Philadelphia Flower Show

flower show

Have you ever been to the Philadelphia Flower Show? The Flower Show is an annual event, which fills the Pennsylvania Convention Center with glorious color. This year’s Show starts tomorrow, and runs through March 11. Sydney, Joel, and I went to a luncheon for bloggers to learn more about this year’s show. The kids colored [...]

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On Fridays, I write for five minutes. No editing, no overthinking. This week’s topic is “Awake.” I wake up in the morning, not fully awake. But the little guy is definitely up. The youngest ones in the house seem to be the most awake, both early in the morning and all day long. Joel is [...]

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Warm up winter


Winter is almost here, and although it is my least favorite season, my kids love it! There is not much they love more than a good romp in the snow. I am thinking that little Joel might be big enough this winter to go sledding a little bit, and fortunately this year we got smart [...]

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Love Came Down/Giveaway


Nine days to Christmas. Nine days to finish shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, spending, rushing, snapping. Or nine days to meditate, give thanks, laugh, sing, smile, hug, make memories. I don’t know about you, but I am very prone to the first list, while longing to focus on the second. There is so much to get [...]

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24 fun activities for Advent

Christmas Montessori Joel

Alternate title: A Mommy who values tradition When I was a kid, my family was big into traditions. Especially at Christmas time, we always knew what to expect when it came to special times. We always watched “Miracle on 34th Street” either Thanksgiving night or the following day, we always got to eat my mom’s [...]

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Disciplining toddlers

Disciplining toddlers

What do you do when your child looks you in the eye, smiles, and then does exactly what you told him not to do? It’s pretty straightforward when you have a preschooler–time out. Or a child in grade school–take away a privilege. But when your little transgressor is just a toddler, it’s sometimes hard to [...]

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Are you going shopping on Black Friday?

Black Friday Stats Infographic

The past few years, my mom and I have hit the Black Friday sales. Now, we don’t do anything crazy like stand in line for five hours for a Zhu-Zhu pet. But we have left the house around 6:30 to get shopping. Every year, we have fun, but we usually don’t end up buying very [...]

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Just chillin’

I don’t care, as long as the baby’s healthy

When I was pregnant for the first time, Rich and I were so excited to have our “big ultrasound” so we could find out if the baby was a boy or a girl. We scheduled the scan for 16 weeks, close to the earliest they would allow us to come, so we could find out [...]

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Four and a half is bigger than four

My Sydney is four and a half. And to someone her size, the “half” makes a big difference! Sydney is a girl on a mission–a mission to be big. She will not let her big sissies get ahead of her. She tries her very best to keep up at all times, and she usually does [...]

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