference Make a Difference?

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When I became pregnant with my second child, my daughter was already 4 ½ years old. The first thing I heard from others was, “Aren’t you worried that they will be too far apart...

Our Electronic Free Sundays

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It started one day when we woke up in the morning, and I was completely tired of the constant “noise” in our house. I told the family that we would have a TV free...

The Best Advice I Can Give My Daughters in Two Words

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I recently saw a post on Facebook that asked: “What advice would you give your younger self using only two words?” It was such a thought provoking question that I shocked myself when I immediately spouted...

Have I Really Become a Cheer Mom?

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“Would the following teams please stand?” As the announcer said those few little words, every mom around me clinched their hands and closed their eyes as we waited for the results. “Your Level 1 Youth Division...

9 Ways Google Calendar Keeps Me a Happy Mom

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For those of you who are familiar with Google calendar, you already know how amazing it is. If you’re not familiar with it, stop what you’re doing and download the app right now! Trust...

I Want the Switch … The Sleep Switch

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It’s 3 o'clock in the morning, and for the third night in a row, I’m awake. Wide awake. Completely exhausted, yet not able to even trick myself into going to sleep. I’m frustrated, aggravated...

My Baby Grew Up … And Now We Have to Apply to College! Where...

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For many of us, the thought of our children applying to college still seems so far away. And to some extent it is. For others, the start of that journey is right around the...

Please Stop Telling Me What I Already Know: Yes, They Grow Up Fast!

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As I stand in line at the grocery store, I feel my face getting red and my blood pressure rising. My 4 year old is asking for everything on the candy shelf, and my...

My Bathroom, My Sanctuary

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sanc-tu-ar-y /saNGk(t)SHe Were/ A place of refuge or safety Can you believe I’m writing this post in my bathroom? Yes, the bathroom. Why? Because it’s my sanctuary. It’s my place of refuge. It’s my place of safety....

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Tween Slumber Party

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“What do you want to do for your birthday?" I'd asked her that at least 10 times the whole month before her birthday hoping to hear something different. But nope - the answer was the...