We are not “pet people.” Besides the fact that Rich is allergic to pretty much everything that is alive, we just don’t have the desire to add any extra chaos to our five-child home. The idea of having to be home to let the dog out, worrying about what to do with a pet while [...]

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Seeing the world

I have always loved the idea of traveling the world. Just packing up and experiencing all the amazing things that we see on TV all the time. As a kid, our family vacations consisted of driving across country to see the sights…of my grandparents’ houses. Not so thrilling. But we managed to see some quasi-interesting [...]

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Kids in journalism

This year, Georgia is in fourth grade. A few weeks ago, she came home announcing that she had joined the staff of her elementary school’s newspaper. She was so excited to be a part of this publication, and couldn’t wait to get her first story assignment. As the days went on, I was excited to [...]

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Emotional eating

It’s amazing how much our emotions effect the way we feel, physically. For example, if I’m sad about something, I often start to feel tired and lethargic. When I’m angry, I tend to get very energetic. If I’m nervous, I sometimes get a stomach ache. Our emotions also effect our appetite. Whenever my mom gets [...]

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When my mom was a teenager, my grandfather told her that she could have as many clothes as she wanted, as long as she sewed them herself. A typical teenaged girl, my mom loved clothes. She set her mind to learning to sew, and learned well. She went to college to be a clothing designer, [...]

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Parental controls on smartphones

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Zact. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Just like their mom, my kids love technological devices. They have no problem navigating Rich and my smartphones. Even 3-year-old Joel is able to find the games he wants to play or videos [...]

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Would you ever move abroad?


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? In the book The Expats, my most current online book club selection, the main character’s family decides to move to Europe for business. I have to admit, strolling the streets of Rome, London, or Paris sounds exciting. How about Sydney or Hong Kong [...]

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Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40: Review and Giveaway

As you may know, I’m kind of a fanatic about car safety. I do a lot of research to ensure that I have safe car seat options for my children, and I am passionate about helping others do as much as they can to keep their children safe in the car. Last year, the American [...]

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Gutzy Gear: Review and Giveaway

Gutzy Gear

By this point in the year, my girls’ backpacks are getting a bit tired looking. Audrey (5th grade) and Georgia (2nd grade) each have rolling backpacks, so they are well-used from being dragged along sidewalks, grass, down hallways, and up and down the stairs at school. But, of course, there is no. way. I am [...]

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Philippians 4:13

When I was a kid, every morning my mom sent me out the door to school with an encouragement from Philippians 4:13, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” I dealt with some serious bullying issues in later elementary school, and I know it was hard for my mom to watch me [...]

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