I received an email from my internet provider today warning me that we had some heavy usage happening this week. I almost sent them a picture of my middle finger and then another picture of my 4 yo curled around her iPad like a security blanket with her booger-filled tissues littered around. Umm…yes…internet provider, we …

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My mother never hovered over me. She shooed me outside and went about her business; baking, cleaning, and visiting with her friends. I don’t think she ever thought twice about any of this. Children played outside so that moms could get something done. Today, I watch my daughter playing with her blocks on the floor, …

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Murphey’s Law of motherhood states that, “When you are on the first day of a long-anticipated vacation with your husband and you have nothing to do but get a massage and drink martinis as big as your face and your parents are watching your children and they have poor cellphone coverage THAT is when your …

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I love the little mountain town where we live. I love it. I love that my kids can play outside in the forest and get dirty and have adventures that I don’t even know about. But, life out here definitely has its challenges and its…quirks. You know you live in a mountain town if… 1. …

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My friend and I were running about a week ago when she told me about an NPR segment that she had heard on her way to my house. It was about fear and this man whose life was being paralyzed by his fear of rejection. In order to overcome it, he decided to put himself …

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Fall around here brings birthdays and soccer and running and enchanted creatures in the forest.   N turned 3. Yippee!   And monsters have become the thing that gets her out of her bed and into mine WAY too much. But thanks to all of the kind advice from a little Facebook crowdsourcing, here she …

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Like many parents, I am entering into Summer feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand I’m like, “Yay, we get to sleep in!” But then, “Holy crap what am I going to do with these children for 82 days.” Yes. I counted. So, I had my 7-year-old sit down and make …

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Hiking with children, Your children, other children, Starts out as a wonderful idea. Their faces excited. Their shoes are laced tight. The collar is placed on the dog. Outside, Our pale faces, Unused to the warmth, Gaze up at the strange ball of light. We start up the hill, And that’s when they realize, That hiking, …

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1. Your snow boots are the most expensive pair of shoes that you own. And this is totally fine with you because they are super cute with fur-lining at the top. 2. You have ever pulled your groceries up your driveway on a sled. 3. Your toddler is afraid to go on a hike because …

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